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[filmscanners] Re: My best scanner/film combinations



View cameras are very affordable.  You can get a used Calumet monorail for
about $250US and $200 for the lens or you can a brand spanking new Toyo
Field camera (CF) for around $500 - and the same lens (or you can spend
$5kon a lens if you really want to).

----- Original Message -----
From: <scribjs@scribnerdesign.com>
To: <karlsch@earthlink.net>
Sent: Tuesday, December 17, 2002 7:35 PM
Subject: [filmscanners] Re: My best scanner/film combinations


>Art said< >It may have been the same lens, but I assume it was a zoom lens

Indeed, it was/is a 35-70 f2.8.

With respect to grain, the difference between Provia 100F and Sensia is
pretty remarkable under the light of the scanner.  Provia being finer.  My
impression is the color range is a little better as well, but that's more of
a subjective statement.  Having shot both slides and negatives, I think I
still prefer slides.  I believe scanners will get better, so I'm sticking
with the best quality image, rather than focusing on which media works best
in today's scanners.  It's an interesting topic, but it really comes down to
the image and the photographer (though I'd consider myself more of a
snapshot taker than a photographer).  For indoor and family shots, I'd use
print film precisely because the exposure range is greater.  For landscape,
static and color sensitive work, I'll stick with slides.  At some point,
I'll spring for a DSLR, but not till the dust settles a little more and the
prices come down.  I'm still skeptical that digital capture has as wide a
color gamut as film, but have no evidence that it's better or worse.  I do
like digital, and I do like my 990.  I'm just not rushing to the drop a few
grand on a rapidly changing medium.

I guess I'm just old fashioned.  Heck, I've been pining for a view camera.
Talk about going backwards!

I've uploaded two Provia scans to: http://www.scribnerdesign.com/smokies.jpg
and http://www.scribnerdesign.com/buoys.jpg  My standard warning applies,
the files are 1.1Mb and 2.9Mb  file respectively.  All nikonscan 3.1.2
settings were default, no ICE/GEM or other trickery.  The buoys file had
it's histogram adjusted slightly in photoshop.

I'll leave the files on the site till the end of December 2002.

Regards,
Jeff

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