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Digitizing amateur 9.5mm nazi films

Discussion in 'Photographs and Documents' started by Dutchsteammachine, Mar 29, 2020.

  1. Dutchsteammachine

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    I am currently working on acquiring several home/original 9.5mm recordings taken by a german family from the 1930s to 1940s.

    I already got 3 small 9.5mm reels with nazi-related film recordings. From what I have seen under a macro lens, they are recordings of soldier life at barracks, on trips to towns and other places, training/sports and work. Daily happenings.

    These films will be digitized in 4K with an archival-quality Müller HDS+ film scanner.
    Eventually I hope to post these on YouTube in HQ to share them with the world.

    In order to get some idea of what is on the reels, I made a quick DSLR w/ macro lens setup.

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    Test 1 below was using a very bright light and AN glass that introduced a lot of 'grain'. Test 2 is much cleaner.

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    Test 2, much cleaner. Shows more lines in the frames...
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    Would like opinions on scanning preparation, condition of the films (Hard to say at the moment) and how you would like to see the footage (Processed/cleaned or as-is)

    Best regards,
    Dutchsteammachine
     
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    I Now have a Kaiser Slimlite plano LED light box, as a high-quality light source for viewing positives.

    Made some new test shots quickly, still have to find a way to keep the film flat.

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    So far the images are of excellent sharpness and contain a lot of detail.
     
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    Great stuff! Looking forward to seeing more
     
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    Thank you Jba45ww2! I really hope this historical record is going to be something else...
    It appears several 'normal' family recordings were taken in the 1930s of a rather wealthy family, with some Zepplin footage.

    I hope with 2K or 4K scans we will be able to pinpoint most locations, even the family. I assume this would be possible with license plates?
     
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    The seller has more WWII films by the same person, but wants to sell them for 500 euros each. This is too much for me.

    He also has amateur 9.5mm films made in 1930s by most likely the same person, typical family movies and days out. These are cool for context, and maybe we can find out location / family. For a lot less thankfully. Most films anyways...

    I'll see what I can do.
     
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    Very interesting project..surprised the original film has even lasted this long...like to see more posted.
     
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    Visited the scanning company.

    Delivered several films, including this collection with other footage not shown here.

    4K Overscan with wetgate. Going to be really something else.
     
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