Building a DIY a Makeshift Film Scanner

DIY Film Scanner


Do you have a bunch of 35mm negatives (or slides for that matter) that you would love to get into your computer? No, don’t try to force them into your floppy drive, you need to get the tools out and make a trip down to the DIY store for some parts. This nifty project will turn a tube and some plastic into a holder that you can take macro photos of your film. You might say ‘hey, my flat bed scanner will scan negatives. Why should I do this?’ Well, you might not know this but your digital camera has a greater dynamic range than most scanners. That means you shadows and highlights will retain more information when you shoot them. Nothing sucks more than scanning a slide in and seeing blown out highlights and noise in the shadows.

Creating a makeshift film scanner

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  1. Hay, I’ve been mucking around with a few flatbed scanners for a while, trying to turn them into cameras, automated scanning things, and other (unfinished) projects. I’d like to point out that (most) flatbed scanners are capable of doing 10-14 bits per channel, rather than the normal 8-bits. If you have the right lighting conditions, you can get a bit more out of your scanner than you would a standard digital camera. Negatives? How quaint! =_)

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