110 & 126 Instamatic Film Scanning
At Supaphoto, we’ve digitalised countless instamatic films. Once you’ve sent them to us, we’ll take great care of everything else. When finished, we’ll get them back to you in whatever way suits you best! – an easy to use memory stick, our simple Supaphoto Cloud download service or one of our lovely looking CDs in a beautiful presentation case.
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1. Package Them Up
Just package up your material and send it to us. We can also optionally arrange for collection. Tracking gives peace of mind.
2. We’ll Lovingly Digitalise Them
We love what we do. We’ve carefully digitalised millions of memories over 20 years. You’ll get regular updates too.
3. View, Share & Enjoy
Once preserved, you can access them via our easy cloud download service. A simple memory stick or a lovely DVD. Just to view and listen or even have fun editing them!
Kodak Instamatic Scanning Service
Instamatic Film. It’s got a nice sound to it right? Well in it’s day it was an extremely popular format. But before you employ the Supaphoto team for our 126 film scanning service (we welcome the opportunity), we invite you to first understand a little about the cameras and how they totally changed the way we took photos back in the day! 110 film scanning was not even an option in those days.
Most instamatic cameras were point and shoot types. Nothing fancy, I assure you. There were relatively few models that had fancy features such as light meters or automatic exposure. Such features would have helped greatly in improving the quality of any photos taken.
Just imagine taking a photo with a basic instamatic in 1963! It’s getting dark and a little overcast. All you wanted to do was take a photo of your family which you did – with an instamatic. It was easy right? You simply peered through the tiny viewfinder and pressed a little button to take your photo.
It was great you thought to yourself. The camera could fit in your pocket too and wasn’t heavy at all. When you carefully took the film out (it was a cartridge) and had it developed, you were sometimes taken aback by how poor some of the images turned out when converted to prints. That’s because relatively few models had the ability to measure light. This having been said, most images turned out fine.
‘Instamatic’ was in fact Kodak’s trademark name for their easy to load into the camera ‘126’ cartridge film cameras. These were launched way back in February 1963 and the first one was called the Instamatic 50. The thing that you learn about life over time, is that not everything has to be perfect and this basic camera proved to be a great success with millions of cameras sold across the world.
The combined convenience of the camera being small, light and portable plus the added bonus of being easy to load up (35mm cameras were a little more fiddly) was great. Now people could safely load their home cameras with no risk at all of fogging their precious film.
The concept took off and before you knew it, the term ‘Instamatic’ grew to be a general way of describing almost any plain point or shoot camera with a simple to use film cartridge. This term would also describe such cameras irrespective of the manufacturer.
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By 1970, the core concept was a huge immediate success. Over 50 million Instamatic cameras were produced!
When these ‘Instamatics’ were introduced, different kinds of kodak instamatic 126 film could also be purchased – for example for colour prints or slides (otherwise known as transparencies) Eventually and generally, the 126 format was discontinued circa 1998.
You may also be interested to know that 126 slides are an extremely common type of slide that we scan at Supaphoto. Back in the day, you might have chosen to buy 126 slide films in an easy to load cartridge. Why would you have done this?
Well, for a start, convenience of viewing I guess. Once developed, you could insert the slides into your slide projector and watch them magically appear one by one with your children by your feet looking wondrously at the screen or wall. They were produced by putting the 126 film into a normal-sized slide mount – either cardboard or plastic. 126 slides images, unless 35mm slides are easy to recognise since they are square and smaller.
In the early days, you probably had a slide projector where you had to move the images forward one by one. It would have been quite laborious but it didn’t matter in an age where you weren’t pressed for time and distracted by social media.
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While we also digitize 126 negatives, the film used in 126 slides is color positive. Hold your slide film up to the light, and it’ll look just like whatever was photographed.
In 1972, and following the groundbreaking financial success of these 126 Instamatic cameras, the 110 cartridge was then released in 1972. You could choose between black & white and colour print cartridges again.
So you may very well ask yourself. Why did they create a different version of the first instamatic? Well, it was thought that a better quality image could be produced using 16mm film once developed and enlarged. Again, this advancement led to another whopping 25 million cameras being sold within a few years.
We invite you to revive your old Instamatic negatives by transferring them with us to digital images using our film scanning service. Please bear in mind that any scanned images from instamatic film tends to be of a lower quality than larger formats of film – such as the more everyday 35mm camera. This is also because of the film due to the lower grade cameras that the film was generally used in.
Each film is thoroughly cleaned before scanning and where appropriate, infrared scanning technology is employed. This helps remove a bit more of the dust. The digital images themselves are generally returned as a digital download or on a handy USB memory stick.
We tend to create separate folders for each batch for your convenience. Folders would typically appear in alphabetical/numerical order which makes it easier for you to manage the images on receipt. Rest assured that everything is returned to you at the end of the scanning process including your original images unless otherwise instructed.