Finally - a LR plug-in for digitising negatives with a DSLR


Jonathan-Mac

Link Posted 20/10/2018 - 14:37
I know there are a few film shooters around here so this may be of interest. Finally (!!) someone has put some serious work into developing a Lightroom plug-in for the specialised purpose of digitising negatives "scanned" with a DSLR. As many will know, scanning is very often the most tedious part of a hybrid film/digital workflow, and usually the limiting factor in the quality that can be achieved digitising film photos. I myself have struggled for years to get the best scans from film, without getting to a level of quality I'm happy with.

This plug-in (still in development) seems to finally plug the whole of allowing faster and easier processing of RAW files from a DSLR which has been used to "scan" negatives or slides. I've signed up to be notified when it's available and I don't even use LR - but if this works as well as I hope then I'll have to finally bite the bullet and go to LR. I'm in a Facebook group for digitising film and have seen some results there which look impressive, at least with regards the colour. Sharpness is another issue and FB really isn't capable of showing what this is capable in that regard, but a good DSLR scan with a proper macro lens can be very sharp indeed (much more than a flatbed film scanner).

https://www.negativelabpro.com/
Pentax hybrid user - Digital K3 & K200D, film 645 and 35mm SLR and Pentax (&other) lenses adapted to Fuji X digital
Fan of DA limited and old manual lenses

bjolester

Link Posted 20/10/2018 - 22:28
This is a very interesting development. Digitising negatives with a dedicated film scanner has been so much more convenient than the time consuming and tedious work that has to be done to RAW files from DSLR film scans. I hope you share your experience with this plug-in when it has materialised.
Bjørn

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womble

Link Posted 21/10/2018 - 14:08
I use the colour perfect plug in for photoshop. Seems to work pretty well even with the defaults.
Kris Lockyear
It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera… they are made with the eye, heart and head. Henri Cartier-Bresson
Lots of film bodies, a couple of digital ones, too many lenses (mainly older glass) and a Horseman LE 5x4.

My website

womble

Link Posted 21/10/2018 - 14:09
PS what do you use as your light source?
Kris Lockyear
It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera… they are made with the eye, heart and head. Henri Cartier-Bresson
Lots of film bodies, a couple of digital ones, too many lenses (mainly older glass) and a Horseman LE 5x4.

My website

SteveF

Link Posted 23/10/2018 - 20:21
Thanks for posting this. I recently bought a 645N and am struggling to produce acceptable scans of negatives. I hope that this might provide a solution.

womble

Link Posted 23/10/2018 - 20:48
I've just started doing fluid scans on my Epson V750. Bit fiddly, but I find I get better results with medium format than before. The medium format holders never hold the negs very flat. I scan using Vuescan as raw files, and then convert using the Color Perfect plug in.
Kris Lockyear
It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera… they are made with the eye, heart and head. Henri Cartier-Bresson
Lots of film bodies, a couple of digital ones, too many lenses (mainly older glass) and a Horseman LE 5x4.

My website

takuman

Link Posted 24/10/2018 - 10:01
Hi guys sorry to intrude but I stumbled across this post. I am trying to get advice on any sub £100 35mm slide/negative scanner. Any advice appreciated.
Just passing thru

johnriley

johnriley

Link Posted 24/10/2018 - 10:18
PS The cheap film scanners can be absolutely fine for web use or small prints. Mine, which cost about £50 a while back, uses a built in camera to make 5MP images o 110 and 35mm slides and negatives. It works great for web images.
Best regards, John

takuman

Link Posted 24/10/2018 - 10:21
Thanks for the link John. I have read all the reviews here. I just hoped that a forum member may use one and I could get an honest review from them. Regards John
Just passing thru

Jonathan-Mac

Link Posted 30/10/2018 - 05:37
This plug-in is now available but at $99 it's a lot more expensive than I had expected.
Pentax hybrid user - Digital K3 & K200D, film 645 and 35mm SLR and Pentax (&other) lenses adapted to Fuji X digital
Fan of DA limited and old manual lenses

DOIK

Link Posted 30/10/2018 - 07:57
Jonathan-Mac wrote:
This plug-in is now available but at $99 it's a lot more expensive than I had expected.

Plus VAT?
Here is a link to the capture and development processes LINK

John
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