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Why is drum scanning the best?

Drum scanning is the finest quality, highest resolution method available to scan your transparencies and negative film. Each drum scan is performed on a custom basis to retain your film's delicate highlights, deep shadow details, smooth gradients, and excellent grain rendition. These scans are the best possible starting points for fine art prints. Scans are available up to 8000dpi for all formats up to 8" x 10" film. 

Which drum scanner do you use?

We use Heidelberg Tango and Aztek HR8000 drum scanners to deliver the best scans money can buy. 

What is a drum scanner, and why should I care?

A drum scanner a film scanner that makes the best scans of negative and transparency film. Nothing else captures the dynamic range, tonal quality, detail, and sharpness of your image. These are professional machines designed for exacting reproductions.  Our Tango drum scanner is five feet tall and weighs 550 pounds. Our Aztek (the small scanner) weighs 140 pounds.

Your film is fluid-mounted to an acrylic cylinder (the drum) and sandwiched between optically clear Mylar. The fluid mounting increases highlight and shadow detail in your scans. It improves fine detail while removing much of the dust & scratches, emulsion blemishes, etc) in your film, and reduces film grain. There's no way to simulate the improvements fluid mounting your film offers - you can only fluid mount film with drum scanners and some flatbeds, not with an Imacon or Noritsu scanner. The end result is drum scans that are cleaner and sharper, without feeling like the scans have been sharpened with a filter.

After mounting, the drum is loaded into the scanner, where it spins at high RPM as the scan head (also called the "periscope" travels up and down in a series of extremely precise micro-steps, slowly yet faithfully recording the film's details line by line. A medium format negative may take up to 1.5 - 2 hours of scanning time. 

Which drum scanner is the best drum scanner?

Excellent question! We are lucky to have two drum scanners in our studio. We prefer the Heidelberg Tango for transparencies and most negative scans. The detail it pulls from highlights and shadows is clean and effortless, and the grain is beautiful. The Aztek allows us to scan large format film at a higher resolution, but that doesn't always translate into meaningful improvements in your prints. Aztek's software can sometimes help with extremely thin negatives. We're always happy to suggest which scanner is best for your particular project. 

How long have you been drum scanning film?

Brad (Candela's owner, guy who does almost all of the drum scanning) has been operating drum scanners since 2005 and has owned or operated Heidelberg Tangos, Primescans, S3900, Imacon Flextights, Nikon Coolscans, Epson flatbed scanners, and Aztek HR8000s. 

Brad was trained in drum scanning by Bob Cornelis of Color Folio, and has drum scanned film for clients all around the world, including Richard Misrach, Todd Hido, Roger Minick, Debra Bloomfield, and many more!

How to order drum scans

Please click here for our order page and directions on how to send your film to us. 

File Size and Print Size

Print size is for files printed at 300dpi; larger prints are possible if printed at a lower resolution. Grayscale files will be 1/3 the size listed. We can scan up to 96 gigabytes in size if for some reason you need a huge scan.

Negative Film and Transparency Film

All scans are opened and checked for sharpness, and to remove any air bubbles. Negative film is converted to a positive state. No further post-scan cleanup or color/tonal corrections are included. 

Retouching and file mastering

We can perform further retouching to fully spot your files, and file mastering to create a print-ready master file - check out our custom printing service for more information.  

Need more information?

Please click here for more information on our drum scanner and scanning service. 

Artwork scanning

Need artwork scanned, or digital capture of your paintings? Click here for artwork scanning and reproduction.

Pricing

All scans are 16-bit. All scans are checked for sharpness and to remove any air bubbles. Negative film is converted to a raw positive state. No further post-scan cleanup or color/tonal corrections are included. We can perform further retouching spot and create a print-ready master file - check out our custom printing service for more information.

Film Size
Scan Size
Price
File Size - Color
Max Print Size*
35mm
4000dpi
$35
125 MB
13" x 20"
35mm
8000dpi
$50
500 MB
26" x 38"
35mm
11000dpi
$100 1 GB
35" x 50"

 

Mid Format        
Film Size
Scan Size
Price
File Size - Color
Max Print Size*
645 - 6x6cm
4000dpi
$50
375-600 GB
30" x 30"
645 - 6x6cm
8000dpi
$100
1.5 - 2.3 GB
60" x 60"
6x7 - 6x9cm
4000dpi
$65
600MB - 750 MB
40" x 48"
6x7 - 6x9cm
8000dpi
$130
2.3 - 3 GB
60" x 70"

 

617 Pano
       
Film Size
Scan Size
Price
File Size - Color
Max Print Size*
6 x 17 cm
2000dpi
$75
350 MB
60" x 21"
6 x 17 cm
4000dpi
$145
1.5 GB
90" x 31"

 

4" x 5"
       
Film Size
Scan Size
Price
File Size - Color
Max Print Size*
4" x 5"
2000dpi
$75
450 MB
26" x 32"
4" x 5"
4000dpi
$125
1.8 GB
52" x 65"

 

8" x 10"
       
Film Size
Scan Size
Price
File Size - Color
Max Print Size*
8" x 10"
1200dpi
$75
700 MB
30" x 40"
8" x 10"
2000dpi
$125
1.8 GB
53" x 65"
8" x 10" 2666dpi $200 3.2 GB  72" x 90"

MB = Megabytes, GB = Gigabytes
Pricing effective: 10/2014

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