Drum Scanning Services

Drum scans are the ultimate form of digitization of film and great care is given to each and every one of Michael's own scans, and now he's happy to be offering that same service and quality to you. Scans will be provided to in either 16 bit LAB or Pro Photo RGB color space. Files will be delivered via GoogleDrive, WeTransfer, or a USB drive you provide. Resolution will vary based on the film format and custom scans can be made at your request, but based on testing, Michael has determined the best optical resolution vs. film size for a scan, which he will provide by default. 

  • 35mm at 6k dpi - $35 per image - file size about 700 MB

  • 35mm X-Pan at 6k dpi - $40 per image - file size about 1.3 GB

  • 645, 6x6, and 6x7 at 5k dpi - $45 per image - file sizes range from 1-1.3 GB

  • 6x8, 6x9 at 5k dpi - $50 per image - file sizes range from 1.4-1.5 GB

  • 6x12, 6x17 at 5k dpi - $60 per image - file sizes range from 1.9-2.2 GB

  • 4x5 at 4k dpi - $70 per image - file size about 1.7 GB

  • 5x7 at 3k dpi - $85 per image - file size about 1.7 GB

  • 8x10 at 2k dpi - $125 per image - file size about 1.7 GB

  • 8x10 at 4k dpi - $250 per image - file size about 4 GB

  • 11x14 at 1.5k dpi - $225 per image - file size about 1.8 GB

  • 11x14 at 2.5k dpi - $450 per image - file size about 4 GB

    • Return shipping of $10 will be charged at time of order for all US customers

    • International customers will be based on quote provided by USPS or Fedex

    • Bulk discount will be applied on orders of 10 frames or more

    • Due to the labor involved for a manual inversion, color negative film is subject to a 25% surcharge over the price of the scan.

    • Drum scans will be dust spotted zoomed to 60%. If you wish to have full dust cleanup, a service charge of 25% over the price of the scan will be added.

    • Film strips will be charged 50% of the price of the scan for each unscanned image.

Turnaround time is usually 1-2 weeks, based on availability. Email Michael at michael@michaelstricklandimages.com, or fill out the form below if you'd like your film scanned. Michael will be in touch with you as soon as possible. 

Have a question about my drum scans? Please feel free to contact me by completing the form below.

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Michael Strickland is my go-to guy for drum scans. This year alone, he has scanned over a dozen sheets of my film — each scan has been spot-on. He does a fantastic job retaining detail in the highlights and shadows, which is awesome to have when editing the scan in Photoshop. This allows me to produce a print that captures all the nuance of the original sheet of film. Whenever a customer of mine orders a print of one of my new photos, the first thing I do is send Michael the film. Turnaround time is very fast, and I really like how the file is sent to me electronically. I can start working on the print even before my original film arrives home. Thanks Michael for the great service!
— Ben Horne
In an increasingly digital industry, it is tough to find people who will care for my film with the same passion as I do. Michael is a film guy through and through, and applies the same standard of excellence when scanning my film as he does for his own. As a self published artist and gallery owner in the luxury market, I scrutinize my prints down to the finest details even when printed at massive sizes. The drum scans I get from Michael are razor sharp bringing out the full potential and unparalleled resolution of large format film.
— Bobby Wheat

About Drum Scans

A drum scanner is essentially a precision digital camera used to scan reflective and transparent materials at an extremely high resolution. It captures the image with analog light, producing the most detail possible in each color channel and then converts it to a digital file. With this, you achieve essentially noise-less shadow areas, increased detail in the shadows on transparency film, and overall increased sharpness and tonality. Michael accepts both transparency and negative film of all kinds. You can read more about Michael's drum scans by clicking the button below.

"Moon over Mobius" - A sheet of 4x5 Velvia 50, drum scanned on Michael's Heidelberg Tango drum scanner

"Moon over Mobius" - A sheet of 4x5 Velvia 50, drum scanned on Michael's Heidelberg Tango drum scanner

Referral Program

If you like your scans, tell your friends! For every person you refer my services to, you'll get one free scan of your choice. Just make sure they provide your name and when you send in your next order, you'll get your free scan. $10 shipping charge still applies. 


Drum Scanning Request Form

Name *
Please select which film size you wish to have scanned.
Please select the type of film you wish to have scanned.
Please select the number of frames you wish to have scanned with the options you have selected above. If you wish to have another film size or type scanned on this order, please add it to your order below.
If you are only submitting one size/type of film, there is no need to fill out this section of the form.
Have more than 2 types of film you need scanned?
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Limited Liability

Michael Strickland Images is dedicated to producing the highest quality drum scanning service. We will, at all times, exercise extreme care in handling all photographic materials submitted to us. Submitting a photographic material to Michael Strickland Images constitutes an agreement between you the photographer and Michael Strickland Images, that any damages or loss caused by Michael Strickland Images, even though due to our negligence or fault, will entitle you only to replacement with like amount of scanning services. Except for such replacement, the acceptance of the photographic materials is without other warranty or liability, expressed or implied, and recovery for any incidental or consequential damages are excluded. 

By submitting photographic materials to Michael Strickland Images, you declare the value of your photographic materials to be no more than its replacement as stated above.