Introducing the Negative Supply Basic Film Carrier 35: 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!
Negative Supply exists to create tools for film photographers around the world that want to spend more time photographing and less time scanning. Their products allow you to digitize negatives using your digital camera and a macro lens in as little as 5 minutes (or less) with tools you may already have.
Everybody loves 35mm film thanks to its ability to quickly and genuinely capture life’s most special moments. The Basic Film Carrier 35 extends that ease and access, allowing you to scan and share your photographs in minutes. You can even use your phone as a light source.
Keeping your film perfectly flat with the unique S-shaped channel guides, the Basic Film Carrier 35 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.
- For strips or rolls of 35mm film
- Scan full rolls in as fast as 2 minutes
- Keeps film perfectly flat for sharp scans
- Great starting point for the Negative Supply system
- Built-in diffusion
- Works well with the Negative Supply Basic Riser MK1 and 4x5 Light Source Basic
Full Border Scanning Guide
Scan with full borders (including sprockets) using this insert set for your Basic Film Carrier 35
Love seeing the sprocket holes of your 35mm film? Us too! Use our Full Border Scanning Guides to scan the full frame of your film and see those beautiful borders! This set includes everything you need to quickly switch out your existing tightly-masked inserts for a set that shows full borders with sprockets.
Note: Depending on film density and quality of light, a halo effect may show in darker parts of images scanned with full borders.
Basic Riser MK1
Affordable and solid copy stand for scanning your film! With a solid wooden base and machined aluminum head, this device is great for mounting both mirrorless and DSLR cameras for scanning.
4x5 Light Source Basic
Light source specifically designed for scanning photographic film for 35mm up through 4x5. Compact and bright, this is a great light pad for both color and black and white film. Alternatively, use your smartphone or tablet as a backlight!
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.
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.