Ease Your Film-Archiving Woes with the Wolverine F2D Digital Converter

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Figuring out what to do with boxes of negatives is part of the challenge of shooting analog photos. Even if you still love working with film, there’s no arguing that the digital platform makes cataloging, backup, and sharing infinitely easier. Wolverine’s brand new F2D Mighty 7-in1 Film to Digital Converter just so happens to be one potential solution for making the most of those stacks of negatives. Rather than collecting dust in the archives, this little machine can convert your analog collection into a convenient digital library.

As the name suggests, the F2D works with multiple types of film. This petite scanner can handle your 35mm slides and negatives, 127, 126, 110 film, and even 8mm and Super 8 movie film. Of the latter, you can scan still frames and re-assemble them into a motion picture with the proper editing. One of this converter’s key selling points is its ease of use, a near-foolproof setup that simplifies the mechanics of many of its larger film-scanning competitors. Its color LCD screen gives you real-time previews for the photos you’re scanning, so no disappointments later in finding out something was askew or off-center. For reference, its 2.4" span is a little smaller than most standard DSLR displays. In the box, you’ll find an assortment of plastic film trays, including a slide adapter, for whatever size or type of film you need to digitize.

On its base, the device has two slots; one on the lower right for slides or negatives, and a smaller front-loading slot for 8mm or Super 8 film. The adapters fit into the slots and let you feed the negative through, one frame at a time. When you power-up the F2D Mighty, its home menu will prompt you to select the type of media you’ll be scanning: slide, color negative, black-and-white negative, or 8mm. You’ll then be asked to specify the film size, and you can get to work.

 

The folks at Wolverine recommend cleaning the interior glass scanning table before every session, and they include a long felt brush to remove dust, hair, or other debris. For 35mm, 127, 126, or 110 negatives or slides, select the right film tray and any necessary adapter. Working with the film’s shiny side facing up, simply feed it through until you see an image perfectly lined up on the live-view LCD screen. With slides, you’ll need to insert one at a time and continue to push them through. Negatives will automatically be converted to positive images right before your eyes, with no extra buttons to push. Hitting the C (Convert) button on the front panel will process the image to be saved, and a progress wheel indicates when you’re set to move to the next frame, within about three seconds.

If you aren’t thrilled with the way the photo looks on screen, there are a few built-in editing features to try out. If you inserted a slide upside down, there’s a Flip command to correct it. Likewise, the Mirror function will fix images that were inserted in reverse. You can also adjust the saturation levels of reds, greens, and blues, as well as boost or reduce brightness. Any exposure-level adjustments to a particular image will be noted in the upper right-hand corner of the LCD screen.

For Super 8 or 8mm movie reels, the same concept is applied. Lining up the sprocket holes with the right side of the adapter, you slide the tray through the front slot until your image frames pop up on screen. Wolverine mentions that if your goal is to re-assemble a movie, you’ll only need to scan one frame every quarter of a foot. Transfer the stills to a computer, and stitch them together with the software of your choosing.

Image frames, which are saved as high-resolution 20MP JPEGs (5472 x 3648 pixels), can be stored internally in small quantities on the F2D itself, or saved on a memory card. Up to 40 photos at a time can be stored in the internal memory and the rear memory card slot accepts SD or SDHC cards up to 32GB. Additionally, it can be plugged into a computer via USB, for image transfer.

The F2D Mighty, which sits tidily at 5" tall and weighs half a pound, is designed as an optional stand-alone product with no computer necessary. It can be plugged into the wall and powered via AC adapter to work pretty much anywhere you like. If you want to use a computer, you certainly have the choice. Its plug-and-play USB port requires no software, and is fully compatibile with both Mac and PC machines. It also comes with a built-in TV-out port for viewing images on a monitor or television screen, although the proper cable is sold separately.

