If you shoot film, you know how difficult it can be to properly organize your photographs once they have been digitized to your computer. Modern digital cameras allow easy organization with built in metadata that provides every bit of information you could ever need; however, digitally scanned photos contain no such data. Promote Systems has introduced the Meta35, a device to easily import and sync your film camera’s metadata.
The Meta35 is a small USB device that includes your choice of a Nikon, Canon, or Minolta adapter for metadata transfer. Not all cameras are compatible with the device, those that are compatible include: Canon EOS 1V, Nikon F6, Nikon F5, Nikon F100, Nikon N90s/F90s, Nikon N90/F90, Minolta Maxxum 9/Dynax 9/Alpha 9, and Minolta Maxxum 7/Dynax 7/Alpha 7. Not every camera can import the same amount of data, so check Meta35’s website for any compatibility concerns.
If you have one of the cameras mentioned above, then you can begin to download and sync your data. After your photographs have been digitally scanned, just attach your camera via the included adapter cable and launch Meta35’s software for Windows or Macintosh. You can explore all the recent metadata recorded by your camera and pair it with the relevant photographs while adding additional metadata changes if needed.
Meta35 also allows you to customize your camera’s internal firmware settings. Possibilities include automatic film rewinding, autofocus activation, focus point wraparounds, functions of various buttons, and more. Your camera’s make and model will determine exactly how much flexibility you will have within the software.
If Meta35 sounds like a solution that might work for you, be sure to check out their website by clicking here. Computer requirements include a machine either running at least Windows 7 or Macintosh OS X 10.9. The Meta35 adapter can be obtained for $150 from their online store.