FilmToaster lets you use your DSLR to digitize film photos

Feb 9, 2016

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Gannon Burgett is a communications professional with over a decade of experience in content strategy, editing, marketing, multimedia content creation. He’s photographed and written content seen across hundreds of millions of pageviews. In addition to his communications work for various entities and publications, Gannon also runs his multimedia marketing agency, Ekleptik Media, where he brings his expertise as a full-stack creator to help develop and execute data-driven content strategies. His writing, photos, and videos have appeared in USA Today, Car and Driver, Road & Track, Autoweek, Popular Mechanics, TechCrunch, Gizmodo, Digital Trends, DPReview, PetaPixel, Imaging Resource, Lifewire, Yahoo News, Detroit Free Press, Lansing State Journal, and more.

FilmToaster lets you use your DSLR to digitize film photos

Feb 9, 2016

Gannon Burgett

Gannon Burgett is a communications professional with over a decade of experience in content strategy, editing, marketing, multimedia content creation. He’s photographed and written content seen across hundreds of millions of pageviews. In addition to his communications work for various entities and publications, Gannon also runs his multimedia marketing agency, Ekleptik Media, where he brings his expertise as a full-stack creator to help develop and execute data-driven content strategies. His writing, photos, and videos have appeared in USA Today, Car and Driver, Road & Track, Autoweek, Popular Mechanics, TechCrunch, Gizmodo, Digital Trends, DPReview, PetaPixel, Imaging Resource, Lifewire, Yahoo News, Detroit Free Press, Lansing State Journal, and more.

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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.

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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.

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Gannon Burgett

Gannon Burgett

Gannon Burgett is a communications professional with over a decade of experience in content strategy, editing, marketing, multimedia content creation. He’s photographed and written content seen across hundreds of millions of pageviews. In addition to his communications work for various entities and publications, Gannon also runs his multimedia marketing agency, Ekleptik Media, where he brings his expertise as a full-stack creator to help develop and execute data-driven content strategies. His writing, photos, and videos have appeared in USA Today, Car and Driver, Road & Track, Autoweek, Popular Mechanics, TechCrunch, Gizmodo, Digital Trends, DPReview, PetaPixel, Imaging Resource, Lifewire, Yahoo News, Detroit Free Press, Lansing State Journal, and more.

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