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I bought this little film converter and I absolutely love it. It makes digitizing film fun, which means I do it more. I had an epson perfection, and even though the scan quality was technically better, I prefer the simplicity of the Wolverine file, and the epson was painful to use. The files the wolverine produces are not perfect, but they are produced quickly, and are big enough to be used for substantial purposes. It produces files even when the format of the film is not exactly recognized, which makes it great for experimental purposes. The only real complain is that I thought it would work for 120 film, which can just barely be bent and put through its slot, but it will not scan the entire picture, so you get a smaller distorted image from the medium format film which isn't really all that great, but can be messed around with, so thats fun.

does the wolverine deal with 

A) slides in plastic mounts

B) APS negatives

failing that does anyone know of such a scanner that will ddo either or both of the above

Thanks

The Wolverine is able to convert 35mm mounted slides. In fact, almost all 35mm film scanners and converters are able to scan mounted slides. There are no scanners we carry that  are compatible out-of-the-box for APS film. But that does not mean you cannot still scan APS film. There is a company that makes custom film holders for all the major film scanners. This includes APS film holders. The company is called FilmscanUSA.net.

For instance, the V600 scanner by Epson scans 35mm film and mounted transparencies and medium format (120, 220, 2 ¼).  And, of course photos up to 8.5x11. FilmscanUSA.net makes an APS film holder that is compatible with the V600. Also, since the V600 is a true film scanner and not a converter, you will achieve a higher quality scan on the V600..

I have a negative scanner already, but I have to cut the film on the rolls. Can this work without cutting the rolls of 35 mm film? If it does work, I may have to buy this tonight! 

This model (and most models) do not accomodate a full roll of film without them being cut.  We do have one model that offers this option however.  It is the Pacific Image Prime Film XA slide/negative scanner.  See the following link for details:  http://bhpho.to/1hLvBQC

Actually the latest Wolverine models (F2D Super, F2D Mighty) both support feeding rolls of 35mm film. They both come with adapters that allow feeding a roll frame by frame.

I'm interested in the 8mm/Super 8 film that can be scanned.   Does the film need to be cut in order to scan it?

Yes, you will need to cut the film prior to scanning.

No cutting is needed. But you either have to deal with a whole mess of film to wind back up onto the reel or you use your 8mm splicer / viewer to handle the film transportation.

Qual o preço final incluindo despesas de portes para Porto-Portugal 

Wolverine F2D Digital Converter

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Luis Costa

Para saber o preço por favor coloque essa mercadoria no carrinho no website da B&H. O código do item é WOF2D20M. Voce pode copiar e colar esse código na linha de busca do site para ver o item e depois apertar o botão add to cart para colocar no carrinho. Dai escolha o envio para Portugal, peça para pagar os impostos antecipadamente e escolha o envio pela UPS. O website vai lhe falar o preço total com os impostos e envio.

Received mine before Christmas, has done a fine job on color slides and B&W 35mm negatives. Easy to use, plenty of testing and processing yet to be done. Although I am having what I believe is a quite simple issue and I can't find my answer. The default creation date for photos is 6/1/2013, and I haven't figured out how to change this to current. Anyone else face this as an issue? Or know how to change it?

We reached out to Wolverine regarding this and the agent commented that the scanner itself has no clock inside it, and that the date listed in the data is basically an arbirtrary date and they in a sense anticipate people dating the images from when they were taken originally vs the date of scanning.  If you are working with a Windows computer, he stated that you could use the Import Wizard to tag the images, and the moment you tag those images it should input your current date, and will allow you to set whatever date you want to all those being imported.  For Mac users, once in iPhoto you can select the folder of images and batch change the dates. 

If you have further questions on the device, you may also contact Wolverine at support@wolverinedata.com or by phone at 949-458-9888 M-F 9:00-5:00 PST.

Please send info on the converter

Following is a link to this converter on our website for you to regard:  http://bhpho.to/1tjN1Ya
 

My second question:  does one get the full 20 megapixel image if one is useing a 110 or simalar size negative?

According to Wolverine, all film sizes that are accepted by this converter will be converted to 20 megapixel images. The file size for each image is about three megabytes. 

How do they figure that one only needs to scan every 1/4 foot of an 8mm Movie?  Regular 8 has something like 80 frames a foot and runs at 18 frames a second (Silent) so that would be grabing a still from every second and a half of the images.

Yep. That's what they recommend. And it is wrong!

