RE: Nikon 4000ED suggestions

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My Epson scanner does not work with my wireless network so I use USB. It does not have any facility to scan film. Epson do make flat bed film scanners and my old unit had all the kit and it scanned up to A4. I think it was about $150.

The new one was $100.

They make A3 scanners also...


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-photoforum@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:owner-photoforum@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of David Dyer-Bennet
Sent: Friday, February 10, 2012 4:29 AM
To: List for Photo/Imaging Educators - Professionals - Students
Cc: Tina Manley
Subject: 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.

David Dyer-Bennet, dd-b@xxxxxxxx;

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