Re: Nikon 4000ED suggestions
On 2012-02-09 14:48, Tina Manley wrote:
Emily - I'm using a Nikon LS5000 to scan my slides but it should be about the same. The first thing I did was to mount all of my slides and negatives in Gepe mounts that hold the film flat from corner to corner. That made the biggest difference in scanning focus. I'm not using VueScan but Silverfast and that makes the next biggest difference. You can scan twice at different exposure and combine them in one Raw file. There is a profile for every kind of film, including Kodachrome. (If you put that film code on the edge of the film into Google, it will tell you the kind of film it is.) You can use Digital ICE on everything except B&W negatives and Kodachrome. Those contain too much silver to use ICE.
Kodachrome is not completely unworkable; Newer (K-14) Kodachrome is mostly okay with ICE, unless the cyan layer is too dense. It's not silver that causes the problem with Kodachrome, either.
It may seem like a lot of work to remount everything in Gepe mounts but if you only want to scan everything one time and you want the best results possible, it is definitely worth the time and trouble. I've done several hundred thousand slides that way and am very pleased with the results.
Wow, I must be sloppy, I've never noticed these sharpness problems.I think you can go the Gepe mounts situation one better, though -- fluid mount on a glass carrier. Scan Science is one brand name of carriers and fluid. I've seen Ctein's scan results with dry vs. their fluid mount, and it's unfortunately *really really clear* that the wet mount is better. I haven't used it myself, too lazy and cheap so far.
I'd have balked at cutting up my existing negative strips, since it makes them unusable in many other situations.
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