Filmtoaster

I just came across a company that’s manufacturing a camera-scanning setup kind of similar to my homemade one:

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http://www.filmtoaster.photography/

Pretty nice looking unit, but crazy expensive in my opinion, at $1,500!  And you’d have to add the optional focusing rails to be able to adjust your framing beyond their pre-set slot distances from your camera.  (Are those toilet-paper roll holders as handles?  Hey, whatever works!)

Here’s a link to a video review of it

And here’s my setup:IMG_2022

I think the film transport track on my 35mm scanning system may actually work better than their system, because I don’t have to load a film holder before inserting it.  I did see in a video that one of their 35mm film holders lets you slide film through it, but it looks like the negs would rub on the plastic as you slide it, potentially scratching the film.

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I’m curious whether they actually sell many of these units.

Read more about my scanning setup here

And read about my 120 film scanning setup here

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3 Comments on “Filmtoaster”

  1. I applaud someone tackling this problem. I’m guessing the high cost is due to the low volume. If I had lots of 120 film this would be a tempting solution.

    If you are 35mm photographer don’t pass an opportunity to pick up a Leica BEOON. It’s the sweetest system I’ve found to scan 35mm film. This little device is a marvel of engineering out of Leica from 1959 to around 1970. Paired with a good enlarging lens like the APO Rodagon 50/2.8 enlarging lens, I’m producing “scans” from a Sony A7 that are better than my old Microtek Artixscan 4000tf scanner could produce. An inexpensive Fuji X-E2 or its siblings is another excellent camera for this setup.

    Often you will find BEOONs without all the tubes (A,B,C,D). You need the B,C and D tubes to achieve 1:1 with a FF camera. But you can find generic tubes and adapt them if any are missing.

    • Rick Schuster says:

      Thanks for that tip about the Leica BEOON. I’ve not seen that before. Looks like a great copy stand that would work really well for digitizing.

  2. I’m sure it’s a fantastic solution but wow – the price. Thanks for the great post. I currently opt for the poor man’s DSLR scanning method and wrote a post about it on my blog here:
    http://www.filmbeginnings.com/?p=196


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