Recently I was scanning 35mm film with my camera. It is a perfect way, and i think with more detail. But it was time consuming and i needed some good software to convert negatives to positives.
I found a Epson V600 scanner, which has the possibility to scan film, positive and negative, 35mm and 120 rolfilm.
My experience so far: it’s a lot faster with the epson scan software. It seems to take some time, you need to pre scan and adust every image before you make the final scan. But when that’s done the scan proces is easy. Just one click and all negatives are scanned and stored.
When owning a Epson V600 (or V550) you can download Silverfast 8.8 SE software. When you need to scan negatives with more acurate color or difficult colors, it’s better to use this sofware. And by entering the serial number of your scanner you can get de Special Edition for free. Which is good enough. The Pro version has more/better options to restore old photos with some AI technology. But again, removing scratches and dust is also possible with Photoshop.
At first I had some trouble using the scanner, After 2 or 3 scans, the software crashed and reported the scanner was not connected? But now after 250 scans, i don’t have this issue anymore.
Plenty of time this moment because of Covid-19. So it’s time to open a box with many negative film. All 35mm created with an Olympus Trip 35. My dad used to take photos a long time ago. He bought his Olympus in Katwijk in 1969. For me a surprise to see so many photos but never saw them before.
Because i shot some photos recently with his old Olympus (and my canon eos10 dslr) i wanted to digitalize the negatives by myself. The first few tries were a disaster. Not sharp, bad colors. To improve the quality of the digital photo i made a simple solution. 2 pieces of glass (from 2 photo frames 13x18cm). Created a small frame for 1 35mm frame with black tape. As a backlite i use a led light. The camera, every camera will do fine, i use my Olympus omdem1 with 30mm f3.5 m.zuiko and a remote trigger. To focus i use a piece of paper with printed text. Manual focus on the text. Set the camera on Manual with an Aperture of 7.1 and shutterspeed of 1/15 (depending on the led backlight)
The most difficult part is to convert negative photos to normal. It can be done with lightroom, by changing the curves 0f every color. But you will not get perfect colors. Specially when converting many photos one at a time. It is possible to synchronise all photos but the results are bad. Another possibility is Snapseed on the ipad. It is possible to convert the negative. But in this case the same, it takes a lot of time to tweak the photo for a decent photo.
The best result for now is Negative Lab Pro. A plugin for Lightroom. But amazing what results you get.
Recently i found my old cameras again. A Canon EOS10 and an Olympus Trip 35. That was the reason to find out if i could make digital copies of my old film negatives and how to convert the film when i would use my old cameras again.
I will write my experience here soon. So please come back for more information.
What you need: digital camera with macro lens, led light with a White transparant plate or iPad and a tripod. For conversion from negative to normal colors i use lightroom.