About this project
Thanks a ton to everyone who has pledged their support and helped us to reach our funding goal!
To find out more about the Smartphone Scanner at the Smartphone Film Scanner Microsite.
If you would like to hear when the Scanner becomes available for purchase via the Lomography Online Shop, please add your email address to our Google Form before the end of February 2013.
Uncrate – “Used to be scanning in film required either a flatbed scanner with a special compartment inside or a standalone scanner — neither of which were particularly cheap. Soon you'll be able to do it with nothing but your phone and the Lomography Smartphone Film Scanner”
CNET Asia – “We think this is a brilliant way of making film scanning more easily accessible. You only need your smartphone to be on your way to digitizing your childhood photos and other old memories captured before the days of digital cameras.”
Ubergizmo – “Talk about bridging the old and new schools of thought, where analogue photographers and retro-enthusiasts are able to jump aboard the digital bandwagon without missing a beat.”
Engadget – “The fine folks over at Lomography are at it again, but this time, they're out for something more than just quirky. In fact, this may be useful for many more people than those obsessed with retrofied / distorted photography.”
Pocket-lint – “Lomography aims to bring analog into the new age by acting as a film scanner that can easily hook-up with a smartphone, allowing users to scan, edit, and print 35mm film.”
Introducing the Lomography Smartphone Film Scanner
We are Lomography and we go completely crazy for all things analog. We're constantly developing an entire range of our own analog cameras, films and accessories; If you'd like to find out more about us, we'd love to be your friends on Facebook, Tumblr and Twitter; plus you can subscribe to our newsletter to hear all our latest news.
We're very excited to show you our first Kickstarter project...the Lomography Smartphone Film Scanner! This little gadget offers you an insanely simple way to scan, edit, print and share all your 35mm films.
Many of us still shoot analog photos or have heaps of 35mm film lying around at home. Maybe you have a collection of funny photos from when you were young or even funnier photos of your parents when they were young. Wouldn't it be great if you could share all those old memories in an instant? We’ve developed the Lomography Smartphone Film Scanner for this very reason; it’s a brand new way to scan your 35mm stills and the perfect tool for analog photographers and retro-enthusiasts.
The Perfect Way to Scan, Edit, Print and Share Your 35mm Films
Simply turn on the Smartphone Film Scanner back-light, insert your film, take a photo of it using your Smartphone and use the included App (iPhone and Android versions available) to edit and share. In an instant, you’ll end up with a digital version of your film which can be archived, emailed, posted on social media sites or printed.
The Smartphone Film Scanner was conceived as a way to offer photographers and enthusiasts a quick, easy and portable way to scan 35mm films. It offers unrivaled speed and convenience when compared to other film scanners. In addition, the scanner will work with a free integrated Lomoscanner App, which allows you to easily edit and share your scans.
Instant Scanning, Instant Sharing. The Smartphone Film Scanner has been developed by a team of experienced analog engineers at Lomography who specialize in designing new analog cameras and accessories. Analog photography is our passion – and it’s this passion which drives us to want to capture every analog memory using the Smartphone Film Scanner. The scanner is designed with a direct light panel which illuminates your film; scanning each film is made as easy as capturing a photo on your phone. It scans at a quality perfectly capable for archiving, sharing and even printing.
iPhone and Android Compatible. The Smartphone Film Scanner is compatible with all iPhone models and selected Android Smartphones* too. We're currently working on a free integrated Lomoscanner App and both iPhone and Android versions of the App will be made available. The Lomoscanner App will allow you to edit negative scans into positives, stitch together scans into seamless panoramas and animate 35mm analogue movies shot using the Lomography LomoKino camera. What's more, you can share those photos with all your friends with just the click of a button.
Complete Convenience. The Smartphone Film Scanner is small and can easily be transported. Whilst back-lit photo scanners also exist for scanning negatives, these scanners are large and cumbersome. The Smartphone Film Scanner is small enough to fit in your bag or rucksack, allowing you to scan films away from home. It’s 100% mobile and easy to use.
Works With All 35mm Films. The Smartphone Film Scanner allows you to scan all different kinds of 35mm film imaginable. You can easily scan color negative, color slide and black & white films. It’s also great for scanning those unconventional photo formats including longer panoramic shots (such as those taken with the Lomography Horizon and Spinner 360° cameras) and 35mm analog movies (such as those taken with the Lomography LomoKino).
Awesome Rewards Available
We have some super rewards available for our backers. Below are a few of the highlights; check the side-bar for the full listing!
