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  1. Re: Howtek 8000 Drum vs. Epson V850 flatbed scanners

    "That's demonstrably false."

    Demonstrate it then. Having made hi-res drum scans for well over twenty years now and having had this discussion with John Panazzo of ColorByte, who wrote their...
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    Re: Making Adox Poly Warmtone

    The demise of Forte PolyWarmTone was what made me give up darkroom printing altogether. I still have all that equipment so I might have to think about a twenty-first century darkroom.
  3. Re: Should I Drum Scan, X1 Flextight Scan, or use the Epson V850 w/Aztek Wet Mount Ki

    "Of course the Pro machines recovered better the ultra deep velvia shadows, but the Epson color was totally accurate. In fact the Epson is an IT8 calibrated machine and if you scan the color target...
  4. Re: Should I Drum Scan, X1 Flextight Scan, or use the Epson V850 w/Aztek Wet Mount Ki

    Chester - Yes, I've used DPL. I actually bought it and paid Aztek $800 for a day of "training" if that's what you want to call it. I used it every day all day for thirty days and gave it back. It was...
  5. Re: Should I Drum Scan, X1 Flextight Scan, or use the Epson V850 w/Aztek Wet Mount Ki

    In my twenty-five odd years of scanning and a few added on top of that when I supervised the commercially made drum scans at prepress houses in L.A. I found through practical experience that if you...
  6. Re: Should I Drum Scan, X1 Flextight Scan, or use the Epson V850 w/Aztek Wet Mount Ki

    The best color negative inversions I've ever seen are and continue to be with Trident, the native software from ColorByte for the Howtek, but, of course, you need a Howtek scanner to be able to take...
  7. Re: Should I Drum Scan, X1 Flextight Scan, or use the Epson V850 w/Aztek Wet Mount Ki

    Oh Pere. Scanning in 16 bits per channel alone isn't enough to give you great gradations. The underlying hardware has to be good enough and it's the quality of the sensors, the converters and the...
  8. Re: Should I Drum Scan, X1 Flextight Scan, or use the Epson V850 w/Aztek Wet Mount Ki

    I'm not really inclined to spend a grand right now to see how Epson's scanners have improved since I last owned own a quarter century ago but I might have to just to see. What I think might be...
  9. Re: Should I Drum Scan, X1 Flextight Scan, or use the Epson V850 w/Aztek Wet Mount Ki

    Certainly anyone who shoots large format at smaller apertures - f/22 - f/64 and beyond are leaving a lot on the table resolution wise, but that's what a lot of people did throughout the years and...
  10. Re: Should I Drum Scan, X1 Flextight Scan, or use the Epson V850 w/Aztek Wet Mount Ki

    I wonder if PhotoMerge in Photoshop proper is more effective than Lr. I have done hundreds of merges in Ps and rarely had any problem with misalignment, plus there are other options out there outside...
  11. Re: Should I Drum Scan, X1 Flextight Scan, or use the Epson V850 w/Aztek Wet Mount Ki

    The bottom line is that, if you want to use a drum scanner today, you're going to have to deal with some older and outdated hardware. The scanners themselves are quite slow so the modest SCSI...
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    Re: Update on my office layout

    Next step to cover up those windows and get the ambient light levels low enough for serious editing.
  13. Re: Should I Drum Scan, X1 Flextight Scan, or use the Epson V850 w/Aztek Wet Mount Ki

    "And for those with Howtek 8000 scanners, as an IT guy, I have to ask... where are you finding SCSI-2 controllers still supported under Windows 10...?"

    I run mine on Mac OS 9.2.2 off an Adaptec...
  14. Re: Should I Drum Scan, X1 Flextight Scan, or use the Epson V850 w/Aztek Wet Mount Ki

    Oh Pere, maybe you just need to get a good pair of glasses. Your Epson scans, even the "enhanced" versions are pure crap. Your enhancements only accentuate what's shit about that scanner, and, in...
  15. Re: Should I Drum Scan, X1 Flextight Scan, or use the Epson V850 w/Aztek Wet Mount Ki

    Yeah, he's painful to "listen" to in his ignorance, trying as hard as he can to convince himself of his own righteousness. I'm tempted to go out and buy an Epson just to see how it really compares to...
  16. Re: Suggest Me Some Monitors For Photo Editing

    If you're serious about color then three hundred bucks is not going to cut it, and if you are really running a busy studio then you should be able to afford more. The gold standard is, of course, the...
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    Re: Best Drum Scanning Service?

    Shit, our cheap little Howtek's are way better than even those behemoth Crossfield's that used to populate service bureaus and certain labs. I was shocked when L.A. Natural History Museum had a...
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    Re: Resolution Comparison Between Films?

