Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/12/02

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Subject: RE: [Leica] OT: quadtones rule!
From: "Austin Franklin" <>
Date: Sun, 2 Dec 2001 09:47:37 -0500

> I was talking with Mr. Split Printer (or is that Split Personality?)
> himself, Mark Rabiner, who told me I shouldn't be printing black & white
> images with black ink.  Whoudda thunk I'd get better B&W prints by using 3
> colors + black?  Wet or dry (split printing conventionally or
> inkjetting)...with his advice, my prints just keep looking better and
> better!
> I've also discovered the evils of having other people process your film.
> The tiny scratches didn't show up as much when I was printing my
> negs in the
> darkroom, but they *really* show up scanned at 4000 dpi.
> I've also discovered that autofocusing on a baby's eyes with a 35mm lens
> isn't the same as manually focusing with my M6 and a 35mm lens.  The
> difference doesn't show up that much in a print when viewed from a normal
> distance, but the difference blown up is pretty astounding.
> Eric

Hi Eric,

Congratulations!  There is both a Piezo list (two in fact, one B&W and one
color) as well as a Digital B&W (The Print) list on  If
you can't find them, please send me an email off list and I'll give you more

Everything you mention is right on the money...  Can I guess you have a
Nikon scanner (they use LED light source and show up dust and scratches more
than diffuse light source scanners)?


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