NEWS: VALOI Launches IndieGoGo Campaign for “easy35” Making Quality 35mm Scanning Effortless and Compact

By Molly Kate

VALOI is simplifying the process of scanning 35mm film at home with the launch of a new crowdfunding campaign for the “easy35”. The VALOI easy35 design is compact and simple to use but also maintains high-quality standards found in VALOI’s other professional scanning products. With hardly any space or equipment required, this new product will suit those who want to scan on the go or need something to fit a small space allowance.

The VALOI easy35 requires a digital camera and a macro lens. Spacer tubes attach to the end of the macro lens leading to a housing unit for the light source where the film slides through. No calibration is needed to begin using the system. Users only have to select the right number of spacer tubes based on the lens, turn on the light source, adjust the film gate rotation, slide the film in, focus, and click.

The VALOI easy35 is a result of interacting with customers and thinking about how to make camera scanning easier. The traditional way of doing camera scanning requires a bit of setup and a bit of space – the easy35 aims to solve that for those who want to scan 35mm film at home. Inspired by the compactness of slide copiers but the speed and quality of modern camera scanning systems, we have created a perfect hybrid. – VALOI Team

VALOI easy35 film scanning set up pieces
Image courtesy of VALOI
Image courtesy of VALOI

Product Details

The system is designed to be light enough so as to not cause damage to the camera lens. Spacer tubes are made from machined aluminium with a matte black finish to eliminate reflections. Housing for the light and film is built with durable Nylon which is also finished black. The entire set-up is protected from stray light which may impact the final scan quality.

VALOI easy35 film scanning system piece close up
Image courtesy of VALOI
VALOI easy35 film scanning system piece close up
Image courtesy of VALOI

Within the housing is a high-CRI light source with a built-in battery chargeable by USB-C, an android phone user’s delight!

VALOI easy35 film scanning set up pieces
Image courtesy of VALOI

A standard 35mm film holder is provided but there will be the option to change or expand to include holders for sprocket edges, mounted slides, APS, 110, and 126 film. These additional holders will become available later in the year after the Kickstarter batch has shipped and regular sales commence.

The holder design is borrowed from the VALOI 360 system 35mm Holder that features a double S-curve which makes the film lie flat and works with film strips at least 2 frames long.

Compatible lenses include the majority of macro lenses between 50-105mm for full frame sensors and 40-70mm for the APS-C variety.

VALOI easy35 film scanning set up held by a person on a desk attached to a small camera with a macro lens
Image courtesy of VALOI

Campaign Details

The VALOI Easy35 will be funded by an IndieGoGo campaign which hopes to raise €60K to cover producing the first batch. The final retail price is set at €199 but campaign backers will be able to receive the product for much less. Early Bird options start at €139.

The company is no stranger to crowdfunding as they completed a €100K Kickstarter to create a successful line of professional scanning products as well as assisting with Kamerastore’s outstanding Santa Color 100 campaign.

To find out more information or back the project which is now live, head over to the IndieGoGo page here.

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About The Author

By Molly Kate
Photographer, writer, and CPA currently running a Youtube channel called Eclectachrome. I'm a huge fan of shiny new objects which makes writing news a perfect fit. Favorite cameras are often mechanical rangefinders, folders, and compacts and I love most film stocks. I enjoy developing and scanning my own film as well as printing in the darkroom when there's extra time!
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Thomas on NEWS: VALOI Launches IndieGoGo Campaign for “easy35” Making Quality 35mm Scanning Effortless and Compact

Comment posted: 03/06/2023

Nice to see that they have three key ideas combined in this product to make it easy to manufacture and very easy to use. 1. Off the shelf lite source --> no hassle with the development of any electronics stuff and easy to use for the Customer. 2. The tubes to mount it directly to your macro lens --> Eliminates the usage of any stands and constructions to align the film holder to the camera and easy for the User so the focus has to be set only once. 3. The film holder is very clever, it guides the film in a small S-curve on the left and right end through the film holder. This straightens/tensions the film kind of and holds it very even in the film holder. I guess the pricing is kind of OK. If you assume a quantity of one then the lamp is 18$ the 3D-Printed parts are about 60$ the Machined aluminium tubes could go also for about 60$ which then is 140$. If it is done in reasonable quantity of 500 to 1000 units then I assume the price for the Hardware could drop to about 70 - 80$ of manufacturing costs. Then with paying employees and tax etc. 200$ seems kind of reasonable. I'd guess the initial batch is 500 units, with later a total market in the lower thousands.
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Jason on NEWS: VALOI Launches IndieGoGo Campaign for “easy35” Making Quality 35mm Scanning Effortless and Compact

