Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/10/31

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Subject: [Leica] Scanning and Printing Input
From: "tlianza" <>
Date: Wed, 31 Oct 2001 16:51:31 -0500


I have a Nikon 4000 and an Epson 1200 that I use with an external inking
system using Generations Ink.  I didn't buy the Epson 2000 because I felt
that the gamut was a bit too limited for good reproduction.  I don't need
200 year reproduction, 25-50 works fine for me.

My workflow is almost exclusively negative media, scanned on the ls 4000.
If  you go to my site,

All the images on the site are scanned from negative media on an ls2000.  I
just got the 4000 and it is a fine scanner.  I use a lot of fuji 800 and in
high lighting I use Kodak Portra 160 VC or NC .  I like the Kodak portra
line because it is a joy in the dark room.  I often use the Portra BW  film
and it scans and prints beautifully.  The fuji 800 is a great film for mixed
lighting situations and it offers good color rendition.  I've used it
outside under clouds and it offers a great degree of latitude and it is
finer grained than most 400 BW emulsions.

If you like high gloss images, the pigmented inks are not for you.  I use a
lot of fine art paper and it works quite well.  When testing media, I print
a number of images through the range of profiles supplied with the printer.
I start with the one that looks best and use the manual trims that are
available within the Epson print driver.  I have not settled on a particular
paper ink combination, but I always use the Generations Inks. This limits
one variable.  I found good repeatibility between various types of mat fine
art papers, but be aware that these papers are quite Expensive.  On the
other hand, you do own a Leica, so you probably have a good handle on
"expensive".  Some of the papers I use are between 4 and 8 dollars a sheet
(13X19).  The ink costs are pretty minimal when using the bulk inks.  The
installation of the Bulk inking system is not simple and it can be quite

I still have my darkroom and for prints to 20X24 that's where I head....

Hope some of this helps.

Tom Lianza
Technical Director
Sequel Imaging Inc.
25 Nashua Rd.
Londonderry, NH 03053

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