The other day I finally started scanning the negatives from the last shots of film I used. I had 22 rolls processed, I was using 4 different film cameras at the time which I will post more on later. My scanner (CanoScan 8800F) has been running as much as I can keep it loaded with negatives for the last 6 days and I still have 6 or 7 more rolls to scan! It takes about an hour to scan 12 35mm negatives at 4800 dpi which gives you a resolution of about 30MP – well beyond the maximum useable resolution of the film, I find this works pretty well to get the most out of the scans.
Looking at all the pics I took, it really makes me wish I had not decided to quite using film. Film is really great for the aesthetic it gives, you would think that all the flaws, the inaccurate color, the narrow dynamic range would be major turns offs, but there is a certain texture to film that you don’t get from a digicam. I am currently looking at ways to recreate the film effect without all the extra hassle involved, using programs like DxO Film Pack or even homebrewed Photoshop actions, some of witch work surprisingly well. I will post more on this later.