Mobile Phone Apps for browsing C41 negatives quickly


skydata

Link Posted 11/11/2021 - 15:01
Hello

I have a huge collection of C41 negatives from years gone by and my mechanical
house keeping (and brain) is not as good as Lightroom or similar.

Having avoided buying a mobile phone since whenever, I now find I am being
forced to join this club by all and sundry organisations, the latest being NHS test and trace !.
I went to a funeral recently but 2 days later a cousin phoned and said a distant relative had tested
+ve for lateral flow and PCR. I then tried to get a code via www.gov.uk/get-collect-code and guess
what ?. Even though I do all my financial stuff online, this website has made mobile phone number
a mandatory field !. FGS loads of older people don't have mobiles. Phoning 119 is a pain too.

Even with the code, the chemist just asked me how many boxes I wanted and wrote the code on
clipboard. I didn't have to provide any identitiy or sign anything. I might just have well as given
them the product code on my Win 7 Pro installation DVD.

Anyway, rant over, I am now looking for a suitable phone but the problem is there is far too much
choice. Cousins I went to the funeral with had older Motorola G9? or something and the Google
maps app was definately as good as a Sat Nav, but something that would be useful is an App that
I could wave over a set of C41 negs in their translucent holders, on a light source, and instantly see
the actual pictures like a real-time contact sheet. Do any phones have this feature built-in ?.

I gather there are a few (apps) but most are junk, like FilmBox and the Kodak one, but something
called FilmLab is mentioned on a couple of Youtube videos. I have a decent, but 13-YO dedicated
slide and negative scanner to do the actual scans, I just need something that does a quick-n-dirty
scan so that I can decide a) what I have already scanned (!!) and b) if I need a repeat scan.

Also, a phone that is #1 for photos and a longer life battery is of more interest that one that does
a million and one silly things that I will never need to do.

What do other folks use for a) phone hardware (make, version), b) network and c) Apps ?.

NB I do't want any scanning apps that locks the user into a continuous repeatable payment like
Amazon prime always tries to do. I am happy paying a one-off price. For the phone I
would be happy with a PAYG type where the credit does not vanish at the end of every
month but it seems that this type of deal is no longer available, is this correct ?.

Thanks

Andrew

jeallen01

Link Posted 11/11/2021 - 18:40
Anything but a "phone camera" expert here and can't give any real recommendations as to which phone would be best (FWIW, I bought a dual-SIM Motorola G30 earlier this year and I quite like it, but I'll virtually never use it to take photos!), nor which Apps to use for your purpose.

Nevertheless, I can recommend using a GiffGaff SIM because I/ you can choose pretty much any combo of minutes/ data/ texts to suit individual requirements - and then change that combo on a monthly basis. FWIW, WHICH magazine regularly gives GiffGaff "top marks" for value & general service levels in their mobile services reviews.
K-3 II, K-3 and a K-70 from SRS (having now relegated the K-30 /"K-50" to a backup body), & some Sigma and Pentax lenses (and a lot of old 35mm gear!)

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pschlute

Link Posted 11/11/2021 - 19:19
I have found my mobile phone to be very valuable during this pandemic. If 3 years ago someone had said there would be a need for the NHS and local surgeries to keep everyone updated regularly with medical advice; book vaccination appointments; use track and trace apps; check into venues; and maintain an up to date vaccine record, I would have laughed at the possibility that it could be done.

Well it has been done, and very effectively. If you dont want to use a mobile phone for your health (but just for photography !) then phone the landline number they provide or just go and get the test at a chemist.
Peter



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bjolester

Link Posted 11/11/2021 - 20:29
I have used the "FilmLab" app on my iPhone for some years now, and find it very useful as a "pre-scanning" device, both for C41 and B&W negatives. The negatives are placed on top of a basic (but good) Kaiser light table, and scanned/photographed with the FilmLab app. After having found negatives that I am happy with, I often do a proper scan on a film scanner.
Bjørn

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skydata

Link Posted 11/11/2021 - 20:50
pschlute wrote:
I have found my mobile phone to be very valuable during this pandemic. If 3 years ago someone had said there would be a need for the NHS and local surgeries to keep everyone updated regularly with medical advice; book vaccination appointments; use track and trace apps; check into venues; and maintain an up to date vaccine record, I would have laughed at the possibility that it could be done.

Well it has been done, and very effectively. If you dont want to use a mobile phone for your health (but just for photography !) then phone the landline number they provide or just go and get the test at a chemist.

As of 01/Oct/2021 you cannot just rack up at a chemist and ask for some free test kits, you have
to get this poxy code (which my village chemist did not validate or ask for any ID).

skydata

Link Posted 11/11/2021 - 20:51
bjolester wrote:
I have used the "FilmLab" app on my iPhone for some years now, and find it very useful as a "pre-scanning" device, both for C41 and B&W negatives. The negatives are placed on top of a basic (but good) Kaiser light table, and scanned/photographed with the FilmLab app. After having found negatives that I am happy with, I often do a proper scan on a film scanner.

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Yippee, this is what I wanted to hear. What sort of phone do you use ?.

bjolester

Link Posted 11/11/2021 - 21:24
skydata: I use an iPhone 8 Plus.

Here is an example of a FilmLab scan of slide film from 1966, probably Kodachrome, of myself and my teddy bear For me this is adequately sharp to be able to judge the potential of the film shot. C41 and B&W yield the same kind of quality.



Bjørn

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vic cross

Link Posted 12/11/2021 - 01:39
I recently had to get a new phone with duel sim as my wife after her stroke isn't much good on the phone so I have her sim in with mine. In all the reviews the one which is highly praised at a good price is the POCO 3. Either the NFC or the slightly more expensive PRO. I got the 3 NFC. Also there is still at least one lot that still do a PAYG at a reasonable price and that is . Would you believe it. ASDA. I changed from 3 as they put up their prices by 400 and 500%. The POCO 3 NFC has 4 cameras on the back as well as the usual front selfie one. I don't use the camera but it's supposed to be quite good.
Born again biker with lots of Pentax bits. Every day I wake up is a good day. I'm so old I don't even buy green bananas.
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