Scanned images from 126 film tend to be of a lower quality than 35mm or larger film due to the lower grade camera equipment that the film was generally used in.
There is no hardware specifically designed to scan 126 film, so each strip is loaded into an after market 126 film holder and manually scanned. Each image is digitally cleaned with Digital ICE to improve the image quality.
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The vast majority of 126 films we receive usually require scratch removal due to the wear and tear the films have suffered over the years. The film has good resilience to fading providing it has been stored in a cool dry location, but each frame is automatically checked to improve the colours and contrast. Every strip or frame of 126 film goes through the following processes:
Once your items are scanned they will require some form of digital processing in order to get the most out of your new digital image.
We have a range of image processing services that you can choose from to suit your budget and requirements.
Our most commonly requested service is the Standard Service. This service will automatically restore the colour and contrast of the image, it will also rotate any portrait images to the correct orientation and will also remove any uneven borders or rounded corners. It also includes basic dust and scratch removal, either by infrared or software detection.
The Standard service is included free of charge on all of our scans.
The Standard service can be upgraded to our premium Touch up and Professional processing services. These upgrades are more advanced as the images are manually adjusted by our Photoshop technicians.
After we return your images to you we keep a copy of them on our servers for around 3 months. So should you lose your disc we can replace it for you without having to rescan your images.
Having your films, slides and photos scanned and converted to digital images, not only preserves them before they deteriorate, but it allows you to view and share them using todays digital equipment, such as computers, Digital TV's, Digital photo frames, iPod's and smartphones. You can upload them onto Social Networking sites, such a Facebook or Twitter or share them with anyone you wish using an online photo album. The images can also be imported into Microsoft Powerpoint for presentation use and are suitable for use on high resolution projection systems.
Having your images scanned to digital allows you to distribute copies of the images to friends and family and can make a wonderful birthday, anniversary or Christmas gift for a family member or friend.
All items are scanned using high quality scanners that adjust the colours, brightness and contrast levels. Digital ICE4 is included on all colour slide and film scans to remove the majority of the dust and scratches resulting in a clearer image.
No job is too big or too small for us. We regularly handle small family collections of a handful of images to major digital conversions of many thousands of images from high profile publishing houses, museum archives, universities and various private organisations and charities.
All the images are returned as standard JPG files, exactly the same type of file from a modern digital camera. You can then use the images for any purpose, display or print. We can also return scans of slides and films in uncompressed lossless .TIF format if you wish, for a small additional fee to cover the increased file size.
Photographs are scanned using dedicated Kodak photo scanners which have patented photo handling devices to handle your photos with care. Picture saving software also improves the image quality by checking and adjusting the colours and contrast levels.
Our scanning resolution for 35mm films and slides is 4000 dpi, which results in files of around 8 - 12MB in size, depending on the image content and film size. Medium format films are scanned at up to 5300dpi using the latest Opticfilm 120 scanning hardware.
We can create a special rolling DVD video disk for you, that shows each image in turn on your TV, you can also choose a HD blu-ray version to show your images in HD.
We can also return your images on a USB memory stick, simply plug the stick into your computer to access the digital images. Some Smart HDTV's also have USB sockets that will allow you to display your images directly onto your TV.