Read on to find out what makes us different and how we scan your film and slides and why people trust us with their memories
We have tried & tested practically every scanner produced since the early 1990s, we know which scanners produce the best scans given the original source material.
We put the right job on the right machine, everytime!
So you’ve googled slide scanning or film scanning and found some other companies, so what makes us different to the rest…?
We can guarantee 100% of these companies do not have the scanners and the skills we have. More importantly 99.9% of them will never have used a true high end Drum Scanner or even have seen the results from a Drum Scanner, only when you use these top end scanners can you truly evaluate other scanners final image quality.
You may see companies offering resolutions of 7200dpi and even 10,000dpi with words such as ‘MAGIC TOUCH’ Cleaning or ‘DIGITAL ICE, DIGITAL SHO, DIGITAL ROC’ etc, even statements such as ‘We use the finest Nikon Scanners’ sets alarm bells ringing in my book, simply because ALL Nikon scanners ever sold were consumer models, the Nikon coolscan 5000ED was only £650 new and the Nikon coolscan 9000 was £1500 when it originally came out.
Sounds impressive, doesn’t it… These terms are used for Scanners made by Reflecta & Nikon, a lot of companies use them as they are the only scanner available that can batch scan slides, they state resolutions now up to 10,000dpi and although they may produce 180mb files, the quality of the files are still vastly inferior to our scans, basically a larger ‘bloated’ file but still very poor in comparison, these scanners are around £1500 new, they have poor optics and very poor software, the scanning options you have (like most scanners these days) are Negative, Positive & Black & White Negative. The true resolution of these scanners is around 3300dpi. You can read me about these with extensive testing at http://www.filmscanner.info/en/ReflectaDigitDia6000.html
If your lucky some companies will be scanning on a NIKON 5000ED Scanner which is better than the reflecta but very slow and again with no film profiles, it uses a cold LED light source which can add odd colour casts to old Kodachromes due to the heavy cyan dyes used in these films, which have a tendency to look blueish in the first place. We have one in the cupboard so know exactly what these scanners produce.
If your really unlucky some companies will be using an Epson V700, V750, V800 or Canon Flatbed to scan your slides, these scanners cannot cope with the thick emulsion of Kodachromes and you will get odd colours and the Digital Ice cleaning system does not work on Kodachromes, also differences in thickness of slide mounts means your scans will not be truly in focus as all these scanners have a fixed focusing system and relys only on the adjustable feet of the holders used.
Of course most of these companies will never tell you what scanner they are using as if your paying a considerable amount of money for your scans they wouldn’t want you to know they’ve stuck them on a £300 epson.
Our system is the only one in the UK, designed by Kodak to handle Kodachromes with a custom built 13 InfraRed Led Dust & Scratches System that works on Kodachromes and originals up to 5x4 with an original price of £57,000. It has three Glass coloured filters for especially for negatives and positives with a special Kodachrome Profile designed by Kodak for Kodachromes. Our industry past has allowed us to access every film profile for every major film manufacturer including Ektachrome, Kodachrome, Fujichrome, Agfacolour, Kodak T-max, Kodak Vericolour, Kodak Gold etc etc.
We own and have tested all the scanners mentioned above and nothing can touch our custom built slide scanner for speed, sharpness and colour.
We have a complete understanding of scanning old film stock to deliver files sizes correct for the intended purpose.
We believe Karmaan Scanning is unique in the services we provide and this can be seen time and time again in our testimonials.
We welcome any telephone call or emails to answer any queries to make your project go as smoothly as possible