Black & White Friday 2022: 50% off - the deepest discount ever

Scan film sharp with Vlads Test Targets Still scanning without  #vladstesttarget ? The 50%-off sale on most popular 35 mm, type 120 and 4x5 targets is on till Mon 11:59 pm ET at . No coupons needed - what you see is what you pay. Here is couple of teasers. Type 120 negative target held in Pixl-latr  35 mm target held in Valoi holder

Zen and the Art of Camera Scanning

My article   Zen and the Art of Camera Scanning or The Brief History of Vlads Test Target  is now live on

Pro-slide: New product announcement

By the pure accident (to be completely honest I was just aimlessly browsing eBay 😀) I came across some strangely shaped GEPE slide mounts. They have 37.5 x 37.5 mm opening in the standard 50x50 form-factor and come with anti-newton glass covers.  The built-in flash popped up in my head: those mounts would be perfect for mounting the full frame slide if I ever want to project the slide with the rebate area and sprocket holes. The more utilitarian use for these mounts would be to use them to perfectly tune a scanning rig so exact  film camera 24x36 mm  dimensions would be available for framing.   Typical paper or plastic slide mounts have 23x35 mm opening to allow film frames  from the different cameras be mounted even if some cameras have the film gate of slightly varying height and width. Not only photographers have to be very precise while framing the view during the shoot,  they also will struggle with digitizing the mounted transparencies as the majority of the mounts are rather th

New Target Available ISO 12233:2000

Some folks asked about this chart - ISO 12233 - as they wanted the slanted edges to make certain measurements . It just happened I have them ready:  Limited number of these targets is available in MF format at my Etsy store Note these targets are nor of high resolution, they are approximately  ~ 20 lp/mm due to specifics of production process.  Certain elements cannot be resolved properly - those areas are marked with red eclipses on the photos below. If you need high resolution you may use my 35 mm targets. (see also ) The below pictures were taken at magnification x40 with the optical microscope.

How good 35 mm test target actually is?

 I have been passed the question from the customer called Mark who provided the following feedback:  The 35mm targets I bought are good value, but aren’t as sharp as I’d hoped for. They are only just good enough to show the limits of my 16MP MFT sensor with 45mm Leica lens, but wouldn’t be good enough to explore the limits of the best full frame cameras and lenses. I’d probably need to buy a chrome on glass target for that, but that would be much more expensive. --Mark  I am actually happy to jump in and argue that my targets are indeed can help folks with the scanning setups of  decent resolution. For starters, let's look how 42 MP  (7952x5304) Sony camera resolves the test target. Chart 1.  Click on the image to see full resolution image open in the new browser tab. Now, let's take a closer look at the small chart in the upper right quadrant of the frame. Chart 2.  Click on the image to see full resolution image open in the new browser tab. Before switching to full re

Urgent Message from Vlad

Hello all, fellow digitizers! I am sorry if this message disturbs your otherwise perfect, worry-free state of mind. If this is the case I apologize and it will be perfectly fine if you scroll this post down.  Picture credit : Vladymyr Bysov For those who agrees to read further,  I say - Ukraine needs help. It needs help right now as it is under attack which soon will be at the scale not seen since the World War II. My native city of Kharkiv - often referred to in the press as the second largest city in Ukraine - is under unprovoked, absolutely brutal attack. Above is the picture of my city taken at a better time by my good friend and outstanding photographer and researcher of Kharkiv history Vladymyr Bysov.  What I am asking everyone of you is to make a donation to the charity of your choosing or to Ukrainian Armed Forces. Whether your money will go toward humanitarian purposes helping displaced families, or  the

Short 55 seconds video of live-action

See Vlads Test Target in action in this short video.  The video was taken from the back of Canon EOS R with a video camera.  The irony is that focus peaking does not work if an external monitor or a capture device is connected to the camera, so I had to resort to shooting the video the old way ;-). Click on picture above to play the video - will open in a new window. Sorry, if you allergic to Facebook, but for pure business reasons I host video off Facebook. And here is the link just in case:  Live-action video. Staring Vlads Test Target and Focus Peaking

New 4x5 Test Targets are available now!

