Re: RES: Scanning
Dan has provided a solid, well put, simple truth.
I've found the 4990 (that's what I own but also an older Imacon) software to be surprisingly good
with converting color negatives.
You will absolutely obtain a better scan by purchasing SilverFast software.
It is far more complicated and even th eon-line tutorials are not that easy.
The controls are somewhat intuitive and if you get the fancier version like Studio Ai (not really necessary)
it will do a number of scans, interpolate among and between then to produce significatnly better shadow detail.
though it i snot the same but you sort of see how multiple scans of the same image and then using those is
similar on concept to the HDR method beginning to be used more. Even HDR is not the panacea nor final
way to obtain the complete image complexity. But, working with that scanner and SilverFast with a lot of
practice will provide excellent and surprising results. Quite honestly I'd sell your 4990 on eBay and use
that money to buy the V700 model from which you can really get some mighty fine scans.
Okay that is the Epson story . . great stuff. About $575. If you are serious enough get the Nikon 9000 but that'll
set you back $18k . . but worth it. The only glitch in that I hear is that if you work w/Macs like I presume most
of us do, once Snow Leopard appears Nikon will not write software for it. However, the SilverFast people do
On Aug 27, 2008, at 1:54 PM, Dan Burkholder wrote: