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Basic Film Carrier 35 MK2
for 35mm Film Camera Scanning

  • $59.00
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Features

  • For strips or rolls of 35mm film
  • Scan full rolls in as fast as 2 minutes
  • Keeps film perfectly flat for sharp scans thanks to improved double S curve channels in the film scanning cassettes
  • Great starting point for the Negative Supply system
  • Works well with the Basic Riser series of copy stands and 4x5 Light Source Basic or Light Source Mini

Product Details

Introducing the Negative Supply Basic Film Carrier 35 MK2: The perfect tool for scanning strips or full rolls of 35mm film quickly, easily, and affordably whether you’re at home, on the go, or in the studio! 

The Basic Film Carrier 35 MK2 is a revolutionary update to the Basic Film Carrier 35 that will reshape the landscape of 35mm film scanning. Using shared parts and processes from the Pro Film Carrier 35, it offers superior film flatness to its predecessor and is capable of scanning all 35mm film formats including half frame, full frame (standard 35mm), and panoramic sizes in a single capture.

Keeping your film perfectly flat with the improved double S-shaped channels in the film scanning cassettes, the Basic Film Carrier 35 MK2 allows you to use a digital camera and macro lens to capture backlit images of a full length roll of film in as fast as two minutes. Most modern digital cameras, from entry level to professional, will allow you to make beautiful film scans. Building off the wide system of Negative Supply film scanning tools, this device is the perfect starting point for photographers of all skill levels. 

 

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 Creator & Co-Founder of CineStill Film

Scanning film with a digital camera is the future digitization. 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. 

 

Camera Body

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.

 

Macro Lens

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.

SOFTWARE REQUIRES DIFFICULTY CONTROL
COST
FilmLab
Mac/PC Consumer  👨‍💻 $
Negative Lab Pro Adobe Lr Prosumer  👨‍🔧👨‍🔬🧙‍♂️ $$
LaserSoft NegaFix SilverFast HDR 8 Professional  👨‍🔬🧙‍♂️ $$$
ColorPerfect Adobe Ps Expert  🧙‍♂️ $


 

 


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