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    Re: Lightbox for film scanning

    Sandy: Reading your account makes me wonder to what extent stitching with a Sony is a hands-off process? If the camera can make the images and software stitch hands-off... then we have a process that approaches a scanner's "convenience". Tired of waiting on a scanner, I'm back to camera scanning - though with a Nikon D750 because I just don't enjoy digital shooting per se. Sold off the Sony.... and frankly that was easier at this with its 12X zoom manual focus. But seeking out a used Imacon or Howtek.... which are the other options (eventually) ain't on my list for now. I've not done stitching so far despite Mark's (luminous Landscape) encouraging articles years back, but I'm convinced it is the future as the scanning tech fades from development. I'm using Negative Solutions and Negative Lab Pro which force Lightroom (though I prefer Capture One), and digitizing is better than it used to be - especially with 35mm, and certainly quicker on a one-scan than my aging and much serviced and retrofitted Nikon LS8000. As a beginner with 4X5 these days, I guess scanning's the latest mod to my hybrid process.

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    Re: Lightbox for film scanning

    Quote Originally Posted by roscoetuff-Skip Mersereau View Post
    Sandy: Reading your account makes me wonder to what extent stitching with a Sony is a hands-off process? If the camera can make the images and software stitch hands-off... then we have a process that approaches a scanner's "convenience". Tired of waiting on a scanner, I'm back to camera scanning - though with a Nikon D750 because I just don't enjoy digital shooting per se. Sold off the Sony.... and frankly that was easier at this with its 12X zoom manual focus. But seeking out a used Imacon or Howtek.... which are the other options (eventually) ain't on my list for now. I've not done stitching so far despite Mark's (luminous Landscape) encouraging articles years back, but I'm convinced it is the future as the scanning tech fades from development. I'm using Negative Solutions and Negative Lab Pro which force Lightroom (though I prefer Capture One), and digitizing is better than it used to be - especially with 35mm, and certainly quicker on a one-scan than my aging and much serviced and retrofitted Nikon LS8000. As a beginner with 4X5 these days, I guess scanning's the latest mod to my hybrid process.
    Not hands off at all as there are lots of steps involved both in digitizing the film and then processing in software. But in spite of the many steps I still find it much more time effective to digitize a sheet of 5X7 film with lightbox and camera than to make scan with a high end flatbed or drum scanner. So it makes sense to use a camera if you already have one as high quality digitizing is definitely feasible. High end flatbed, drum scanners and dedicated film scanners such as the Nikon LS8000 make excellent scans, but the technology is old and takes a lot of work to keep it going. Kind of like the aging human body I guess, still works but needs a lot of care to keep going!

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    Re: Lightbox for film scanning

    FWIW, I've used a Logan A-5A from some years back and it seems to work fine. I mis-documented here the other day. I keep confusing Negative Supply, Negative Lab Pro and Negative Solutions! Too many negs! I'm actually using holders from Negative Supply for 35 and 4X5 and will soon have the 120. The 35mm scrolling holder is amazing and the 120 will follow in the same mold. The 4X5 is just a basic flat piece of translucent acryllic.... WAY better than nano glass for this purpose. I have not tried wetting the surface first for 4X5 because the negs lie "flat enough" but I'm sure that would add. Mostly, I'm scanning as quickly as I can with the camera to then move the image into post where Negative Lab Pro manages the conversion which has forced me back to LR. Eventually, I may try stitching. Won't be convinced it's worth the buzz until I see it in a side-by-side 16 X 20 on the wall. Kind of on the fence whether to scale up Piezo printing I've done on an Epson SC600... which limits size... or whether to toy with enlargers. Latter is a remote possibility given constraints, but may not be completely out of the question. Nearest college lab is a good 30 minutes or more.... and it does seem to me that ink printing is pretty doggone fine - ESPECIALLY for color. But B&W.... hmmm.... still to be determined?
    Last edited by roscoetuff-Skip Mersereau; 22-May-2020 at 07:08. Reason: formatting looked odd

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