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APS scanning

Discussion in 'Everything Film' started by cliveva, Mar 22, 2017.

  1. Well the great thing about scanning them is that you can evaluate whether your editor (PS, LR, etc) can make the images look nice.
    I also found some APS films seemed a bit on the dark side as scanned, but easy enough to standardise them a bit.
    Here's one I did earlier, in 2001; Minolta Vectis 300 I think, or it might have been a Canon Ixus. Both pocket sized cameras, one zoom and the other not.
    It was scanned at 4256x2517 on my Nikon LS-4000 but that was overkill as a 100% view is a bit blurry! However they print quite nicely up to A5 or even A4 if you leave the print on the far side of the room.
    One of this winter's projects is to catalogue the APS films that I scanned a few years ago (who, what, where, when, why, whatever) and I'd like to find some software that aids keywording since Lightroom makes it all a bit laborious. Perhaps that's worth looking for in another forum or posting a suitable question.

    Thanks, Mike
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  2. BobRetro

    BobRetro New Member

    I have about 200 canisters of APS film that need scanning. Being the cheapskate that I am, I realized that I didn't want to pay to have 5,000 negatives scanned, so I created an APS film holder for scanning APS film without removing them from the canister. The holder is laser-cut for extreme accuracy. It has jaws to mount the canister on, then you open the door on it and unwind the film, guiding it into the tracks. The tracks hold the film flat (which is an accomplishment because this film is VERY curly) and the results are very nice. The film passes under the lid and out the other side (without touching the lid) where it rolls around a spool. The holder is designed for the Epson Perfection line of scanners. Due to the way that scanner is designed, you have to run the film horizontally because otherwise you interfere with the area needed for alignment. This results in you only scanning 2 frames at a time, but the results are worth it. When you are done, you simply roll the film back in the canister! I've been working on perfecting it and have made about 7 different iterations, each one a little bit better than the last. The latest version doesn't touch the frame at all, just the tracks above and below it, to prevent scratching.

  3. neilt3

    neilt3 Well-Known Member

    It would be interesting to see some pictures of the device you've made .
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  4. BobRetro

    BobRetro New Member

  5. Andrew Flannigan

    Andrew Flannigan Well-Known Member

  6. BobRetro

    BobRetro New Member

    Sorry, newbie mistake, it should be shared now.
  7. neilt3

    neilt3 Well-Known Member

  8. Andrew Flannigan

    Andrew Flannigan Well-Known Member

    Aah. Nifty looking bit of work.
  9. Terry B

    Terry B New Member

    Somewhat late to this, but the Minolta Dimage Scan Elite II had an optional APS cartridge adapter. I have both units but don't really know if the APS bit works or not. You are right about how it works. The scanner can be found occasionally, but the APS unit is very rare.
  10. pos

    pos New Member

    Ok, the scanner we use for customer films is the canoscan is4000u. It came with an APS loader.
    Nikon made an APS attachment but it is now unaffordable. Scanning already processed APS is easy: either use a flat holder or the automatic loaders: newly-shot APS film is trickier for fuji or agfa lab machines as the lab units cannot always read the bar codes on the films.
    The Leica C11 was a typical example of Leica missing the bus stop, let alone the bus: introduced in 2002 withdrawn soon after. The camera was one if the nicest looking compacts made for Leica. it also gave excellent results, which is why I always use mine with cn400bw film.

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  11. Sylvain Huot

    Sylvain Huot New Member


    Would it be possible to have picture or blueprints of your APS holder?

    I'm seeking for a solution that doesn't damage / cut the film, not easy to find.

    Thank you very much!
  12. Laurence Cochrane

    Laurence Cochrane Active Member

    Pardon my ignorance but. What is APS ?
  13. neilt3

    neilt3 Well-Known Member

    It's a film format where you just put the cassette in the camera and it wound the film out etc , rather than having to pull the leader out of a 35mm cassette to place or feed onto the take up spool ..
    The format was smaller that a 35mm full frame image ( rather than a half frame ) . The aspect ratio could be changed mid roll , although the full size image was taken a magnetic strip recorded what format you wanted it printed at , APS-C , APS-H or Panoramic . they also had a great many other useless features as well .
    When developed the film is put back in the cassette unlike 35mm , so scanning or enlarging is more of a challenge .

    For more information Google is your friend , type in APS film or APS film cameras . ;)
  14. Laurence Cochrane

    Laurence Cochrane Active Member

    Got it.. Glorified 126
  15. cliveva

    cliveva Well-Known Member

    Hi, it's best feature is that you can change film mid role, putting the original back and the camera winds on to where you took it out.

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