Introductory Price - $1299 (not including film holders & FT45 Wedge)
Only $1699 (complete with 5 Holders.)
FilmToaster Personal - $999
FT45 Wedge $299 additional
World -wide installations available for Industrial/Museums/ Archival Institutions
• Ultimate Bridge Device Facilitates Transforming Analog Film to Digital
• Maintains the ambience of "FILM" while enabling conversion to digital
• Gradation smoothness and faithfulness of original film
• Swiss Army Knife functionality of film duplicators; all sizes, all cameras
• Digitizes 35mm, slide, medium format & 4x5 film
• Film Holder Sizes available: 35mm film, 35mm Slide Film Only, 35mm Slide/35mm strips or rolls
with Pass-Through Slits, 4x5 Single, 120mm–645, 6x6, 6x7, 6x9
• Special 35mm Long Roll Holder "see-saw's" front to end for rapid camera captures (unique in the industry)
• Interchangeable Film Guides Assist Holder Insertion - in any slot, plus any position.
• Digitizes in seconds compared to minutes with flatbeds
• 360 degree Rotating Lens Plate with firm locking
• Lens Plate Adjustable Vertically and with Rotation, Horizontally
• High Quality/Resolution limited only by your camera
• Accepts Lenses up to 62mm Threads with 62-58 Step Down Adapter; smaller lenses require step-up to 52mm
• Includes 52 and 58mm Threaded Attachment Adapters, 5 film Holders ($1699 system) and 1" Spacer Adapter
• Functionality of dark room era film holders possible
• Adapts your full frame, four thirds, or mirrorless DSLR
• Built-in, yet removable LED, AC or battery operated.
• Includes Acrylic Plate for selectable lighting options
• Removable Cover with Thumb Screws for interior access & DIY
• Mounts Vertical (native), Horizontal, or 45 degrees with accessory base
• Three 1/4"-20 Sockets
• Four Rubber Mounts for steady captures
• Constructed of durable 18 gauge metal
• Mechanically Pressed PEMS provide solid fastening points
• Construction allows DIY Customization
• Powdercoat Exterior • Powdercoat Interior • Anodized Exterior • Anodized Interior
• Six Dual Slots accept Film Holders 35 through 4x5
• Magnetic Strips block unwanted light
• Open platform prevents obsolescence
• Twenty-Six Page Instruction Guide
• Small Desktop Footprint, 6x6x9 inches • Weights only six pounds
Although standard in most archival equipment inventories, document flatbed scanners are easy to use, but slow, and 30% original content lost because tedious film thickness issues compromise sharpness. Dedicated film scanners produce better results but also slow, touchy and ugly algorithms appear with high resolution scanning. Now, since film content begins as a pristine image, the FilmToaster and your precision digital camera —everything changes!
Michael Antonoff - USA Today
"Most American families owned at least one film camera in the second half of the 20th century, and an entire industry of craftsmen built their livelihoods around the taking and processing of film, slides and prints. Few activities in the analog-to-digital transformation have touched so many people as much as the switch from chemical to digital photography."
- Michael Antonoff, USA Today
Toasting, that is, from the perspective of FilmToaster—digitally capturing 35mm, 120mm, or 4x5 into DSLRs—begins by placing film, filmstrips, or slides into one of four supplied film holders and inserting into one of six slots. Isn't that similar to toasting a slice of bread?
Setting new standards of scanning with a repeatable workflow, digital images of film can be captured on a memory card or tethered from the camera to a computer, then with one keystroke inverted in programs like Photoshop, or a special preset in Lightroom. At that point, the digital capture might also be cropped, tweaked, made ready for adding metadata. The remaining FilmToaster slots are designed to accommodate other film holders; commonly available accessories for flatbed and dedicated film scanners. The slots, adapter rings, and technology are designed on an open platform and offer customization opportunities for future usage. Imagine, in addition to speed, image quality, all within an ergonomically stable bench system, drum scanner resolution is achievable with the Film Toaster at 80% less cost!
In the hands of advanced photographers, commercial film laboratories, digital libraries, university and governmental labs, archival installations, curators, imaging specialists, preservationists, and others acquiring cultural collections photographed on film, the FilmToaster becomes a product capable of extreme image capturing capabilities.**
Frankly speaking, scanning film by manual feed is labor intensive with any system—including the FilmToaster—but this next generation passive technology exploits the classic and proven path to macro photography and does it faster with higher quality!
Exclusive to FilmToaster
Unavailable among other technologies, a Film Holder with pass through slits that accepts long rolls of 35mm film for increased productivity. Imagine; a 36-exposure roll of uncut 35mm film, captured in approximately six minutes. Although mounted slides takes longer, multiple films be readied on each load in the same holder that accepts uncut 35mm roll and bulk loads. Depending on cut length, 35 and 120 film strips of 4–6 require manual advancing and take longer, but higher capturing quality – and this method, easily outperforms batch scanning and the industry standard, flatbed technology.
