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How to Turn a Medium Format Slide Into a Digital Image

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DIY or Use a Professional

A Medium Format Slide is in a cardboard mount and the film size is 53mm x 53mm or 2 1/8" x 2 1/8".

There are a couple of ways to get a Medium Format Slide into a digital image. You can buy a scanner and do it yourself or you can hire a professional to scan them for you. Choosing the right option for you will depend on time available and what you can afford. Both options will be costly and in most cases hiring a professional to scan them for you will be cheaper than purchasing the high quality equipment needed to do them yourself. You want to make sure whoever is scanning these can capture the entire area of film. At Larsen Digital we make sure to capture all of the film for you. Finding a scanner than can handle this size of film can sometimes be a challenge. Medium Format film has a large film size so getting a lot of quality out of them is pretty easy. If scanning them at 4000 dpi you can print up to a 30"x30" which is equivalent to a 80 Megapixel camera. If you have them scanned as low as 1000 dpi you can get a 7.5" x 7.5" print out of them and is equivalent to a 5 Megapixel camera. As you can see you don't need to scan Medium Format Film quite as high as other film. Below are some more ideas to help in your decision making.
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If you would like to do it yourself there are a couple of things to consider. You need a scanner that will scan your Medium Format Slides and be capable of scanning each type of Slide you have. You will want to make sure they scan at a high enough resolution so that your digital image will have all the details that are in your Medium Format slide film. You will want at least a 1000 dpi (dots-per-inch). It also needs to be one that can scan and keep it in focus because an out of focus picture isn't much to look it. Another thing to consider is the amount of time that it will take you to scan your slides. Even the best scanners are a few minutes or more per slide to scan unless they are only able to scan them at very low quality. There are a lot of different scanners out there. There are flatbed ones and ones that will individually take and scan your 35mm slide film. The quality for all the different ones will range greatly so you definitely get what you pay for. Make sure to look out for that when shopping for a scanner.

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Use a Professional

When using a professional there are a few things that you will want to make sure of. There are some that are based out of the United States. You ship your order to California and then they send your priceless memories on freight ships out of the country to have them scanned. There is a huge risk of something happening to them at that point. I would stay away from those companies. One that uses high quality scanners to give you the best possible scans is essential. At Larsen Digital only the highest quality scanners are used to scan your film. A skilled staff like what we have at Larsen Digital is very important as well. This will make sure that your entire project turns out perfectly just the way you hoped. The pro to using a professional is that it will be scanned and returned to you in a very short amount of time. If you are doing it yourself it can be a very long tedious process. When you receive your images back everything is done for you. Your images will be scanned, rotated, color corrected and ready to share.

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Now That They are Digital

There are a few fun things that you can do with your digital images. You can upload them online, email them, use in a slideshow or make prints out of them. Larsen Digital can help you do all of these things or you can do them on your own.

The best thing you can do with your slides is to first get them scanned into a digital image. Preserving them is the greatest gift you can give to your children and their children. You don't want them to deteriorate any more than they already have. Film was never meant to last for a long period of time. The dyes in your film deteriorate leaving you with faded discolored pictures. We know how much these pictures mean to you so now is the time to act. Larsen Digital can take your Medium Format slides and scan them at high resolutions to give you a beautiful digital image. Included with your scan is a free standard color correction to fix those fading colors and contrast issues. There is no better time than now to preserve your memories so you will have them easily accessible and be able to share them with others. There are quite a few fun ways to share your digitized slides. You can upload them to the cloud to easily share with those you want too. You can also make a slideshow for yourself and also to give to others. You can have prints made or use your images in a photo book, scrapbook, etc. Uploading them to social media sites is really fun as well. So many easy ways to share your newly discovered treasures.

Now is the time to finally get your film out of storage and scanned before it's too late! Larsen Digital can help you.

History of Medium Format Film

Medium format has traditionally referred to a film format in still photography and the related cameras and equipment that use[1] film. Generally, the term applies to film and digital cameras that record images on media larger than 24 by 36 mm (full-frame) (used in 35 mm photography), but smaller than 4 by 5 inches (which is considered to be large-format photography).

In digital photography, medium format refers either to cameras adapted from medium format film photography uses, or to cameras making use of sensors larger than that of a 35mm film frame. Often, medium format film cameras can be retrofitted with digital camera backs, converting them to digital cameras, but some of these digital backs, especially early models, use sensors smaller than a 35mm film frame. As of 2013, medium format digital photography sensors were available in sizes of up to 40.3 by 53.7 mm, with 60 million pixels for use with commonly available professional medium format cameras. Sensors used in special applications such as spy satellites can be even larger, but are not necessarily described as medium format equipment.

In the film world, medium format has moved from being the most widely used film size (1900s through 1950s) to a niche used by professionals and some amateur enthusiasts, but one which is still substantially more popular than large format.

All medium-format cameras mass-produced today (as of 2012) use the 120 film format. Additionally, many are capable of using the 220 film format, effectively doubling the number of frames available with 120 film. Medium format roll film is still available from specialty shops and photo labs, yet nowhere near as ubiquitous as 135 (35mm) film.

Information found on Wikipedia.