  New 4x5 targets have arrived!  This is how new 4x5 target fit Pixl-latr holder This is how new 4x5 target fit Pixl-latr holder Here is some features incorporated into the design per folks' suggestions. 1. The targets feature thin grid with grid lines distanced exactly at 10 mm throughout the image. That allows to track any distortions and make actual measurements on the film. 2. Grey border goes around the edge, this is thin raster which should help with analysis of uniformity of back light. Ideally you should be able to cut out piece of that band in PS and then move it around without observing any differences in raster features( dot size, distance, brightness between raster dots).  3. There are numbers supplied across the board to help with the assembling and stitching the image.  4. Siemens stars and USAF 1951 patterns are mostly supplied to help keep focus in check. The stars and patterns are very slightly misaligned - again to help with the stitching in post processin

Type 120 Availability and 4x5 teaser

 New technology Universal Type 120 targets  are being restocked and temporarily (till approximately  Feb 16) are NOT available . Hope that new 4x5 targets will become available as well. 

New 4x5 Targets are being considered

I am contemplating making 4x5 test targets for those who scan 😏.  Not even sure if there is any demand for that.  Anyway here is couple of prototypes I came up with . The idea for second design is to support multiple shots and stitching process.  Please let me know if you think this is needed, also design /layout considerations will be appreciated. Positive and negative targets will be available ( if folks decide it's worth the effort).

Type 120 Positive Test Target PO69

Here is more details on new Type 120 Positive Test Target PO69. This is exact reversal of the Negative Test Target NG69.   The note from Vlad:  The reasons why I started offering the Positive Test Targets are as follows. Everyone who used negative targets while viewing images in the digital camera have encountered the strong hallo around target's bars and stars. That's because camera sensor averages the brightness of the scene and sets certain exposure values. Given that most of the image is almost black (in case of negative) the camera brings brightness up until black areas look gray. That means that transparent areas with bars and numbers are getting overexposed (they basically end up being in Zone 0) . That forces operator to manually step down camera to avoid those overexposures .  Still the halos remain the issue and interfere with the focusing. With positive targets the i ssue will go away - the sensor reads mostly transparent areas, the averaging will lead to whites bei

My camera-scanning setup

  Just for the reference, if anyone is wondering how much horizontal setup might cost, here are my numbers (certain pieces like camera and lens are bought as refurbished items so they may cost more or less depending on the source). I am ready to discuss the given choices if anyone cares to ask in the  comments. Part description Cost US$ URL (Vintage) Canon slide dublicator $50

Get connected with the fellow digitizers!

IF you are new to the camera scanning OR if you know a great deal about camera scanning and related technologies AND you are NOT allergic to the social media THEN I suggest you join these few private, highly technical Facebook groups: Digital Film Scan Tools @ Digitizing film with a digital camera @ VALOI Camera Scanning @ pixl-latr - user group @ Negative Lab Pro Users @ Wiki Scan-o-Rama (work in progress) @

New Year Sale is On

Vlads Test Targets of all flavors are on sale now - see the drop-down above or shop at  .  Type 120 targets are now available as Negatives and Positives. The strip has 6x9 and 6x7 frames. (Images below are of the previous version 6x9 and 6x6, but other than that there are no differences.) Negative Type 120 Target Negative target in VALOI 360 holder Positive type 120 targets Positive target in VALOI 360 holder Sale may end as soon as my current inventory on hand is exhausted.

B/W Friday Sale

Vlads Test Targets of all flavors are on sale now - see drop-down above or shop at . Sale may end as soon as my current inventory on hand is exhausted.

New Universal Type 120 Targets are Available

For those waiting for type 120 targets there is the good news: the wait is over. 6x6 (56x56 mm)and 6x9 (56x84mm) targets are placed on the same strip of film : basically that means that every format from 6x4.5 to 6x12 is covered. Shown with Valoi type 120 holder.   The sharpness and contrast are guaranteed to be uniform  from the corner to corner at the expense of resolution which is lower (around 17 lp/mm), but for roll film scanning this is not a meaningful factor after all.  Positive version is  also available, though folks previously expressed doubt if positive version is actually needed. Leave the comments below if you are interested.