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[filmscanners] RE: Hello/ routine question



> Austin Franklin wrote:
> > Really?  You SURE you want to clash swords with a Leaf?  I assure
> > you, it would simply CRUSH any other scanner ;-)
>
> Relax, Austin. Have a deep breath and a cup of cammomile tea :)

Peter, you sound like my mother-in-law...she's Greek ;-)

> I don't think anyone here means to slur the good name of the Leaf. Both
> Art and I were taking issue with your description of the HP scanner as
> "arcane" -- I might call it ill-conceived, but I wouldn't call it
> arcane.
>
> ("Arcane, adj. -- mysterious, secret; understood by few" [Oxford
> English Reference Dictionary])
>
> And back to the Leaf for a moment -- how do you think it compares with
> the Imacon scanners? I see the benefit of using standard Beseler neg
> holders, but I admire the way the Imacon flexes the film to make sure
> the film and CCD are coplanar -- such an elegant and effective design.

In some ways better, and in some ways worse.  I am not convinced the Imacon
is actually solving a problem for MF and below formats with the curved
holder.  It doesn't allow the use of strips...which, for me, would be a
PITA.  The Leaf is higher resolution than all but the top Imacon (836?) as
far as I understand.  The Leaf scans B&W with a single ND filter, which,
from my experience, gives better grayscale scans.  The Imacon is FAR FAR
faster to scan...but I'm not sure about film loading.

Regards,

Austin

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