Advice on scanner

Discussion in 'Scanners' started by Arash Khodabandeh, Aug 23, 2005.

  1. Hello,

    I am looking for a scanner to scan mainly B&W films.

    Canon CanoScan 9950F:
    Epson Perfection 4990 Photo:

    I was told that one problem with scanning B&W is that
    scans don't give a true black and white photos. Some
    scanner give it a bluish tint. some other won't give you
    true blacks etc.

    Does anybody has experience or better have compared
    the behaviour of these two scanners on B&W films?

    What about the Nikon Coolscan?

    Any advice is welcome.

    Many thanks in advance,
    Arash Khodabandeh, Aug 23, 2005
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  2. Arash Khodabandeh

    RSD99 Guest

    It depends on the size of film that you want to scan.

    The Epson 4870 and 4990 work quite well for medium format and sheet film
    sized B&W film (transparency) scans. However you will probably get
    significantly better results with the Nikon Coolscan 9000 for 35 mm and
    medium format film scanning.

    The scanning software supplied with the Epson Pro scanners (Epson Scan and
    SilverFast AI) does have a 'Grayscale' setting that you can use for
    scanning B&W films. However I have also used three-color (RGB) scanning,
    especially when scanning sepia toned B&W prints, and not had any problems
    with color casts ... including a 'blue tint.'
    RSD99, Aug 23, 2005
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    Martin Brown Guest

    Even if they do it is no great loss since you can collapse an RGB scan
    into a single luminance image if required. I have never seen any
    problems of colour cast with my (now elderly) Nikon CS III.
    The worst problem scanning traditional silver black and white material
    is that digital ice goes absolurtely crazy so there is no easy way for
    scratch elimination on old damaged negatives.

    Martin Brown
    Martin Brown, Aug 23, 2005
  4. Arash Khodabandeh

    Father Kodak Guest

    Can't you turn off the ICE option?
    If ICE goes "crazy" do you still get a proper scan of the negative.
    By hand of course?

    If you go to this web page and then compare overall specs for the
    5000D and the 9000D, you might notice that only the 9000D claims:

    Improved rod (?) dispersion for smoother picture grain reproductions.

    Do you have any idea what this means? Or whether it is also present
    in the 5000D but just not mentioned?
    Father Kodak, Aug 24, 2005
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    John Bean Guest

    I agree. I bought one to replace a not so good old Canon
    flatbed mainly for MF film but I'm amazed how good this
    scanner is with 35mm film, better in fact than the Minolta
    Scan Dual III that I have. It can produce good scans of some
    dense Velvia that I was previously unable to scan at all. I
    can certainly recommend the Epson 4990.
    Oddly enough I used to do that with the Minolta, but I use
    the Epson in grayscale mode and like the results a lot.

    Ed Hamrick's Vuescan does a really good job with the 4990,
    but the supplied Epson software isn't as bad as (say)
    Minolta's as long as you have reasonably normal originals to
    John Bean, Aug 24, 2005
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    Noons Guest

    Arash Khodabandeh apparently said,on my timestamp of 23/08/2005 4:59 PM:
    That seems to be the case. Just scan in colour, then load
    it into an image editor and desaturate: you'll end up
    with good density range.
    I've used my 4990 with old bw prints and it is simply
    superb. Like everything else in this scanner.
    So good, I'm going to medium/large format film and
    scanning it with this thing: much, much cheaper than
    Noons, Aug 24, 2005
  7. Arash Khodabandeh

    GEO Me Guest

    You might want to ask in comp.periphs.scanners

    Good luck.
    GEO Me, Aug 24, 2005
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