Scan By Frame Imacon flextight 848 sample scan gallery

Based in Singapore, Scan By Frame is an opportunity for photography enthusiasts to digitize their best medium and large format shots using a truly professional grade film scanner: the Imacon Flextight 848.

FLEXTIGHT 848 sample scans

The scans below were all done on an Imacon Flextight 848 scanner. All images were saved in 16bit with Adobe RGB color space embedded. Post processing on Photoshop was applied onto all images including basic color correction, and dust and scratch removal

Fuji Velvia 100

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Kodak Elitechrome 100

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What is a virtual drum and how does it benefit the scanning process?

A virtual drum is a system that allows for perfect focus with a glass-free optical path. By bending the original film during scanning, the tension creates a straight scan-line that eliminates inaccuracies that can cause registration errors and color flaring.

The other apparent advantage of scanning on Imacon's virtual drum system over a flatbed system is that you avoid the Newton Rings effect without the need to wet-mount your films. This is a major time-saver.

How long does it take to scan my films?

That depends on the job queue and how many frames you sent for scanning. In most situations, it takes between 7 to 10 working days.

Please contact us if you need a scan job done at a quicker pace. Do note such requests will be handled on a case by case basis and can incur additional charges at our discretion.

The frame I want scanned is part of a strip? Do I need to cut out the frame before shipping it for scanning?

A simple solution is to just indicate which frame on the strip you want scanned.

You can either take a photo of the strip and indicate the desired frame. Or you can physically attach a sticker or note when submitting your films at the drop-off point.

Do you scan 35mm film?

It will be on a case by case basis as 35mm film requires a different film holder. The same rates will apply per frame.

Do you use Digital ICE to remove dust and scratches?

The Imacon FlexColor software utilizes a different approach to removing dust and scratches called FlexTouch. This feature is best used sparingly so as to avoid over-softening the image. A more effective approach for removing dust and scratches is to combine FlexTouch with additional post-processing in Photoshop.

Do you do digital color restoration of old films?

No. Only basic color corrections such as removing color casts and fine tuning white balance.

What solvent-based solution do you use to clean films?

PEC-12 is a waterless Photographic Emulsion Cleaner which is suitable for use on most film and print emulsions. It is a blend of organic hydrocarbon solvents with a neutral pH and is free from chlorofluorocarbons and chlorinated hydrocarbons. It dries instantly, leaves no residue and meets archival needs. Because it contains no water, PEC-12 will not cause emulsion swelling, tackiness, water marks or other damage associated with re-washing. PEC-12 removes virtually all non-water based stains from color and B&W slides, negatives and prints including:

  • grease pencil
  • adhesive residue
  • finger oils, ball-point pen
  • fungus, smoke & soot damage
  • laser separation oil
  • most permanent inks

If one pass with the cleaner and the pad does not remove the dirt, then you may have a water based stain and you can't remove it with this cleaner.

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