Some 16mm film scans with the Retroscan

Discussion in 'Video' started by invisibleflash, Apr 28, 2019.

  1. Just learning about video. I'm an old-school film photog from the 70's and knew nothing about digital until I made the transition from film to digital. Now have to learn all about video, film transfers, etc.

    I got a few 16mm films in my Archive scanned commercially, but it was very $$. About $160 for a small reel. I tried a Wolverine 8mm scanner, but the output is very poor IQ.

    Here is what the 8mm Wolverine produces. A 8mm girly film from the beatnik era.


    Here is a Retroscan 2K 16mm scan of a home movie...1939 BW and ancient Kodachrome. (Back then 16mm Kodachrome was ASA 10.)

    Here is a commercial 2K 16mm scan of a commercial film.

    If I hit the lotto I will buy a Lasergraphics scanner...the set up fee alone is $7,500. (But I will also have to buy a house or office for the scanner.)

    Until the lotto cooperates...I got half a million feet of small gauge film in my archive to scan...with the Retroscan.
  2. For those with deep pockets or Lotto winners ....

    The Kinetta is used by major archives around the world.

    Kinetta scanner.jpg

    Film Scanning | Colorlab
  3. Nice looking unit. Too bad Epson does not come out with a 16mm sound scanner for $3995.00
  4. 'Pig in a poke' films don't go for much. .75 to $1.50 a roll on average in big lots. Film is the cheapest part of the equation with collecting time capsule films. Rarer films that contain interesting or historical content and are well described, may go for $30 to $100+ a reel. The problem is this...a $20 film lot like is shown here will cost thousands of $$ to get digital scanned....if you don't have a scanner.

    'Pig in a poke' film lot D.D. Teoli Jr. A.C..jpg

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