Coolscan V slide scanner - advice

Discussion in 'Scanners' started by TheNewsGuy, Mar 22, 2005.

  1. TheNewsGuy

    TheNewsGuy Guest

    I have access to a Coolscan V scanner and plan to scan my slides (800
    or so) and colour negative film (strips of 6, usually) to archive
    them. Probably will not print many at this time.

    Does anyone have experience with this scanner, or similar - could you
    direct me to any web sites that provide hints and advice (all I get
    with Google is ads and reviews).

    Since I have PhotoShop 7 (on my PC) should I take time with the
    scanner software to make adjustments as I'm scanning?

    Thanks in advance.


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  2. I'm using a Nikon LS-2000 scanner, not *that* different.
    There's a LOT to learn about scanning. It will take you a while to
    learn it. Therefore, if you possibly can, I suggest sanning
    relatively small numbers of images, working with them for a while, and
    then going back and scanning more -- because that way there'll be
    fewer you have to go back and redo as you realize how much you've
    learned along the way.

    The software for my LS-2000 supports real analog exposure adjustment.
    That's definitely worth doing, if your originals warrant it.
    Otherwise, it's worth considering making the "bigger" movements
    (big changes to brightness, contrast, or color) at the scanner level,

    Be sure to use ICE. Be sure to clean the originals as well as you
    can. ICE saves work, but doesn't actually magically restore the
    covered-up pixels; it just interpolates something reasonable, same as
    the healing brush basically. (ICE doesn't work with silver-image B&W
    films, but you said color; ICE gives some trouble with some Kodachrome
    slides but not all, so keep that in mind if you have Kodachrome in the

    I find I can mix waiting for the scanner and doing some of the
    necessary work in Photoshop, and that saves me some time. Simple
    stuff like going through and retouching dust and
    gunk-stuck-in-the-emulsion spots (on a separate "retouch" layer, of

    I've seen a number of favorable recommendations for
    <>, but haven't read it through myself.
    David Dyer-Bennet, Mar 22, 2005
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  3. TheNewsGuy

    Rob Guest

    That many slides just scan straight to a file with either the Nikon
    software or Vuescan Software.

    To do a better job make adjustments in the scanner software so you have
    a more accurate file.

    Have you looked at site?
    Rob, Mar 23, 2005
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