WHY SHOULD I DRUM SCAN MY FILM?

1. Start with good scans instead of correcting bad scans.

Many photographers and visual artists working with film struggle to colour correct scans made on Imacon (Flextight) or Epson scanners, particularly with colour negative film. Rather than spending hours trying to fix muddy colours, start with beautiful and accurate scans that don’t require fixing in the first place.

2. Less dust. Fewer scratches. Less wasted time.

Wet-mounted drum scans have several advantages vs. dry scans made on Imacon (Flextight)1, Noritsu2, Fuji Frontier3, or Epson scanners4. Even though dry scanning is easier, wet-mounting visibly improves grain structure and gives images a greater sense of depth. Most importantly, though, wet-mounting greatly minimizes dust and scratches which will save you hours of time spotting (“dusting”) files in Photoshop.

1 Imacon (Flextight) models: Photo, Precision II/III, 343, 646, 848, 949, X1, X5
2 Nortisu models: LS-600, LS-1100, HS-1800
3 Fuji Frontier models: SP-500, SP-1500, SP-2000, SP-3000
4 Epson models: 4990, V370, V550, V600, V700, V750, V800, V850, 10000XL, 12000XL
3. Nothing is sharper than a drum scan.

Designed to resolve up to 19200ppi of optical resolution with no interpolation, SMB’s ChromaGraph S3400 was built from top to bottom at an exceptional level of precision. And with over 1500lb of stability, the ChromaGraph S3400 is arguably the sharpest film scanner in the world. Rather than hopelessly trying to sharpen soft scans, start with scans that resolve every single detail in your film.

4. Drum scans are the last scans you’ll ever need.

Drum scans made at SMB are always scanned as positives using SilverFast’s proprietary 48-bit HDR scanning mode. This means that each scan is a reference grade, archival copy of your entire slide or negative—including the film rebate—without any permanent changes. And with nearly unlimited optical resolution and 16-bit tonal resolution per channel, you’ll never need to re-scan your film.