When I first started my journey in film, I would always check Noritsu on my order form, not really understanding the difference. However, when I would get my film back, it never looked like film to me. It almost looked digital but with a soft filter over it.
While in France I was talking with a few film photographers and they suggested I try Goodman Film Lab because they were so in love with the results. When I returned home from France I called Goodman and spoke to Matthew Nigel. He was amazing and explained the difference between Noritsu and Frontier.
Basically, Noritsu is known to create the peachy or pink skin tones. It has a softness about it and if you are a light and airy photographer, Noritsu is totally for you.
Frontier has a golden tone and has punchier color to it. I can also see more of a grain to the images from the Frontier scanner, while Noritsu will give you that polished digital-like look.
When I received my film scans back from Goodman, I was blown away from such of a subtle difference. I don’t consider my work to be light and airy and do love some contrast, so it only made sense to switch to the Frontier scanner.
My advice to anyone shooting film, is to try them both, I know I’m so glad i did!