Like many of our products/services, this all comes down to personal preference! Richard wrote a blog that explores some of the differences—read it here.
If you’re fairly new to film, we recommend starting with the Noritsu scanner, because it:
- is a newer, faster machine
- is less expensive
- can produce larger files
- produces an enhanced pixel structure that lends itself to artificial rez’ing up in Lightroom/Photoshop (for creating large prints)
- provides better control of results for underexposed & overexposed film
In addition, black & white film is scanned exclusively on the Noritsu because the Frontier can produce muddy black & white scans. We also recommend that Portra 160 and Ektar 100 be scanned on the Noritsu, as the Frontier can sometimes produce digital artifacting with these films.