Beta Spotlight: Bryan Caporicci Tests the Film Carrier MK1!

Bryan Caporicci is a professional photographer and CEO of Sprout Studio, and has recently begun using film in his photographic process. Based in Ontario, Bryan took the Film Carrier MK1 (beta) for a spin over the past few weeks, and we’re excited to share a short Q&A with you all!

Bryan Caporicci, photographer and CEO of Sprout Studio

Bryan Caporicci, photographer and CEO of Sprout Studio

1) How long have you been shooting film, and what is your favorite stock?

Bryan: “I've been a full-time professional wedding and portrait photographer for 13 years.Ten months ago, after being inspired by a class I took with Joel Meyerowitz, I shot my first roll of film - ever - and I've been hooked ever since!”

2) When it comes to film development, do you develop at home or use a lab?

Bryan: “I develop all of my own film at home. For me, shooting on film is as much about the experience and connection with my work as it is about the finished image. I love being involved in the making of an image, from capture to developing to scanning and printing.

Going through that experience and having my hands involved in the entire photographic process is incredibly fulfilling and rewarding.”

Captured on Kentmere 100 film with Leica M6 and Summicron 50mm collapsible, scanned using Film Carrier MK1 and Fuji X-T3 with 60mm macro lens

Captured on Kentmere 100 film with Leica M6 and Summicron 50mm collapsible, scanned using Film Carrier MK1 and Fuji X-T3 with 60mm macro lens

3) What's your current scanning method, and what methods have you used since you started shooting?

Bryan: “I started like everyone else, using a flatbed for scanning.

I initially shot mostly B&W film in 120 format. Flatbed scanning was a bit tedious and cumbersome, but since I was only scanning 12 images per roll and because converting B&W is more straightforward than color, the inconvenience was manageable.

As soon as I started shooting 35mm and experimenting with color film, that workflow all fell apart for me.

Now, I scan using my Fuji X-T3 and 60mm f/2.4 macro lens. I sold off my Epson flatbed and have a permanent copy stand and light table set up for my digitizing. It is a much quicker workflow, and I prefer the results over my flatbed scanner. Using Negative Lab Pro in conjunction made the workflow infinitely more enjoyable for me, too.

I started off using the Lomography Digitaliza to hold my negatives on my light table. It was better than flatbed scanning, but it was still an inconvenience to have to open and reload the negative holder with a new strip every 5-6 images.”

Captured on Kodak TMAX400 film with Leica M6 and Summicron 50mm collapsible, scanned using Film Carrier MK1 and Fuji X-T3 with 60mm macro lens.

Captured on Kodak TMAX400 film with Leica M6 and Summicron 50mm collapsible, scanned using Film Carrier MK1 and Fuji X-T3 with 60mm macro lens.

Captured on Kodak TMAX400 film with Leica M6 and Summicron 50mm collapsible, scanned using Film Carrier MK1 and Fuji X-T3 with 60mm macro lens

Captured on Kodak TMAX400 film with Leica M6 and Summicron 50mm collapsible, scanned using Film Carrier MK1 and Fuji X-T3 with 60mm macro lens

Captured on Kentmere 400 film with Leica M4 and Summaron 35mm, scanned using Film Carrier MK1 and Fuji X-T3 with 60mm macro lens

Captured on Kentmere 400 film with Leica M4 and Summaron 35mm, scanned using Film Carrier MK1 and Fuji X-T3 with 60mm macro lens

4) How did the Film Carrier MK1 impact your scanning workflow?

Bryan: “Now that I've used the Film Carrier MK1, I couldn't imagine any other way. It is truly my "secret weapon" in film scanning - I can now get through an entire roll of 35mm film (36 exposures) in less than 5 minutes from start to finish. It makes scanning simple, quick, and enjoyable.

Now, I don't dread the digitization process. I can photograph unapologetically without hesitation and not dread the process of getting them onto my computer.”

5) Do you see a benefit to switching to the MK1 as your primary 35mm scanner?

Bryan: “Yes! I wouldn't have it any other way!”

