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[filmscanners] Re: Black and white scans on LS4000 ED andotherissues

Simon Lamb wrote:

> Here is a response from Nikon regarding the issue of scanning black and
> white as RGB on the LS4000 ED (the interframe gap issue) and the subject of
> picking up imperfections and grain.

> Grain and film base imperfections:
> 'If a scanner did not pick up imperfections present in the film then I would
> worry about what detail it was missing in the image itself. It is true that
> the light-source and quality of the optics in the scanner does mean that
> more imperfections are recorded than other manufacturers products however it
> also means that more image detail & sharper scans are produced.
> Unfortunately the ICE technology relies on the passage of infra-red light
> through the film which precludes it from being used on black & white
> negatives due to their optical properties. XP2 or any C41 process black &
> white film will however be completely usable with ICE.'

And this from the same company that told us the LS8000 never banded, and
then change it to "well it bands sometimes, but we offer you this fix of
using superfine mode, at one-third the speed"...

Or, you could just stop shooting true Black and white film and use
chromogenic films instead....

I guess Nikon has never heard of the potential benefits of diffused
light sources.

I do just as they say, I sit here and worry about what detail is
missing.... ;-)


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