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    Looking for link to Epson 4990 scanned film to one shot with Nikon D100

    I recently stumbled into a site where a person was comparing the Epson 4990 scanned images to the same image made with, I believe, a Nikon D100. They had taken a tiny matching section from each to show how much better the scanned 4x5 negative was than the digital taken with the Nikon.

    I can't remember where I found it, I failed to bookmark it, but I am wondering if anyone here might know where it is. It was very revealing.

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    Re: Looking for link to Epson 4990 scanned film to one shot with Nikon D100

    I found it with Google. It was on the Ken Rockwell site.

    http://www.kenrockwell.com/tech/filmdig.htm

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    Re: Looking for link to Epson 4990 scanned film to one shot with Nikon D100

    I've never been a big fan of the Rockwell site or his tests and conclusions. But I don't think too many people here would argue with that conclusion, comparing scanned 4x5 on a 4990 with a D100 capture. I certainly wouldn't. A far more productive test would be say a Canon 5d and drum scanned 35 or even 645 or 6x6. For my commercial work, I have not picked up the Hassleblad or the 6x9 roll film back since investing in the Canon. But I still shoot a ton of 4x5 film. 4x5 is clearly superior and a digital equivalent like the P45 back is waaaay out of my budget. Having said that there is allot of very dated information on that site, for instance the statement about Arizona Highways not accepting digital. That hasn't been true for awhile.
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    Re: Looking for link to Epson 4990 scanned film to one shot with Nikon D100

    His more recent D200 comparison is kind of cute:
    http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/d200/d200-vs-4x5.htm

    There's truth to what he says about having the opportunity to get shots that he wouldn't get with 4x5 - but I kind of enjoy that about 4x5 now. I don't have to try to capture every possible shot, and as a consequence I value my fewer shots more (and I have less crap to sort through on memory cards when I get home).

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    Re: Looking for link to Epson 4990 scanned film to one shot with Nikon D100

    I thought his commentary a little rambling, but the visual comparisons of scanned film vs. digital were an eye opener for me.

    My darkroom days have come to an end for a number of reasons, but I still have dozens of unprinted LF negatives, so the process of scanning, Photoshop, and the new crop of inkjet papers is opening up a new world.

    I will be anxious to see Ted's comparisons of the Epson 4990 and the Microtek M1 when they get posted.

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    Re: Looking for link to Epson 4990 scanned film to one shot with Nikon D100

    The comparison on this site is well done:

    http://www.diax.nl/pages/start_mamiya_nikon_uk.html

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    Re: Looking for link to Epson 4990 scanned film to one shot with Nikon D100

    Ron,

    Except that a somewhat better comparison would have been to use a prime lens on the Nikon rather than the zoom.
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    Re: Looking for link to Epson 4990 scanned film to one shot with Nikon D100

    Quote Originally Posted by Kirk Gittings View Post
    Ron,

    Except that a somewhat better comparison would have been to use a prime lens on the Nikon rather than the zoom.
    I agree. I can never understand why someone spending so much time wouldn't want to rule out as many confounding factors as possible. But, it is still an interesting comparison.

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    Re: Looking for link to Epson 4990 scanned film to one shot with Nikon D100

    There is a comparison of drum scanned 6x7 vs imacon scanned 6x7 vs 1Ds at:
    http://www.luminous-landscape.com/re...shootout.shtml

    Both Reichman and Hobo agree on the superiority of the drum over the Imacon, however they disagree about digital vs MF film. Reichman prefers the 1Ds (surprise) but Hobo prefers 6x7.

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    Re: Looking for link to Epson 4990 scanned film to one shot with Nikon D100

    Qt, that is a very well done comparison and it correlates pretty well with my experience comparing a 5D uprezed with Genuine Fractals vs. a crop from 6x6 (drum or prosumer flatbed). In addition though, IMO the superior work flow of DSLR for commercial work puts it waaaay ahead of my Hassy.
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