Photographic Scanning (And Printing)

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Great high-quality scans and a great customer experience. Trust us to digitize your treasured film images. We have:

  • Top end scanners
  • Highly qualified technicians with smart technical know-how
  • Interested, enthusiastic and engaged technicians
We love this work, we have great scanners and we know what we’re doing with them. Call or email us today for an informed, honest, low pressure discussion on how to best preserve your family archives.

Our scanners

 Creo iQsmart 3

The go to scanner for professional image conservationists around the world. Superb high quality results with an efficient workflow means we can offer virtually unparalleled scans at much lower prices than was possible in the past with other top end scanners.

Included with this service

  • unedited 48 bit Tiff files as produced by the scanner
  • edited in Photoshop, 24 bit Jpeg files

Fujifilm Frontier SP-3000

A highly capable, high volume commercial scanner. Produces professional sharp clear images from sharp clear film. Deteriorated, faded, poorly shot and color shifted images will be higher quality if our “Scans with Photoshop” option is chosen.  It won’t produce 48 bit files – Jpeg only. If you require high bit depth images please request our Creo scans.

Creo iQsmart & Fujifilm SP-3000 specifics

  • All of our scans are huge. In most case, film resolving power aside, there’s enough resolution for a 20 x 30 print at 180 dpi on a 3:2 aspect ratio image (i.e. 35mm, 6×9 medium format). We don’t offer lower resolution budget scans but instead choose only to supply scans useful for virtually all practical purposes. Scan once and be done with it.
  • Fuji SP-3000 scans are infrared dust and scratch removal optional at no additional fee. Infrared dust and scratch removal systems such as Digital Ice and Image Intelligence can add some minor artifacting to the image. This is more obvious with Kodachromes but can still be worthwhile (samples upon request). This feature isn’t available for B&W images.
  • Creo iQsmart 3 scans do not have any infrared dust and scratch removal as is normal with a top end scanner. Some minor spotting is done in the included Photoshopping of the images but unusually dirty or marred negatives won’t be entirely repaired. Film is meticulously cleaned before scanning but some dirt that has sat on negatives for a very long time can’t be removed. It will have sunk into the soft gelatin emulsion.

Film Handling

We can work with you to make sure your images are organized, named and foldered in a manner that is suitable to your needs. With this premium service comes premium client service as well. All film is cleaned using a soft wipe followed by a pass through an electronic static elimination device. Scans made in the Creo iQsmart are firmly attached to masks and then wiped with a soft cloth wetted with film cleaner. This will remove loose dust but won’t eliminate scratches and very old dust that has settled into the emulsion of the film. Full frame scans with the Creo iQsmart can’t be cleaned as effectively but we do our best with them. Full rewash of your film is possible but these are more heroic measures and priced accordingly upon request.

Pricing

Not all services have the same options and specifications. See the specifics below which is followed by a chart that compares the options and prices. Negative and/or slide scanning is available in all cases.

Medium Format film scanning (unperforated film)

 

1.99 per image Creo iQsmart scanner

  • Approximately 3600 pixels on the short dimension of the frame (i.e. 6 cm x 9 cm image will be approx. 3600 x 5400 – a square image will be approx. 3600 x 3600)
  • Scanned at high bit depth – delivered as 48 bit Tiff and 24 bit Jpeg file that has been adjusted in Photoshop
  • Scans are cropped precisely to the edge of the frame
  • Higher resolutions available upon request at an additional charge

Large format film scanning (surface area of 19 sq/in or larger)

 

4.50 per image – Creo iQsmart scanner

  • Approximately 3600 pixels on the short dimension of the frame (i.e. 6 cm x 9 cm image will be approx. 3600 x 5400 – a square image will be approx. 3600 x 3600)
  • Scanned at high bit depth – delivered as 48 bit Tiff and 24 bit Jpeg file that has been adjusted in Photoshop
  • Scans are precisely cropped to the edges of the frame
  • Higher resolutions available upon request at an additional charge

35mm film scanning

 

.66 per image – Fuji SP-3000 scanner, Straight Scans

  • A standard 35mm scan will be approx. 3600 x 5400 pixels in dimension
  • The Fuji scanner has very basic scanner adjustments on board for brightness and overall color. Most appropriate with newer (approximately post 1990) film that was shot properly and not stored in adverse conditions. High quality film will result in high quality scans. See FAQ to help determine the condition of your negatives – here

