Which Film Format Is the Right One for You?

Interested in getting into analog photography, but not sure which film format to use? Our latest infographic has you covered.

Although digital dominates much of the photography market today, analog photography continues to be alive and well. In fact, interest in film photography has been steadily increasing in recent years. So much so that film manufacturers are actively developing and releasing new film emulsions to satisfy the growing demand. For the uninitiated, the film formats available on the market may have you scratching your head in confusion. If you’re just getting started with film photography, our latest original infographic covers some of the most common film formats you can find today. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the various formats outlined below if you’re planning to start shooting film.

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Our Favorite 645 Cameras for Medium Format Photography Magic

If you’re bored of shooting squares on medium format film, you might want to get your hands on these noteworthy 645 format cameras.

If you feel limited by the square format, it may be time for you to try other frame sizes available. Yes, there’s more to shooting 120 film than the popular 6×6 format. If you feel like experimenting with other frame sizes, you may want to try 6×4.5 first. Whether you’re curious about this (or simply need the perfect excuse to grab another medium format film camera) we put together a quick camera recommendation with five of your best options. You’re welcome!

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Saving a Portra 400 Digital Film Scan

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About one year ago, the only local lab to offer medium format scans started giving me a 2 week turnaround time for medium format scans.  The rollers in their Noritsu 120 carrier had gone bad and the replacement was too expensive with their current  volume.  All 120 had to be sent 90 minutes away to Dubai for scanning.

This motivated me to find a scanner.  After a few weeks of searching, I found a Microtek Artixscan M1 for 200 AED ($55USD) listed for sale locally.  Once I got it home and tried my first few rolls, I realized how seemingly hard it can be to get quality scans.  First I attempted to use VueScan, but could not get it to work with my scanner.  Again I tried Silverfast, but did not like the results.  I then decided to remove all automation and try to do everything myself with LR4.

This is a guest blog post by Tommy Ryan. Tommy is an American engineer from New Orleans living in Abu Dhabi, UAE. He is a photography enthusiast and you can visit his Flickr page here.

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