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Old 11-27-2005, 10:03 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I was wondering if anyone using nikons coolscan has any preferences they would like to share with me

This is what I did this morning( fairly certain ) :

film was Fuji NPH 400
Color negative
Calibrated RGB
8 x 12 300 ppi
digital ice on(normal)
ROC on 1
GEM on 1
Fine 2x
bit depth 14
TOTAL TIME TO SCAN 1 image = 4 minutes 10 seconds

crop from finished scan


is this what is to be expected or could I do better ?
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Old 11-27-2005, 10:21 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I have a Nikon 4000 as well. If you have everything set right, it should run close to a drum scanner. Something is just not set right. Nikon has free customer service on their website. They are 24 hours a day so I recomend calling at a late hour and getting a tech as long as you need.


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Old 11-27-2005, 10:37 PM   #3 (permalink)
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So your saying the "grain" is unacceptable right ?

one person told me it is because of the Fuji400 film [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/crazy.gif[/img]

Do any of the settings seem WAY off from yours ?
( if I went to super fine/ 16 passes / 14 bit ETC... I expect each frame to take 45 minutes to proccess )

I know there is a focus adjustment , but did not want to mess with it myself

You think the manual would say " if your scan comes out like this ... change this..."

BUT NNOOO.. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img]

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Old 11-28-2005, 02:25 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I think your model's skin is a little on the pink side. The grain is due to 35mm film and the 400 ASA. I wouldn't say it's unacceptable. It is what it is.

16 passes, aka multisampling, isn't going to help you with either problem. Multisampling helps pull detail out of the shadows. It makes multiple passes so that it can differentiate between actual data and random noise.

GEM is what is going to help you with the grain issue. The higher the value, the more it attempts to eliminate grain. It does have a softening effect on your image, so be careful not to use too much. Be especially careful if the image is soft to start with. Your model's eyes look a little soft to me.

The color balance issue is something you're going to have to play with. The problem with negatives is that the film base for each emulsion has a different color. The scanner doesn't know what that exact color is, so it guesses. The latest batch of film scanners from Nikon and Minolta (the V and the 5400 II) do a much better job with this problem than older models, but they're still not perfect. Your best bet here is to photograph a MacBeth color chart with the negative film of your choice and then scan it to set your calibration. Tweak your color balance values until the scan matches the color chart and then save the settings as a profile for that particular film. Make sure that you photograph the color chart under the right light (daylight or tungsten). If daylight, make sure it's not too early or too late in the day, and that it's not overcast. Also, make sure your monitor is properly calibrated.

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Old 11-28-2005, 08:46 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks for the advice Chip

I am glad I don't need to use all the multisampling( save time )

I was told before about the grain from the speed of the film (but a lot of my film is 400speed , I always liked tele instead of wide )

I also think that since the image was a center crop of the original I should be happy with the results if not blown up to much

About the softness , if you saw any of my other posts lately, I have been having trouble with my D100 and nikon 28-70 2.8 lens
( It turns out my glass has gone bad [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/frown.gif[/img] )( I bet the warrany run out JUST about the same time )

It never occured to me to use one of those colormatch charts first ( my dain bramage )

So thanks again , MUCH appreciated
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