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    Re: Looking for Lab for Lambda Print, 60"

    Drew - You're missing the point here. That was only ONE of many advantages that inkjet has over RA4, and it's not just button pushing that I do. I start out hopefully taking a great photo, then...
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    Re: Looking for Lab for Lambda Print, 60"

    195866Maybe when you have someone inkjet printing with no proper experience and training as to how to get the most out of the inks and paper, but if you have someone who knows what they're doing and...
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    Re: Looking for Lab for Lambda Print, 60"

    Whether you print to a Lightjet, Lambda, Chromira or large format inkjet, you'll need a good custom profile if you're sending RGB and want dead neutral neutrals. And then the lab has to have good...
  4. Re: I take back every bad word I have said about Kodak...

    I used to see Ansel around town quite a bit growing up in Monterey. If you look at his history, like being an early adopter of Polaroid and later one who learned the art of offset lithography better...
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    Re: DPL users/owners of Howtek/Aztek scanners

    You may be at a point where you need to take the cover off the scanner and remove all the internal boards and clean all the contacts with DeOxit, then re-insert each board multiple times to make sure...
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    Re: DPL users/owners of Howtek/Aztek scanners

    I like 1/2" for taping the top edge of the film to the drum and 1" to tape the perimeter of the overlay. And depending on how it all goes down, you often have to put an extra layer of tape over parts...
  7. Re: Does anyone on here use a lightweight matte inkjet paper?

    It's not lightweight, but Epson Hot Press Bright is a very very nice paper, virtually the same as Hannemühle 308, which is another preferred matte paper. In addition to the lower d-max, all of the...
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    Re: Making first scan in 8 months

    Anyone who scans needs PEC-12 film cleaner and PEC Pads to go along with the liquid. Best film cleaner on the market and will remove even unwashed chemicals, which is particularly apparent when...
  9. Re: question about using the 4x5 Epson scanner lens to scan 5.9" wide and stitch 8x10

    Pere - How would you know, looking at those scans, whether something happened in software or firmware? Do you own a Howtek? Have you ever operated one? I have never seen anything that looked like...
  10. Re: question about using the 4x5 Epson scanner lens to scan 5.9" wide and stitch 8x10

    Those test scans were done many many years ago by operators who had no idea how to properly use the software. That was clearly evident in the comparison between Aztek's version of the same HR8000...
  11. Re: Color seperation filter used in Drum Scanners

    Colorbyte stopped development of Trident twenty years ago. I spent a fair amount of time to convince them not to stop but there was no database of Howtek users to hit up for upgrade fees to move it...
  12. Re: Color seperation filter used in Drum Scanners

    I've used at least half a dozen different apps for scanning color negs and the best and easiest I've found is still Trident, the scanning app for Howtek drum scanners. When you're analog printing...
  13. Re: Color seperation filter used in Drum Scanners

    The problem with the idea of exact color matching, and why it always falls flat when dealing in non-scientific images, is that you never ever really want to really match the transparency. That's what...
  14. Re: Color seperation filter used in Drum Scanners

    Well, I know that there are three color filters after the splitter and before the PMT's, so my guess is that the ultimate gamut of the scanner is defined by those filters. I had a long conversation...
  15. Re: Color seperation filter used in Drum Scanners

    Could you expound?
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    Re: San Francisco - Monterey 10 Days

    If you're planning on San Antonio Mission, remember that it's on a military base and they have fairly strict I.D. and insurance requirements for entry. I can't remember exactly what they are right...
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    Re: San Francisco - Monterey 10 Days

    193762I grew up in Monterey, live in L.A. and have made 18 trips there in the last two years after my father died two years ago. Growing up there all the things that tourists come for we never really...
  18. Re: More advanced scanner for 4x5 than Epson flatbed?

    I know that with Flextight you had to set the sharpening to a negative amount in order to fully turn it off. In some versions of Hell/Heidelberg drum scanners there was a small amount of hardware USM...
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    Re: Printing TMAX 100 W/UV bulb?

    How much UV do you think any halogen bulb actually produces, and does it produce enough to make a difference. Every halogen bulb I've measured with the Sekonic 700C has a fairly straight line...
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    Re: Is my film correct exposed ?

