I’ve never understood it but many people are fans of a range of cameras made of cheap plastic – their description – Lomography. Well they’ve expanded their range to include two film scanning kits, DigitiLISA+ and DigitaLIZA Max.
The idea is these kits allow you to scan negatives using either a digital camera or a smartphone. Looking at lomography.com I don’t think the results are great but that’s not the point of lomography. The concept of the whole range is a rough, grungy style of images using old style film technology. To give them credit that’s what they set out to do and their users love this genre. Me, sorry, I don’t get it. I can get both high quality images from my Sony cameras then edit them “that way” in Lightroom.
You can use these new scanners, cheaper is £65 and the other £85, even while you’re out and about. You’d have to have your film processed in a lab but then you’d be able to take it to the nearest Starbucks and scan them there. No, I don’t get that bit either but then I’m neither young nor hip. If this is your thing, and for many people it is, here are two products that achieve an end and don’t cost a fortune.
While looking around the Lomography website I found and answer to questions we’re often asked. People who have scanners such as our Epson V750s with overhead illumination don’t have the right holders for 110, 120 or 35mm film and slide stock. There’s a company in America from who we’ve bought special film holders. Their products are pretty good and reasonably priced but they’re sent from the States which adds to cost and takes time. Lomography now offer an alternative in special film holders in DigitaLIZA film masks for the most popular sizes – 110, 120 and 35mm at between £32 and £45.
Lomography also have retail stores in the UK as well as shipping internationally.
If you ever want to dabble in scanning take a look at these options.