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What Makes Our Slide Transfers Exceptional?

We start with a professionally trained and educated operator who graduated from the world-renowned Brooks Institute of Photography, in Santa Barbara, CA (graduated February 1996).

Your slides are professionally digitized at the highest resolution (of 61.0 megapixels = 9,504 × 6,336-pixel files), employing specialist equipment and tender care.

Please have a look at the equipment and tools we use. We do not use automation. We take no shortcuts, which is obvious from the results we achieve. To view our slide transfer samples.

Important: Read the last paragraph ... if you read nothing else!

Our Camera

This Sony α7R IV 35mm full-frame camera, with 61.0 megapixels, exceeds the resolution of 35mm film by 170%. That is outstanding performance that creates highly-detailed images.

slide transfer sensor
Sony α7R IV, 61.0 megapixels - 14bit RAW - with Dynamic Range Optimizer. Image size: 9,504 × 6,336 pixels

We capture a true 1:1 image, offering a superior dynamic range of over 14 stops. Film generally has 10 stops of dynamic range, but we can work with a broader range bringing about optimal luminance.

We manually set the exposure on each slide.

For each image, expect approximate file sizes to be:

• JPEG file - 7.5 MB - we provide • TIFF file - 340 MB - optional (click the checkbox on the online order form if you would like the TIFF file – no extra charge) • RAW file (ARW) - 60.1 to 60.9 MB – provided upon request (no extra charge)

Our Lens

The Voigtländer Macro APO-LANTHAR 110mm F1:2.5

The best "German" lens designed for true 1:1 macro work

The "APO" (the apochromat) aspect of the lens is important and will produce very impressive details without necessitating post-production chromatic aberration correction. However, if a customer's lens has chromatic aberration issues, we now have an exceptional image at our disposal and can do further "post-capture" work.

This lens is remarkably sophisticated and precise, even though it is a manual focus lens!

Our Light Source

What furnishes the light is a Canon Speedlite 430EX strobe light set to 1/8 of its full power output.

light for slide scanning
A very reliable strobe light is an essential component.

We then shape the light quality by adding a glass diffuser between the strobe and the slide. The diffuser in the lineup is what emits a uniform soft light and is what ultimately backlights the slide.

Our Slide-Holder

A projector is used to "hold" the slide in place. We are not using the projector to project the slide image rather to simply hold the slide in place.

slide holder
We started with this and ended up with a trade-secret piece of equipment.

It took a little modification – cutting a sizable portion off the front section and removing the lens. We also had to add a strobe light and a diffusing "milk" glass.

Our Focus Adjustment

We use this to manually find the perfect focus.

Micrometer focal finder

This tool is a micrometer. It adjusts in millimeters. It is more precise than the camera's original focusing ring.

Our Software

As Capture One states: "Start your editing with the sharpest possible details and most natural colors."

Capture One
Capture One image processing software

It handles our very large, RAW files well. It is an essential part of the process.

This professional software fine-tunes your slide digitization for optimal results all the way through to the final image.

Professional Photographers: If asked, we are happy to provide you with the original RAW capture and the adjustments we set in Capture One to produce your final file export (no extra charge.)

Learn more about Capture One software.

Last but not Least!

We start the entire process by hand-cleaning each slide -- both sides. This takes time.

brush to clean slides
One of the most important aspects of the entire process - a gentle and thorough dusting with a high-quality brush

We use a fine art brush to gently wipe away dust and debris that is lightly stuck to the emulsion. Each slide receives the care it deserves. This results in a much cleaner slide than the one we were sent.

We like to say ... "Do it once and do it right."

Author: Nathaniel Courtens

Professional Film Transfer Services - Located in Ojai, CA 93023 - Santa Barbara and Ventura Area
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