film scanners

Discussion in 'Darkroom Developing and Printing' started by laran, Oct 8, 2009.

  1. laran

    Lloydat Guest

    October 11, 2009, from Lloyd Erlick,

    Yes, I know just what you mean. I found this
    one of the worst aspects of the darkroom. My
    own shortcomings being highlighted and thrust
    in my face. At least the scanner does its
    thing while I am sitting down ...

    Over the years my neg file has come to
    contain other brands of neg sleeve. The
    scanner works fine with all of them.

    Obviously the result can't be as good as one
    with no sleeve on the neg, and of course the
    plastic sleeve is capable of causing Newton
    rings. Both of these are minor problems, and
    anyway they are contacts, not finished

    The files I end up with are usually in the
    six to twelve megabyte range for a whole
    roll. I usually set the scanner to 400 or 600
    ppi. (Maybe that should be dpi? I don't care.
    It's just my DARKROOM SCANNER, and I don't
    care.) My enlarger is clean and aligned, and
    I do care.

    It's easy and work-reducing. That's my whole
    darkroom philosophy. Cheap, too.

    Lloyd Erlick Portraits, Toronto.
    telephone: 416-686-0326
    Lloydat, Oct 11, 2009
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  2. laran

    laran Guest

    laran, Oct 11, 2009
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  3. laran

    laran Guest

    scanners are by design evenly lit throughout the scan surface....
    laran, Oct 11, 2009
  4. ah yes - those of the Humpty Dumpty ilk. You know the ones - " "contact
    print" means what I want it to mean, not what the dictionary says it means."

    `When I use a word,' Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, `it
    means just what I choose it to mean -- neither more nor less.'
    Lawrence Akutagawa, Oct 11, 2009
  5. At which point you'd have a complicated, failure-prone replacement for a
    sheet of glass, a piece of rubylith, and a lightbulb. Good job!
    Thor Lancelot Simon, Oct 12, 2009
  6. Absotively.

    For contact printing, nothing beats a decent contact frame (like my
    homemade one) or just a piece of glass, and a single small light bulb
    suspended over it.

    Rubylith? Just use your enlarger timer; no need for masking.

    David Nebenzahl, Oct 12, 2009
  7. The rubylith is for nice neat edges -- paper sizes not always lining up
    perfectly to the film size, of course. It also helps with newton rings
    sometimes -- you put it between the glass and the film, not on top of
    the glass.
    Thor Lancelot Simon, Oct 12, 2009
  8. laran

    Lloydat Guest

    October 14, 2009, from Lloyd Erlick,

    Yes, there is a definite reduction in quality
    of the scan. It would never do for real
    digital work, such as printing large, high
    quality prints on an inkjet.

    For my purposes, the degradation in image
    quality due to the neg sleeves is minimal and
    no problem to live with. Even if Newton's
    rings appear due to the plastic sleeve, I
    don't really care. The all-important factor
    for me is the ability to judge the facial
    expression of my subject, and the body
    language to a lesser extent. Next is the
    ability to change the size of the image
    on-screen, and the ability to play with
    cropping and general composition before I go
    to the darkroom. Newton's rings are no
    impediment to any of this, and they don't
    even appear very often. Basically, the
    scanner is way more competent than I need,
    but I'm happy to have it.

    Lloyd Erlick Portraits, Toronto.
    telephone: 416-686-0326

    Lloydat, Oct 14, 2009
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