Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1996/07/07

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Subject: Re: regards digital storage
From: Eric Welch <>
Date: Sun, 07 Jul 1996 23:40:17 -0700

At 09:19 PM 7/7/96 -0700, you wrote:

>Seriously, though, I was referring more to the systems that are in 
>the approachable price category that we normal people can afford. 
>$1500-2500 is itself a fairly hefty price tag for a piece of a 
>computer system that needs a fairly high end bias to be useful. Makes
>a good used darkroom setup for $300 or so a real bargain.

If I weren't a newspaper photographer, I'd probably just have my own
darkroom and practice the art of photography. The only reason I'm into
digital is because I'll need to be to be marketable in my line of work. I
certainly would like to afford a great printer and scanner, but not at this
point. I wouldn't own a scanner for personal work that was less than $6,000.
For newspaper work the Nikon SuperCoolScan (~$2000) would do. Or the
Polaroid SprintScan, but the Nikon's better. The problem is, as I mentioned,
output. Even $16,000 printer can't put out a print with the smoothness and
tonal range of a Leica enlarger and fine paper from a good negative. (Not to
mention a skilled printer.)

Eric Welch
Grants Pass Daily Courier
NPPA Job Information Bank Chair 
Region 11

Immature poets borrow, mature poets steal"

T. S. Eliot