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1200 DPI everytime, Canoscan 8800F, no photoshop sharpening, just unsharp mask on the scanning software.

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Good job bumping this, it's incredibly useful. I think it should be pinnned.

 

You guys use the levels function on the epson software? Can someone run me through the process of this please?

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Damn, and all this time I've been scanning both MF and 35mm at 300dpi! No wonder they are super shitty. To people scanning at higher DPI though, what is your output size usually for 35mm and MF? Like 8.5x11 ish and 11x11 ish?

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thanks everyone for this thread. stuff like this is exactly why i'm here in the first place.

 

now i just need to figure out which scanner i'm going to get...

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I really like my Epson V500 for scanning.

 

Colour Neg, Slide, BW all scan really really nice.

 

I only shoot up to MF so it was basically perfect for me and didn't see the need for the V700

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QUOTE(Justin B @ Nov 29 2008, 06:31 PM) 2791578[/snapback]
Damn, and all this time I've been scanning both MF and 35mm at 300dpi! No wonder they are super shitty.

 

That shouldn't be a problem. I ONLY scan at 300 dpi. If its for web I scan at 300 dpi and 7x7. If I think I may want a print made, I scan 300 dpi and 16x16.

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I really like my Epson V500 for scanning.

 

Colour Neg, Slide, BW all scan really really nice.

 

I only shoot up to MF so it was basically perfect for me and didn't see the need for the V700

Have you scanned any 35mm on it?

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Good job bumping this, it's incredibly useful. I think it should be pinnned.

 

You guys use the levels function on the epson software? Can someone run me through the process of this please? And why it is useful?

Someone should answer this.

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Just got my V500 and have been playing around with it for a bit. Shouldn't my files be bigger than 18megs if I'm scanning at 3200dpi?

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JPEG or TIFF? Makes a major difference. I have TIFFs consistently at 100MB. Jpegs are significantly smaller

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Ive tried every technique in this thread and I still can't get a sharp scan out of a bw 35mm neg with my 4490. I'm hoping MF will be better.

 

That's odd, I am really happy with my 4490 for 35mm. I've sure you've seen my stuff and it's sharp enough.

Are you interested in my workflow?

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JPEG or TIFF? Makes a major difference. I have TIFFs consistently at 100MB. Jpegs are significantly smaller

jpeg with 6x6 and no compression. Would you recommend tiff?

 

That's odd, I am really happy with my 4490 for 35mm. I've sure you've seen my stuff and it's sharp enough.

Are you interested in my workflow?

very much so.

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Have you scanned any 35mm on it?

 

Yea I've scanned some 35mm on it. Colour and BW

 

Colour Neg

2800953654_111ca0f17d.jpg

 

BW

2385538626_de4b05c324.jpg

 

I haven't shot a lot of 35mm really. I should do though as my FM2 is just sitting around doing nothing <_<:(

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jpeg with 6x6 and no compression. Would you recommend tiff?

very much so.

 

I scan using those settings, I save as .tiff files.

 

 

 

scansettings.png

 

 

I then take the file into photoshop.

 

desaturate,

 

then I do levels -

 

http://tunebomb.com/tutorial/photo/editing.mov

 

Lately I've been applying black, then white, then tweaking grey (unlike in this video clip).

 

After that I apply the unsharp mask filter at 40%.

 

Save as a tiff and I'm done.

 

A few sample shots -

 

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3186/302683..._780b092bed.jpg

 

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3042/302054..._0b1f3759a2.jpg

 

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3135/302053..._a0567345b0.jpg

 

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3156/302685..._57fe55bd80.jpg

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Yea I've scanned some 35mm on it. Colour and BW

 

Colour Neg

2800953654_111ca0f17d.jpg

Neato. What kinda film is this and what kinda post did you do?

 

Oh and tunebomb, you're the man.

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Do all of your color scans have a gnarly blue tint? Are you guys using the auto color feature on the scanner software to get rid of it, or PS? What do you use in PS to get rid of it?

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PS for all colour corrections. Normally all I do is use the Auto Levels, Auto Colour etc

 

That film was Fuji Superia 200

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yeah someone should pin this. I think i should learn how to scan properly, i usually just throw my negatives in my scanner and click scan without any settings. I usually scan at like 1200dpi i don't know why but i do and then i edit in ps a little bit

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if you ever have that one dust particle that just WONT come off no matter how many times you try, this works wonders at getting dust off.

zerostat

it de-statics the neg so the dust stops clinging. i found it in my parent's basement next to the record player. :D

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Probably a stupid question, but whats the difference between the canoscan 4400F and the canoscan 8800F? I'm looking at the B&H catolog and it says they have the same resolution and DPI. Is it just a speed issue or what?

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