In some ways the FilmToaster's capture concept may be similar to slide duplicators popular decades ago but with dozens more features. Because of the complex macro learning curve, the FilmToaster's ideal placement in a busy digitization environment may be to supplement, not replace existing technologies. In addition to experience in macro and closeup photography, a DSLR, mirrorless, or four-thirds camera body, equipment such as a macro lenses, extension tubes, add-on filter rings, might be required. With the correct optics, settings on newer DSLR are relatively easy with auto settings. Other factors in the process may take in consideration, a camera's sensor size, precise focusing, shutter speed, white balance, and alignment. With older, yet very reasonably priced macro lens, settings are almost always done manually. With the recommended equipment, image sharpness and initial cropping with the Film Toaster is achieved between 3-9 inches. With the vast array of digital equipment available today, some experimentation may be required to obtain perfect and predictable results. Yes, it also accepts video cameras and some cell phone accessory lenses may be fitted!
Obviously, the FilmToaster offers options not welcomed by everyone. Recently, it apparently ruffled the feathers of one flatbed manufacturer who labeled it, "a convenient $2000 copy stand." That's OK and actually, sheer flattery that a big conglomerate takes notice. Decades ago, Honeywell Repronar, Bowens Illumitran, Beseler Dual Slide Duplicator, and Kenro Spectra, manufacturers of similar analog slide duplicators, heard thunderous assertions from the 'big yellow box' towards their innovations which – with a slightly different twist – offered time saving photographic solutions in duplicating.
The FilmToaster may be mounted on a tripod or tabletop in a horizontal position, however, its native and most ergonomically versatile position is vertical. The FT45 Wedge 45 accessory base to mount the FilmToaster at a comfortable table top is available at $299.
More on how it works:
The concept and workflow of the FilmToaster is passive and simple, yet highly effective. The lens and plate end attach to a rotating connector that connects to the adapter thread of a macro or other lens capable of capturing closeups. Image cropping and minor alignments are easily made with the lens board which may also be adjusted vertically. Included with the FilmToaster is a AC and battery operated 5000K LED light panel which provides flicker-free illumination. Or, an optional external LED, electronic flash or other source of illumination, may be used at outer front-end where an acrylic plate serves as a diffuser/stand. Amazingly, with its open architecture and customization potentials, the FilmToaster supports a wide range of film holder sizes: 35mm, various medium formats, and 4x5. The FilmToaster also features a top loading universal slot that accepts many film holders from the era of enlargers and chemistry based darkrooms. Seasoned professionals who formerly shot film will especially appreciate a 'black box' capable of hands-on film to digital integration, reminiscent of the darkroom as well.
As a bridge accessory mating film and digital, the FilmToaster has no comparison. It will never become obsolete because it has no internal electronics...when updating DSLRs and lens, the FilmToaster accepts the update via threaded adapters.
Camera scanning medium format film is an area where FilmToaster excels like nothing else in the world. Yesterday's 120 medium format cameras exploited numerous image sizes: 645, 6x6, 6x7, 6x9, and even 6x10; all easily scanned in the versatile open-faced 120mm holder available with the FilmToaster. While the robust 4x5 inch holder accepts film, one-at-a-time (which slows the scanning time and some cropping may be experienced), the piano hinged design facilitates damaged and thicker emulsions. Film Holder Sizes available: 35mm film, 35mm Slide Film Only, 35mm Slide/35mm strips or rolls with Pass-Through Slits, 4x5 Single, 120mm–645, 6x6, 6x7, 6x9
Short strips of 120 and 35mm film and slides must be advanced forward after each image but expect three to six seconds each for focusing and capturing. A 26-page operation guide is included but it is important to remember, for optimal results, some closeup photography experience is necessary using the above recommended closeup equipment and accessories.
The development of the FilmToaster came about because the creator was challenged to find a solution to preserving tens of thousands of historically significant film images created over a 60-year photography career. The inventor who also invented two other photo-video accessories, is a Getty contributor, author of four historical books, professional photographer, and Director of Historical Preservation at a small southern-based university. From a one man shop, the FilmToaster emerged over a six year period from six prototypes; each worked, but perfection demanded continued development.
More and more, with the FilmToaster’s low tech and passive concept that avoids obsolescence, you will grow to understand its long term value as one of your best investments as the ultimate innovation – from film to digital.
**To maintain low costs associated with customized small production, no returns allowed.**
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS USING THIS EQUIPMENT
The FilmToaster requires additional equipment not furnished or included with purchase. Also needed are the following similar to requirements in macro photography:
1. DSLR Camera with media card
2. General understanding of your DSLR and manual settings
3. Macro Lens/lenses with 52 - 58mm connectivity, capable of acquiring 3 - 9 inch focus range
4. Set of manual or auto extension tubes
5. Platform or sturdy desk
6. Electrical connection (batteries provide 8-10 hour usage)
7. General understanding of macro & close-up concepts
8. Understanding of Post Production Software & Computers
* Although average image capture rate is possible at four 35mm scans (six seconds each) in approximately 30 seconds including focusing, selecting and inserting new strips in to the film holder and the image review, consumes time; therefore, yielding approximately 200 hourly.
**The FilmToaster is a DIY professional-industrial product, not for novice photographers expecting an out of the box solution. Precision and predictable results are only attainable after testing with your equipment, lenses, and format.
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