It’s been a productive year for the folks at Negative Supply, and this week they announced a new product that should make photographers looking for an affordable way to scan from home quite happy.
Now available, the Basic Film Carrier 120 is a simplified version of the company’s Film Carrier 120 that allows for home scanning of medium format negatives.
Funded by a very successful Kickstarter, the Film Carrier 120 was the company’s first entry into medium format scanning. As Negative Supply says, following the release of the Film Carrier 120, customers increasingly asked for a more basic version for 120 film that would accompany the already-existing 35mm option in the “entry level” lineup.
“We aimed to introduce a tool that photographers would love using as much as their medium format film cameras,” Negative Supply co-founder AJ Holmes said in a press release. “By making this device easy to use, robustly built, and affordable while guaranteeing sharp results, we’re confident we’ve done just that.”
The Basic Film Carrier 120 features a carbon-fiber composite housing wrapped in tolex, similar to their Film Carrier 35 and 4×5 Light Source Basic, while also using the magnetic hinge mechanism found on the Film Carrier 120.
Film is inserted into the carrier and held flat with a magnetic-hinged clamp. (Film flatness is incredibly important to the scanning process, not least for sharpness.) The film carrier is put over a light source (including the 4×5 Light Source Basic) and with a digital camera and macro lens attached to Negative Supply’s Basic Riser MK1, one roll of film can be scanned in as little as 60 seconds.
Negatives can be scanned in strips or uncut rolls and sizes up to 6×9 are possible in a single capture. For anyone lucky enough to be shooting 6×12 panoramas, two captures can be made and put together in post production.
The Basic Film Carrier 120 sells for $199 on the Negative Supply website. It’s also possible to purchase a complete basic 120 scanning kit, which retails for $599 and includes the Basic Film Carrier 120, 4×5 Light Source Basic and Basic Riser MK1.
Negative Supply was nice enough to send us a copy of the Basic 120 Film Carrier so stay tuned for our review in the coming weeks.
2021 has been a good year for Negative Supply. The Basic Film Carrier 120 follows closely on the heels of the Light Meter LM1, which enjoyed a very successful Kickstarter campaign in July.
Founded in 2019, Negative Supply specializes in developing tools for the film photography community. Based in California, the company’s entire workflow, from design to shipping is done locally by a team of craftspeople.