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[filmscanners] Re: VueScan vs. SilverFast with negs



Personally I prefer Nikonscan 3 to any scan driver I've used, especially for
color negatives.  With Nikonscan set up correctly for color management you
may be amazed at color neg scan quality just using Nikonscan's defaults.
PhotoCal and Spyder aren't that expensive, why not do it?

Dave

----- Original Message -----
From: "Tomek Zakrzewski" <tomzakrz@ka.onet.pl>
To: <kingphoto@mindspring.com>
Sent: Thursday, May 30, 2002 3:03 PM
Subject: [filmscanners] VueScan vs. SilverFast with negs


Within several days I'm going to buy a film scanner (LS-4000ED) finally.
I can buy it with or without SilverFast bundled (of course the price
difference is considerable).
Do I really need this software?
I know VueScan quite well, I use it with my Agfa Arcus 1200 flatbed scanner,
I I appreciate many of it's qualities, I can even live with its user
interface :-)
But putting UI  aside, I'm most interested in the capabilities of those
programmes in delivering good scans from negatives. As I haven't tried VS in
this respect I can't judge how it works.
Does anybody have experience with both VS and SF+NegaFix in scanning color
negs? Are the profiles in NegaFix superior to VS's profiles?

And another question having its roots in my lack of real experience with
filmscanners:
Will I be able to deliver professional quality scans (mostly from slides)
without calibrated monitor, IT-8 and so on, relying only on my common sense
and knowledge of scanning rudiments?
I have a friend who can give me for scanning 50-100 slides which he uses
then in a printed magazine. Being careful and 'tidy' with what I have, can I
fullfil professional's demands or must I invest in calibration equipment?
I personally always had the feeling that without calibration one can get at
least 90% of the 'ultimate" quality.
What confirms my feeling is my experience with a scanning bureau with
LS-8000ED, Silverfast+Negafix, Silverfast HDR and IT-8 calibration.
Every time I used this bureau I had to tweak the scans in Photoshop's
levels, curves and color balance a little. Never was I able to use the scan
without any correction.

Regards

Tomasz Zakrzewski

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