The suppliers of photographic film digitization systems pixl-latr and VALOI have given up to unite and create the pixl-latr x VALOI adapter, a simple, inexpensive and very effective adapter to mount a VALOI film holder on pixl-latr. Simplicity itself.
At £ 44.99 / US $ 62, pixl-latr is one of the most economical and versatile photographic film scanning systems available today. Out of the box, the pixel-latr covers 35mm, 120 and 4 × 5 large format films (even more with its open door platform).
On the other hand, VALOI Film Holders, with their ingenious curved film feed system, offer a slightly faster way to scan larger amounts of 35mm and 120 film with less hassle, while maintaining the flat film. They also have an upcoming line of custom media, which will cover some niche formats.
The pixl-latr x VALOI adapter, then, help combine the two platforms, giving you the pixl-latr platform / light diffuser on one side, with VALOI’s unique film holder on the other. Together, they represent a more versatile platform that gets the best out of everyone while keeping that price accessible: the pixl-latr x VALOI adapter only costs £ 12.49 / US $ 18.
DSLR, mirrorless and smartphone scanning
Interest in film and traditional photography continues to grow, but traditional digitization options seem to continue to evolve relatively glacial time scales. In fact, there has been no change in the options available for high speed, full roll film scanning options from any of the usual suspects of film scanner manufacturers for over a decade.
It goes without saying that the current market is only a fraction of what it was during the heyday of film photography and this is where companies like VALOI, pixl-latr, Negative Supply and Cameradactyl came in. to fill the niche: high quality products, with and without automation that meet the needs of today’s film photographers.
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Calling pixl-latr and VALOI “competitors” above, while technically correct, does not tell the whole story. I’ll let Arild Båsmo from VALOI and Hamish Gill from pixl-latr tell you themselves:
“VALOI started out with the help of many people, and among them Hamish from pixl-latr was perhaps the loudest voice encouraging us to take him to Kickstarter.”
~ Arild Båsmo
“… Our first collaboration is this new adapter which brings together two modular scanning systems. It strikes at the very heart of what I think of VALOI – modularity and user-centric design, and I think pixl-latr is a perfect match for our holders.
~ Hamish gill
It’s a shared sentiment, as Hamish continues:
“Working together to provide our customers with more options and better products makes me feel good! We hope this is just the start too, who knows what we can bring to the market when we continue to work together. “
~ Hamish Gill
What more can I say than that? The pixl-latr x VALOI film holder is available now and exclusively on the pixl-latr website for £ 12.49 / US $ 18, where it can be purchased alongside 135 and 120 VALOI movie owners at equally reasonable prices.
Can we have a motorized upgrade afterwards?
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