I’ve been trying to scan the slides I took to my trip to DFW back in August but I’ve never been able to get any to scan well. I used the trip to DFW to test out various kinds of film and various setting on my new camera (Nikon N65) and the result are almost identical no matter what film/settings I used. While most of the slides are clear and bright (if you put them into a slide projector) when I scan them they turn out crapola. I shot 8 rolls of film during my trip with two rolls of each kind of film. I used Fuji Sensia 100, Velvia 50, Provia 100F, and Kodak Kodacrome 64. I also had them developed @ the best place in town. Now what has driven me nuts is some slides my dad took for his job. He used an extra roll of my Velvia film but the difference is he used a 25 year old Cannon camera and had them developed @ the supermarket. When I scanned them, the only thing I had to do was brighten them a bit since he had the bad habit of taking pictures under bad light conditions. I don’t have any of his pictures available to post since he took the slides and the zip disk with all the pictures with him when he went out of town. Now I know my scanner is not messed up because it scanned his just fine and it scans all my negatives ok. My only picture on Airliners.net came from a negative.
I’d really like to get some of these slides scanned because I know if the scan worked right, getting them onto Airliners.net would be easy. If I ever get it to work, I’m still debating whether or not I should scan and upload a picture of N334AA. That was the aircraft that was flown into the World Trade Center’s north tower. I guess it means a little bit more to me because my boss’ brother was on the 99th floor of that tower on Sept. 11. Needless to say, he didn’t get out.
Anyway, this is what I used for these slides.
Camera: Nikon N65
Lens: Quantaray - 135-400MM F4.5-5.6 (Not quite the one I wanted but when you get a gift this expensive, you don’t say No.)
Scanner: Nikon Coolscan IV ED
Scanning Software: Nikon Scan 3.1
I’ve also tried Vuescan and worked with it for almost the same amount as I did the Nikon. I wasn’t able to get any better picture with Vuescan than I did with the Nikon software.
If you want more detailed info, just ask. My brain is too tired right now to put more technical stuff up.
Here is a sample of what I usually end up with. I made them small so they would load quickly but they still look the same even if they're bigger.
Scan without any adjustments.
Best result I've had with software editing.