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filmscanners: Diffused scanners...
At 04:43 AM 6/14/01, Rob Geraghty wrote in another thread (films for scanning):
>Silver based B&W films do not scan at all well with the LS30; at least
>none I've tried do. A scanner with a more diffuse light source would
>probably be better, especially given that ICE doesn't work with such
Often, I believe we are too concerned with overkill in specs. Rob's remark
triggered a question in my mind. Assuming you are satisfied with 1024
pixel width on a computer monitor, which of the film scanners are still
available somewhere, with at least some diffusion in the light source, that
will do an adequate job with typical b&w and color negatives and
slides...with say VueScan...for 35mm...for 6 x 7...and for 4 x 5...not
necessarily with the same scanner.
I have over 50 year experience of working with enlargers of "tens of
breeds" with b&w and color negatives. I know from my experience that some
invent problems that hardly exist.
I am reminded of the remark of the master photographer that heard someone
complain about the grain in their prints. His remark was: "then...make