Captured on Kodak 400TX film with Leica M6 and Summicron 50mm collapsible, scanned using Film Carrier MK1 and Fuji X-T3 with 60mm macro lens

Captured on Kodak 400TX film with Leica M6 and Summicron 50mm collapsible, scanned using Film Carrier MK1 and Fuji X-T3 with 60mm macro lens

6) Do you foresee yourself having an interest in our 120 full roll scanner?

Bryan: “I am almost to the point now that I don't want to shoot 120 until I can use a Film Carrier from Negative Supply. It makes the whole experience so much simpler and quicker, and I find myself shooting more 35mm these days since I know the digitization will be simple.”

Now that I’ve used the Film Carrier MK1, I couldn’t imagine any other way. It is truly my “secret weapon” in film scanning - I can now get through an entire roll of 35mm film (36 exposures) in less than 5 minutes from start to finish. It makes scanning simple, quick, and enjoyable.
— Bryan Caporicci
Captured on Kodak Color Plus 200 film with Leica M6 and Summicron 35mm V3, scanned using Film Carrier MK1 and Fuji X-T3 with 60mm macro lens

Captured on Kodak Color Plus 200 film with Leica M6 and Summicron 35mm V3, scanned using Film Carrier MK1 and Fuji X-T3 with 60mm macro lens

Above: Bryan (via Sprout Studio YouTube channel) discusses his scanning process using a digital camera and the Film Carrier MK1. Check it out!

See Bryan’s work here: https://www.bcapphoto.com/
Check out Sprout Studio here: http://getsproutstudio.com/
Check out Bryan’s Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/bcapphoto/

Thanks for reading along, friends!

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Behind the Design: Q&A with Negative Supply Co-Founder, Saxon McClamma

Designing a device like the Film Carrier MK1 doesn’t happen overnight, and for Negative Supply Co-Founder, Saxon McClamma, the MK1 is the result of a years-long passion both for design and photography. Read on for a glimpse into Saxon’s design background, his influences and inspirations, additional insights on the Film Carrier MK1 and the future of Negative Supply.


Pictured: Saxon McClamma making photographs. Captured on Mamiya RZ67 and scanned on our 120 beta scanner.

Pictured: Saxon McClamma making photographs. Captured on Mamiya RZ67 and scanned on our 120 beta scanner.

When did you begin designing, or when did you become interested in the process of designing a product or concept?

Saxon: “While I’ve always been one to build and take things apart, the first big project I remember was building a boat after high school. I was fascinated with the simplicity of stitch and glue construction, and figured I could have it together within a week. It ended up taking me 2 weeks, but the process was incredibly rewarding. At the time I loved that I could build something to suit my needs (I needed a small, agile boat to go up and down rivers), and being hands on was what I needed after leaving high school where I took welding classes each year.”

Is product design (or similar) in your family history?

Saxon: “In some ways, yes. My dad has always built furniture and worked with his hands, and my grandfather on my mom’s side was a civil engineer for the Florida DOT, and my grandparents on my dad’s side participated in craft fairs.”

Film Carrier MK1 with Pro Mount MK1, rendering by Saxon McClamma, 2019.

Film Carrier MK1 with Pro Mount MK1, rendering by Saxon McClamma, 2019.

Do you have an academic background in design?

Saxon: “Yes and no, my background is in materials science and engineering. I was fortunate to be in a program at The University of Alabama at Birmingham that was led by amazingly talented professors. They encouraged creativity, and helped us see what was possible using materials and techniques. While some of the techniques we use on the MK1 weren’t even around when I was in school, I’ve been exposed to them through other ventures. Currently I am working towards a graduate degree in Sustainable Design, a central pillar in our company.”

Do you have specific design influences or inspirations, or styles that inspire or inform your work?

Saxon: “I’m influenced by many things, with simplicity and ease of use always being central to everything I do. Each time I design something, I go back dozens of times and ask myself “how could this be simpler or easier” - this process helps me work through issues iteratively, with end results better than I could have imagined. I think you see this in many cameras, including the Olympus OM series, the Nikon FM, and of course Leica.”

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Above: Renderings of Film Carrier MK1 by Saxon McClamma, resulting from numerous iterative designs.