Comment posted: 22/03/2023

So basically the same as a JJC film scanning kit? Why would anyone pay for a kickstarter when the real product is already available?
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Andy on NEWS: VALOI Launches IndieGoGo Campaign for “easy35” Making Quality 35mm Scanning Effortless and Compact

Comment posted: 22/03/2023

A recycled concept, over engineered and wrapped up in a crowd funding campaign. One can pick up a T mount slide copier off of eBay for a tenner, use a desk lamp or a window for the light source and keep the other 190 quid to buy film.
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J. replied:

Comment posted: 22/03/2023

I wouldn't even call this over engineered, but user friendly compared to what the vintage proto solution has to offer. The problem is that you'll only be able to use the old ones with a full frame digital sensor. At least the ones I came across when I was considering the option. Prices of the vintage ones have also gone way up over the last years. Getting it to work on APS-C and other formats introduces fiddly DIY-solutions. Also they were mostly aimed at reproducing framed slides, so the film take up is designed for taking well, framed slides... If you want to align strips of film nicely, you'll have to find another fiddly DIY-solution - the VALOI one even lets you advance the film with a knob. And then there's the choice between desk lamp (uneven lighting, unknown CRI - fiddly!), daylight (in my personal case that's not always available when I finally find the time and focus to do some scanning) or a high CRI fixed light source.... If I hadn't already committed to the very slim approach of the classic VALOI film holders in 120 and 135 (and some fiddly arrangements around it, I have to admit), I could be tempted.... If you know of an old model that's easily usable on APS-C and lets me effortlessly feed whole strips of film through it, I'd really be delighted though, always eager to learn!

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Doug Anderson on NEWS: VALOI Launches IndieGoGo Campaign for “easy35” Making Quality 35mm Scanning Effortless and Compact

Comment posted: 22/03/2023

The big issue when scanning 6x6 negatives with a FF or APS-C digital camera is that the 1:1 square image of the negative uses only two thirds of the pixels of the 3:2 sensor. So compared with 35mm negatives, three and a third times the negative area is captured by two thirds the sensor area. That's a huge difference.
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Hector Quiteno on NEWS: VALOI Launches IndieGoGo Campaign for “easy35” Making Quality 35mm Scanning Effortless and Compact

Comment posted: 21/03/2023

$199 does not seem so "Easy" to afford, nor it seems so competitive with other options.
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Thorsten Wulff on NEWS: VALOI Launches IndieGoGo Campaign for “easy35” Making Quality 35mm Scanning Effortless and Compact

Comment posted: 21/03/2023

Molly, now that DPReview.com is closing, you have to take over!
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Molly Kate replied:

Comment posted: 21/03/2023

lol thanks Thorsten! Chris and Jordan are headed over to Peta Pixel! But yes, come to 35mmc for all the news and tell your friends :) :) :)

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Peter Roberts on NEWS: VALOI Launches IndieGoGo Campaign for “easy35” Making Quality 35mm Scanning Effortless and Compact

Comment posted: 21/03/2023

Absolutely agree with Bob. A simple 6x6 scanner without the need to break the bank please. I just hope someone is reading this and will take that on board.
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Bob Janes on NEWS: VALOI Launches IndieGoGo Campaign for “easy35” Making Quality 35mm Scanning Effortless and Compact

Comment posted: 21/03/2023

An interesting concept, but I'd really like to see something that went out to 6x6...
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Dylan Thissen replied:

Comment posted: 21/03/2023

I don’t think this is a concept for people shooting 6x6 medium format is considered to be more advanced. This to me is a product more for democratising film scanning and making it accessible to the majority of beginners. I’m personally backing because I love the concept and realised I don’t need to shoot medium format. I’ll be writing an article soon on how and why I came to the decision to get rid of my Mamiya 6. I scan using a gfx and Mamiya macro lens on a big old copy stand. This product is a fraction of the size. Perfect for small apartments and a travelling lifestyle.

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