The reason they do this is because of the use of Picasa to reassemble the pictures into a movie. Picasa can't handle more than 1 frame per second. But practically this machine isn't good for anything but grabbing a few stills of your movie.

If you were to scan a few minutes of film, you'd literally spend many hours just advancing film and pressing the save / confirm buttons. Plus positioning 8mm frames consistently in the "gate" is nearly impossible to do manually. So you'd end up with a very jittery movie.

Will it handle mounted110 slides-these are smaller than 35mm mounts? Taken about processed about 35 years ago.

Kodak did make an adaprtor for the "pocket size" slides which allows them to be used with equipment designed for standrd 2X2 slides.  If you can find a couple of those you should be ok.  they were originaly inteded to snap in place on the pocket slide.  The tiny slides did fit the "pocket" projector which had a 120 slide tray, and looked like a scale model of a "real" projector.

Hi Jerry -

A 110-film adapter is included:

What's In the Box:

  • 135/126 Negative Film Adapter
  • 135/126/110 Slide Adapter
  • 110 Negative Insert
  • Super 8 Film Insert
  • AC-USB Power Adapter
  • USB Cable
  • Cleaning Stick
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Please contact us via e-mail if you have additional questions:  AskBH@BandH.com

Does this unit process 6mmX4.5mm colour slide?

No unfortunately, it does not accomodate any medium formats.

Hello,  Does this support the 2 1/4 square film/slides as well? 

No, unfortunately it does not.

1)  Do negative film strips and 8 mm movies have to be cut into individual frames or can the entire strip be inserted and then fed through the scanner? I am thinking mainly of 35mm print negatives that are cut to 3 or 4 frames per strip.

2)  What is the bit rating for this unit?

3)  What is the Dynamic Range rating for this unit?

Hi Dennis -

The included adapters allow film to be fed into the scanner without cutting:

  • 135/126 Negative Film Adapter
  • 135/126/110 Slide Adapter
  • 110 Negative Insert
  • Super 8 Film Insert

This  is a 24-bit device.  The manufacturer does not offer a specification for dynamic range.

Please contact us via e-mail if you have additional questions:  AskBH@BandH.com

Is there any device such as this that will handle 4 x 5 b&w negatives?

The only dedicated slide scanner we carry that will scan 4x5" negatives is the Hasselblad Flextight X1 Scanner.   However, there are flatbed scanners that would also work well for scanning 4x5" negatives, such as the  and the , both which have a dedicated slide tray that may accept and scan negatives up to 8x10" in size.

Will Woverine F2D handle APS (24mm) negatives?

No unfortunately.  This scanner does not accomodate APS format film.

How does this compare to a Hewlett Packard series 7200 scanner?

The Wolverine is a digital converter and not a true CCD scanner. It takes a digital snapshot of the image, which means each frame takes about 3 seconds to convert.  Since these are not CCD scanners, what you gain in speed you lose in quality. The image will not be as sharp and the dynamic range is greatly reduced, which means a loss of detail in the shadow and highlight areas. With a CCD scanner like the HP 7200, the sensor makes a pass across the film plane. It is a longer process to scan each film (anywhere from 30 seconds on up), but the quality is much higher, resulting in a much higher dynamic range, a sharper scan and greater bit-depth.

Christina,

What is the dynamic range?

Ken

Unfortunately, the manufacturer has not published this information. I apologize for the inconvenience.

Does the transparency (slide) have to be removed from the cardboard or plastic frame before scanning?

No it does not.  The slide transparancy adapter is designed to insert a mounted slide directly into it.

Mounted slides - pastic or stiff paper that I have and measure 5 cm by 5cm or 1 15/16 by 1 15/16 do not pass through the slide holder

John I am sorry to hear that, I'm not sure how to account for them not fitting, as standard slide mounts are typically listed as being 2x2".  You're measurements are just shy of this and should fit in the holder without issue.  I would recommend contacting Wolverine to see if they have heard of this type of issue before, and if so for a solution.

Wolverine

Tel: 949-458-9888Email: info@wolverinedata.comWebsite: http://www.wolverinedata.com/

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