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filmscanners: Nikon Coolscan LS4000 - Peppery scans with Fuji chromes (Conclusion)
At 09:20 AM 5/20/01 -0700, you wrote:
>On the face
>of simply examining your wwweb posted example, it is difficult to
>believe it is the scanner (... the "peppering" is too random ...
>location and size ...), and especially when you say it "appears" to be
> By all means ... exchange the scanner. If the retailer accepts
>it, it would be the best way to troubleshoot it being a scanner
>problem. If not, I'd begin playing with other slides, and other Fuji
>slides which have been developed elsewhere.
Just a followup:
I have come to the conclusion that the specks that I am seeing in the scans
are actual microscopic dirt on the slides. They appear to be systematic
dirt that is a result of dirt (somehow) introduced during the processing
(probably dirty water) - I use the same lab for all my slides. I am going
to contact the lab tomorrow and highlight the problem to them.
It was never an issue until now because on a lightbox, it's impossible to
see due to the diffused light (or extremely short distance to the light
source). But all the slides if seen using a specular light source clearly
show microscopic dirt. And this is true for ALL the slides. I have only a
10x loupe to see through but it's clear enough. Whatever dirt I can make
out with the loupe corresponds to what I see in the scan.
And Digital ICE curing the ills quite confirms that there are problems with
the surface of the slide itself.
This is one amazing scanner and am I glad I bought it. It pulls every bit
of detail on the film. Not as sharp as a drumscan of course (I can see CCD
'blooming' where certain highlight areas meet with dark parts, but for the
money, its TRULY awesome.
There is a lot more work that Nikon needs to do with Nikonscan 3.0 for the
Mac. Right now, its just not a very responsive piece of software (and I
have it as much as 350 megs of RAM partition). Screen redraws are terrible
and file saving is donkey slow.
Now, I just hope Ed Hamrick writes a version of Vuescan usable on OS 8.6
with this firewire scanner. The curves for colour neg films are what I am
dying to use.
Regards to all