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Subject: [Leica] Nikon Scanner
From: passaro.vince at (Vince Passaro)
Date: Fri, 30 Apr 2010 19:13:21 -0400
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Your photographs are amazing. The masonic lodge one and the Orgeval D904,
France 2005 distinctly evoke Kertesz and early Cartier-Bresson in feel. And
there is a startling compositional similarity or echoing between the
Mennonite children in the US set and the children in the Tuileries in the
Europe set.  The arrangement of the kids, their haircuts, something about
their affects as well....

Anyway I deeply enjoyed looking at all the pictures. Thank you. I didn't
have time for the large Mexico group but will get to it eventually.

Vince P

On Wed, Apr 28, 2010 at 6:06 PM, Socolow Carl <socphoto at> 

> Jim,
> I use a Nikon Super Coolscan 9000. I scan Tri-X using Vuescan. I use a
> fluidmount film holder for improved flatness; primarily because I'm 
> scanning
> Hasselblad XPan negatives as well as my Leica negs. But, regardless, there
> are several settings that are relevant no matter which holder you use; nor
> which scanner.
> In general I use the Kodak/TMax 400 film profile with a Contrast Index (CI)
> of .50. Then I'll vary it once I have the prescan to get a more extended
> histogram. I should add that I scan all my BW at 16 bit greyscale at 4000
> dpi at 100% of negative size. I output as a 16 bit greyscale as well. In my
> preferences I save both a tiff file (which has my vuescan adjustments
> applied) as well as a raw file in DNG format in case I need a totally
> unmodified scan right off the sensor. Often times I've used both layering
> them up in Photoshop to allow for different dynamic ranges of the negative;
> e.g. holding details in highlights where I'll adjust the raw scan and then
> layer it over the Vuescan processed layer. Suffice to say that there's a 
> lot
> of info in a negative and the scanner is capable of getting it out. I also
> use minimal grain reduction setting with just a touch of sharpening in the
> scan. I guess I could do it post-scan in Photoshop but I've been pleased
> with the results so I'm not messing. Also, in Vuescan I tend to adjust 
> black
> and white points against the histogram reference as well as brightness. I
> use the Preview visualization window. I try to crop as close to the edge of
> the neg as possible so that I'm not wasting precious pixels with black
> border.
> You can see some examples of my work at
> There's a link there if you want to email me offlist for more advice.
> Best regards,
> Carl Socolow
> On Apr 28, 2010, at 5:34 PM, lug-request at wrote:
>  Message: 20
>> Date: Wed, 28 Apr 2010 10:16:44 -0500
>> From: James Laird <digiratidoc at>
>> Subject: [Leica] OT: HELP Nikon scanner neophyte
>> To: Leica Users Group <lug at>
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>> I'm about to get a Nikon 4000ED. This will be my first foray into film
>> scanning and I'd like some advice on the best way to begin. I'm mainly
>> interested in scanning my Tri-X negatives but may venture into
>> scanning some of my old color slides eventually. What are the best
>> settings in vuescan to get good scans with Tri-X and Kodachrome? Any
>> and all advice would be appreciated.
> Carl Socolow
> Socolow Photography
> 717.763.7760
> Carl S. Socolow
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