If you have ever wondered what you should do with all your old film negatives, the Lomography Smartphone Film Scanner has an answer for you. The Smartphone Film Scanner is an exciting new product that cleverly blends new media with old, in a way that will please both analog and digital photographers. It allows you to scan your 35mm film so that you can then share, archive, edit, or print the digital copy. The scanner works with all kinds of 35mm film, including color negatives, black & white, and color slides, as well other unconventional formats including panoramic shots.
The Smartphone Film Scanner is touted as being both portable and easy to use. The first step is to attach the compact scanner to your Smartphone. Once attached, turn on the Smartphone Film Scanner back-light. After that, insert your film and take a photo of the film using your Smartphone. The scanner works in conjunction with their free Lomoscanner App to edit and share the digital version. The app is available in both iPHone and Android versions.
The Smartphone Film Scanner works with all versions of the iPhone as well as with some Android phones. If you are wondering if it will work with your phone, the basic requirements are that the phone’s camera be on the upper side or corner or in the top-center. Android phones that are known to work with the scanner include the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the Galaxy Note2. Phones that may not work with the scanner include phones that have a camera button on the side, as the Smartphone scanner clamps onto the side of the phone in order to hold it in place, thereby requiring that the phone has a touch screen camera in order to be compatible.
Projections are such that the Smartphone Film Scanner will be ready by March 2013. It will first be made available to their Kickstarter backers. If you want to see a sample of an analog photo scanned by the Smartphone Film Scanner, you can check out the photos on their Kickstarter page.
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