Lab Scan vs Home Scan

After well over a year into The Film Project, I'm still wrestling with my options for scanning negatives.

On one hand, the convenience of lab scans at the time of processing is very convenient. But unless you get the smallish 1545x1024 Jpegs, the costs can really begin to stack up. For higher resolution 3089x2048 Tiffs, the price tag is around $26 a roll, including the processing.

The quality of a lab scan Tiff at the time of processing is convenient, but the costs do add up. Photos by Derrick Story. Captured with a Pentax ZX-5n and Pentax-F 35-70mm zoom on Kodak ColorPlus 200 negative film.

Another option, and one that I find myself using more these days, is to order the cheaper 1545x1024 Jpegs at the time of processing ($14). Those lower rez images are great for cataloging in Capture One Pro. So I can still keep track of all my images.

Then, if I need more resolution, I can scan my favorites in the Wolverine F2D ($129) that I have sitting on my desk. It provides me with 5472x3648 Jpegs, and the quality is pretty good.

Home scan with the Wolverine F2D. I further processed the Jpeg in Capture One Pro, reducing the Clarity and Structure to help control noise. I did sharpen a bit and play with the color to produce more of an Ektachrome look.

Saving $12 per roll pays for my Wolverine in just a couple months. And the additional time investment is minimal since the scanner is so easy to use.

Now the big question is... what will I use for the final versions of the shots that go in the book? I haven't decided that yet. Do you have suggestions?


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