BrainStorm123 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (12 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 4397 times:
Hello Aviation friends,
I have bought a Nikon Coolscan IV ED a couple days ago.
I shoot allways Fuji Sensia and Provia films both 100 asa
now I am trying to scan them with the above named scanner but the slides turn out real dark and unsharp.
When I look at the slides with my slide scope they are all of great quality sharp and beautifull colours.
Ckw From UK - England, joined Aug 2010, 660 posts, RR: 17 Reply 3, posted (12 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 4284 times:
Comment 1 - Vuescan DOES support the new Nikons - check you've got the latest version, at least I KNOW it supports the 4000 on PC - I use it daily!
Comment 2 - Firstly, try turning OFF ROC & GEM - ROC is really about colour restoration - if your slides are good in the first place, ROC is probably trying to artificially restore something which doesn't require it.
My normal work process is as follows -
1 - scan slide
2- adjust crop, files size etc.
3- go to tone curves and press the auto-balance icon
If the original is pretty good, I seldom need to do anything else, though I habitually use ICE and a little sharpening - the Nikon default settings seem to work fine.
If you are still having problems, it may be you selected an inappropriate colour space as your default during installation. Try the basic sRGB until you get a good basic result - you can then experiment and refine later.
The blurriness worries me, as I can't think of an immediate cause for this, unless you have somehow manged to turn off autofocus when making changes to the preferences. Try preforming a manual focus on the slide - if this fails to make any difference, I would begin to suspect a faulty unit.
One final point ... I find that it is often necessary to refresh the preview to see the full benefit of any changes you make to the raw scan - and make sure you are looking at the the "processed" window, not the "natural" window (that caught me out more than once!).
While I love the 4000, I do remember cursing it roundly the first couple of days I had it - there are a lot of options available - ie - lots of places you can screw it up!
DB777 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 885 posts, RR: 47 Reply 4, posted (12 years 6 months 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 4275 times:
I found that I had to make a lot of adjustments using Nikon's software to get the "processed" image to look like the "natural" image. I ordered Vuescan and use it instead of Nikon's software. Vuescan fully supports the IV-ED.
Photographing aircraft since the Earth was flat and on Airliners.net since #338
Ckw From UK - England, joined Aug 2010, 660 posts, RR: 17 Reply 7, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 4250 times:
Jeffrey - glad your getting on track - I think you'll start to notice a gradual improvement as you develop a feel for the various settings. Personally, I have mixed feelings about using profiles, esp. based on subject - you can easily get lazy and accept what your profile gives you ... but starting from a neutral position and adjusting for that particular image will result in a much better picture.
I tend to restrict my use of profiles to film types whith distinct scanning charasteristics, eg. Reala ALWAYS seems to scan a bit green.