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Found 7 results

  1. mnutzer

    "Where's my Coke?"

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  2. I'm considering the hitherto unthinkable: switching from Vuescan to Silverfast. I just want some opinions from users of Silverfast. Background: I've been pretty satisfied with Vuescan the last few years. But one scenario in particular exposes a problem I keep having trying to export totally flat, linear, color-negative scans: when the entire image is high-key (over-exposed or simply an image that's intentionally just one narrow section of the full tonal range), I find that pretty much nothing I do will give me a scan that is correctly flat and at the same time only fills the correct part of the histogram. Instead of this, the tones get redistributed across the entire range of the histogram - which gives a highly contrasty scan where the opposite is what I intended. There may be workarounds - if you know how to fix this let me know - but my aim is to always simply export the flattest, linear, most neutral *batch* scan without needing to tweak output on a single-image basis. I find ColorPerfect, PhotoShop and Lightroom are all better at manipulating color and contrast etc than Vuescan, and I'd prefer to keep the scanning software out of the image-manipulation process, as far as possible. This is where my experiments with the latest Silverfast demo come in: the output scans are all much flatter, and maybe more boring. But that's what I want! They also sometimes seem to find slightly more color 'nuance' in things like masses of leaves in a forest of trees. This is a difficult thing to be sure about, as the color is influenced by the tonality. Anyway, the extra bonuses are that the scans are much faster. They also have slightly sharper characteristics at 100% view - though they don't actually extract more detail than Vuescan at 4000dpi (so possibly just USM - if so, I'd love to know how to switch it off, as I don't want the software to do any pre-processing). I'm still looking and comparing the two softwares, and I'm not sure yet, but there are definitely things that bother me about Silverfast: - the price-gouging structure - the censored support forum (and the often dismissive tone of the 'help') - the crazily unintuitive and unhelpful (and downright ugly) interface - this gets in the way of everything. - the program often does something (like a prescan) when you simply close an interface element (like the frame-finder function) - the lack of any in-depth documentation - apart from a third-party book that they sell(!!) you on their site - the general feeling that the company don't give a **** about their users I'd like to hear from people who use the software - especially with scanners like the Coolscan range - and are actually happy with it (or unhappy for specific reasons).
  3. An der Werse bei Münster in Westfalen. An der Werse #2 by Herr Sharif, auf Flickr An der Werse #1 by Herr Sharif, auf Flickr Leica M2, Zeiss C-Biogon 2.8/35, Adox CHS 100 II, 12 min in Rodinal, Scan mit Plustek Opticfilm 7600 und Vuescan Sharif
  4. Scan-150527-0034 by Pete, on Flickr 28mm Summicron, Tri-X, D76 1:1, 10mins@20C, Plustek 8100, Vuescan The Riggs, St John's In The Vale, Nr Keswick/Threlkeld, Cumbria, England Pete
  5. Tiefgaragenausfahrt by Herr Sharif, auf Flickr Bessa, Color Skopar 3.5/28, Trix 400@1600 Sharif
  6. Hallo Grobspanplatte! by Herr Sharif, auf Flickr Leica M2, Leica Elmarit 2.8/28 asph, Kodak Trix 400, Ilford Ilfotec LC29, Plustek Opticfilm 7600, Vuescan Sharif
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