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[filmscanners] Re: Nikon Coolscan

David writes:

> It looks to me that scanned images are not
> as good (higher noise, lower sharpness) as
> digital camera images on a pixel-per-pixel
> basis.

I have the same impression, although part of this is the scanner's fault,
not film's fault.  I do see individual details that are only about a pixel
wide on some scans, but the contrast is low, which produces lower sharpness.
I know (from examining the same film images under a microscope) that there
is actually slightly more detail in the image than the scanner is picking up
at 4000 dpi, at least for images taken on a tripod with a good lens and
under good conditions, on slow, sharp film.

> Which is to say, in some sense, scanner images
> are already upsampled. So it doesn't make sense
> _to me_ to use GF on scanner images.

Yes.  Which prompted my question.  Scanned images are already slightly
blurry at their nominal resolution; why upsample them?  Additionally,
scanned images already have plenty of resolution for most purposes, even in
35mm; so again, why upsample them?

> For example: GF may provide _compression_ or
> _downsampling_ functions that are better than
> what Photoshop provides. Does it? I don't know.

I have the same question.  Perhaps GF does something other than just
upsampling.  But if it is limited to upsampling, I don't see the point.

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