Richard Jones' Log: So very fuzzy
I started using my old film SLR again recently. It's been quite fun to move back from the "toy" that is the little digital camera we've been using since Abbey was born. I did the sums, and it works out cheaper to keep shooting film and getting it processed and burnt to CD than it is to buy a new digital body to suit the SLR lenses I already own.
So my first rolls of film went in for processing on the weekend, and I got the results back today. I leafed through the photos at the store, and didn't see anything amiss then, but when I got home and had a closer look some of the shots are kinda fuzzy. They look like there's this very slight noise through them (like you'd expect from a digital camera that's being pushed). Opening up the (JPEG only) digital scans on the CD it's even worse. There's noise all through the images, even the nice and bright ones. Where there's any darkness the noise is quite unbearable and ruins the photo entirely.
My boss has a scanner that I'll try when I go into the office tomorrow, assuming I can get it working (and it's still in Melbourne). Other than that - do any Aussies have recommendations for labs that scan negs well? I had some negs scanned years ago and I'm going to try to look up the lab that did that as the results were excellent.
The results from this scan are so bad I've even started thinking that perhaps it's a deliberate ploy to stop people from using film...
Update: I've used my boss' scanner (a rather nice Nikon Super Coolscan 9000) and achieved much better results