Above: Renderings of Film Carrier MK1 by Saxon McClamma, resulting from numerous iterative designs.

When designing the Film Carrier MK1, from a form point of view, what were your most important goals?


Saxon: “Industrial simplicity. I wanted the MK1 to function like a tool while being a beautiful piece of photographic equipment. I wanted it to sit out on desks and not look messy or distracting from the beautiful Leicas and Nikons I’ve grown to love.”

During design and testing of the Film Carrier MK1, from a functionality point of view, what changes did you make to improve your design/what shortcomings did you address?

Saxon: “The most important thing we worked towards during testing was film flatness and film stability, or the ability for the tracks to keep the film centered during capture. This ultimately leads to much faster and more consistent results, and we were able to ensure film flatness and stability through multiple design revisions, implemented from our beta testing feedback and results.”

Film Carrier MK1 partially disassembled, shown with customized hardware and in CNC machined construction.

Film Carrier MK1 partially disassembled, shown with customized hardware and in CNC machined construction.

I believe Negative Supply represents innovation and an unwavering passion for film photography, and it was our goal to keep alive an industry we love.
Promotion for Film Carrier MK1 in CNC machined aluminum.

Promotion for Film Carrier MK1 in CNC machined aluminum.

What significance goes along with switching the Film Carrier MK1 from multi jet fusion to CNC machined aluminum?

Saxon: “Looks and durability for one, but also functionality. Now we are able to have interchangeable inserts to show more or less of the film border, and these inserts can be shimmed to hold the film tighter for film stocks that happen to be slightly narrower. (More on this in the coming weeks).”

Moving forward, do you foresee similar, smaller design/manufacturing entities (such as Negative Supply) making up a significant portion of the film industry?

Saxon: “I do. I think a lot of people gave us flack for the price of our unit, but the fact is we did everything we could to keep the price as low as possible, and still run a sustainable business. Sure, we could have broken exactly even, but we wanted to have margins (slim as they were) that financed future products. I think you will see that our company and others out there have smaller markets than in the past, but the passionate base of supporters have been nothing but encouraging for what we represent. I believe Negative Supply represents innovation and an unwavering passion for film photography, and it was our goal to keep alive an industry we love. I am hopeful that our success encourages other inventors and designers to do the same, and I cant wait for what’s next.”

What is your current design work focused on?

Saxon: “Right now about all I can think about is logistics for the MK1 launch, but I’ve had time to begin work on the 120 unit and a 4x5 holder. We think the 4x5 product will really impress people, it’s going to align the negative precisely, but provide a user the ability to quickly move between frames.”

In the future, can you hint at what concepts you hope to design and complete, or what problems with film photography you wish to solve thru designing?

Saxon: “For us it’s hard to think about anything other than scanning, and I think that’s right where we belong at the moment. That being said, we haven’t forgotten labs, and are always looking for ways to automate processes that have typically been manual.”


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Design Upgrades + Last Chance to Pre-Order
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Just 20 Units Left at an Introductory Price.

We are happy to say that because of the success of our Kickstarter, we purchased additional inventory to have on hand for pre-orders. You can take advantage of this pricing until inventory is exhausted by shopping below.

Once these units are gone, we aren’t sure when ordering will open back up due to parts availability. As a reminder, we are still focused on getting Kickstarter orders out the door, so these units will leave in wave 2, or early October.

The MK1 is Going Metal.

It has been our goal from the beginning to produce a product that will serve photographers for years to come. While the nylon fusion technologies we used in prototypes functioned flawlessly and was incredibly durable, we kept looking for ways to provide more value to our backers. Once we were funded, this push didn’t stop.

Though a few strategic supplier negations, we were able to redesign the MK1 to be produced from CNC machined aluminum in a beautiful anodized black color.

But there’s more, because of complex internal geometry needed to carry film precisely through the gate, we are still utilizing the latest nylon fusion technology to manufacture the internal film guides. This means that each and every MK1 will be shipping with a standard gate (shows border, but little to no sprocket), and additional gates will be offered soon after launch to fully mask the negative, and show sprockets. Finally, because of consistency issues for the previous advance knob, we chose to go with a more custom solution in a beautiful anodized aluminum finish. This knob is larger, and has a knurled grip for precise advancing.

