Every film photographer who digitizes their negatives at home has come across the same issue: which negative conversion software is the best?
In this video, Kyle McDougall does a pretty rigorous comparison of two types of scanning software: Negative Lab Pro and Vuescan. To do so, he takes four color negatives from four different types of 35mm film: Kodak Portra 400, Kodak Ektar, Fuji Pro 400H, and Cinestill 50D. Like several of the comparisons/experiments that McDougall has done previously, this one takes a deep dive into a topic that is really important to many film photographers.
Personally, I use Negative Lab Pro at home, and I have really enjoyed using it over the software that came with my Epson scanner. In all honesty, I think that using Negative Lab Pro has really fueled my passion for shooting film with how easy it is to get negative conversions at home like I would expect to get back from a lab. Even in the comparison with Vuescan, I think it’s night and day.
What do you think about the results from McDougall’s comparison? Did you have a preference? And if you shoot film, do you have a preferred software for converting your color negatives?