The CS-LITE Camera Scanning Light Source is a compact light source specifically designed to provide film photographers with higher-quality light output and improved colour management when scanning their favourite 35mm film and medium format films with a digital camera or mobile phone.
- High quality LED light source for digital camera scanning of photographic film
- CRI of 95+ for high colour accuracy
- Brightness of EV 15+
- Adjustable to 3 different colour temperatures to properly suit different types of film (colour negative, B+W, slide)
- Greater control for accurate camera and phone scanning
- Easily switch between colour temperatures
- Fast and simple set-up for quick film scanning
The CS-LITE features a CRI of 95+ for high colour accuracy and a brightness of EV 15+ to provide sufficient illumination for even the densest of negatives. What sets the CS-LITE apart from other light sources on the market is its ability to adjust colour temperatures to properly suit different types of film, such as colour negative, colour positive, and black and white. These are controlled directly from the built-in remote control of the CS-LITE.
The White Light mode is ideal for scanning black and white film, as well as slide film that has been processed with the warm-tone dilution of the CineStill D9 DynamicChrome 1st Developer.
Lastly, the Warm Light mode is perfect for scanning standard E6 (or CineStill D6 DaylightChrome) processed slide film, as the tungsten-balanced light can produce richer tones and enhanced colour separation, especially within the red channel.
What else is included?
The CS-LiteMask is Cinestill's universal film carrier mask that pairs with pre-existing film carriers like those made by Negative Supply, VALOI, Lomography, and more. Masking around the edges of the carrier helps to eliminate spill light, reducing unwanted reflections and maintaining uniformity across the entirety of your scans. The CS-LiteMask comes included with the CS-Lite.
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Great little panel for scanning and checking negatives - can even be used as a light source for photos in a pinch!
If you're just starting out with your home scanning setup, then you can't go wrong with the specs and useability of the CS-Lite. The light options are easily marked, and it fits all the Valoi accessories too, so you can expand your setup in future.
I've been using this with a pixl-latr which sits comfortably on top. The light is roughly the same size as the pixl-latr. It's very bright; much brighter than the LED panel I was using before (from Amazon), which means I can use a shutter speed of around 1/25-1/60 with negative film at ISO 100, f/8, so less chance of any camera shake or noise from a higher ISO. I also like the colour temperature switch with settings designed for colour negative, positive or B&W film. I've been digitising a lot of old slides so it's nice to have a warmer setting available for those.
Use this for checking negs and also in conjunction with a DSLR for scanning negs.
Neat tidy package and different preset lighting for colour b&w etc.