Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2005/01/26

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Subject: [Leica] scanning B&W film
From: bdcolen at (B. D. Colen)
Date: Wed Jan 26 20:18:10 2005

Interestingly enough, the quite inexpensive Microtex ArtixScan 4000t -
the old Polaroid 4000 dpi scanner, got an excellent review in the
NYTimes a while back - with, if I remember correctly, a particular point
being made about it's ability to get shadow detail....

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of
Wade Heninger
Sent: Wednesday, January 26, 2005 2:51 PM
To: 'Leica Users Group'
Subject: RE: [Leica] scanning B&W film

> I've noticed that a number of people who are on this list are shooting

> B&W and posting pictures online.  I'm working on scanning some current

> B&W work as well as some old negatives.  There are a wide variety of 
> films and I'm looking for tips on getting the best results.  The 
> scanner is a Minolta Dimage IV; software is vuescan.
> If there is an online resource that covers this topic well, I'd 
> appreciate knowing where it is.

If we are talking B/W film, you can start by selling the IV and getting
at least one step up.

I had lots of problems with the IV really - the results just sucked.

I *like* my Minolta Scan Elite 5400, but the $1K Nikon would have been

As to specific advice:

Scan in 16 bit mode
Scan at a high resolution
Tweak the curves in Vuescan as appropriate

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