Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 20

Thread: Iqsmart users! Are there any?

  1. #1

    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Posts
    68

    Iqsmart users! Are there any?

    Dear all,
    I'm purchasing refurbished iqsmart 2 from reputable seller, however, I can't find enough examples or real review of the thing with crops! How good is it....so on.

    I'm buying base on some feedback mainly on this forum...and it costs a heck amount of money.

    Can someone shed a light with some crops or comparisons or detailed opinion on both hardware and software.

    Any info is much appreciated.

  2. #2

    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Location
    NY area
    Posts
    1,024

    Re: Iqsmart users! Are there any?

    I own an IQSmart 3. I've owned Imacon and the Nikon 9000 film scanner, and I've had many images drum scanned on various high end drum scanners.

    I can state without hesitation that the IQsmart yields a superior scan to all but a drum scanner, and in the case of most negatives the difference between the IQ scan and the drum scan will not be visible in normal circumstances. Where a drum scanner is superior is with film and negatives with poor density, too much or too little.

    Where the IQSmart suffers compared to the imacon and prosumer scanners is in the software. It is not software written for a novice, it is written for a pre press professional so is not easy to master. If you want to bang out decent film scans with little effort get and Imacon, if you want to wet mount and really pull out all the detail in a neg go with an IQsmart or a drum.

  3. #3

    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Posts
    68

    Re: Iqsmart users! Are there any?

    I really hope it's that good! What drew me to the IQSmart scanner is it's a flatbed so batch scanning is a major plus there. I heard the software is not that hard, plus there is training CDs included and I looked at the user guide and it seems learning curve not so steep! At least I hope so and I have some experience with photos's software (please pray for me )
    Regarding wet mounting, I'm afraid for the time being I'm not welling to consider (messy and I heard its main advantage is with scratched film).

    Thanks a lot Brian, your opinion is much appreciated. I was looking for comparison detailed review....seems hard with this kind of equipments.

    Kind regards,
    Mohammed

  4. #4

    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Posts
    10

    Re: Iqsmart users! Are there any?


  5. #5

    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Posts
    68

    Re: Iqsmart users! Are there any?

    Thanks eric t. That's a great comparison with crops.
    Really good stuff.

  6. #6

    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Posts
    105

    Re: Iqsmart users! Are there any?

    Quote Originally Posted by mob81 View Post
    I heard the software is not that hard
    It is not. And it is not Photoshop either when it comes to precision and flexibility.
    Make sure your model is capable of saving scans in DT.

    Quote Originally Posted by mob81 View Post
    Regarding wet mounting, I'm afraid for the time being I'm not welling to consider (messy and I heard its main advantage is with scratched film).
    It is not messy. And holds the film where it needs to be. How would you make the film holding in place otherwise, with tape?

    Quote Originally Posted by mob81 View Post
    I was looking for comparison detailed review....seems hard with this kind of equipments.

    Please take a look at this: http://www.largeformatphotography.info/scan-comparison/

  7. #7

    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Posts
    95

    Re: Iqsmart users! Are there any?

    Sergey,

    Nice website comparsion of scanners. Glad that I have Eversmart Pro II working under 2.5.5 software (16 Bit & DT files!)

    Evan


    Quote Originally Posted by SergeyT View Post
    It is not. And it is not Photoshop either when it comes to precision and flexibility.
    Make sure your model is capable of saving scans in DT.


    It is not messy. And holds the film where it needs to be. How would you make the film holding in place otherwise, with tape?




    Please take a look at this: http://www.largeformatphotography.info/scan-comparison/

  8. #8

    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Posts
    68

    Re: Iqsmart users! Are there any?

    Quote Originally Posted by SergeyT View Post
    It is not. And it is not Photoshop either when it comes to precision and flexibility.
    Make sure your model is capable of saving scans in DT.


    It is not messy. And holds the film where it needs to be. How would you make the film holding in place otherwise, with tape?




    Please take a look at this: http://www.largeformatphotography.info/scan-comparison/
    I heard the iqsmart 2 doesn't support DT files! Only iqsmart 3 in the iqsmart models.
    And from what I know you can mount the film dry easily (via masks or direct mount to the base glass) no wet mounting required, just an optional extra.

    Thanks for the comparison link.

  9. #9

    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Posts
    379

    Re: Iqsmart users! Are there any?

    You don't need support for DT. As long it outputs in 16-bit then all you need to do is scan it with extra care as to not clip any shadows or highlights and then work on it later in photoshop. To improve your results you can follow the Hutchcolor scanning guide and produce an extended range ICC profile to start you off.

    Turn off sharpening and make sure "descreening" is turned off when you scan. You can sharpen and smooth later in photoshop.

  10. #10

    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Posts
    379

    Re: Iqsmart users! Are there any?

    Buying a refurbished unit is good, there is a lot that can be wrong with a used scanner but a refurb is likely to perform as new.

Similar Threads

  1. Real-world difference between Eversmart S II and IQSmart 3 ... ?
    By PaulSchneider in forum Digital Hardware
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 12-Aug-2010, 01:06
  2. Qestions on IQsmart 1
    By Lei Meng in forum Digital Hardware
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 7-Apr-2010, 12:55

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •