You’ve never seen film scanned at this resolution: using the Fuji GFX100S

“How much detail can you really get with 35mm scans?” This is the question that has long been debated among film photographers, and I believe we now have an answer.

In this video, Kyle McDougall makes side-by-side comparisons of 35mm film and medium format film, comparing the results of the Fuji GFX100S associated with a beautiful vintage macro lens (he tested two: a 120mm f/4 Pentax and a 60mm f/2.8 Contax). In an earlier article and video by Kyle, he showed his first version of this setup (the current setup appears to be his second version) and gave an overview of the process and a preview of the results after pairing the Fuji with a cheap 7artisans Photoelectric 60mm f/2.8 Macro Mark II.

Two things really jumped out at me about this video: Kyle completely replaced his Nikon Coolscan 9000 with this setup and the results when paired with the Pentax lens were absolutely stunning. It’s been a while since I’ve digitized film, but the last few times I’ve done so I’ve used the pixel-latr (the review can be found here) and my Sony a7 IV paired with my Mamiya 120mm f/4 macro lens. My only real complaint was that I didn’t have the easiest time getting the sensor plane parallel to the table. At some point I intend to get either a copy stand or a tripod head more capable of the very precise movements needed to be exact.

Although I’m not planning on going out and buying myself the GFX100S just to see what I can get out of it, but I’m really curious how much resolution I’m leaving on the table with my current setup, considering especially with slide film.

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