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Tips In Scanning Kodachrome 64 Slides  
User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11154 posts, RR: 59
Posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 4987 times:

I was wondering if someone could give me some tips in scanning Kodachrome 64 slides using a Minolta Scan Dual II film scanner.

I have found K64 to be particularly difficult to scan, but with some messing around with the settings, one can get good results.

I can use either the Minolta software of VueScan.

Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

Regards


"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
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User currently offlineJayDavis From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 2000 posts, RR: 15
Reply 1, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 4764 times:

You might contact Joe Pries, Carlos Borda and Collin.
I think they are all extremely knowledgeable with K-64.
Don't know what kind of scanners they have, but those names
stick out with me.....

Good luck !!

Jay


User currently offlineAndyhunt From Singapore, joined Jan 2001, 1306 posts, RR: 52
Reply 2, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 4743 times:
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Tip No.1

Don't scan with K64 Big grin

Tip No.2

Put on flame resitant suit!

Seriously, I would try with Vuescan, it has a setting specifically for K64, which is a well known hard to scan slide film. And before we get all of those "K64 kids" shouting their little mouthes off, it IS a tough film, otherwise Vuescan wouldn't have a special setting for it. Big grin

Andrew



Full frame always beats post processing
User currently offlineBromma1968 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 4741 times:

http://www.airliners.net/discussions/aviation_photography/read.main/86676/4/
will give you some answers.
Anders Nilsson



User currently offlineSkymonster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 4726 times:

All my slide scans are Kodachrome... Some of them admittedly don't stand up to today's standards as they were uploaded some time ago, but I fully endorse the VueScan recommendation as I could never get a scan I found to be acceptable off K64 from the Minolta software. Having said that, I now have a Nikon scanner and I think Nikonscan does OK on K-64.

Andy


User currently offlineJderden777 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 1757 posts, RR: 28
Reply 5, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 4705 times:

i would also contact Tim DeGroot...his scans that he uploads here of his and his father's slides are flawless and I've actually talked to him a little bit about scanning Kodachrome slides as well....I find them to be really tough to scan, with Fuji film being much easier (but lately after shooting lots of digital I find both hard to scan, i'm getting rusty on my scanning!  Smile)

It's a good possibility that I'll be getting the Scan Dual II or III in the near future, I have the old Scan Dual right now but I've got more than its money's worth out of it, that's for sure...

jonathan d.



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User currently offlineBO__einG From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 2771 posts, RR: 18
Reply 6, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 4709 times:

those 64's are indeed hard to scan.
Fortunetly the old school HP S20 scanner that I have and that many once had does a good job of working on those slides.

I use vuescan all the time but I was not aware of the special settings for K64. Damm all that time I wasted making my own settings for this slide film. Oh well at least results come out nice.

Thesedays I am scanning Both Provia and Velvia slides and they are more easier to scan.

Ask R.Rindt as well as he too uses the very similar scanner mine (cept its a little more older) to scan all his YVR side on and AVIS shots.  Smile



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User currently offlineRayPettit From United Kingdom, joined May 2002, 608 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 4696 times:

I use a Nikon Coolsan III and on its own Kodachrome looks awful. So I bought Vuescan and it changed my life, well, not quite but it meant I was able to submit my old shots with confindence.

Once scanned in Vuescan, I crop and level the image and then clean it up in Photoshop 7. To do this, I magnify the image on the 200% setting so I can I identify all the grime (of course, I have used a soft opticians cloth carefully and a blower already). Once cleaned with the cloning tool, I rename file as (say) "G-BNLX_clean.tif". The I shrink it to 1024 across and precede to apply Unsharp Mask using Amount=70, Radius=1, Threshold=0 and then re-save as "G-BNLX_anet.tif", and then again as a jpg file on maximum quality setting 12.

Sometimes, I need to lighten the image and try to make a note of this in the filename in case I need to re-do.


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I don't know if this is perfect as most of my uploads are oldies where the screeners give more tolerance, despite those great shots by Johan and Tim's father Peter. Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Ray


User currently offlineMikephotos From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 2923 posts, RR: 54
Reply 8, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 4684 times:

I would highly recommend Vuescan for doing K64 scans. I use it with my Acer Scanwit 2720s and think the results aren't that bad (nor hard to do) with the $300 scanner.

Here's a recent scan:

http://www.airliners.net/addphotos/big/ready/n803aw_hpa319_jfkmm_jan03.jpg



Mike


User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11154 posts, RR: 59
Reply 9, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 4678 times:

The problem I'm having with Kodachrome is dark areas are turning out extremely dark and with no details (pitchblack).

That is using VueScan and the Kodachrome setting.



"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
User currently offlineLH526 From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 2381 posts, RR: 14
Reply 10, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 4652 times:
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Hi

I used my last rolls of Kodachrome 25 on my recent trip to Chile, check out these photos, all K25:


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They were scanned to TIFF using a Nikon Coolscan 8000 with the special Kodachrome mode, followed by a long post processing in Photoshop on a mac.

Nothing can beat Kodachrome 25 and I'm yet sorry after being forced to switch back to K64 :-(

Mario
LH526



Trittst im Morgenrot daher, seh ich dich im Strahlenmeer ...
User currently offlineCarlos Borda From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 538 posts, RR: 51
Reply 11, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 4632 times:

I also use Vuescan for my slides and can't complain. Kody is definitely more difficult to scan than Provia. One characteristic of scanning Kody slides will be the magenta (purplish) cast.... just make sure when your in PS that you reduce it in color adjustment. I usually go anywhere between -4 to -10 depending on the severity of the cast. Good luck!

~Los


User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11154 posts, RR: 59
Reply 12, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 4526 times:

Thanks guys, here is my latest Kodachrome 64 scan. Let me know what you all think:

http://users.adelphia.net/~nabilb727/images/sunset.jpg

Regards



"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
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