We offer film processing for expired APS films and scanning for any APS film with original index prints. APS film has not been produced since 2009, so all cassettes are ageing fast. This means that colour stability of unexposed film is variable to say the least.
From £12.50 a film. Scans are at 5400 or 6300 ppi resolution. For a 10x8mm negative we get a 2.1MB scan. Negatives are colour corrected and dust and scratches are removed.
New disc film is available. Tends to be variable cast, but Kodak/Fuji is generally colour-fast
Disc film is an awkward shape, impossible to feed into a conventional scanner. This is because it has a a central hole which means the film cannot be laid flat unless you cut up the disc into 15 negatives.
The next big problem is this: negative size is 10x8mm. How small is that really? OK take one 35mm slide mount and see how many disc negatives you can fit into it: 24mm high by 36mm wide: so, I can lay 3 disc negatives along the bottom, and I only use a 8 x 30mm strip. Add a layer, then ANOTHER layer. you will have nine disc negatives on your 24x36mm slide area with a 24 x 36mm gap and a gap the end.
At only 7% of a 35mm frame, it is unfair to expect anything other than a high-end scanner to scan a 10x8mm negative that is not flat. The only way we can scan a disc negative is to use Imacon or Minolta high resolution scanners and our proprietary holders. You do that, you get the images shown on the right. Then select your negative number and scan it. Rotate and repeat.
How can you scan slide films? Easy, you load the slides into a machine one at a time. OK. what if you have 6k slides to scan? Manual loading is too slow. Enter the Nikon Slide Feeder 210. This heaven-sent accessory plugs into Coolscan LS5000 or LS4000 Nikon scanners. It can scan 50 slides in sequence. 3-4 hours for 50 slides on a fast windows 10 PC. If the spring does not break.
We can scan slides from £0.35 each.
We offer a film processing servixe for Minox film. Traditionally, this takes time: film has to be chemically developed, then scanned then we sent out for prints from the scans. We use a pro-lab for the black and white prints on chemical paper. We use Nikon or Minolta scanners for colour Minox slides or negatives.
Scanning a Minox negative and obtaining suitable results is not easy. We started digitally scanning in 2006.Today only 2 scaners come close to scanning colour Minox satisfactory and only 1 for black and white. Even then software is critical to achieve quality
The result is that Minox flm takes time to scan.
We use Nikon LS5000 and Minolta 5400 scanners for slide & negative colour films. The hardware removes the dust and scratches without use of software.
We use an Imacon Flextight III for scanning black and white films. Although the former are slightly sharper, the soft light of the Flextight removes the dust nicely.
The smaller the print the better the result. Colour MInox is best at 3 1/2 x 2 1/2 or grain gets in the way. Black and white can go to 6x4 at a push. or 4 1/2 x 3 1/4. We use pro labs who use proper chemical paper and a balanced BW colour setting. I can test on a Minox enlarger with chemicals if needed.