A Copy Stand, Designed Specifically For Camera Scanning.
Introducing the Pro Riser MK1. With a precision lead screw for height adjustment and all metal construction, the Pro Riser MK1 provides a stable platform for your camera during film digitization.
Designed to partner with Negative Supply's existing and future portfolio of products, the Pro Riser MK1 is key in developing a comprehensive set of tools for scanning film quickly and easily.
Utilizing precise design and manufacturing tolerances and a metal construction, the Pro Riser MK1 adds ease and stability to your camera scanning outfit, all while retaining a small footprint.
At nearly 600mm (24”) tall, the Pro Riser MK1 has been designed for digitizing film up to 4x5 with a 100mm full frame equivalent lens.
- Machined aluminum riser head
- Composite Fiber Brackets
- Durable and Expandable Framing
- Precision Steel height Adjustment Screw
Durability and years of use have always been at the forefront Negative Supply, and making something modular increases a product’s life cycle. The Pro Riser has been designed from standard tubular slot framing, which allows for expandability as your needs change.
All metal construction and solid 15x13” base provides security and ease of use during film digitization.
A T8 lead screw provides height adjustment, allowing you to quickly focus on the negative. If you’re using a manual lens, you can even set it to 1:1 and use this mechanism to precisely find focus on the grain.
Using the same production techniques as the Film Carrier MK1, the precision machined aluminum riser housing provides a solid mount for your camera. It’s also compatible with standard macro rails and tripod heads, so mounting custom setups are easy.
Digital camera scanning is becoming popular because it’s an easy and resourceful way to scan your own work with equipment you may already have. DSLR/Mirrorless scanning is relatively new to film, but it gives added speed, convenience, and precision for capturing frames in full detail. Modern cameras with high resolution also capture slide film with better reproduction quality and color due to CMOS sensor technology.
“After having scanned all our film for over a decade using a professional Fuji Frontier minilab scanner (essentially a Camera Scanner), Epson v750 flatbed and various others, camera scanning is finally emerging as a premium workflow solution for scanning your own work in all formats. The Negative Supply products solve many of the initial struggles of camera scanning. It is now fast and reliable with potentially higher resolution in a much smaller package and simply more efficient in nearly every way.” - Brandon Wright
Scanning film with a digital camera is the future digitization, but strip holders take forever. Speed up scanning time by capturing entire rolls and advance between frames with a high quality stainless steel drive mechanism. Each Frame can be precisely centered while capturing every detail quickly and efficiently. The Film Carrier MK1 has seen worldwide success following the Kickstarter campaign, and is now available to ship.
A negative holder keeps the film in place for image capture. The film needs to be completely flat for sharp photos. This is the key to good camera scans. It holds your precious film flat and safe. Spare no expense.
The light source is one of the most important things when creating a camera scanning setup. Consistent light creates evenly lit images, and full spectrum light allows for great color correction. Chances are, if your light source isn’t high CRI or has dips in the spectrum, your colors will be very hard to correct. There are many light panel options out there, but the very best offer consistent, full spectrum light with a brightness high enough to capture images at moderate shutter speeds.
Camera & Lens
Just about any semi-modern interchangeable camera will work great for camera scanning. There are many mirrorless or DSLR options to choose from, with the most convenient offering tethered live view capture to your computer. The Canon T2i is probably the cheapest option out there with tethering and large lens selection, and new cameras like the Sony A7 series are now very affordable with great IQ. High end setups may even use the new full frame Panasonic mirrorless cameras with pixel stitching.
For camera scanning, the one real requirement is that your lens focuses close enough to capture the entire frame, without having to digitally crop. For full frame cameras and capturing 35mm film, the term 1:1 designates a lens that will reproduce the 35mm frame exactly onto the full frame digital sensor. With crop bodies, 1:1 focus even closer. There are also options to use extension tubes for older macro lenses. We have had excellent results with an inexpensive Nikon 55mm macro from the film days, using a simple extension tube to get 1:1 on our full frame bodies. Higher end, yet affordable options include the excellent Sigma 70mm ART Macro. The Outside of reproduction factor (1:1), also look out for lenses that are sharp, have good color reproduction, limit internal reflections (modern coatings), and have very little vignetting. Finally, it’s generally best to use your lens stopped down 2-3 from wide open, as this gives a good combination between depth of field and brightness.
Software for Negative Conversion
There are a few plugins and standalone programs for converting negatives into positives. Some older and some newer, all of them try to harness the color science based in darkroom paper to various degrees. Many professional scanners have used LaserSoft applications or some proprietary/built-in software to emulate darkroom printing. After all, even a professional lab scanner is simply a digital camera and a light source. The applications below do the same thing for converting negatives captured with you digital camera rather than a digital camera built into a scanner. We recommend choosing the one that best suits your workflow.