High Resolution Scanning

Get maximum resolution out of your photos.

Sometimes you need that extra resolution push to print A0, or maybe for the extra special job that requires the utmost in quality. Well, we finally have a service for that! We have adopted a reproduction scanning setup that uses high resolution optics and a pixel shifting sensor which rivals a drum scanner.

Pricing

Format Price
35mm
$50
120
$60
4 x 5
$70
8 x 10
$80

If you’ve had a good look around for the best way to scan your film for prints, you may have come across drum scanning. While drum scanning is without a doubt the best way to scan your negatives for maximum resolution, scans using this method can be pricey, and you may have to send your negatives abroad for the best drum scans.

In our search for a cost-effective alternative, we discovered that scanning with a high-end full-frame mirrorless camera can actually produce comparable results. By including this type of scanning in our list of services, our goal is to offer ultra high res scans, that are ideal for large format digital prints.

Equipment

The Panasonic S1R is our scanning camera of choice, sporting a full frame 47.3-megapixel sensor that delivers top-notch images as is. On top of this, we are able to use the in-built pixel shift technology to create HUGE 187-megapixel images. When you are printing your film photos at A1 or larger, every little bit of detail helps.

So you may be asking yourself, why wouldn’t I just get a drum scan? Two reasons, this is far more affordable and the quality is easily comparable. Don’t believe us? What we did is send a few test negatives to local labs, Australian labs and American labs that offer drum scanning services to get them to drum scan the frames. We had them scanned on virtual drum scanners (Imacon), real drum scanners (Howtek and Heidelberg Tango) and then our setup. Below is a download link to all of the scans we received and then ours.

These are 6×7 E6 images shot on 120 Fuji Provia film without sharpening applied.

True Drum Scan
100% Crop
B&W Box Hi Res Scan
100% Crop
Virtual Drum Scan
100% Crop

Download To Scans

If you want to pixel peep yourself here is a download link to some compairisons we’ve done between different scanning methods 

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