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Apologies to those who saw much the same posting in DigitalSilver.
Apologies also for a longish introduction:

I have spent 25 years with B&W photography learning to make 11x14
selenium-toned fiber prints that I like a lot. My kit consists of a 35mm
rangefinder camera with a few very good lenses, and Kodak TMax 400 film.
The reason for the fast film is that I take lots of pictures indoors in bad
light, and also that I actively dislike the "grainless" look of
medium-format or slow 35mm negatives. Because my lenses are good, much of
the fine image detail (when there is any) ends up sort of enmeshed with the
grain, and my 11x14 prints make that detail/grain nicely visible.

So how do I retain this same "look" in a digital context? I've received
encouraging replies about the Canon and (especially) Nikon 4000 ppi
scanners, but I wanted also to check with the experts here. Let's assume I
have the latest version of Photoshop and a vigorous desire to learn to use
it; also a fast Macintosh with plenty of RAM; also an Epson 870 printer
that I will use until a mature B&W ink/paper situation gets shaken out.

Is there any reason I should _not_ go for a Nikon 4000 ppi unit? Aside from
the software, I'm told, but I'm also told that VueScan works very nicely
for B&W.

Thank you all in advance for your suggestions.

-- Nick





 




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