    Look at Kodak's own data for RMS Granularity and their data for resolving power. That will tell you that in most cases ISO 100 E-6 emulsions are both finer grained and sharper than C-41 emulsions....
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    Re: DPL users/owners of Howtek/Aztek scanners

    Are you using auto focus? Maybe it's not properly calibrated. Try using manual focus with the built-in scope on the 4500. You will be able to see it pop into focus. And, of course, I'm assuming the...
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    Re: Lightbox for film scanning

    Even more important that color temperature is Color Rendering Index or CRI. A lot of cheap LED panels have the approximately correct daylight-ish color temperature but are woefully inadequate in...
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    Re: endless external HD shuffle Part deaux

    Chester - How are you backing up these drives? The easiest thing is to buy the OWC two drive bay and set it up to RAID 1 where you have a duplicate drive in the same box. RAID 0 is never recommended...
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    Re: 4x5 Tripod Question!

    I bought my Majestic in '82 when I started school and it's still going strong today. My Majestic gear head finally crapped out when they were still around I asked them about a conversion from the old...
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    Re: lateral arm for gitzo tripod?

    I just copied a newspaper I found in my father's garage after he died. Monterey Herald from November 22, 1963. It had been folded in a box for over fifty years and because the Monterey Herald was an...
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    Re: lateral arm for gitzo tripod?

    Chester - Are all the pieces flat or are they somewhat dimensional? If they are flat art then the traditional method of lighting - two lights at 45 deg angle with Polarizing film over each light and...
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    Re: lateral arm for gitzo tripod?

    This is the best one I've found. Gitzo's own sidearms suck and are way overpriced. This version of the Manfrotto comes with two clamps on the crossbar and you can attach a head to either end. There...
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    Re: Internegative

    It doesn't surprise me that the prices have gone up substantially. I'm thinking that an 8x10 LVT used to be around $45 and I'd gang four 4x5 images per so they were quite cheap but prices for film...
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    Re: Internegative

    I used to have those made at a place called Bowhaus in L.A. on an 8x10 LVT. I'd drum scan the original neg, do all the retouching and tonal corrections, then size it for the LVT, which had to be in...
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    Re: Stitching scans or not???

    Adam - There's another thing I've done experimentally with DSLR scanning, and mind you, I've got two Howteks in my studio, but, copying larger film I've tried and been very successful using a Canon...
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    Re: Stitching scans or not???

    The problem with DSLR scanning of 35mm is that just in order to get a full frame copy you need a great quality 1:1 macro. If you want to stitch for a larger file you need something that give you a...
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    Re: Moving away from Adobe

    ZIP is the most efficient lossless compression commonly available and there's not reason not to use it other than it takes longer to open and save files. It can often keep you under the 4GB file size...
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    Re: Moving away from Adobe

    When you save your tiff files in Ps, what compression option are you choosing and are you choosing the same for layers and background. The smallest Ps tiff files are by using Zip compression on...
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    Re: Moving away from Adobe

    What kind of compression are you using with your Ps files vs. your Affinity files? What type of files are you saving? Do they have layers and/or any alpha channels? Many factors affect final file...
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    Re: Moving away from Adobe

    Photoshop was officially released in 1990. Unfortunately nothing competes with it for pixel based editing. Nothing. Maybe for people with mild needs, some of the others can fill the void but the way...
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    Re: Do we need the mylar?

    The thickness of the mylar might not be as much of an issue for flatbed scanners as you're not scanning through the mylar. The .004 C-42 IS optically clear and shows no trace of anything even scanned...
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    Re: Do we need the mylar?

    DuPont C-42 4 mil
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    Re: Do we need the mylar?

    Bruce is right. In the old days I used to watch those guys load up the drum on their Hell 3010's with Johnson's Baby Oil. Cheap and plentiful but a royal pain to clean. Actually, the cleaning process...
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    Re: Moving away from Adobe

    "For black and white I see no problem, quite easy just add an levels layer inverse the curve and done."

    You do know there is the Command-I keyboard command which inverts your image immediately....
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    Re: B&W digital workflow....what's yours?

    Geez. I have not used the regular healing brush since the Spot Healing brush was introduced, so yes, you can sample with the regular healing brush, but why would you want to in most cases. The spot...
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    Re: Duotone/Quadtone

    "This gives me a subtle warm tone but keeps whites white - just like I prefer in the darkroom when toning images."

    You don't need duotones to do that but it might be easier for you if your Curves...
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    Re: Duotone/Quadtone

    Duotones, tritones and quad tones or more are really designed for offset lithography where you want a toned black and white (usually) and you only want to print on two or three plates. It's a great...
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