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We'll post "No Smoking" signs above the scanners.

Just kidding. Our plan is to not teach wet mounting in our Digital I sections; only to students in the advanced classes. Our labs are monitored, so use of the equipment is closely supervised. Almost all the interest in wet mounting will come from advanced students who have odd medium format or 4x5 and larger film to scan.

Bill Kennedy
K2 Press

-----Original Message-----
From: Jack Fulton <jefulton1@comcast.net>
To: alt-photo-process-l@usask.ca
Sent: Mon, 22 Sep 2008 3:20 pm
Subject: Re: REPLACEMENT FOR 4990?

BK Photo .  . man, I'd not be happy w/students using that Kami fluid and therefore don't believe the quality improvement
is worth the 'danger'. What I mean by that is the fluid is highly flammable and needs to be used in a very well ventilated
Jack F

On Sep 22, 2008, at 12:41 PM, bkphoto@aol.com wrote:


We've been using Microtek flatbed scanners in our student digital labs for many=2 0years, and will be replacing them shortly with Epson V750's. The improvement in flatbed scanners has been remarkable (including Epson's incorporation of a wet mount option). With any flatbed scanner there are a few things that will help you generate the best quality scan:

1. Control flare by masking off the bare glass platen. Black velvet, velveteen, or black matt board works well. With some scanners, especially older models, reducing internal flare can dramatically improve image files.
2. Use the "SSPP" workflow: "Scan with the Scanner, Process in Photoshop". This is true for all scanners excluding professional models (drum and Imacon, for example). In other words, do not make image edits using the scanner software. The exception, of course, is to always use a film profile when scanning color negative film.
3. Configure the scanning software for: 16 bit, maximum optical density range (do not edit white or black points, or edit gamma with the scanner software), maximum optical resolution (unless you are scanning prints, in which case you need to determine how large a master file you need).

We're really hoping the new Epson flatbeds will hold up under student use as well as the Microtek's have. Time will tell!

Incidentally, if you want to produce the best quality master files possible: wet mounting is worth the trouble.

Bill Kennedy
K2 Press< br>

-----Original Message-----
From: Robert Hall <robert.g.hall@gmail.com>
To: alt-photo-process-l@usask.ca
Sent: Mon, 22 Sep 2008 2:11 pm
Subject: Re: REPLACEMENT FOR 4990?


I have used a V700 for a couple of years now.

I have really great results from the scanner. I have made an 8x10 frame out of 4 ply matte board and use that to set the very edges of the 8x10 on to scan. This solves the problems of newton rings. I have had many scanners but this one is by far the best I have used.

I have done a fair amount of medium format scans with the included 6x7 film holders and it does a great job as well.

Best of luck,


Robert Hall