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Above: Renderings of the MK1 in beautiful anodized aluminum - an upgrade shipping on all units for our Kickstarter backers and pre-orders.

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Studio C41 Spotlight: Bill Manning Beta Tests the Film Carrier MK1

Bill Manning of Studio C41 not only recently had us on his podcast, but he also beta tested our Film Carrier MK1 with his personal work. After seeing his share a review online and post several images on the Studio C41 Instagram (@Studio.c41), we reached out to see if we could feature him and his experience on our blog - he said yes!

Read below as Bill answers a few questions about his workflows and experience with film photgoraphy and the Film Carrier MK1, and take a look at the awesome images he shared with us.

Kodak Gold 200, scanned using Film Carrier MK1 and a Canon 50D DSLR

Kodak Gold 200, scanned using Film Carrier MK1 and a Canon 50D DSLR

How long have you been shooting film, and what’s your favorite stock?

“I’ve been a photographer for nearly 10 years, 5 of which I’ve been primarily shooting on film. My favorite stock changes based on the work required, but my recent work has mostly been on FujiFilm Pro 160NS in 120.”

When it comes to film development, do you develop at home or use a lab?

“I’m very fortunate to have a photo lab local to me. I get most of my processing and scanning done at Dunwoody Photo. However, I do keep some kits at home to process by hand from time to time.”


Above images: Kodak Ektachrome E100 scanned using Film Carrier MK1 and a Sony A7 III mirrorless digital camera.

What’s your current film scanning method, and what methods have you used since you started shooting film?

“Most of my 35mm and 120 scanning is done at the lab on a Frontier scanner.
Simple because it’s fast and the colors are right along the lines of my tastes. However, I do have a flatbed scanner at home and have just started DSLR scanning.”

How did the Film Carrier MK1 impact your scanning workflow?

“The MK1 has really opened up my eyes to taking DSLR scanning a lot more seriously. Combined with Negative Lab Pro, getting great colors from the negative has never been easier at home. Slide scanning was taken to a whole new level. I was able to scan a roll of 36 exposures in a couple minutes as opposed to 1/2 hour on a flatbed.”

Kodak Gold 200, scanned using Film Carrier MK1 and a Canon 50D DSLR.

Kodak Gold 200, scanned using Film Carrier MK1 and a Canon 50D DSLR.

I was able to scan a roll of 36 exposures in a couple minutes opposed to 1/2 hour on a flatbed.
— Bill Manning

Do you foresee yourself having an interest in our 120 medium format scanner?

“I’m certainly interested in a 120 version of the scanner. With new DSLR cameras harnessing the capabilities of 120 film [through camera scanning] is very exciting!”

Kodak Gold 200, scanned using Film Carrier MK1 and a Canon 50D DSLR.

Kodak Gold 200, scanned using Film Carrier MK1 and a Canon 50D DSLR.

Interested in seeing more from the great folks over at Studio C-41? You can find them here:
https://studioc41.net/

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Dan Crosley: Sample Images From a Film Carrier MK1 Beta Tester

Dan took our Film Carrier MK1 for a test drive on recent 35mm portrait work, and we couldn’t wait to share the results with everyone! As one of our US-based beta testers, Dan’s portrait work was a perfect match for camera scanning. Shooting slide film requires a scanning method that can hold highlights while preserving rich shadow detail. Camera scanning is perfect for this, and the Film Carrier MK1 adds several additional benefits. Read on to catch Dan’s thoughts on the MK1, and check out a few more of his photographs.

Expired Fuji Sensia 100, scanned on Film Carrier MK1

Expired Fuji Sensia 100, scanned on Film Carrier MK1

We asked Dan to share his thoughts on using the Film Carrier MK1 in his workflow. He’s been using one of our prototype/beta units, and he was initially cautious about trying our system because it required a digital camera and macro lens. Dan and I spoke and found a way for him to build a kit on the cheap.

