Cfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 1, posted (11 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1667 times:
Wonderful scanner. I've had two other film/slide scanners before this one, and third time's a charm in this case. I wasn't totally happy with my previous ones.
I also have the 50-slide feeder, which is a little pricey, but a great tool, especially if you have a better half who would rather you spend your time in other ways than feeding a slide into the machine every few minutes. . Just put in a pile of slides and go to bed, and all are scanned and saved in the morning.
I know you use Kodachrome, while I use Provia. If you give me a few minutes, I'll dig up a K64 slide and scan it and post it here for you.
Alaskaairlines From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 2054 posts, RR: 17 Reply 3, posted (11 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1649 times:
Hope you buy it Joe! It is a very nice scanner. Charles is the guy to ask questions. I bought it a week ago, and love it. I will be finally uploading shots to a.net in a week or so. It scans in very high quality, up to 4000 dpi, but I don't think you would use that much.
Cfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 4, posted (11 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1644 times:
Ok, I scanned a K64 shot. Unfortunately I shot it in not-so-good weather. This is the raw scan, resized a bit smaller (the full-size, 4000 dpi file is 65MB ) to about 1 MB. No color correction, ICE, sharpening or any other correction has been done, as I figure you want to see the raw results.
Joe pries From United States of America, joined May 2000, 1957 posts, RR: 55 Reply 5, posted (11 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1644 times:
D, didnt know you were using it- cool. Charles, the only time i'd use 4000dpi is to make prints- for internet i'll still do it at the lower dpi range. your stuff on airliners.net is great (even though its fuji . what id like to know from you guys is what steps you take in the scanning process from start to finish and yes Aer Lingus, it was shipped today and is sitting in my livingroom with my wife and the baby keeping close watch- tonight mclaughlin is coming over to help me install it. how long did it take you guys to install it btw?
Cfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 7, posted (11 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1627 times:
Installing it is pretty simple. Make sure you have the latest drivers off of the net, and the latest version of Nikonscan 3.1. Once you install the firewire card, it installs quickly.
My method is pretty complex. It might not be as efficient as it could be, but it works. I resize the picture with Thumbsplus 4.5 to 1 to 1.5 ratio (for when I make prints), then make color and gamma correction and reduce to 1024x683 in Corel Photopaint 10, then make final corrections like saturation and contrast in Thumbsplus.
Joe pries From United States of America, joined May 2000, 1957 posts, RR: 55 Reply 8, posted (11 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1628 times:
Yes Andy, im pretty excited indeed!
Charles- to tell you the truth i was hoping that this scanner would be able to do alot of the post work we do in photoshop/paint in the scanning process. i guess i'll have to play with it until i get it close to doing that.
Meanwhile ive got about 750 scans sitting on my harddrive waiting to be uploaded but with the problems on the site recently that 750 is gonna be 850 real soon- im looking forward to the day that the new server is in and we can once again get stuff uploaded fairly quickly.
Joe pries From United States of America, joined May 2000, 1957 posts, RR: 55 Reply 11, posted (11 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1602 times:
oh awesome Martin, cool. now lets see how long my sole picture in the que takes to upload- its actually a really neat shot with a bwia md80 taxiing, an aa 757 taking off above it, and in the distance a twa 767- and the twa is pretty much in the same area where AA587 crashed- hopefully itll be uploaded soon
Ckw From UK - England, joined Aug 2010, 529 posts, RR: 18 Reply 12, posted (11 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 1583 times:
I've had one for about a year - fine scanner, but I'm not impressed with the NikonScan software. I find I get better - and much faster - results with Vuescan.
Procedure - set up is straight forward, but watch you select an appropriate colour space. Spending some time on the gamma calibration (within Nikonscan) is worthwhile - I find this is quite hard to judge - ambient lighting should be your normal working environment.
My basic workflow is to scan full frame 4000dpi at 16bit - I figure I might as well get the maximum possible out of the image, and I think sampling down from this in PS or whatever helps minimise grain/noise effects. What I aim for is the ideal digital copy, which I then file away on CD.
Nikon offers the option of multi-pass scanning which is supposed to reduce noise, esp. in dark scans, but frankly I've never found this a problem and see little difference in single pass or multipass scans. The various image adjustment tools in Nikonscan are pretty clever, esp. the selective colour adjustment - the sharpening tool is pretty cool too as it allows unsharpmasking on individual color channels, but all this is rather let down by the fact that you can't get a 100% preview to work with! Hence my preference to use Vuescan followed by Photoshop.
I do use Nikonscan occasionally on poor quality slide/negs as the digital ROC/GEM are quite effective.
Joe pries From United States of America, joined May 2000, 1957 posts, RR: 55 Reply 13, posted (11 years 2 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 1574 times:
thanks, some good info. i guess ill be getting the vuescan and do it that way- the only thing i can do is 4000dpi each time- ive got hundreds and hundreds of scans lined up and will need to reduce the dpi in order to get em done in this lifetime
Alaskaairlines From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 2054 posts, RR: 17 Reply 15, posted (11 years 2 months 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 1542 times:
Hello guys! Gald you got the scanner Joe. It probably will be to you like me, when you get something new it takes a while to break in!
Charles, I have been scanning the last roll I shot at ANC a few days ago. The lighting is good, the image is sharp, but when I scan it comes out really grainy! Do I need to purchase some kind of photo editing program to fix that, or what settings do I set the scanner to? I know it should produce really high image quality because I have seen your great shots! Even if they are tele shots (300mm). I am just using the Nikon software that came with it, I don't have any of the other software you are talking about (which one should I get? I need something good and easy to use), also like I said I am having trouble with the "crop" section, kinda confusing, each time I try to set a resolution and/or size settings it automatically does it own thing and changes.
Joe pries From United States of America, joined May 2000, 1957 posts, RR: 55 Reply 17, posted (11 years 2 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 1537 times:
well i did one scan already- piece of cake- all i had to do was go to photshop and do some dust cleaning, unsharp mask a bit and some color correction (basically the same thing as before) only this time i did a very very dark slide and man o man what a difference- the black is real solid black whereas before on the s20 it was greenish with tons of noise and vertical lines.
Alaskaairlines From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 2054 posts, RR: 17 Reply 18, posted (11 years 2 months 4 weeks ago) and read 1522 times:
Hope you enjoy it Joe, it really easy to scan with, but I am looking into buying a photo editing program, anything you would suggest? A guy told me Corel Photo Paint (I think thats what it is called) is good?
Ckw From UK - England, joined Aug 2010, 529 posts, RR: 18 Reply 19, posted (11 years 2 months 4 weeks ago) and read 1521 times:
I guess I've tried them all - I was a mainstream Corel user for many years - but if you want the best, Adobe Photoshop is still in front and now my editor of choice. After that (and not far behind) are Corel Photopaint,
Paint Shop Pro, and Gimp - each has its strengths and weaknesses, but all can produce professional quality results.
Alaskaairlines From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 2054 posts, RR: 17 Reply 20, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1504 times:
For all those that use the coolscan 4000 ED. What setting would I type intot the tool Pallete for uploads to a.net? I can make quality image scans, but the file size is like 20 MB! Way to much! A.net wants the images 1024 pixels in width max! How do I set ie to that? I know were the width goes in, but it changes everything and cufuses me.
I would appreciate if somebody would get me all set up for the scanning to a.net.