XFsCANS & CSW Film Systems PARTNERSHIP (Our most popular option)

We partner with CSW Film Systems for film processing services. Film can be dropped off at CSW or LATITUDE for scanning. CSW pickups occur on Tuesdays and Fridays weekly. Turnaround time begins once we receive developed film from CSW.

Our Fuji Frontier SP3000 powers through rolls of 35mm and medium format film producing digital images with a maximum resolution of 20 megapixels. Tonally, it tends towards pastel colors reminiscent of traditional darkroom prints.

We offer two different types of XFscans:

  • Basic Scans: No color corrections, basic density adjustments. Resolution is appropriate for screen or 3x5" prints without upsampling.

  • Enhanced Scans: Basic color corrections, more precise density adjustments, and sharper images. Three different resolution options available.

Scans have a three business day turnaround. 24-hour rush scanning may be available for an additional fee. Please note that non-standard film formats, large orders, cut film, and higher resolutions scans may result in longer turnaround times and additional fees.


Flatbed Scanning

Epson Perfection V850 Pro Scanner: 9.5"x11" scanning bed, Optical Resolution of 6400 dpi, for scanning transparent (film) and reflective materials

  • Basic scans: In-scanner color correction, auto-dust removal - $7

  • Pro Scans: Linear scans, manual inversion/color correction, manual dust removal at 50% - $15

Kodak Creo iQsmart3 Scanner: 12"x18" scanning bed, Optical Resolution of 5,500 dpi, for scanning transparent and reflective materials

  • Basic scans: In-scanner color correction - $15

  • Pro Scans: Linear scans, manual inversion/color correction, manual dust removal at 50% - $25


Drum Scanning

While we have a variety of scanning equipment, drum scanners provide the best possible scans of negatives and transparencies. Pricing and complete information about our drum scanning workflow is below.

  • 8mm to 4”x5”: $60 per negative for a 1 gigabyte file (Color), or 350mb (B&W). (up to 350 megapixels)

  • 8”x10”: $150 per negative for a 1 gigabyte file (Color), or 350mb (B&W). (up to 400 megapixels)

Discounts available for bulk scanning of 10+ negatives. Email adam@latitudechicago.org for details.

  • All scans are 16 bit.

  • Dusting (white dust and air bubbles) is performed at 50% magnification, and all scans are carefully inspected for sharpness and tonal depth.

  • Negatives are brought to RAW positive state (linear scans). Any further post production is charged at an hourly rate upon request.

  • Typical three business day turnaround from film drop-off time. We are fully equipped to handle bulk jobs with longer time tables, please email adam@latitudechicago.org for details.

How we scan: We utilize a RAW scanning workflow using both a Scanmate 4000 and an 11000. This equipment can generate resolutions up to 11,000 pixels per inch, with a minimum variable aperture opening of 3 microns. Our scans reproduce the utmost potential of your film original. Our goal is to precisely scan the grain structure of a piece of film and represent that physicality as closely as possible in digital form. Exact resolution is dependent on the size and grain structure of the film.


 
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