Filed under Self scanning Fuji Frontier SP-3000
Shooting film is pretty expensive. But the colour when scanned with the Frontier SP-3000 is super pretty. Sure, if I shot a digital camera side by side with a film one I could match the colour pretty well. However without the film shot as reference, it takes longer to get to the look I want.
I highly recommend anyone looking at getting the Fuji Frontier SP-3000 for self scanning to go for it. If you need resolution, the Noritsu gives higher resolution, sure. However the Frontier seems to more consistently have the colours people shoot film for. That’s more important to me for most applications. I do realise that I have changed teams on the Noritsu vs Frontier debate a few times now!
There are more thoughts on self scanning with the Fuji Frontier SP-3000 after the examples below. This post sums up our month of December. We took the month off to spend some time with our Californian family. It was my first time snowboarding in Mammoth and surfing at Oceanside. The surf hovered at the 4-6 foot mark for a solid week. It was the best I’ve seen it in my limited time in the area.
If you are worried about the self scanning learning curve with the Fuji Frontier SP-3000, the thing works amazingly well without much fiddling. You can adjust the straight scans in Lightroom until you learn what you are doing. The biggest stress for me was plugging the thing in. So many cables, each of which need to be in the right place. It may be best to have a technician install it for you if you don’t have much computer hardware knowledge. I had to replace the power supply in the Toshiba computer that sits inside the scanner twice in the first month. If you buy one, I’m happy to answer questions, just email me.
It’s really worth it to go for the Fuji Frontier SP-3000 over the SP-2000 or SP-2500. For many reasons. Mainly though, the dust eliminating ICE technology. It saves so much time. Other advantages include higher resolution and faster scanning.
It’s best to buy a standalone unit that has been setup to scan. Otherwise you’ll have to chase down a PIC that receives the scans from the unit. The Frontier was designed to print directly rather than save to a disk. Also worth noting is what you need for scanning 120. You’ll need a manual carrier, a 120 DF (light diffusion box), and whatever mask (6×7, 6×45, 6×6 is rare, 6×8, 6×9).
All film was processed by Millers for $2 a roll. Amazing value and consistent results. Highly recommended.
I bought my Fuji Frontier SP-3000 from AAA Imaging near LA. My contact was Greg Wolfe, he was very helpful setting up a PIC for me. UPDATE 2016: I’ve since sold my Frontier and moved to Australia, and thankfully James, a family member here has one nearby that I use. If you’d like to see more dreamy colours that the Frontier and film create, I recommend checking out my brother’s post here.