THE ULTIMATE QUESTION of a film photographer… Noritsu or Frontier?

Ya’ll,  I have spent an embarrassing amount of time and money going back and forth between the two, trying to find one that I liked more… Well… I think I’ve decided on one. Or have I?

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The previous images were initially scanned on the Noritsu scanner by Richard Photo Lab

Noritsu on the left, Frontier on the right – both unedited straight from the lab.

The Noritsu is fast – has a very fast turnaround, in fact, usually RPL gets them done as soon as 24 hours. That’s incredible for an impatient person like me! Frontier takes a longer time as it’s a slower machine. There is more of a wait, but I think I like it more…

For the Noritsu, I find that there is a dull, blueish grayish tone to the image and I prefer a bit more warmth and contrast. I always edit them in Lightroom later on, so it’s not hard to make the change – but part of the beauty of film is not having to edit (as much) so this is just another step for me. As I look at the images side by side, I can pick out likes and dislikes for both of them.. I like the pinks and oranges better on the noritsu.. but I like the blues, the contrast and warmth of the frontier. Decisions, decisions!

 

What do you think?  Comment below and let me know which one your favorite is and what your preferences are!

 

 

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