.91 per image – Fuji SP-3000 scanner, Photoshopped

  • A standard 35mm scan will be approx. 3600 x 5400 pixels in dimension
  • After scanning all images are opened in Photoshop where a sophisticated adjustment for brightness, contrast and color is done
  • Scans with Photoshop will almost always be better than Straight Scans but on high quality film the difference will be nominal

2.25 per image – Creo iQsmart scanner

  • A standard 35mm scan will be approx. 3600 x 5400 pixels in dimension
  • Scanned at high bit depth – delivered as 48 bit Tiff and 24 bit Jpeg file
  • Included tiff images are as the scanner produces
  • Included jpeg images are adjusted in Photoshop
  • Scans are precisely cropped to the edges of the frame

110 film scanning

 

.66 per image – Fuji SP-3000 scanner, Strait Scan

  • A 110 scan will be approx. 3600 x 4500 pixels in dimension
  • The Fuji scanner has very basic scanner adjustments on board for brightness and overall color. Great film images make great scanned images. Faded, color shifted and improperly exposed images will look better with the Photoshop option

.91 per image – Fuji SP-3000 scanner, adjusted in Photoshop

  • A 110 scan will be approx. 3600 x 4500 pixels in dimension
  • After scanning all images are opened in Photoshop where a sophisticated adjustment for brightness, contrast and color is done

2.25 per image – Creo iQsmart scanner

  • A 110 scan will be approx. 2800 x 3500 pixels in dimension
  • Scanned at high bit depth – delivered as 48 bit Tiff and 24 bit Jpeg file
  • Included tiff images are as the scanner produces
  • Included jpeg images are adjusted in Photoshop
  • Scans are precisely cropped to the edges of the frame

126 film scanning

 

Straight Scans are not available with this format due to the requirement to open images in Photoshop to crop because the Fuji Scanner over scans beyond the borders with 126 film

.91 per image – Fuji SP-3000 scanner, adjusted in Photoshop

  • A 126 scan will be approx. 3600 x 3600 pixels in dimension
  • After scanning all images are opened in Photoshop where a sophisticated adjustment for brightness, contrast and color is done
  • Scans are precisely cropped to the edges of the frame

2.25 per image – Creo iQsmart scanner

  • A 126 scan will be approx. 3600 x 3600 pixels in dimension
  • Scanned at high bit depth – delivered as 48 bit Tiff and 24 bit Jpeg file adjusted in Photoshop
  • Included tiff images are as the scanner produces
  • Included jpeg images are adjusted in Photoshop
  • Scans are precisely cropped to the edges of the frame

APS Advantix film scanning

.66 per image – Fuji SP-3000 scanner, Straight Scan

  • An APS scan will be approx. 3082 x 5444 pixels in dimension. Camera settings for aspect ratio are not used because that simply crops the original film image. Once the client has the scans, they can choose to crop as required.
  • The Fuji scanner has very basic scanner adjustments on board for brightness and overall color. Most APS film is in great condition unless it was processed past it’s “process before” date.

.91 per image – Fuji SP-3000 scanner, adjusted in Photoshop

  • An APS scan will be 3082 x 5444 pixels in dimension
  • After scanning all images are opened in Photoshop where a sophisticated adjustment for brightness, contrast and color is done. In most cases with APS film there is an improvement in quality compared with a “Straight Scan”

2.25 per image – Creo iQsmart scanner

  • An APS scan will be approx. 3600 x 6350 pixels in dimension
  • Scanned at high bit depth – delivered as 48 bit Tiff and 24 bit Jpeg file adjusted in Photoshop
  • Included tiff images are as the scanner produces
  • Included jpeg images are adjusted in Photoshop
  • Scans are precisely cropped to the edges of the frame

Miniature and spy film scanning

.91 per image – Fuji SP-3000 scanner, adjusted in Photoshop

  • Minox frames are approximately 2200 x 3000 pixels in dimension. Standard Minolta 16mm frames are approximately 2750 x 3850. Film from Minolta’s 16 MG-S are approximately 3300 x 4500
  • All images are adjusted in Photoshop

2.25 per image – Creo iQsmart scanner

  • Minox scans are approximately 1700 x 2300 pixels in dimension. Standard Minolta 16mm scans are approximately 2150 x 3000. Scans from Minolta’s 16 MG-S are approximately 2550 x 3500
  • All images are adjusted in Photoshop
  • Included tiff images are as the scanner produces
  • Included jpeg images are adjusted in Photoshop
  • Scans are precisely cropped to the edges of the frame

