Digitizing Film Without a Scanner (pt. 3)

And it was close, but no cigar…

As you flip through the pictures below, note a couple of things: 1) the warp in the film; 2) the focus (or lack thereof); 3) the color.

So my cardboard-and-tape film duplicating contraption failed to keep the film flat. Additionally, it was just a bit shy of the minimum distance needed to focus, even with the (admittedly slight) extension.

Sort of a shame, really. There are a couple of pictures of Olive and Ivan on the roll, and a couple of selfies, a few random snapshots around the Grigsby, and some shots from a few photowalks. The out of focus ones I’m sharing today came from the Dallas Blooms walk and the downtown McKinney photowalk. (That reminds me: I never shared anything from the roll of Ilford that I finished up just before starting the roll that these came from… maybe one day soon.)

In fact, I shot some of the same shots (or shots from a very similar vantage point) with the D7000 and Sigma 30mm f/1.4… Just for fun, let’s compare them…

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A few things to note:

  • my vision and color sense have changed a bit…
  • the 35ZF has a light leak
  • the digital version looks a bit glossy, detached, clinical (the change in my vision/color sense, and the addition of monitor calibration have something to do with this, but still… maybe I should reprocess the digital ones when/if I get the negatives scanned a bit better)
  • the film version has some character, a more physical quality, some soul. Sure, the pictures aren’t sharp,* but they have a character that just isn’t in the original.

Assuming you made it this far, which do you prefer? Why?


I want to shoot more film…Digital photographs shot with the D7000 and Sigma 30mm f/1.4. The filmy goodness came out of the Ricoh 35 ZF and a roll of Fuji Pro 400H film, processed at a CVS in lower Greenville.

*This is not the fault of the Ricoh, which is plenty sharp. I’ll share some shots off that B/W roll one of these days.

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