Stay Sharp

Saturday, June 08, 2013

6x6 Scanning at Hasselblad Japan

Had the chance to scan some 6x6 stuff at the Hasselblad Tokyo center last week (thanx guys), on their Hasselblad Flextight X5 beast. The "art" of scanning has for me always been regarded as a pretty stoic and time consuming process that usually had to be done more of necessity and need than by joy. But this BIG and HEAVY (there is a reason for this…stability and lens focus range etc…theft prevention...) turned out to be a cake walk when it came to handling and speed. Just mount your film slips or already cut film in the flexible holder and let the machine do the rest. Scans up to 300MB / min, 8000dpi due to a high profile Rodenstock lens glass-free optical path between the film and the lens. The images I decided to "test" scan were shot with Kodak T-Max 400 and the FujiChrome Velvia 100. I knew I underexposed some of the images due to slow film, dark scenes/environments, hand held spontaneous street shooting. The color transparent I didn't touch at all, the T-Max I only squeezed in some light into if needed, a pinch of contrast perhaps (I use Lightroom, always have), it turned out just great. Not everyone have the almost US$25.000 I saw Adorama in NYC is asking for it, so to get the chance to try it out at the Tokyo Hasselblad center was just great. Check their FB HERE!

This is Kodak T-Max 400, sanned as color negative


1 comment:

eric said...

Hey those pictures are amazing! I love the one with the guy on his phone against the red wall. The black and white in the park is amazing, too. Those scans are pretty good. Was it difficult to profile the types of film etc? How much does it cost to use their scanner?