Drum Scanning Services

I am now offering drum scanning services for other film photographers so you can have the best quality film scans possible.  Your film will be scanned personally by me with a Heidelberg Tango scanner.  Images will be provided in 16 bit lab color mode tifs as this is the "raw" full-quality settings for the Tango drum scanner and NewColor software.  Resolution varies based on the format as the scanner is capable of a maximum of 16000 pixels per rotation, meaning that you can get a higher dpi scan out of smaller formats.  Files can be transferred to you via Google Drive or you can supply a USB drive.  Note that these prices are much lower than most labs and that I cannot provide a truly dust-free scan at these prices or in my scanning environment.  I will do the best I can and the scans will be far cleaner than any dry flatbed scans. Please send individual frames for scanning unless you want the entire film strips scanned. I need to maximize space on the drum so full strips will be charged extra.

  • 35mm at 8k dpi - $30 per image - file size about 600MB - no sprockets

  • 645, 6x6, 6x7, or 6x9 at ~ 6k dpi - $40 per image - file size varies

  • 6x12 or 6x17cm at ~ 5k dpi - $50 per image - file size about 2.2 gigs

  • 4x5” at 4k dpi - $60 per sheet - About a 1.7 gig file

  • 8x10” at 2k dpi - $120 per sheet - About a 1.7 gig file

  • Return shipping for your film - $10 in the US, actual cost outside the states. (USPS is my preferred carrier)

  • Due to the added time for manual color inversion, color negative film will have a $5 surcharge per frame

  • Mounted 35mm slides will be taken apart and discarded, film will be sleeved.

Turnaround time varies depending on my schedule.  Email me at alex@alexburkephoto.com if you would like to have your film scanned.  I will get back to you as soon as possible to let you know my schedule and give you a shipping address.  In general, I can get the film scanned within a few days when I'm at home or during my slow winter and spring season.  I will do my best to give you an accurate time frame during my busy summer and autumn art show months. 

About Drum Scans

A drum scanner produces an image in a fashion completely different to other equipment, working with analog light capture devices that pull out the most detail possible in each color channel before finally converting it to a digital file.  What you get is a huge increase in shadow detail in slide films, significantly increased sharpness in all films, along with much smoother gradients and tonality.  The film is also wet mounted which increases fine details and masks some of the imperfections and dust inherent with film photography.  There is no better film scan than a drum scan, period.  See some comparison images below:

A sheet of Velvia 100, scanned on the Tango Drum Scanner (left) and a consumer flatbed on the right. Notice the huge increase in fine detail on the drum scan.

Mouse over to see the difference in sharpness between the drum and flatbed scanner. Film is 4x5" Ektar 100.

A side by side comparison of the same frame scanned on a flatbed and Drum scanner, with no edits whatsoever. Notice the increased shadow detail on the drum scan on the right, the file is much closer to what the film looks like on a light table. Film is 6x6 Fuji Velvia 50.

Mouse over to see the differnce between a drum and flatbed scan. This image shows the smoothness of the tonalities and subtle gradients in the sky. Also note the extra color picked up in the highlights on the drum scan. Film is 6x17cm Provia 100f

Disclaimer: Your film is precious to you and I know that. I will handle your film as if it were my own and take the best care possible when handling and scanning film. However, just like a lab I (Alex Burke) cannot be held responsible for anything that might happen that damages your film during the shipping, handling, or scanning process. In the event of film damage, Alex Burke will not be held responsible for compensation to the customer for the film, developing, travel, or any other expenses that may have been incurred to create the image.

Testimonials about my drum scanning service

“Alex did a fantastic job scanning my 6x17 film! He was very professional, kept me up to date during the process and sent the film back to me here in Australia safely packaged. I will be sending all my film to Alex for future high resolution scanning!” - Thomas Byers