Pledge $50 - Get the Smartphone Film Scanner for a special launch price
Pledge $80 - Get the Smartphone Film Scanner and a Fisheye No. 2 camera
Pledge $90 - Get the Smartphone Film Scanner and a LomoKino camera
Pledge $100 - Get the Smartphone Film Scanner and a Diana Mini camera
Pledge $110 - Get the Smartphone Film Scanner and a Spinner 360° camera
Pledge $110 - Get the Smartphone Film Scanner and a Sprocket Rocket camera
Pledge $220 - Get the Smartphone Film Scanner and a LC-A+ camera
Pledge $320 - Get the Smartphone Film Scanner and a Horizon Perfekt camera
Pledge $390 - Get the Smartphone Film Scanner and an LC-Wide camera
Pledge $1500 - A once-in-a-lifetime trip to Lomography Headquarters. We'll treat you to 5 days and 5 nights in a great hotel. For 2 days of the trip, we will offer the complete Lomographic experience. You'll go on a trip to a traditional Viennese market searching for negatives with Lomography staff, visit Lomography HQ, build your very own LomoWall and have a night out partying with us too. And that's just the start...during your stay, you will be able to pick the leather design on your very own, one-of-a-kind customized Lomo LC-A+ camera. Of course you would also get your very own Smartphone Film Scanner too! Please Note: The time of this trip should be agreed on by both parties; you would be responsible for covering flight costs.
Pledge $5000 - The ultimate Lomography trip. Firstly, we'll treat you to 5 nights in a hotel in Vienna. You will visit a traditional Viennese market to search for negatives, spend time at Lomography HQ and build your very own LomoWall. Then we will fly you to Moscow for a trip back to the roots of Lomography accompanied by one of the Lomography founders who'll show you Russia through their eyes. We'll arrange 5 nights in a hotel for you. In Moscow, you will spend 2 days with a special Lomography program and we will organize trips for you to meet some amazing contemporary Russian artists. Of course you will also get your very own Smartphone Film Scanner too! Please Note: The time of this trip should be agreed on by both parties; we will cover the flights from Vienna to Moscow and back again and hotel costs in both Vienna and Moscow. You would pay for flights to Vienna and back home again to start and end the trip.
The Scanner Stretch Goals
With so much enthusiasm for the project, we're so inspired to see the connection between the digital and analog worlds is alive and well. With that in mind, we wanted to announce some stretch goals that we hope you're going to find pretty exciting.
$150,000 (Already Reached!) -As we have hit this major goal of $150,000, we want to offer every person that pledges an additional gift of one free Lomography Patterns Edition Leporello - perfect for all those times you want to share your photos the analog way! The free Leporello design will be picked randomly.
$250,000 - Our free Lomoscanner App is currently in development for both iPhone and Android - in combination with the Scanner you'll be able to not only easily scan all those normal 35mm photos but scan panoramas, scan and animate LomoKino movies and share them all with a click of a button. If you hit this stretch goal, we will incorporate additional features based on your input!
So if you have suggestions or ideas for the App that you would want to see realized, we want to hear from you. Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "Lomoscanner App".
If we reach this incredible milestone we will involve you in the development process and start implementing your suggestions! So, start sending us your ideas, we can't wait to hear from you!
We are a globally active organization dedicated to experimental and creative analog photography. We have a great, buzzing community of analog enthusiasts from all over the world.
We love the past and are keeping all the wonders of analog photography alive and kicking in the 21st Century! It's this love for analog which leads us to take trips to flea-markets to scour the stalls for amazing old images; and it's also why we are pretty chuffed with our new invention, the Smartphone Film Scanner! The Smartphone Film Scanner has been developed by Lomography and our dedicated in-house development and design team; the entire project has been spearheaded by the Lomography founders Matthias Fiegl, Wolfgang Stranzinger and Sally Bibawy.
We are currently celebrating our 20th anniversary. In our 20 years so far, we have a strong track record of developing many different cameras, films and accessories independently. For example, last year we released the Belair X 6-12, which is a new and breathtaking 6x12 medium format camera. Looking further back, we have also produced cameras such as a 35mm camera called the Spinner 360° which can take 360° panoramic shots, the LomoKino which is a 35mm movie camera and the Diana F+ which is a reinvention of a cult classic 1960s camera.
In addition to developing cameras, we also love developing new films and accessories. Last year, for example, we introduced a range of brand new 110 films to the world - a previously discontinued film we raised from the dead. We also produce accessories such as the DigitaLIZA which helps you to scan 35mm films using a regular flatbed scanner.
You can find out more about our history and the products we produce on our website http://www.lomography.com/about.
* You’ll find a list of phones we’ve tested the Smartphone Scanner with in our FAQ section below.
** All the analog photos featured on this page have been scanned with the Smartphone Film Scanner
Risks and challenges
We are really excited about being able to share this brand new way of scanning film with the world and are very close to having it finalized. But we need your help to help our dream fully materialize.
We are currently already finished with the tooling of the Smartphone Film Scanner and right before being able to mass-produce the scanner. But still require your support to help finish work on the iPhone and Android versions of the App. We already have a first prototype version of the iPhone App ready; but we must continue work on this and then develop an Android version too.
We estimate that the first shipment of the Smartphone Film Scanner and the App will be ready by March 2013. We promise that the first quantities of the Smartphone Film Scanner will be shipped to our loyal Kickstarter backers!
