Mini / portable film scanner?
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Mini / portable film scanner?

Mini / portable film scanner?

Can anyone recommend me a mini / portable scanner that can also scan 120? If not then I'll use my dads dslr for it. I'm going to study abroad so I can't bring my along with me, though I think my school has a darkroom. Thanks
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The most portable scanning setup you can get is a flat panel light box and a camera with a suitable macro lens. A small tripod or jig to hold the film and light box flat with respect to the camera, and you're all set.

For a 35mm format camera, you need about 1:3 magnification to capture 120 film images.

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Yea, I tried that with my phone as the light source and it gave decent results
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Yea, I tried that with my phone as the light source and it gave decent results
You need to use a light pad. Something like this:
https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ..._x_5_Slim.html

A smart phone/ipad etc is pixelated and that effects quality.
For 120 film I use the setup that Geoffrey mentioned and it easily matches high end lab scans. For 35mm film I use the same DSLR and 60mm micro Nikkor lens, but use the Nikon ES-1 slide copier with a film holder . Lit with a slave flash. Absolutely perfect.
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Bumppppppp!
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Perfekt for you
https://shop.lomography.com/en/smartphone-scanner
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Oh wow! That's cool Thanks for the link!
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I don't see anything that says it can see a 120 format image. Maybe it can. For $50, it's cheap enough to give it a whirl for 35mm. :-)

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Yup, any more suggestions?
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Another possible approach: As you are relocating to the UK, try to source a scanner locally. Some of the plusteks can be gotten used (note to self...). Otherwise, yes, this may limit to flatbeds but if your accomodation is arranged a long time, you can have it there.

I may be moving as well and no way I am bringing the Epson any soon. For Color it will be lab. I'm not much of a B&W shooter but with a local/community darkroom it may be a great time to learn printing well and go fully analog.

That aside of the Digital camera + Macro duping setup. Actually it's most versatile because it would mean you then having a (good) digital camera!


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After using a copy stand, DSLR, macro lens, and light box for a couple of years, I upgraded to a Nikon bellows and slide/film holder, and a better lens, so I didn't have to have the stand set up and fuss with alignment every time, and that is working great. In this case, for someone taking an extended outing, it also is relatively compact. As I have it, it won't do 120 easily, though I can imagine some changes I'd make if that mattered to me.
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For 120 formats up to 6x9, it's hard to beat the Leica BEOON if you use a copy setup. Set up for 1:3 magnification or thereabouts and it's easy to bang off 12 6x6 frames in a few minutes.

Not super compact and you need Leica mount lens and body (native or through adaptation), but it sure works well.

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Sounds a bit complicated, but thanks!
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Any more suggestions?
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...there's an app for that! (if the link fails, try searching for HELMUT on Google Play)

Could not get it to work for me, but I admit I did not spend too much time messing with it.

Can't imagine the quality would be anything worth writing home about, but it could be a quick way to preview negatives as positives and posting on social media.
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