Here’s what Dan had to say:

”For me, a father with three kids and limited time, the Film Carrier MK1 (beta) scanner from Negative Supply is perfect. I scanned two rolls of slide film in about 6 minutes. Being able to scan a roll in “the blink of an eye” is big for me. I can import the photos at a later date and do my edits if need be. I hadn’t owned a digital camera in a couple years, so I bought a cheap Sony A3000 with a Nikon 55mm f/3.5 macro and adapter for a total of about $170. I get scans large enough for my own personal use, and can’t wait for the final version to get here!”

Expired Fuji Sensia 100, scanned on Film Carrier MK1

Expired Fuji Sensia 100, scanned on Film Carrier MK1

I was thrilled to hear of the pleasant experience Dan had when scanning with the MK1, mainly because it hit right on one of our main goals: allowing you to spend less time scanning where you can spend more time shooting, hanging out with your family, or anything else.

Check out a few more images from Dan’s recent scans:

Fuji Velvia 50, scanned on Film Carrier MK1

Fuji Velvia 50, scanned on Film Carrier MK1

Fuji Velvia 50, scanned on Film Carrier MK1

Fuji Velvia 50, scanned on Film Carrier MK1

Kodak Colorplus 200, scanned on Film Carrier MK1

Kodak Colorplus 200, scanned on Film Carrier MK1

You can view more of Dan’s awesome work over on Instagram @dancrosleyphoto
https://www.instagram.com/dancrosleyphoto/

Missed out on our Kickstarter? No worries! For a short period of time you’ll be able to pre-order our Film Carrier MK1 with or without Pro Mount MK1 at the same price as our Kickstarter!

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🎉🎞 FULLY FUNDED: Our Kickstarter Was a Success! 🎞🎉

Ending at 357% funding, we can’t begin to thank our nearly 150 backers enough for their generous support and faith in our product and our philosophy! We’re working hard to help sustain the film photography industry, and we’re thrilled that so many of you (from all over the world) chose to support our first product. The Film Carrier MK1 makes scanning 35mm film faster and simpler without sacrificing quality, and we can’t wait for our backers to get theirs!

Missed your opportunity to Pre-Order on Kickstarter? We have a limited second wave of orders to be fulfilled in October after the Kickstarter orders! Because of a limited time frame for these, the quantity available is limited. You can order below.

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Pictured here is a sample scan from our 120 medium format beta scanner! Our Kickstarter stretch goal secured funds to aid the design of this scanner, and we look forward to sharing more updates from that process - soon!

We’ll be shipping out orders with a goal of postmarking all orders by September 30th. We want you to be scanning soon - and we’re committed to that!

Email subscribers: watch for an update from us tomorrow morning! We’ll also be preparing our website for pre-orders on our Film Carrier MK1, anticipating a late fall 2019 ship date.



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Facebook Group: Scanning Film with a Digital Camera (Camera Scanning)


We are excited to announce that we have created a group to discuss scanning film with a digital camera. There are a few other groups out there, but we really want this to serve as a safe place to discuss hardware, new products on the market, and best practices.

This group will also serve as a place for conversation about Negative Supply equipment and for early adopters to share images and ask questions.

Feel free to join today!

 
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NYC: Hands on Demo at the Bushwick Community Darkroom - July 13th!💡
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We are proud to announce a hands on demo event at the Bushwick Community Darkroom - sponsored by Negative Supply!

Join us on July13th at 3:00PM for a photo walk, have your film developed, and try out the Film Carrier MK1 by scanning your 35mm negatives. Color conversion will be with Negative Lab Pro (V2.0 is awesome), and you are welcome to bring already developed slide or B&W film in roll form (or cut strips) to try out.

The first 20 people to sign up for this event will receive free C-41 processing through the Bushwick Community Darkroom, paid for by Negative Supply. This is a great opportunity to network with other photographers, shoot some film, and meet the folks at the BCD and us from Negative Supply!

Once the event wraps up we’ll be getting together for dinner + drinks (location TBD) and you’re welcome to join!

We’ll be meeting at the Bushwick Community Darkroom at 3:00PM before the photo walk begins. Hope to see you there!

