DFT Film Stocks lends digital images an analog charm


posted Monday, September 10, 2012 at 7:43 PM EST


We're not nostaglic. But we really like shooting with old lenses (even if -- or because -- they don't autofocus).

And while our old-lens images captured on our pristine digital sensors look about as modern as a kit lens, we really thought they deserved a more analog rendering.

It turns out there are a few options for applying the look of your favorite emulsion to your sparklingly defect-free [cough, cough] digital image. We reviewed DxO FilmPack a while ago. We're testing Alien Skin's Exposure 4. But we've just reviewed Digital Film Tools Film Stocks 1.0.

DFT has won a few Emmy's for this stuff and their plug-in works for stills and video (with a more expensive license for video). It also has about 288 options. And some sweet masking tools.

So we gave it a try. We spill the detail on using an old Vivitar Series I zoom on an Olympus E-PL1 and compare a Tri-X and Kodachrome rendering in Film Stocks and FilmPack. Read our review for the details.