Yes, we can produce TIFF files on our drum scanners.
However, Richard does not recommend getting TIFF files for your scans. This is because the high-resolution JPEGS produced by film scanning machines provide the same visual quality as the TIFFs, but at a lower file size. For example, a large Noritsu scan in JPEG format is only 12-15 megabytes, while a large Noritsu scan in TIFF format is more than 50 megabytes. If you have 500 shots in one order, that’s a difference of 17,500 megabytes!
Additionally, drum scanners are not aesthetically optimal for scanning film versus a scanner that is made for exclusively for film.
You can compare the image quality between a JPEG and TIFF scan produced on our Noritsu scanner with these film scan image files.
The only downside to JPEGs are that they become compressed every time you re-save them. If you anticipate editing your scans, save a master copy of your image in TIFF format to maintain image quality as you go through the post-production process.
For more info on JPEGS versus TIFFs, head to our blog post.