You can sign up for the event here:

 
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Video: Scanning Demonstration with the Film Carrier MK1

This example shows our Film Carrier MK1 scanning 1 roll of 35mm film in less than 5 minutes with conversions using Negative Lab Pro for LR Classic. We wanted to show what's possible with our Film Carrier, so we scanned a roll of film with a $150 Canon T2i, a $50 Nikon 55mm f/2.8 AIS from KEH in UG condition, and an iPhone as a light source.

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Guide: What You Need for Camera Scanning

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)

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Negative Holder or the Negative Carrier MK1

Keeps the film in place for image capture. The film needs to be completely flat for sharp photos. Our Film Carrier MK1 works great if you’re looking to scan whole rolls of film quickly and efficiently. You simply load the roll into our Film Carrier MK1, and begin turning the advance wheel as the film comes into line with the scanning path. Advancing the film from frame to frame is a breeze with our smooth channel design, and this requires little force or pressure to achieve. Scan a full roll in 5 minutes or less!

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Light Source or Tablet/Phone Screen

Illuminate the negative from below. Consistent light allows for even capture without vignetting. Light tables very in cost, but it’s important to have one with good diffusion so that there aren’t patterns in your final scans. We’ve even had great results using a tablet screen set to a white background at full brightness! (portable devices fit great under our Pro Mount MK1).

 
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Camera Stand or Tripod

Hold the camera over the light source. Avoiding shake will reduce blur and sharpen images. Tripods actually work great! And for a more steady and tabletop solution copy stands are affordable and compact. Kaiser makes many different models, just choose one that’s tall enough for your macro lens. The compact Kaiser Repro Kid copy stand is an affordable option for smaller space and proves great stability.

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Digital Camera + Macro Lens or Extension Tubes

Most digital cameras work well. Tethered capture to a computer makes workflow much faster, and macro lenses between 55 and 105mm give the best results. For full frame cameras look for 1:1 reproduction ratios. My favorite affordable option is the 30+ year old Nikon 55mm f/3.5 or f/2.8 with an extension tube. For cameras, we’ve tested many cameras, including the 9 year old T2i and full frame options like a D810 and Sony A7ii.

 
Our setup while shooting Kickstarter video, pictured here with Canon 6D and Kaiser Stand. Portra 800 pushed 1 stop, Sample Scan with $150 Canon T2i

Our setup while shooting Kickstarter video, pictured here with Canon 6D and Kaiser Stand. Portra 800 pushed 1 stop, Sample Scan with $150 Canon T2i

Sample Scan with $150 Canon T2i and the Nikon 55mm f/3.5 (Tri-X 400)

Sample Scan with $150 Canon T2i and the Nikon 55mm f/3.5 (Tri-X 400)

Sample Scan with Nikon full frame camera.

Sample Scan with Nikon full frame camera.

Enlarged section showing visible resolved grain from Kodak Ektachrome 100, one of the worlds finest grain slide films.

Enlarged section showing visible resolved grain from Kodak Ektachrome 100, one of the worlds finest grain slide films.

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🎉Early Bird Stretch Goal Announcement 🎉

We are blown away by the support here in the film industry. in less than 36 hours we have almost reached 200% funding ($29.2k), and we believe this is just the beginning!

When we launched this project, we launched knowing we had an opportunity to make scanning accessible to everyone with a digital camera they already own. We also knew we had the chance to launch a company that will continue to respond to the needs of the film company. During this launch, we always knew we wanted to launch a 120 scanner, but a successful 35mm unit had to come first.

Today we are announcing an Early Bird Stretch Goal

Because each and every beta unit we build takes time, guts, and capital, we’ve held off on the 120 unit until we knew we could do it right. With the confidence and momentum behind our 35mm unit, we are excited to share details about medium format solutions!

If we reach $35k funding by end of day tomorrow (July 3rd EST), we will share details of our 120 beta film carrier by the end of the Kickstarter, and announce a timeframe for launch!

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OUR KICKSTARTER IS LIVE + NEW VIDEOS
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Kickstarter is Live

Link below!

It’s official, our kickstarter is live! We are so excited about finally launching our little project into the world. We’ve put together a Kickstarter page and several videos to tell you all about the Film Carrier MK1.

