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[filmscanners] RE: Black and white scans on LS4000 EDandotherissues




> Hi Austin,
>
> > That's absolutely NOT true.  You do NOT get softer images with
> less contrast
> > from a diffuse (typically called "cold") light source.
> >
> > There has always been a controversy about the merits of
> > cold-lights.  Careful tests have proven that exactly the same tonal
> > rendition can be attained with either a cold-light or a conventional
> > condenser when the contrasts of the film/paper are adjusted to match.
>
> I happen to agree with this.
>
> snip
>
> > Personally, I believe cold light heads give better tonality for
> B&W chemical
> > darkroom printing, having spend some 25+ years printing fine art B&W
> > prints...
>
> Here's where you loose me. This seems to contradict the above. If
> one has no
> better tonal rendition over over the other why prefer the tonality of the
> cold light?

Hi Todd,

They give the same "tonal rendition" (as in tonal range), not necessarily
the same "tonality" (number of gradations).  It's the old dynamic range vs
range thing ;-)

Austin

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