Even if you’re a film photographer, it’s likely that at some point you will need to digitize your negatives. While Scanning is the optimal solution in terms of resolution and quality, it’s also possible to use a digital camera to take a picture of the negative, effectively giving you a true digital negative to work with.
This isn’t my method of choice, but if it’s yours, photographer Cecil Williams has created a new tool just for you, the FilmToaster.
Although the name of the device sounds like it might fry up any negatives you put inside, that isn’t the case. The FilmToaster is a unique multi-format film duplicator that will let you use a digital camera to capture quality shots of your film negatives.
At it’s most basic level, the FilmToaster is a compartmentalized lightboard with a dedicated mount for a DSLR with a macro lens attached. More technically, the FilmToaster is a black cuboid that has a 5000K LED light underneath where you slide through your negatives for capture. The whole unit is self-contained thanks to batter power and clever slide options for 35mm and 120 film.
The FilmToaster can either be laid on its side or upright and will work with almost any mirrorless or DSLR and lens combo you can throw its way.
Expect to pay a premium for the convenience though. A single FilmToaster will set you back a whopping $1,700.