Custom Film Rollers.
We are passionate about expertly built cameras that have served working professional for decades. The Film Carrier MK1 is no different. Every part of the Film Carrier MK1 has been designed for a lifetime of use.
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Why Scan with a Camera?
Not Just Because FlatBeds Take Forever.
DSLR/Mirrorless scanning is relatively new to film, but it gives added speed, convenience, and precision for capturing frames in full detail. Modern cameras with high resolution also capture slide film with better reproduction quality and color due to CMOS sensor technology.
Digital camera scanning is popular because it’s an easy and resourceful way to scan your own work with equipment you may already have.
All you need is a digital camera, a computer, a way to hold negatives flat, and a small light table or similar light source. If you’re a digital photographer interested in shooting film, a hybrid photographer looking for a resourceful way to scan your own film, or a photographer exclusively shooting film with the desire to quickly and easily scan at home or the office, using a digital camera is a great option. You can make use of the digital camera you already own or easily source one used or new. (P.S.- you don’t need the newest and greatest to get great scans)
What DO you need for Camera Scanning?
Keeps the film in place for image capture. The film needs to be completely flat for sharp photos.
Illuminate the negative from below. Consistent light allows for even capture without vignetting.
Hold the camera over the light source. Avoiding shake will reduce blur and sharpen images.
Most digital cameras work well. Tethered capture to a computer makes workflow much faster.
What we solved?
The biggest pain point with camera scanning is holding the negative flat. Unfortunately, existing solutions rely on strip holders that are incredibly slow to set up and use.
While varying concepts for digital camera film scanning exist today, MK1 is unique in that it scans full length, uncut rolls of 35mm film. Providing a much faster means of operation, having the ability to scan an uncut roll can allow an operator to scan an entire 36 exposure roll in 5 minutes or less. Alternatively, you can scan strips of 35mm film. Film Carrier MK1 can scan 35mm full and half frame film in strips or full rolls.
Using a unique channel technology, each frame is forced flat using the guide path. This ensures there is near zero distortion for sharp images across the frame, perfect for using lenses that are sharpest at larger apertures or MF camera sensors.
Because of advancements in CMOS sensor technology, camera scanning now gives greater editing control for positive films like Kodak Ektachrome. Additionally, multiple exposures can be stacked if needed for greater dynamic range.
Unlike traditional flatbed scanning or scanning with strip holders, the MK1 quickly scans entire rolls without spending time having to carefully align delicate negatives.
Safer For The Emulsion
Because of the unique channel design, no part of the film emulsion comes into contact with MK1. Unlike other roller mechanisms that touch your image area, this only touches the outermost edges along the sprocket holes.
Negative Carrier MK1 + Pro Mount MK1
Introducing the Pro Mount MK1, designed to partner seamlessly with our Film Carrier MK1 35mm scanning unit. The Pro Mount MK1 offers added stability, precision, and dust removal capabilities to our scanning system. Read on for more info!
Our Film Carrier MK1 safely and easily attaches to the Pro Mount MK1, and the Mount offers added weight and widens the footprint of the unit, adding stability to the scanning process. While the Film Carrier MK1 is still stable without the Pro Mount, this ensures even greater stability and control.
Our Pro Mount MK1 is a precisely designed device featuring leveling feet to guarantee a level plane for scanning. The bottoms of the leveling feet also feature small anti-slip feet for added stability and precision.
Our most exciting feature on the Pro Mount MK1 saves you a tremendous amount of time and frustration in post production. Every Pro Mount MK1 includes an anti-static brush that securely attaches to the Mount, coming in line with the film gate of our Film Carrier MK1. Most dust and unwanted debris will be automatically removed from your film BEFORE scanning, saving you time and energy.
As one of the world’s most innovative film labs, Northeast Photographic is continually looking for new ways to deliver superior results with E6 scanning. Through an extensive beta phase, the MK1 has seen successful implementation in their workflow allowing for greater speed and consistency. We encourage anyone looking for film processing and scanning to look into their amazing services.
More About Us.
Co-founded by Saxon McClamma and AJ Holmes, Negative Supply is a company that works to respond to the needs of film photographers around the world, while actively evolving to a rapidly changing industry. While our primary focus is currently on product engineering and design, our vision doesn’t stop there. We aim to become a resource for film photographers of all skill levels and career points to come and learn, share, and support the industry together.
Currently living near Nashville, TN, AJ is a photographer and artist with a love for portraiture and landscape work. Actively shooting film since 2006, he has used all formats from 35mm to 8x10 large format, and primarily uses medium format color negative film is his current work. A graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, AJ holds a degree in photography and business administration. Though based in Nashville, AJ has traveled to work on multiple photographic bodies of work since early 2015, visiting 44 states over the past four years.
Currently living in Philadelphia, PA, Saxon McClamma is a photographer and product designer with a deep passion for international travel and image-making. Creating photographs from a young age, Saxon has a long relationship with the art and craft of photography. With a degree in Materials Engineering from UAB and experience with product design in the technology sector, his drive for a sustainable future in film photography fuels the urge to create products to make his passion attainable for everyone.