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[filmscanners] Re: New price on Flextight Photo in UK


I accept that the software can assist in pulling more information out of a
negative but if the scanner does not have the capability in the hardware to
read it then it isn't going to materialise in the output scan file.  I doubt
that Vuescan will ever get my lowly LS30 to perform better than it does now,
and it will never meet the level of the Flextight, SS120, MDSMP or Nikon

I have seen the review of the MDSMP where a scan showed a lot of noise in a
particularly dark part of the scan.  16x multisampling erradicated most of
it although there was visible banding.


Dave King wrote:

> I didn't say edge to edge sharpness is a software issue, but shadow detail
> and noise in color negs scans certainly is.  That is the part of the neg
> that is the easiest for the hardware to deal with.
> Dave
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Simon Lamb" <simon@sclamb.com>
> To: <kingphoto@mindspring.com>
> Sent: Saturday, March 09, 2002 6:08 AM
> Subject: [filmscanners] Re: New price on Flextight Photo in UK
> That is not so Dave.  Edge to edge sharpness is not a software issue, it
> a film flatness issue in the scaner, and an area where the curving of the
> film in the Flextight helps greatly.  Shadow detail, and particularly
> in teh shadow detail, is not a software issue, it is an issue of how the
> scanning light source and hardware create the noise and accentuate grain.
> The depth of detail extracted from the shadow areas is not a software
> (altough software can help) but also to do with the Dmax of the scanner.
> Colour and clarity can also be assisted using Vuwscan, but the scanner has
> to be able to record them reasonably accurately in the first place.
> I am confident that Vuescan will not help to resolve some of these issue,
> particularly edge to edge sharpness.  I use Vuescan all the time and will
> try and re-do my comparison using it with the SS120 and MSMP.
> Simon
> Dave King wrpte:
> > When you're scanning color negs software is the determining factor in
> > the parameters you mention except detail resolution.  I don't know how
> much
> > the price of the Flextight has fallen, but those using the other
> > you mention can take heart in the fact that Vuescan exists.

> > David Lewiston wrote:
> >
> > > Simon
> > >
> > > To answer my own question about 'how much scanner?'...
> > >
> > > Just did another websearch on Imacon. At the Luminous Landscape site I
> > found
> > > the following entry for Oct 24, 2001: "At the beginning of this month
> > Imacon
> > > announced that they had reduced the price of the Imacon Flextight
> to
> > > US$6,495 from its original price of $9,995. I have just been informed
> that
> > > Imacon is currently offering a limited-time US$1,500 mail-in rebate
> which
> > > effectively reduces the net cost to the end-user to $4,995."
> > >
> > > It seems to be the Flextight 1, which does 35mm only at a resolution
> > > 3,200 dpi, about half the resolution of its big brother.
> > >
> >
> > David
> >
> > It is indeed the Flextight Photo.  I used this in the dealer to scan a
> 35mm
> > and 6x6 neg on a Sprintscan 120, Minolta Dimage Scan Multi Pro and the
> > Flextight Photo.  At 3200 dpi and with a Dmax of 4.1 the Flextight blew
> the
> > others away with far superior scans in detail (shadow and highlight),
> > clarity, colour, edge to edge sharpness etc. etc.
> >
> > I will be getting my one on Monday :-)
> >
> > Simon

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