The only problem we foresee at this stage is that the App development may take slightly longer than we estimate due to unforeseen problems. But we will obviously do everything possible to get the App ready as soon as we can. When it launches, the App will be free to download.
For the rewards on offer, we will endeavor to distribute rewards as soon as we can. However, certain rewards may take longer to organize than others due to logistical reasons. We promise to keep you informed on this every step of the way.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
The Smartphone Scanner is designed to work with all kinds of 35mm film. It will scan color negative, color slide and black & white films.
Unfortunately, the scanner is not currently compatible with other film formats such as 120 or 110 film.
The Smartphone Film Scanner will work with all iPhone models. Moreover, we are confident that the Scanner will work with most smartphones which have the camera in the upper side/corner or in the top-center; these include phones such as the Samsung Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note2. There are also some general rules that you can follow to see whether your phone is compatible.
The only cameras which we believe will have a problem with the Smartphone Film Scanner are those with a camera button on the side. This is because the Smartphone scanner uses clamps at the side of the phone to hold the phone in place. So your Smartphone should have a touch-screen camera rather than a button on the side.
The width of your phone should be greater than 47mm (1.85 in).
If your Smartphone has a lens at the center, your phone should be no wider than 94mm (3.70 in).
If your Smartphone has a lens at the corner, your phone should be no wider than 62mm (2.44 in).
Last year, we launched the LomoKino Smartphone Holder (http://shop.lomography.com/lomokino-smart-phone-holder). Although its function is different, this product works using the same design principles as the Smartphone Film Scanner. In the year since we launched this product, we have received very little feedback from customers saying that it does not work with their phone.
We have also put together this list that we have tried the Smartphone Scanner with. You can download the list at http://cdn.lomography.com/downloads/smartphone_film_scanner_compatible_phones-version-2.pdf. Please note, this list is not complete since we unfortunately have not had the chance to test every phone - so if you don’t see your phone on the list, don’t be put off! You can always drop us a line and we can help advise on whether your phone is compatible.
The Smartphone Scanner uses 2 AA batteries.
You can find out more about each reward camera by visiting its product site. For a full list of Lomography Camera product sites, please visit: http://www.lomography.com/about/microsites
It’s possible to scan 35mm movies and panoramic photos using the Smartphone Film Scanner App. You simply take a photo of a frame of your movie or part of your panorama; then take another and another until done. The App will then be able to stitch together the individual frames into a movie or longer panoramic photo.
If this Kickstarter project is successful, when will the Smartphone Film Scanner be available for delivery?
It depends on the reward you select. Our first rewards were available for shipping in March 2013. But due to demand, the newer rewards will be available for shipping in April 2013.
14cm (5.51 in) x 7cm (2.75 in) x 13cm (5.11 in)
The shipping costs vary depending on where you are in the world and which reward you pick. The amount you should add to cover shipping is shown in the reward information.
If it states in the reward information, that you should make an additional pledge to cover shipping and/or tax, please add this to the amount you pledge. For example, if you would like the $100 Sprocket Rocket reward and live in Thailand, please select this reward when you make your pledge, but write in $110 at the top of the pledge page; then you will cover shipping costs.
The scanner will be produced in China and shipped to you from one of our hubs around the world. We have hubs in the following locations: Hungary, Turkey, New York, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Brazil, Mexico and Canada
If you have a specific question about shipping, please just write us a message!
Yes, in most cases you can. We will send a survey at the end of the campaign and ask you to pick the camera design you would like (depending on available stock).
Unfortunately, in the EU we also need to cover VAT. We do not have to cover this for customers based in the USA or Rest of World regions. So the Shipping and Tax is calculated higher for EU for this reason.
You sure do! As soon as the project closes (if it's funded, fingers crossed!) we'll contact you for your shipping information!
The Scanner works with slides, but the slides would need to be removed from the mount for scanning. So if you have slides in plastic mounts, these can usually be removed from the mount; other mounted scans may be harder to remove from their mounts.
Mounted scans would need to be removed from the mount and then scanned in a 'special' way since the scanner winder is designed to work with film strips rather than single slides. But scanning is still possible!
In the reward tiers for $40 and $50, it says “Get the Smartphone Film Scanner for a special launch price.”. What does this mean exactly?
Firstly, apologies if the wording is unclear on these tiers. What it means is that if you pledge $50 dollars for the $50 dollar reward tier, you will get the scanner for this price! Besides shipping and tax, there will be no additional charge.
The only difference between the regular LC-A+ and LC-A+ Russian Lens is the lens. The lens of the regular LC-A+ is manufactured in China. The lens of the LC-A+ Russian Lens is manufactured in Russia.
The Lomoscanner App will be free.
This is a tough question to answer with a universal response because the scan resolution will depend on what Smartphone you use to scan your film. As the App will have to crop your scan a bit, the scan resolution will always be less than the resolution of your Smartphone camera.