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Large Format Scanning Service

The Overview

Professional scanning of Large Format, 4"x5",  un-mounted colour and black & white film (positive or negative). The scans are saved as TIFF files, JPEG files, or both and burned to CD or DVD. We then ship you back your film negatives and the CD's/DVD's containing the scans. We offer scan resolutions of 600-2400dpi and a wide range of processing options. Digital ICE is not included on large format scans but is available for an addition charge.

Large Format Scanning Prices

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Our Process

  1. All Larger Format film items, be they positive or negative, are individually examined and cleaned using compressed air or a lint free cloth.

  2. All film items are then sorted as per film type, positive or negative, as necessary.

  3. All items are then checked to verify which slide is the emulsion side.  The emulsion side is usually much duller than the non-emulsion side.

  4. A test scan of a Large Format positive or negative is then completed using the settings that you selected on your "Large Format Scanning Order Form".  Once everything has been tested and adjustments made the scanning of your items is commenced.

  5. Once the scanning of your film is completed each photo is then viewed on our colour calibrated monitors where they are then cropped and corrected as necessary.

  6. During the scanning process, depending upon the number of items to be scanned, samples are placed on a secure website for you viewing.  These files will typically be about 200KB in size and will not be suitable for printing.  They will remain on the website for up to 6 weeks.

  7. Once all items are scanned they are then burned to either CD's or DVD's as per your requests.

  8. Once complete payment has been received from you all items will be shipped back to you.


Our Equipment

Here is a list of equipment that we use in the scanning of all film

  1. Nikon Super Coolscan 5000 Scanner.  This is used for the scanning of 35mm slides and film negatives.

  2. Nikon Super Coolscan 9000 Scanner.  This is used in the scanning of medium format slides, negatives and some 35mm slides and negatives as necessary.

  3. Epson 4990 Pro Flatbed Scanner.  Used in the scanning of all photographs and large format film.

All of our scanners and monitors are calibrated on a regularly scheduled basis to help ensure that you receive the best results possible.

Closing Thoughts

We understand that sending your Large Format film off to some faceless company you've never heard of can be scary so we want you to get to know us.  If you have any questions or comments please don't hesitate to call or write.  We're looking forward to helping you and your family enjoy your old film again.


Contact us for more info

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Large Format Film

Pictured above is the Tachihara 45GF large format camera.  This camera takes the following films: Films- International 4X5 6X7 and 6X9 with roll film holder.

Large format describes large photographic films, large cameras, view cameras (including pinhole cameras) and processes that use a film or digital sensor, generally 4 x 5 inches or larger. The most common large formats are 45 and 810 inches. Less common formats include quarter-plate, 57 inches, 1114 inches, 16x20 inches, 20x24 inches, various panoramic or "banquet" formats (such as 4x10 and 8x20 inches), as well as some metric formats, such as 9x12 cm.

The Polaroid 2024 inch instant camera is one of the largest format cameras currently in common usage, and can be hired from Polaroid agents in various countries. Many well-known photographers have used the 235 pound (106 kg), wheeled-chassis Polaroid.

Control

Most large-format cameras have adjustable fronts and backs that allow the photographer to better control rendering of perspective and depth of field. Architectural and close-up photographers in particular benefit greatly from this ability.

Aside from the focusing action common to all formats, the special movements of many large format technical and view cameras allow the front and/or back of the camera to be tilted out of parallel with each other, and to be shifted up, down, or sideways. Based on the Scheimpflug principle, these "movements" make it possible to solve otherwise impossible depth-of-field problems, and to change perspective rendering, and create special effects that would be impossible with a conventional fixed-plane camera.

Ansel Adams' photographs demonstrate how the use of front (lens plane) and back (film plane) adjustments can secure great apparent depth of field when using the "movements" available from adjustable large format cameras.

Operation

A number of actions need to be taken to use a typical large format camera, resulting in a slower, often more contemplative, photographic style. For example, film loading using sheet film holders requires a dark space to load and unload the film, typically a changing bag or darkroom (although users of the most common formats, 45, may now use ready-loaded pre-packaged films, which are more convenient than regular film holders).

A tripod is typically used for view camera work, but some models are designed for hand-held use. These "technical cameras" have separate viewfinders and rangefinders for faster handling.

In general large format camera use, the scene is composed on the camera's ground glass, and then a film holder is fitted to the camera back prior to exposure. A separate Polaroid back using instant film is used by some photographers, allowing previewing of the composition, correctness of exposure and depth of field before committing the image to film to be developed later. Failure to "Polaroid" an exposure risks discovery later, at the time of film development, that there was an error in camera setup.

Uses

The 45 inch sheet film format was very convenient for press photography since it allowed for direct contact printing on the printing plate. This was done well into 1940s and 1950s, even with the advent of more convenient and compact medium format or 35 mm roll-film cameras which started to appear in the 1930s. The 35mm and medium format SLR which appeared in the mid-1950s were soon adopted by press photographers.

Large format's versatility is not limited to film; large digital capture backs are available to fit onto large format cameras.

Large format, whether film-based or with a digital back, will always be used for some applications. For example, landscape photography, advertising photos of high value consumer items, much fine-art photography, images that will be enlarged to a high magnification, or demanding scientific applications will benefit from the very high quality of the prints or transparencies produced.

Photographers who have used large format

 

 

 


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