    If you had a DSLR with you, you likely could have taken the lens off and used that as a loupe in a pinch. If you have an iPhone (can't speak for Android) there is a built in magnifier accessible when...
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    Re: Editing 16-bit scans in RGB mode

    You say "by changing to RGB mode". What color mode were you in and what is the original source of your scans. Are you talking about gradients within the image itself or about gradient masks, which...
  22. Re: Seeking scanning solution for 8x10 negatives

    Whatever method you want to print with, if you like the prints you make, you're done. If you don't like them or don't know how to get them to the point where you do, then either study and learn how...
  23. Re: Seeking scanning solution for 8x10 negatives

    "While your statements about flexibility of curves and reversible changes are all true, I find that with inkjet, I also have to think about things such as bleed, ink viscosity, paper absorbance,...
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    Re: 8x10 photography and diffraction

    Diffraction affects large format exactly the same as smaller formats, you just don't see its effect on small to medium sized prints. If you look up resolution charts for various large format lenses,...
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    Re: Technique: leaf Shutter and strobe

    In addition to the metering information here, there are many times where, even though your leaf shutter *will* sync at any shutter speed, it will give you inaccurate in camera exposures when the...
  26. Re: Resizing After Scanning Black & White Negative

    There's never been a balance problem on the 4 inch diameter Howtek drums with one or thirty pieces of film mounted. I'm far more likely to mount up to ten 35mm frames if I have that many to scan, and...
  27. Re: RAW scanning in Silverstast, with with Epson V850

    And if you do save out 16 bit per channel files, you have the choice of using no compression, LZW compression or ZIP compression. Use ZIP, not LZW. If you use LZW and your files are not true 16 bit...
  28. Re: RAW scanning in Silverfast, with with Epson V850

    Your file size doubles when it goes from 8 bits to 16 bits, not triple. It's all the layers and adjustment layers that really ad up, but that's the price of admission these days and big hard drives...
  29. Re: RAW scanning in Silverfast, with with Epson V850

    There's really no such thing as emulating a black and white film. Remember when you printed in the darkroom, you chose the developer, the length of time to develop, the paper type and grade, or used...
  30. Re: RAW scanning in Silverfast, with with Epson V850

    The advantage of Photoshop over any sort of scanning program for post production, of course, are the adjustment layers and advanced masking tools. Layer Masks alone are worth the price of admission...
  31. Re: RAW scanning in Silverfast, with with Epson V850

    Alan - I don't know what your level of comfort is with Photoshop. The best way tone your black and white scan is with a series of Adjustment Layers. Curves is almost always the best tool as it allows...
  32. Re: RAW scanning in Silverstast, with with Epson V850

    OK, I see that is when SF uses 16 bits internally and then outputs 8 bits. No, you don't want to do that. You want to scan internally at 16 bits and keep it at 16 bits, so whatever setting it takes...
  33. Re: RAW scanning in Silverstast, with with Epson V850

    What is 16-8 mode?
  34. Re: RAW scanning in Silverstast, with with Epson V850

    There is no raw format when scanning film, at least in the terms you're probably referring to - like that from a digital camera. Your best bet is to scan flat without clipping either the highlights...
  35. Re: Resizing After Scanning Black & White Negative

    While that's a great idea and good practice, in the real world, no matter how carefully you mount your film on the drum, it's VERY difficult to get it perfectly straight, and I've been doing this for...
  36. Re: Resizing After Scanning Black & White Negative

    Getting back to the original question about downsampling: The method used really depends on the image and how much resampling is taking place. Adobe Automatic uses a non-disclosed interpolation that...
  37. Re: Aztek 8000 Premier, orange/yellow cast near image edge + scan lines

    Maybe this is part of the reason there were so few drum scanners that went down to a 3 micron aperture. I remember seeing ads for the Howtek 8000 over twenty years ago touting the speed and...
  38. Re: Aztek 8000 Premier, orange/yellow cast near image edge + scan lines

    Chester. I first noticed this on 35mm sprockets holes "flaring" well into the frame. Retouchable, yes, but a pain in the ass. I went back at one point and looked at drum scan we had done in the mid...
  39. Re: Aztek 8000 Premier, orange/yellow cast near image edge + scan lines

    When I got my Howtek 8000 in 2001, it exhibited the flare from the rebate edge inward. I went around and around with Phil Lippincott who swore to me that it was the fault of Trident software because...
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    Re: What are the film scanner options in 2017?

    "It's a ridiculously large file. So large that I couldn't save it with any layers as either a tif or Photoshop file."

    But you could have easily saved with or without compression in .psb format...
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