Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2003/10/04

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Michiel's PAW 34
From: Nathan Wajsman <>
Date: Sat, 04 Oct 2003 20:35:11 +0100
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Hi Michiel,

It is obvious from the image that you had some scanning problems. I have
always found that Scala is a very challenging film to scan. Right now,
because I do not yet have my darkroom set up in the new house, Scala is my
standard B&W film. There are many images which look OK on the light table
but if they are on the dense side, I give up on scanning them. In Vuescan, I
really crank up the brightness, but then I get the scanning artifacts (or
"glow" as some people call it). The only advice I can give you is to ensure
that you give enough exposure. Even though Scala is a slide film, the rule
of exposing for the highlights does not really work--I treat it more like a
regular B&W negative film and get better results that way.


Michiel Fokkema wrote:

> Hello,
> This week a portrait of my wife and youngest daughter. This is my first
> roll of scala. Although I really like the slides, I had trouble scanning
> them. They come out very dark. This is also because the slides were
> slightly underexposed. Does anybody has some good advice about scanning
> of scala?
> Index at:
> Comments are welcome and appreciated.
> Best regards,
> Michiel Fokkema
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