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  1. 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).
  2. Tiefgaragenausfahrt by Herr Sharif, auf Flickr Bessa, Color Skopar 3.5/28, Trix 400@1600 Sharif
  3. 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
  4. mnutzer

    "Where's my Coke?"

    "Where's my Coke?" ・ Leica IIIa syn ・ 'cron 50 coll. ・ AGFA-Scala ・ Nikon Coolscan ・ Vuescan LrPsCC ・ Academy fountain ・ Palace Park ・ Stuttgart ・ Germany ・ March 2016. ・
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. white horse pulling the water cart M6, Kodachrome, Coolscan, Vuescan, Lightroom 5.
  8. Do you still appreciate good old Kodachrome blue from your color slides? M6, Kodachrome 200, Allgaeu Alps, 2006.
  9. mnutzer

    Visions

    Ceiling fresco at Abbey Neresheim, Southern Germany. Leica M6, Kodachrome 200, Nikon Coolscan 9000, Vuescan, Lightroom 5, 2006.
  10. mnutzer

    The Debate

    Ceiling fresco at Abbey Neresheim, Southern Germany. Leica M6, Kodachrome 200, Nikon Coolscan 9000, Vuescan, Lightroom 5, 2006.
  11. Abbey Neresheim (Southern Germany), Ceiling Fresco Kodachrome 200, Nikon Coolscan 9000, Vuescan, Lightroom 5, 2006.
  12. ...sollte zum Arzt gehen.“ (Helmut Schmidt) Deckenmalerei in der Abtei Neresheim Leica M6, Kodachrome 200, Nikon Coolscan 9000, Vuescan, Lightroom5, 2006.
  13. mnutzer

    Debatte

    Debatte Deckengemälde in der Abtei Neresheim M6, Kodachrome 200, Nikon Coolscan 9000, Vuescan, Lightroom 5, 2006.
  14. Gegenlicht an der Loipe M6, Kodachrome 200, Allgäu 2006.
  15. leaving an unreal space with a small delay Leica, Kodak BW 400 CN, New Library Stuttgart, 2012.
  16. Hitchcock in the Alps M6, 'lux 35 preasph, Kodak T-Max 400, Nikon coolscan 9000, Vuescan, Lightroom 5, Nebelhorn (2224m), Oberstdorf, Allgaeu, Germany.
  17. …because sleighing is prohibited. M6, Kodak TX400, Oberstdorf, Germany, Oct. 2013.
  18. The invasion of the panda bears: People flee from their huge amount,… …as they came secretly at night,… …occupied the marketplace… …and held their vintage convention. Leica IIIa syn, Super-Angulon 4.0 - 21mm, Agfa Scala 200x Black and White Slide Film, Nikon Coolscan 9000, Vuescan, Lightroom 5, Stuttgart, October 2013.
  19. Für die Opfer der Großen Depression vermisste ich etwas Respekt am Roosevelt-Denkmal in Washington DC. So musste ich abwarten, bis die johlenden Jugnedlichen zu ihrem nächsten Fotoziel weitergezogen waren... [ATTACH]327272[/ATTACH] [ATTACH]327273[/ATTACH] M6, Kodachrome, Nikon Coolscan 9000, VueScan, PhotoshopElements, IrfanView, Oktober 2009.
  20. For the victims of the Great Depression I was missing some respect at the Roosevelt memorial, Washington DC. So I had to wait until the shouting crowds had gone to their next viewpoint... [ATTACH]327275[/ATTACH] [ATTACH]327276[/ATTACH] M6, Kodachrome, Nikon Coolscan 9000, VueScan, PhotoshopElements, IrfanView, October 2009.
  21. Mr. Smith receives many visitors every evening. [ATTACH]326810[/ATTACH] M6, Kodachrome, Nikon Coolscan 9000, VueScan, IrfanView, October 2009.
  22. Hi everybody I have run into a situation. I am scanning Velvia RVP100 on a Nikon Coolscan V ED using the latest version of VueScan. Since my workflow is to work with DNGs, which I open in Camera Raw and then in Photoshop, I only save RAW DNG files to which the infrared cleaning has been applied. In other words, I don't use TIFF files. I have noticed that the RAW DNGs when opened in Camera Raw are very saturated, much more so than 1) how they look in VueScan and 2) how a TIFF of the same scan with identical settings look. See these examples. The first is a screenshot of the RAW DNG open in Camera Raw. It is very saturated. The second is a screenshot of that same image open in VueScan just after it has been scanned. This image is not particularly saturated. The third is the same scan saved as TIFF version (but converted to JPG for upload here). It looks much like the scan in VueScan even though it is slightly more saturated than the second image. I've tried numerous settings in VueScan, such as various types of Color Balance, white and black points, and tweaking the R, G and B, but I can't mimic the much less saturated, and imho more pleasant, look of the TIFF. I also can't find a reason why VueScan would display the RAW DNG in a much more pleasing and less saturated way than when the same file is opened in Photoshop. Any assistance is very gratefully accepted. Kind regards Philip
  23. I'm just in the process of scanning one of my old BW negatives. Using Vuescan and importing into LR3. For a largeish print, scanning as tif gives me a file of 96Mb, whereas scanning as dng gives just 18Mb. Obvious choice, I thought. But …. The output from Vuescan as a tif is a positive, as expected. The dng file, however, with the same settings, comes out as a negative. And I can't find any way of inverting it either in Vuescan, or in LR3. Am I missing something? And please don't tell me to buy PS. David
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