Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2000/04/27

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Up Periscope
From: Doug Herr <>
Date: 27 Apr 2000 15:17:09 -0700

On Thu, 27 April 2000, "Po-Wen Shaw" wrote:

> Hello LUG,
> I've been contentedly lurking and soaking up the posts for a year but now
> would like to actively solicit the collected wisdom of this wonderful
> group...

I'm always glad to see someone de-lurk.  I've enjoyed reading all the posts (even the long ones) of the new "voices".

<big SNIP> 
> Assuming that I can only afford a good Epson printer (which are quite expensive in Korea,
> HP seems to have the market... so I may have to buy it here) but no film scanner, can I 
> get good print-outs from PhotoCD scans? I'm also thinking about putting up a website in 
> Korea, maybe with some pictures.

The short answer is yes.  The long answer is "it depends..."

The mass-market grade of PhotoCD scans may not be suitable.  I haven't used 'em on the recommendation of my regular lab.  These usually cost about $1 per scan.  I've been using the "Master" and "Pro" PhotoCD scans, which I've found to be excellent for prints up to 8x10 or 16x20, respectively.  The funny thing is that working with scans of my slides, I'm spending much MORE time on each image than I would have in the darkroom.  This is because the degree of control over the print contrast, color, density, and numerous other details is orders of magnitude greater, and so many control options can be explored, that I'm willing to use the time to make the print match the original slide exactly.

BTW, PhotoCD is not limited to color slides.  Chromes, color neg and B&W can all be included on a single PhotoCD, and can be added in multiple orders until the CD is full.

Doug Herr
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