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Subject: Re: [Leica] Leafscan at 2000+ DPI
From: Jim Hemenway <>
Date: Mon, 02 Apr 2001 13:18:19 -0400
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The chromes themselves are a result of the 6008i auto bracketing feature
together with the 6008 multi-metering.  We picked the best of each three
frames to scan.  The rest is the result of Austin's magic with the
Leafscan and the accompanying software... I just watched and marveled at
what I was seeing on his monitor.

That's the reason I'm interested into getting further along within
Leicadom than with only my SL and 2/50 Summicron-R. 

From what I've been reading on this list for the last couple of months
and from what I've seen of of the list member's photos, I should be able
to get much better results with Leicas than I have been able to get with
most/all of my other 35mm equipment. 


"B. D. Colen" wrote:
> WOW!! I usually dismiss quality questions when I look at anything on the
> net, and concentrate instead on image issues - composition, content,
> etc. - because the net and computer screens so deteriorate the best of
> images....But those Rollei scans blew me away....Esp. the flowers....but
> all of them have such shadow and highlight detail, such depth, such
> sharpness, they are really astounding....I don't know whether this
> argues for medium format, for Leafscan, or for having Austin as one's
> scanman, but you guys were sure doing something right.. :-)
> B. D.
> Jim Hemenway wrote:
> > Hello RUGers and LUGers:
> >
> > Austin Franklin was nice enough to spend several hours of his time
> > yesterday scanning some of my Rollei MF chromes on his Leafscan. We
> > didn't have enough time to scan a couple from my Leicaflex SL as we
> > spent more time talking about things photographic than in scanning.
> >
> > The dpi was 2000+, I think 2040 but I'm so left-brained that numbers are
> > not my best subject.
> >
> > At any rate here are four, (greatly reduced in size) for your viewing
> > pleasure.  They took about 30 minutes each, including setup/preview and
> > then the scan itself.
> >
> >
> >
> > My point in mentioning them here is that they are _BIG_ at 94mb each.
> > They choked both my Mac 9500 with 112mb of memory and my 233mhz PC with
> > 64mb, (but with better memory management).
> >
> > So, if you're thinking of getting one of the two new MF, (does 35mm
> > also) scanners from Polaroid or Nikon then you will need to be sure to
> > have a lot of memory installed in your computer... a whole lot more with
> > the 4000 dpi scans from those machines.
> >
> > Incidentally, the 2000+ dpi scan from the Leafscan appears to have
> > enough information in it to make some very nice prints at 24 x 24 inches
> > at around 200-300+ dpi.... did I tell you that I'm not good with
> > numbers?  Austin feel free to correct me.
> >
> > I wouldn't mind having a Nikon "6000" at 2000 dpi if it existed. It
> > would certainly be good enough for my 11x11 or 13x13 prints.  The
> > current MF Minolta Dimage and the Nikon only produce 1000dpi on MF which
> > for me is only good enough for 6x6 whereas a Pro Photo CD of MF gives
> > 1400 dpi... prints a decent 8x8.
> >
> > I left a 2.8 Planar and a back with Austin for his new/old Rollei
> > 6008... I'm looking forward to hearing from him on his Rollei/Hassy
> > comparisons.
> >
> > Thanks for everything Austin.  For those of you who haven't met Austin,
> > he doesn't bite.
> >
> > Jim
> >
> >

In reply to: Message from Jim Hemenway <> ([Leica] Leafscan at 2000+ DPI)
Message from "B. D. Colen" <> (Re: [Leica] Leafscan at 2000+ DPI)