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[filmscanners] Re: Minolta Dimage Scan Elite - any users here?



Simply put, the NIkons make some of their own problems.  They exaggerate
surface defects (dust, scratches, dirt, etc) due to the lighting source
(collimated LED lighting) so you basically MUST use ICE or have
perfectly clean and unhandled film.  Some other scanners do not cause
this problem, and so ICE is not really necessary.  dICE was originally
only available for large industrial/commerical scanners.  After Nikon
got so many complaints about the amount of dust/defects that they showed
when images were scanned, they needed dICE to survive, especially as the
scanner resolution was improved upon.

dICE is a brilliant solution, and it has its place, especially for
severely damaged or dirty images, or for fungus damage, but it comes
with a cost, both literally and otherwise.

The problem is that true black and white films do not work with dICE at
all, because silver is opaque to IR.  So, with black and white, you
simply cannot use dICE, and must hand spot.  With some other scanner
brands, the problem of exaggerated surface defects simply doesn't exist,
either with color or B&W film so ICE isn't really an issue, and black
and white scans easily.

This is why I suggest against people considering Nikon scanners if they
shoot a lot of true B&W film (as opposed to C-41 chromagenic black and
white which is actually a film which has its silver removed during
processing, like color negative film.)

Art

Alex Zabrovsky wrote:

> Art, what should be expected in black and white in case of Nikon machine ?
> I own IV ED and satisfied by dICE performance big way. Utilizing ICE on
> normal setting for regular amount of dirt and scratches, I wasn't able to
> figure out any sharpness impact worth of consideration. Of course, Fine ICE
> setting cleans deeper in case of heavily dirty and scratched originals, but
> then sharpness will suffer indeed. However for this to be the case one must
> really
> disregard his hegs/slides throwing them around.
>
> Regards,
> Alex Z
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: filmscanners_owner@halftone.co.uk
> [mailto:filmscanners_owner@halftone.co.uk]On Behalf Of Arthur Entlich
> Sent: Thursday, September 19, 2002 9:29 AM
> To: alexz@zoran.co.il
> Subject: [filmscanners] Re: Minolta Dimage Scan Elite - any users here?
>
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> Nagaraj, Ramesh wrote:
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>>For me ICE saves lot of time. Can not scan without it.
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> What scanner do you have?  If its a Nikon, no surprise there.
>
> What do you do about black and whites?
>
> Art
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