Re: negative scanners (OT)
In addition to the issue of the rather exaggerated nature of the comparison, cost is another issue, especially if you are looking for a one size fits all scanner. By all sizes I mean 35mm, medium format and LF. If you want a scanner that will deliver fully in all sizes, you must pay a lot. And I mean in the thousands and thousands.
If you must cover several formats, my advice would be a dedicated film scanner for 35mm, and a flatbed like the V700 or V7500 for medium format and LF. Of, if only LF, a 4990.
If you are only interested in 35mm through 4X5 and want great quality at a bargain price, contact me. I have a Leafscan 45 (with MAC G3 system) for sale. The Leaf is a vintage scanner that cost over $20,000 in the late 90s, and still scans at the level of current Nikon medium format scanners, 6000 dpi in 35mm, 2450 dpi in mediunm format, and 1200 dpi in 4X5. Unlike most scanners. it uses a high quality focusing APO Rodenstock lens. I won't ship this equipment since it is fairly heavy, so it is available only for pick-up.
BTW, my reason for selling is that I just purchased and got operational a very high-end professional flatbed scanner, a Scitex Creo EverSmart Pro, which scans at a true 3175 over the entire area of a tabloid, 12X17". Not inexpensive, and very heavy, but a great piece of equipment. But for 35mm through medium format, the Leafscan 45 is not far off.
At 6:54 PM -0500 6/27/07, eric nelson wrote:
Although I've heard of very slight improvements via the V-series epsons and wet mounting over their 4990, (which I have), the proof was in the pudding for me for using film scanners over flatbeds. http://www.flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id=470241529&size=o All of the conveniences you mention are very valid as well as digital ice and dust & scratch removal, and I love using them with my flatbed Epson, but I'll be going to dedicated film scanning from now on. The film scanner sample was made w/an older model film scanner, the PF3600 Pro, and the screen shots were done with the files displayed in actual pixels. The original is a 35mm at 3600dpi. So one can imagine the improvements in using a really good Nikon scanner. Until I get one I will have to! =( Eric On 6/27/07, Ryuji Suzuki <email@example.com> wrote:I suggest Epson Perfection V700 or V750. It produces very good scans from b&w negs as well as color negative. Quality is comparable to film scanners, and while it is a bit slower to scan per frame, you can batch scan much more nicely than any medium format scanners below $3000. Coolscan 9000ED is not a bad scanner but I can't batch scan two strips at a time, like I can with V700. http://silvergrain.org/wiki/Perfection_V700