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[filmscanners] RE: Scanning negs vs. slides



Alex,

expect a war after your post :-)
This is a long debated topic: last thread I followed ended with (more or
less) the agreement that high-end scanners (drum scanners) work better with
slides, whereas prosumer scanners give better results with negatives (of
course, slides have the advantage of providing a visual reference for color
calibration, but that's another matter).
In my experience I can confirm that both the Nikon LS-30 and the Canon
FS4000, especially for contrasty images, give MUCH better results with negs.
I have never even seen a drum scanner, so I'll let someone else confirm or
reject the other part of the statement.
Anyway, if you already own a scanner and don't plan to change it, you may
want to test your equipment, since that's what you're going to deal with.

Alessandro Pardi
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Alex Zabrovsky [mailto:alexz@zoran.co.il]
> Sent: luned 15 aprile 2002 13.19
> To: alessandro.pardi@inferentiadnm.com
> Subject: [filmscanners] Scanning negs vs. slides
> 
> 
> Hi guys.
> I just had a conversation with some experienced user of IV ED.
> During the talk, he mentioned that once he acquired the 
> scanner and started to built his archive, he turned to negatives solely
claiming 
> that he found the results to be better scanning negatives in case of wide 
> dynamic range captured on the film. He states that the image with
> featuring high contrast (night scenic for example) will be 
> rendered much better by the scanner in terms of the details in dark, while

> highlights are still well preserved, whilst with slides often the dark 
> details are missing being still resolved visually on light table under
loupe.
> Is that correct ?
> I usually prefer to shoot slides for anything except  people-related
stuff,
> but if is opinions have much to reflect the reality, I would 
> probably switch to negatives for outdoors also.
> 
> Regards,
> Alex Z
> 
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