Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2003/01/22

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Subject: Re: [Leica] OT: other options other than Vuescan and Silverfast?
From: "faneuil" <>
Date: Wed, 22 Jan 2003 10:11:28 -0500
References: <>

I abandoned NikonScan within the first week I bought my LS2000 (now LS4000).

I do use PS to color balance, but I try to get them into the best shape
possible prior to tweaking.
Biggest difficulty is getting color negs into good shape.

I use gray cards to set white points. I even tried third party color
profiling (Profile Prism) of the color neg film / scanner combination but
that didn't help much.

Ideal goal: Shoot color neg of a profile card (Macbeth card etc..) and have
scanner software use this to profile the film/scanner input to generate more
accurate scans.
I know -- any change in lighting or exposure with throw off a profile, but
anything would be better than the fixed film profiles in Vuescan.


- ----- Original Message -----
From: "Ernest Nitka" <>
To: <>
Sent: Wednesday, January 22, 2003 9:47 AM
Subject: Re: [Leica] OT: other options other than Vuescan and Silverfast?

> Eric I presume the bundled software with your scanner is not any better?
> have gone away from the Nikon software and use only Vuescan - Silverfast
> was a disaster - even their demo for OS X wouldn't work.  I guess the
> ? is do you use Vuescan to color balance at the time of the scan?  If so
> why is it that you wouldn't just scan and then color balance in Photoshop?
> ernie
> At 09:42 AM 1/22/03 -0500, you wrote:
> >Hey all-
> >
> >Vuescan is great - I have used it for three years, but scanning color
> >is still a color balance nightmare.
> >Don't get me wrong - this is superb software and Ed Hamrick has done a
> >wonderful job.
> >However, it is not, nor was it designed to be, pro-software.
> >Plus, the lack of updated Fuji film profiles is a drag.
> >
> >I have tried the demo of Silverfast many times - it is the buggiest,
> >designed piece of software I think I have ever seen.
> >But the ability to profile your scanner is attractive.
> >
> >Anywhoo - Any other software options out there that LUGers like?
> >
> >Eric
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