Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2004/02/25

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Subject: Re: [Leica] A Grudging Concession to Digital, Made With Regret
From: Jonathan Borden <>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2004 16:11:59 -0500
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Doug Herr wrote:

>Marc, as Dan C suggested, if the prints from your 1200S scans impress you,
>try printing from a really good scan.  YMMV, but I was so impressed that I
>gave up the enlarger for good.  There's a long learning curve ahead of you
>but the results are worth it.

The ease of applying unsharp and contrast masking is hard to believe. 
Although I've done a certain amount of Cibachrome printing (mostly years 
ago, more recently I've sent it out) and although there is a somewhat 
steep learning curve with Photoshop (I'm not on the top of the curve 
yet), the things that can be done in the "digital darkroom" are nothing 
short of amazing.

There is no question in my mind that, perhaps unless your name is Ctein, 
for color enlarging, digital far surpasses the conventional chemical 

Now for B/W is this the case? (An honest question). Do folks feel that 
digital surpasses "silver gelatin fiber" ? There seems to be something 
to the appearance of a conventional print that has a certain look that I 
find appealing, but perhaps it's just because I am not enough of an 
expert B/W digital printer (yet).

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