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Comparing Film Scans: Drum vs Flatbed vs DSLR

1/28/2020 ISO 1200 Magazine 1 Comments

Comparing Film Scans: Drum vs Flatbed vs DSLR

How does a drum scan vs a scan on an Epson V750 vs a scan with a digital SLR compare? How big are the differences and how much do they translate to the print?

So in this video, Nick Carver is comparing the print results from 3 different types of scans on 2 different types of film with 2 different types of printing processes/paper. We'll look at how they stack up in terms of sharpness, grain, dynamic range, dust, color, and workflow. Some of the results were as expected, some were quite a surprise.

Table of Contents: 

- About the test - 2:42
- About the prints - 3:42
- If you please - 6:29
- What this video will cover - 7:11
- Criteria: How the scans were done - 7:32
- Criteria: How the files were prepped - 13:26
- Results: Sharpness - 15:00
- Results: Grain - 17:23
- Results: Dynamic Range - 18:58
- Results: Dust - 20:38
- Results: Color - 21:43
- Results: Workflow -27:32
- Conclusion: What will I do going forward? - 33:05

You may also like to watch his previous video: "Film Photography On Location: The Laundromat"

About Nick Carver:

As a professional photography teacher, I get immense joy out of teaching aspiring photographers how to become better shooters. Through my online photography courses, private photography lessons in Orange County and group classes, I am fortunate to meet so many wonderful people who give me the opportunity to help them reach that next level in their photography endeavors.

I recently released an online course all about manual metering for film photography. If you're interested in checking out the course, visit

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Benoit said...

What type and brand of drum scanner was used. Would have been interesting to know that and software they use. Linocolor?
On your negative film camera captures, I don't see a black mask to stop the light around the negative. May not have been a problem with your close up captures for stitching.
Any way, thanks for the demo.