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[filmscanners] Re: Modern photography...


  • To: lexa@www.lexa.ru
  • Subject: [filmscanners] Re: Modern photography...
  • From: "Alex Z" <alexzfoto@yahoo.com>
  • Date: Tue, 10 May 2005 23:32:39 -0700 (PDT)
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Thank you Austin, understood.
I went to the ser's group, posted there my first message.
Perhasp will be able to figure someone in my country who still uses
Leafscan 45 to try out one of my 6x7 slides.

Alex

--- Austin Franklin <austin@darkroom.com> wrote:
> Hi Alex,
>
> > Austin, I noticed you use Leafscan 45.
>
> I do.
>
> > So I begun to consider selling my leg and arm (and also my wife,
> car,
> > house and children) :-) for Nikon LS9000 till encountered people's
> > recommendation to go Leafscan 45 route instead.
> > What can you say about this one ? Can it still compete wuality-wise
> > with contemporary machines home-oriented such as Nikon LS9000 ?
>
> I am not sure.  I primarily use it for B&W, and do little color with
> it.  It
> is a three pass color scanner, so scanning times will be 3x as long.
> I scan
> medium format B&W at 4 minutes per scan (the secret is not using the
> default
> exposure time, but setting it to minimum...which is plenty for
> negatives...for slides, you want to use "optimum", so it's even a lot
> slower).
>
> > Is
> > using Leafscan 45 indeed as much bother as I suspect comparative to
> > desktop film scanners ?
>
> Probably less of a bother, if you understand setpoints and tonal
> curves.  It
> has a very basic, but entirely capable user interface...and IMO, has
> everything you need...setpoints and tonal curves.
>
> > I suspect Leafscan is Mac only, am I wrong ?
>
> You are wrong.  I use it with W2k.
>
> > I'm PC user. I don't shoot B&W (at least for now), neither planning
> on
> > that in forseable future.
>
> Then I might suggest a different scanner, especially if you are
> shooting
> slides.  The advantage, for me, of the Leafscan is it is a true
> grayscale
> scanner, not an RGB scanner as all other scanners are, and I believe
> it
> gives exceptional B&W results.  I also do not find any need to use
> USM, as
> everyone else seems to require.  My scans are tack sharp:
>
> http://www.darkroom.com/Images/Mv03bCropw.jpg
>
> (not that you can see much from a web image...)
>
> > Any comments on it are appreciated (as well as any hints to
> Leafscan 45
> > active user groups).
>
> Yahoo has an active Leafscan user's group:
>
> http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Leafscan/
>
> Regards,
>
> Austin
>
>
>
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