View-master scanning

2.75 per image – Creo iQsmart scanner

  • View-master scans are approximately 2800 x 3500 pixels in dimension.
  • Proper View-Master scanning is uniquely challenging. The View-Master mount significantly crops the image and prevent the film from being properly flattened for perfect focus, in the scanner. By removing the film from the mount (returned to mount after scanning) we reveal significantly more image. In doing this though, we also reveal angular snipping through the frame that was necessary to get the film into the mount. These snipped areas must be reconstructed in Photoshop.
  • All images are adjusted in Photoshop
  • Included tiff images are as the scanner produces
  • Included jpeg images are adjusted in Photoshop
  • Scans are precisely cropped to the edges of the frame

Full frame scanning

Add .50 per image

Using the Creo iQsmart scanner we’re able to provide full frame scans of all types of film but not with slides. The pixel dimension of the scan will be larger accordingly due to the larger area of the surface scanned but the actual picture part of the frame will be the same. Because we’re not able to clean the film in the same manner we can when the film is attached into the appropriate scanner mask, the film may not be quite as clean but we do our best.

Price and service availability comparison chart

35mm negative or slide

APS Advantix

126 negative or slide

110 negative or slide

Minox – 16mm

Viewmaster

Full frame scans

Medium Format

(unperforated negative)

4×5 to 11×14 & glass plate

Fuji SP-3000 No Photoshop

.66

.66

N/A

.66

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Fuji SP-3000 With Photoshop

.91

.91

.91

.91

.91

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Creo iQsmart 3 With Photoshop

2.25

2.25

2.25

2.25

2.25

2.75

add .50 per image

1.99

4.50

  • Higher resolution scans are available for Creo scans for medium format and larger negatives and transparencies – price as per request and client specifications. 35mm and 126 scans can be produced at a slightly higher resolution. All others formats are at or near the scanner’s maximum capabilities already.
  • Volume discounts will be considered on orders over 300 images and can be negotiated depending on requirements and the physical integrity of the negatives or transparencies.
  • It’s very rare that the Photoshopped versions of pictures are not better than the not Photoshopped versions of the same picture. In the case of high quality images, that difference is only small. In the case of older faded, color shifted and or dirty images, that difference can be large.

Scanner comparisons

For the sake of comparison, I used a single Kodachrome 35mm image I took in the 1990s and have also included our now retired Epson V750. The Epson is a capable workhorse and a scanner used by many providers but not quite up to the standard of the Creo iQsmart 3 and the in most respects the Fuji SP-3000.

First is the entire frame from each scanner. Each has it’s own “flavor” in terms of color and what is best may come down to personal preference. My personal opinion is that the Creo best captures the Kodachrome charm but the difference are perhaps subtle. The Fuji SP-3000 and Epson V-750 frames have been adjusted for color in an attempt to make them as similar as possible using the straight scan from the Creo as the standard.

The full frame images are followed by 100% crops to show the more obvious details between these scanners.

My personal observation on these scanners is the Creo iQsmart definitely gives the highest quality, most desirable scan with the least possible effort – it’s why I chose this scanner for our premium service. The Fuji SP-3000 is super sharp but when “pixel peeping” it’s a little bit oversharpened and slightly electronic looking even at it’s lowest sharpening setting as show in these examples. It’s not as faithful to the true film grain produced by the Creo iQsmart 3. In the 100% crops the difference between these scanners becomes much more obvious. The Epson V-750 at these great magnifications is somewhat out of focus though that wouldn’t be as apparent when viewing the image at lesser magnifications and not noticeable at all in a snap shot sized print or viewed on a cell phone screen. Lastly, surprisingly the Epson V-750 has slightly outperformed the the Fuji SP-3000 in maintaining highlight detail as can be seen the the cloud image below. The Creo iQsmart maintains detail the best of both scanners in the highlights and shadows.

I did my best to create an honest representation between these three scanners without exaggeration of the results. Honestly, all three of these scanners can produce acceptable images for most practical purposes. The biggest factor here is our experience with type of work and we know how to get the most out of scanned images.

Greg Miller

Creo iQsmart 3

Fuji SP-3000

Epson V-750

Creo iQsmart 3

Fuji SP-3000

Epson V-750

Creo iQsmart 3

Fuji SP-3000

Epson V-750

Creo iQsmart 3

Fuji SP-3000

Epson V-750

Straight Scans vs Scans with Photoshop

Technicians

Greg Miller – 43 years film and darkroom experience, 13 years digital imaging experience. 34 years motion picture film experience. Self trained

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Dustin Werbeski – 10 years film, darkroom and digital imaging experience. Formally trained.