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RE: filmscanners: Re: SS4000 which software for negs?

The Silverfast 5.5 upgrade is for the Nega-Fix functionality which is a
great improvement when scanning negatives. Scanner software in general has
the most difficulty with negatives and most scanner software does at least
reasonable job with chromes. If all you do is chromes I have found
Silverfast 5.0 to be excellent.
I have found PolaColor Insight usually does a very good job with negatives.
The only time it does not is when the negative being scanned is
significantly different from the one used to generate the profile. In this
case doing a raw scan and bringing the image into PhotoShop usually works
well. In PhotoShop set the RGB level manually and individually and give it
some gamma and you are of and running.

 -----Original Message-----
From:   Gregory Georges [mailto:ggeorges@mindspring.com] 
Sent:   Wednesday, September 26, 2001 12:43 PM
To:     filmscanners@halftone.co.uk
Subject:        RE: filmscanners: Re: SS4000 which software for negs?

If you pay to get the updated SilverFast 5.5, you'll get great scans.
Without the update, I would not worry about using SilverFast. In that case,
you are likely to get good scans with VueScan. Same for PolarColor Insight.
The most recent version is well worth using, but the one that came with the
scanner is a waste of time, unless they are sending out the new version with
the scanner.

I scan mostly Provia and Supra with SiverFast 5.5. I'm also happy with the
scans I get with PolarColor, but have decided to stick with SilverFast as it
has more features and lots of film profiles.

Gregory Georges
Really Useful Content, Inc.
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Author of Digital Camera Solutions &
50 Digital Photo Techniques

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Andy Darlow
> Sent: Wednesday, September 26, 2001 12:21 PM

> I just bought a SS4000.  Which software will handle negatives best?
> I would like as little grain as possible with color that is natural
> looking.
> I use a lot of 200/400ASA Fuji Superia and Kodak Gold 200.


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