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[filmscanners] Re: IT8 calibration for slides


> I mainly shoot slides and scan with a Minolta Elite.  Whenever I scan,
> irrespective of whether I use the scanner software or Vuescan, the
> scans are too dark and need considerable adjustment to get closer to
> how they look on the light box.  (This isn't a monitor issue - images
> from
> other sources all look fine - and the histograms of the scans back up the
> way they look on the screen.)

1.Are you scanning to produce 16bit/channel files from VS, or 8bit?

2.What happens if you use VS 'exposure' controls  (color tab,  brightness
control) ?

> I understand that IT8 calibration is mainly to characterise the scanner's
> response to the film's coloured dye (thank you Tony for explaining this
> so clearly) but I wonder if it would help also getting a better balance
> across the shadows and midtones.

It shouldn't make much difference at all unless your particular scanner is
for some reason very divergent from other Elites. I wouldn't go there, at
least not yet.


Tony Sleep - http://www.halftone.co.uk
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