When taking photos, the goal is usually (though not always) to achieve the best possible results! In the early days of print film, the objective was to produce the best possible print, but today, the focus is generally on obtaining the highest-quality scans. The quality of the scans depends on various factors, such as the colors and the scanning method used. At Indisposable, we use a Noritsu HS-1800 scanner, which is renowned for its exceptional color reproduction and high resolution, making it one of the best scanners in its class.

All images on this post were scanned using max settings on a Noritsu HS1800 but were down sized for web use.

Although our standard resolution is adequate for most purposes, opting for a high-resolution scan will provide even better results, particularly when viewing images on a large monitor or printing them in a large format. Additionally, a high-resolution scan is advantageous for more detailed editing techniques, such as frequency separation and high pass sharpening.

Another significant advantage of high-resolution scans is that they are more future-proof. By obtaining a high-resolution scan, you can avoid the need for a rescan in the future, as you can always downsize an image, but you cannot add pixels that are not there. Moreover, high-resolution scans are advantageous when cropping images, as cropping reduces the overall resolution of an image. For example, a high-resolution scan of a 35mm frame (2:3 ratio) from Indisposable is 6774x4492 pixels. However, once cropped down to a 4:5 ratio, the image becomes 5615x4492 pixels. In comparison, a standard resolution scan would be roughly half that size.

In summary, opting for a higher resolution scan is always a wise choice. It provides greater flexibility and detail, making it especially useful when creating larger prints. To learn more about our scanning options, please visit our website.