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Thanks Ernst, I'll check this out next time I'm scanning. As I said in a previous post I see no actual clipping of color neg shadows in the scans I've done to this point, only remapping of the black point higher. So my thinking to this point is Nikonscan deliberately maps color neg black point high while retaining linear detail to film base for a reason: to allow the user to set it as desired with accuracy. This is the region in color negs that varies considerably with exposure (as opposed to chromes), and automatic mapping to zero from a film base reading would only work with "correct" exposures. The way I would suggest working is to set the black eyedropper to 10 (or whatever you prefer since many shadows are blue), find that point in the neg, and the scan mapping to that point will occur in Nikonscan in hi bit, making further hi bit edits in Photoshop unnecessary. Perhaps I'll change my opinion after trying it the other way, we'll see. Dave ----- Original Message ----- From: "Ernst Dinkla" <E.Dinkla@chello.nl> To: <email@example.com> Sent: Monday, April 15, 2002 2:05 PM Subject: Re: Sprintscan 120 issues/findings (comments welcomed) > > ----- Original Message ----- > From: "Dave King" <firstname.lastname@example.org> > To: <email@example.com> > Sent: Monday, April 15, 2002 5:52 PM > Subject: Re: Sprintscan 120 issues/findings (comments welcomed) > > > Most interesting Ernst. I've only scanned a few color negs > with the 8000 so > > far, but my impression was neg scans come in to the preview a > bit "soft" > > compared to chrome, and needing a bit more correction pre or > post scan, but > > having full detail to film base plus fog. I'll have to look > more closely > > next time I scan a neg. > > This url was posted on this list some time ago. I used the second > method and got much better results of the negs I had to scan. > Removing the mask with the red channel seems a bit tricky, it has > to be done with more care than is suggested in that method. Beter > reverse all 3 channels and then do the correction in the red > channel with more care. > > http://www.marginalsoftware.com/LS8000Notes/LS8000Notes.htm > > http://www.marginalsoftware.com/LS8000Notes/autoexposure_not_work > ing.htm > > http://www.marginalsoftware.com/LS8000Notes/three_easy_ways.htm > > The problem is in Auto Exposure on Windows ME (but also W98SE in > my experience) for 3 versions NikonScan: 3.1.0/3.1.1/3.1.2 But > Nikon only made 3 versions, ample time to correct it or use a > macro that does the same method as can be found on the cited > site. > > Ernst > > > > > > - > Turn off HTML mail features. Keep quoted material short. Use accurate > subject lines. http://www.leben.com/lists for list instructions. > - Turn off HTML mail features. Keep quoted material short. Use accurate subject lines. http://www.leben.com/lists for list instructions.