We are here to empower a generation of photographers. We are here to share our passion for film. We are here to help you bring your film to life.

Early Bird Ordering

Early Bird ordering is live for the first 48 hours, with orders being shipped out on a first come, first serve basis (we plan on having all orders postmarked by September).

Live Chat with the Co-Founders

We will also be answering questions live in the comments section below! ask us questions or let us know about your support and chat with Saxon and AJ!

Podcast: Studio C41: 1 Hour Photo Podcast
 
 
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We’re very excited to announce we were on the @studio.c41 podcast, 1 Hour Photo, this morning! We discussed PRICING for our Kickstarter tiers, the Kickstarter launch for this coming Monday, and all sorts of various features of our products alongside details of camera scanning, and a general discussion of the film photography industry.

We are huge supporters of the folks at Studio C41, and as personal fans of the podcast we were blown away by their hospitality and belief in our little project.

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Podcast: Scary stories To Tell In The Darkroom
 
 
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A Podcast By Northeast Photographic

Tune in to this week’s episode for an inside look at the development and design on the Film Carrier MK1 on one of our favorite podcasts, Scary Stories to Tell in the Darkroom by Northeast Photographic. Co-Founder AJ Holmes sits down with Mark Sperry of Northeast photographic to discuss what film photography means to him, and how we believe our Film Carrier MK1 and Pro Mount MK1 will encourage more users to and scan at home, quickly and easily.

NORTHEAST PHOTOGRAPHIC

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.

Website: www.northeastphotographic.com

Instagram: @northeastphotographic

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Introducing the Pro Mount MK1 - Adding Stability and Dust Removal
 
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We are thrilled to introduce yet another exciting product in advance of our July 1st Kickstarter launch! Our Pro Mount MK1 allows our Film Carrier MK1 to securely and easily attach, ensuring a more stable scanning process by adding weight and widening its footprint. Want another feature? Our Pro Mount MK1 also includes an anti static brush that mounts outside of our Film Carrier MK1 film gate, removing dust and unwanted artifacts before you scan. The Pro Mount MK1 also features adjustable feet to help guarantee a level film scanning plane, level and flat helps guarantee sharpness! We’re here to make sure you spend less time scanning, and more time shooting. With our Film Carrier MK1 and Pro Mount MK1, you can do just that.

Over the last year we’ve tirelessly searched for a convenient way to digitize film at home after developing C-41 and black and white films. We tried multiple options including strip scanners and flatbeds from big manufacturers, but weren’t happy with either and the workflows were tiresome! That's why we created the Film Carrier MK1 and the Pro Mount MK1. We believe camera scanning is here to stay, and with our durable products you’ll be able to scan film quickly and efficiently, ensuring you more time to take photographs.

 
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Spend hours with your camera, not your flatbed scanner.


With our Film Carrier MK1 and our optional Pro Mount MK1, digitizing negatives or positives at home or in the lab has never been easier. Unlike traditional flatbed scanners, or aging traditional roll scanners/minilab scanners, our unit is built around a system that can evolve with digital camera technologies, allowing you to continuously upgrade your camera (aka hardware) when you deem fit. With the Film Carrier MK1 you’ll be able to scan entire rolls of 35mm film in as little as 5 minutes or less, all while keeping the emulsion safe and aligned during frame advancement with our precision drive mechanism. With the optional Pro Mount MK1, tricky camera setups are easy to level for consistent and sharp results thanks to adjustable feet and a weighted base, ensuring precision and stability, and you’ll automatically remove dust with our anti static brush!

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Scary Stories to Tell in the Darkroom

Tune in later this week for an inside look at the development and design on the Film Carrier MK1 on one of our favorite podcasts, Scary Stories to Tell in the Darkroom by Northeast Photographic. Co-Founder AJ Holmes discusses what film photography means to him, and how we believe our Film Carrier MK1 and Pro Mount MK1 will encourage more users to and scan at home, quickly and easily.

 

Early Bird Ordering

We’re also happy to share that early bird ordering will be offered through our crowdfunding campaign! These reward tiers will offer the products at a reduced cost and with faster shipping to thank you for following along with our journey. We will let you know as soon as the campaign goes live, giving you opportunity to place your order in our early bird phase (we expect early bird orders to sell out quickly)!


