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[filmscanners] Re: New price on Flextight Photo in UK



Vuescans advantages over most software (haven't used Flextight's, but hear
it's superb) has to do with the fact you can bring a scan into photoshop
somewhere between raw and final, enabling difficult shadow transition edits
that are far superior to most other software I've tried.  It combines the
qualities of editing raw files with the convenience of CM and good film
terms

Dave

----- Original Message -----
From: "Mikael Risedal" <risedal@hotmail.com>
To: <kingphoto@mindspring.com>
Sent: Saturday, March 09, 2002 9:35 AM
Subject: [filmscanners] Re: New price on Flextight Photo in UK


>From: "Simon Lamb" <simon@sclamb.com>
>Reply-To: filmscanners@halftone.co.uk
>To: risedal@hotmail.com
>Subject: [filmscanners] Re: New price on Flextight Photo in UK
>Date: Sat, 9 Mar 2002 11:08:16 -0000
>Simon!
I think you have done a good conclusion here. If you go back in the mailing
list you found what I have been written about  film flatness problems . I
did last summer a test with my own 3 scanners LS2000. LS4000 and Polaroid
35+ against Imacon Photo.
None of them could match the Imacon scanner in sharpness and Dmax.
Comparing  a picture from LS4000 and Imacon Photo ,  the Nikon LS 4000
picture are so inferior to the Imacon that I recommend Nikon to rebuild and
improve the scanner before they are selling this crap. Last week I did a new
scanner test who shows that  also a Minolta Elite 2 scanner at 2800ppi
outperformed my LS4000 regarding  over all sharpness.  The Minolta scanner
cost about the half price of a Nikon LS 4000 scanner. ,
Nikonscan , Silverfast  and now Vuescan allows us to decide focus point
manually. This helps a little bit against curved film problem but not 100%
The depth of field are still to short in the LS4000 and LS 2000 scanner
construction.
Some people  believes that Vuescan are doing something else that Nikonscan
or Silverfast or other scanner software's not are capable to do. All
software's are working in a similar  way regarding calculation of  a
picture. The Imacons software and scanners are outstanding regarding all
parameters and  counts to the semi or high end destop scanners leuge.The
rest are still mid end scanners.
Mikael Risedal









>That is not so Dave.  Edge to edge sharpness is not a software issue, it is
>a film flatness issue in the scaner, and an area where the curving of the
>film in the Flextight helps greatly.  Shadow detail, and particularly noise
>in teh shadow detail, is not a software issue, it is an issue of how the
>scanning light source and hardware create the noise and accentuate grain.
>The depth of detail extracted from the shadow areas is not a software issue
>(altough software can help) but also to do with the Dmax of the scanner.
>Colour and clarity can also be assisted using Vuwscan, but the scanner has
>to be able to record them reasonably accurately in the first place.
>
>I am confident that Vuescan will not help to resolve some of these issue,
>particularly edge to edge sharpness.  I use Vuescan all the time and will
>try and re-do my comparison using it with the SS120 and MSMP.
>
>Simon
>
>Dave King wrpte:
>
> > When you're scanning color negs software is the determining factor in
>all
> > the parameters you mention except detail resolution.  I don't know how
>much
> > the price of the Flextight has fallen, but those using the other
>scanners
> > you mention can take heart in the fact that Vuescan exists.
> >
> > Dave
> >
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "Simon Lamb" <simon@sclamb.com>
> > To: <kingphoto@mindspring.com>
> > Sent: Friday, March 08, 2002 5:39 PM
> > Subject: [filmscanners] Re: New price on Flextight Photo in UK
> >
> >
> > David Lewiston wrote:
> >
> > > Simon
> > >
> > > To answer my own question about 'how much scanner?'...
> > >
> > > Just did another websearch on Imacon. At the Luminous Landscape site I
> > found
> > > the following entry for Oct 24, 2001: "At the beginning of this month
> > Imacon
> > > announced that they had reduced the price of the Imacon Flextight
>Photo
>to
> > > US$6,495 from its original price of $9,995. I have just been informed
>that
> > > Imacon is currently offering a limited-time US$1,500 mail-in rebate
>which
> > > effectively reduces the net cost to the end-user to $4,995."
> > >
> > > It seems to be the Flextight 1, which does 35mm only at a resolution
>of
> > > 3,200 dpi, about half the resolution of its big brother.
> > >
> >
> > David
> >
> > It is indeed the Flextight Photo.  I used this in the dealer to scan a
>35mm
> > and 6x6 neg on a Sprintscan 120, Minolta Dimage Scan Multi Pro and the
> > Flextight Photo.  At 3200 dpi and with a Dmax of 4.1 the Flextight blew
>the
> > others away with far superior scans in detail (shadow and highlight),
> > clarity, colour, edge to edge sharpness etc. etc.
> >
> > I will be getting my one on Monday :-)
> >
> > Simon
> >
> >
> >
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Mikael Risedal
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