I have an ongoing battle with my Contax 645, which is currently away being assessed for repair. A part of me is on the verge of selling the whole caboodle, and sticking with digital. I had some films developed and scanned locally, and the output was so poor it almost tipped me over the edge - but I have persisted.
When last working away I spend a little time watching videos on line setting out how to digitize film. Now that I am home I needed to give it a go, and the results are good enough for me to want to carry on with the Contax 645 experiment.
The method for digitizing the negatives is fairly straightforward, and I was lucky to have most of the kit needed. The only new buys were a couple of sheets of perspex, one clear and one opaque, from amazon. A picture paints a thousand words, and there are some pictures here, but in short;
- Line a small cardboard box with foil to bounce light (I have no idea if this is necessary)
- Cut a couple of holes in the base of the box for speedlights - I used two, one at each end
- Tripod mount a camera over the box.
- Fit a macro lense - I'm using the Canon 100mm macro and extender tube
- Link the camera to your laptop for tethered shooting
- Put opaque perspex over the box, negative on the perspex, clear perspex over that.
- Use whatever tether software you use to frame focus and shoot
- If seeking very high resolution, shoot multiple frames per negative exposure and merge in PS later
- Using LR or PS, convert from negative view to positives
- Print, post, store... or whatever your favoured outcome is
The next step is home development of film, which we will try out next weekend when No 1 Daughter is home from school.
Some more output from the Contax here - this is a mix of my own scans, and scans from the lab which I was not happy with; http://www.chrispookphotography.co.uk/Equipment/Contax/
The images below were digitized using my camera at home;
It is not that I have a thing for drag acts... although these guys were brilliant... it is more that I was pleased with the output, shooting hand held, without flash;