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Re: filmscanners: Film base deterioration (was Digital Shortcomings)



At 15:25 29-06-01 -0500, Robert Kehl wrote:
> > BTW, all this discussion on longevity brings me to the same
> > conclusion as last time we had a prolonged archiving
> > discussion here - we need as much of *both* careful neg
> > storage *and* systematic digital archiving & rearchiving as
> > we can be bothered with.
> >
>
>I agree with you here Alan,
>with emphasis being on rearchiving your digital files.
>BUT keep hat neg or slide archived as best you can because when you're ready
>to make a new super duper print on whatever whiz bang is available in 15-20
>years, you may get a much better image by rescanning the original if it is
>intact.  If not, you've got your currently rearchived digital media to fall
>back on.


This discussion has led me to one conclusion that seems inescapable. 
Clearly it's important to refresh our media assets every few years to keep 
pace with technology. Perhaps the archival method with the greatest 
longevity and 'universality' today is a high quality archival print 
probably made on an Epson 2000P and stored under optimal conditions. In 
another generation or two the images will still be there but the software 
and old file formats won't be.

Cary Enoch Reinstein aka Enoch's Vision, Inc., Peach County, Georgia
http://www.enochsvision.com/, http://www.bahaivision.com/ -- "Behind all 
these manifestations is the one radiance, which shines through all things. 
The function of art is to reveal this radiance through the created object." 
~Joseph Campbell
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