I really think I want to take the plunge and purchase a scanner instead of sending my film away to be scanned. Can I get a good set up for under 10k total, and what do I need? I know I'd like a Fuji Frontier scanner for a start. What else?
Easily. $10K? You could build a functioning film lab for that much.
A Fuji Frontier SP3000 (with ICE) is about $5500. A Super Sidekick film processor is another $1200 The rest of the stuff: drying cabinet, chemicals, etc. is under $500
what is the point of shooting film if you also shoot digital to make your digital files "look like film". what is the point of shooting film, if you only scan your film, show your images digitally, and then go straight to printing digitally in your books? why not..just shoot digitally, and add your VSCO like portra filter?
I shoot film because I like the process so much more. It makes me such a better photographer: more alert and connected with what I am shooting, and more in the moment. Checking the back of the screen over and over is something I can’t help but do with digital, and I feel this draws me out of the moment. I miss so many good shots having the deal with all the wonderful useless features that a modern DSLR provides.
Secondly, I shoot film because of the look. I love the tone, the feel, the grain and the color of film over digital - which to me is way too sterile and perfect to be interesting. My presets DO make digital files look 99% like film scans, but in order to get that level of matching I need to have a film scan as a reference when making adjustments. A film scan gives you the right beacon to point your efforts towards when working with a digital file.
Third? Film is just more fun. The whole process of it. The crazy selection of lenses and camera bodies, each with a little different feel and purpose. You have to try film, really try it, to understand. And then you will be hooked.
Hi there! Is there a way to search your Q+A tumblr page to see if you've already answered a question? Also, when editing and delivering prints, what sizes do you recommend working with and delivering? Thanks in advance!
Your wish is my command. Google custom search has been added :)
For prints: I deliver 4x6 proof prints with some packages, all other prints are ordered by the client or family and friends of the client through an online gallery in any size they wish. They also choose the cropping, so it is very simple.
Kirk, First of all I really appreciate the time and your willingness to pass on your knowledge on photography. I am starting to shoot film as a amateur and hobbyist. I was wondering if you know of any good film scanners that you would recommend.
Cheapest and only does 35mm: A $200 Pakon 135 Plus Best and can do any format up to 6x9: A $5500 Fuji Frontier SP3000
Hi! I am thinking about buying a Fuji Sp2500 or 3000. Which do you recommend and what is the difference? What was your learning curve to getting the awesome scanned imaged you have?
If you can swing it buy the SP3000 solely for the fact that is has ICE. Without ICE you will spend 10x more time dealing with/removing dust and scratches from your scans.
If you can’t afford the $5500 it takes to buy a SP3000, then go for a SP2500 and save up for the SP3000 later. That is what I did.
As for learning to scan? It is 90% in how well you see color and how well you color correct with any other program like Photoshop or Lightroom.
The SP2500 and SP3000 have little keyboards you use to dial in color and density and I like to call it ‘Lightroom Cave Man Edition’ because it is so basic … even a cave man can do it! Remember - these machines were often operated by teenagers at your local Walgreens ;)
Hey Kirk, I was just wondering why you chose the Pentax 645 over the 645n. I am buying my first medium format and I have narrowed it down to these. Thanks for all your information. It is much appreciated.
I chose the original Pentax 645 because it is what I tried out in the store. And then proceeded to buy it on impulse. Simple as that :)
I have never tried any other flavors of the Pentax 645.
I love the most recent wedding you posted (Kiana Lodge), the colors are beautiful! I struggle with the Contax 645 and focusing, did you perhaps shoot some of these images at a smaller aperture? Or do you always shoot wide open like EVERYONE else?
Funny you noticed that.
Yes, I have started shooting at f2.8 as my starting aperture instead of the typical f2. I want to know FOR SURE that every shot is in focus. I was missing some shots at f2, and frankly I feel that f2 bokeh can be a crutch for a mediocre image.
I shoot at 2.8-5.6 now and have never been happier. I keep f2 for low light emergency use only now.
Hi Kirk. I'm considering getting a Pentax 67 as well to complement my Contax 645. I don't know too much about it but was curious on what's your take and what are the differences between the Pentax 6x7,67 and 67II? Also for wedding work what lens would you recommend for the setup? Thanks!
One question first: why the Pentax 67 if you already have a Contax 645?
They will do nearly the same thing, but the Pentax 67 is slower to shoot and load, and has less shots per roll than the Contax.
If you have an artitstic reason for having both that is great, but otherwise it seems like it would be cumbersome.
So on to your question: there is no important difference between the three. The P67 II has a better viewfinder (slightly) and a better meter (which you won’t use because you should only use a hand held meter ;), and mirror lock up (which you won’t use either for weddings.)
So any of them would be fine. For the lens? Well what focal length do you feel most connected to? For me it is the 50mm length on 35mm (or, the Standard focal length.) What the human eyes sees, roughly.
A ‘Standard’ lens on the Pentax means the 105mm f2.4. However if you like the 35mm focal length, maybe a 75mm would be better for you on the P67.
Good luck on whatever you decide to do! There are no ‘bad’ P67 bodies or lenses.
Hi Kirk. Is there a difference in the pentax 67 105 lens? I'm finding some that say Pentax 6x7 105 2.4 Takumar Lens and others without Takumar listed. Also thank you so much for sharing your knowledge.
I think they are the same except for the material of the focus ring. Some are metal and the later ones are plastic.