For photographers looking for film scans that are unsurpassed in quality, drum scans are available through our partner Drum Scanning NYC.
Drum scanning provides the greatest dynamic range possible, incredibly high resolution, and smooth accurate tonality. Nothing can match the sharpness, tonality, and detail provided by a drum scanner. The PMT (PhotoMultiplier Tube) sensor on a drum scanner is a more sensitive instrument than any CCD in the very best cameras. It provides great detail, color accuracy, and shadow information without noise. The drum scanner also has aperture controls that allow for the film grain to be minimized and reproduced naturally while providing exceptional sharpness.
Drum scans are made by mounting the film onto a clear cylinder with special oil (unharmful to the original film), which not only improves shadow and highlight detail, but also absorbs most dust and fills in scratches and cuffs on the base. As a result, the time and work saved in post production clean up is often worth the cost of the scan alone. This is a tremendous advantage over the virtual Hasselblad / Imacon scanners.