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Subject: Re: [Leica] Scanning images from Tri-X negatives
From: "Simon Lamb" <>
Date: Mon, 22 May 2000 14:07:20 +0100
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Thanks very much.  Interesting that you have adapted your style based upon
whether scanning the neg or not.  I like the Tri-X prints and they are great
for enlargment (I have a b&w wall in the house with many 10x8s).  Looks like
I will have to decide whether I want the best print quality or scan quality.

Thanks again.

Amateur efforts at

- ----- Original Message -----
From: "Johnny Deadman" <>
To: "LUG" <>
Sent: Monday, May 22, 2000 1:50 PM
Subject: Re: [Leica] Scanning images from Tri-X negatives

> on 22/5/00 12:26 pm, Simon Lamb at wrote:
> > I am trying to scan images from Tri-X negatives using a Coolscan III
> > and they all come out very overexposed.  I have turned off the colour
> > management and am using the grayscale scanning option.  When I scan
> > slides they are great, it is just the Tri-X negatives.
> >
> > I can adjust the scanner to apply a -EV to the scan process but the
> > then look very grainy and I do not particlularly like changing the
> > too much.  The printed Tri-X images are fine.
> >
> > The tenuous link to Leica is that I have taken the images with my M6!
> >
> > Any ideas on how to do good scans would be welcome.
> I have found that filmscanners like a thin neg. I used to expose Tri-X @
> habitually, but the negs were much too thick (looked 1-2 stops over), and
> changed my EI and exposure habits accordingly. A neg that will print
> is not necessarily one that will scan well, unfortunately. Interestingly,
> this whole process raised my game considerably in terms of care in
> and I find that I get much better grays and more assertive blacks since I
> have adapted to a thinner neg. Also if you are developing your Tri-X in
> Xtol, as I do, you may find that you get a better result with an EI of
> something like 600 ASA, as I think there is a real speed increase. My
> experience, anyway.
> --
> Johnny Deadman
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