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Negative Supply - Let’s Talk About Time
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Let’s talk about time.

This past weekend I spent some time scanning old negatives I haven’t looked at in years, and I couldn’t help but wonder why I’ve never seen some of the photographs. Then it hit me: I was spending so much time taking photos and traveling that I didn’t have time to scan strips in a flat bed, and I didn’t have money to spend on a professional scanner.

These negatives, of friends and family, sat developed (but unseen) for years because of an inefficient workflow and cost prohibitive tools. I was reminded once again of why we founded Negative Supply: to enable film photographers to create and share more work, and to do so affordably and efficiently.

Over the past 3 months we’ve received dozens of messages from photographers all over the world telling us how excited they are for our film carrier. Each and every message we receive is encouraging, but the ones that really resonate with us are those from film shooters that just can’t afford to spend hours with traditional scanners, and know that camera scanning is a future that will allow you to shoot more film. In fact, 58% of you told us it takes more than 30 minutes to digitize just one roll of film, and we think our MK1 will really revolutionize your workflow by scanning entire rolls in just 5 minutes. And for those of you worried about having a “nice digital camera” to scan with, almost all of the photos we’ve shared have been digitized with a $150 T2i.

As I sit here looking over the rolls finally scanned from years past, I’m now more sure than ever we are on the right path. In the coming weeks we launch our crowdfunding campaign, but I truly believe we are launching something else. Something bigger. It’s our goal for this campaign to spark interest throughout the film community in camera scanning, because we know that each and every tool that makes shooting film easier and more affordable helps sustain the industry as a result. Our aim is to increase accessibility and affordability of shooting film, and this is our first step towards that goal.

We are here to empower a generation of photographers. We are here to share our passion for film. We are here to help you bring your film to life.

Early Bird Ordering

I’m also happy to share that we will be offering early bird ordering through our crowdfunding campaign. These reward tiers will offer the products at a reduced cost and with faster shipping to thank you for following along with our journey. We will let you know as soon as the campaign goes live so that you have an opportunity to place an order as soon as possible (we expect early bird orders to sell out quickly).

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Negative Supply: Lauch Timeline and Updates
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The Wait is Almost Over.

While we’ve been busy planning the next steps of our company and finding our place in the film industry, you’ve been busy making photographs - and we can’t wait for you to scan your images on our MK1 unit. Over the past 3 months, our team has been hard at work creating what we think will become the very best option for scanning 35mm negative and positive film, as well as making plans for scanning 120 and large format film.

During the development phase, we’ve come to realize how important quality assurance is; and our testing has been non-stop. By utilizing the best manufacturing techniques available and the highest quality components, we’ve begun finalizing pricing and a timeline for the MK1. While we are still waiting on a few supplier quotes and not ready to share pricing, we have exciting news to share about availability. 

We are proud to announce that our crowdfunding campaign will launch July 1st, 2019, and we are looking to fulfill orders very quickly after the campaign ends. You’ll be able to reserve a MK1 unit at a reduced rate during this campaign, and the funds raised during this time will empower the development and production of the MK1, as well as fund further research and development of our 120 and large format scanning units.

We need your help.

We are looking for several beta testers, but we are also looking to gather information about the camera scanning community so that we can design the best product possible.

We would be honored if you would take 2 minutes to complete our camera scanning questionnaire. It includes key pieces of information about the workflow that you use to digitize your film - this is vital information we would love to consider as we finalize the finished product. If you’re still interested in testing a pre-release unit, please fill this out within the next 7 days.


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Northeast Photographic

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. 

You can find out more about Northeast photographic by visiting their website at www.northeastphotographic.com.


Thank you for your continued support and taking the time to read this email. We should have an update in about 2 weeks, but are constantly sharing updates via our instagram @negative.supply. 

Press or Influencer? We would love to speak with you! We are looking to schedule hands on sessions and interviews in the coming weeks. Please reach out using the contact form for more information. 

-Saxon & AJ

Saxon McClamma