In this modern day, I find it hard to get great prints out of film cameras. As much fun as they are, I don’t really want to waste money printing out all of the photos which were snapped with a film camera — they may or may not actually be great pictures that I’d want to remember. With a film scanner, all you need to do is get the roll of film developed and scan them leisurely at home. Plus, it’s a painless way of digitising your old film negatives.
This month, we’re giving away a Plustek OpticFilm 7400 to a very, very lucky MakeUseOf reader.
The OpticFilm 7400 is a USB 35mm film and slides scanner that is able to scan negatives at a detailed resolution of 7200dpi. And by using the scanning software provided (SilverFast SE) for Windows and Mac, it can be set up on almost any computer.
Conveniently, it comes with a padded storage bag that’s able to hold the scanner, the pair of negative and slide holders, the USB cable and power adapter, making it very portable. It also isn’t very heavy — only 3.5 lbs or 1.6 kgs.
The process of film scanning may sound daunting but it actually isn’t. Say you have a roll of undeveloped film. All you need to do is go to your local photo lab and tell them that you want to get the film developed but not printed. Tell them to cut and sleeve the film for you.
When it’s done and you’re home, whip out the 35mm film holders and place the film the correct side up and lock the holder into place. Slide the holder into the scanner (make sure to turn it on first) and you’re good to go.
Then the included software does all the work. Once installed, launch it and you’re ready to scan your film. To be brutally honest, the program isn’t very easy to navigate. In fact, it was quite unfriendly to use.
However, once you get the hang of it, you’ll come to realise that it’s actually pretty powerful. For instance, it is able to automatically take multiple scans of a negative, does some calculation and provide you with an output image that’s smoother and more refined. That feature is called Multi-Sampling. You’ll find that you’re able to “sample” an image from 2 to 16 times just to make sure that the final image is as perfect as can be.
The software also has great grain and noise elimination that further decreases artefacts, noise and film grain.
It has over 120 film profiles that is able to adjust the output image to ensure that it does justice to the type of film used whether it was Kodak Royal Gold or a roll of Agfa film.
And the result? Well, here are a couple of shots from my latest trip to Sydney. These were taken with the SuperHeadz Slim Angel and scanned with the Plustek OpticFilm 7400.
Sure, the images have their imperfections but that’s the beauty of film photography.
We’re giving a Plustek OpticFilm 7400 away. Would you like to digitise your film photos and share them with your friends and family?
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