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Old 12-13-2008, 07:30 AM   #15
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Another option.........

I sent a box to these folks: Scanmyphotos.com, photo scanning service, photo scans and digital photo center and was very happy w/ the results.

Keep in mind they use high speed scanners (whatever they are) and the results are good. The old portraits did not come out quite so well but the day to day ones w/ the kids and the dog were great.
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Old 12-13-2008, 08:33 AM   #16
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That's not just ANY guy, Brad... that's Gort from the original "Day the Earth Stood Still"! Here' a 100% crop!



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OK but who is the guy up on top? Just who was crashing your photo shoot?

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Old 12-13-2008, 08:42 AM   #17
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On a serious note, I've shot Leica and Hasselblad for years. I sold my last Leicas and Hassys a few years ago, and have gone completely digital. OK, maybe not completely. I still have two Kiev88 CMs and a passel of Russian and East German glass, but that's another story altogether. I love them, BTW.

Jonathan and several others here have a lot more experience than I with digital, but I'll throw in my $.02. I also have an Epson 4490 hybrid flatbed/negative scanner. While it's not the quality of the "real" film scanners, it does a decent job. The biggest problem with scans as shown in this 100% crop (IMHO) is that there tends to be more artifacts than in native digital exposures, and even when the negative (or transparency) is meticulously cleaned, you still have to spend a significant amount of time spotting dust and other imperfections. It is also possible to scan at such a high rate as to emphasize the color layers and film grain.

Of course, scanning is a must for digitizing old exposures, but I've finally become a native digital convert.

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Old 12-13-2008, 12:56 PM   #18
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I have been taking pictures for 60 years. I have mostly 35MM reflex stuff. I am looking to convert some of my old work to digital. Wolerine has a stand alone $100 unit that converts 35 slides and negatives to digital in less than 5 secs. Resolution is 5meg JPEG format and puts it on an SD card. Some people complain the resolution is not fine enough at 1800 ppi and JPEG is a poor compression format. First Street has a unit for $249 that has twice the resolution but it scans only 35mm at 65 secs. only outputs in JPEG fornat and is not stand alone. HP has a better one that scans multiple slides or negs in a variety of film or print sizes at one time and had a variety of output formats you can use and sells for from $123 to $179 but you have to use your computer with their program to do the processing. Some people complain HP and MS Vista do not get along as well as they should and you have to download updates. I would like to know which product most people are happiest with.
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Here's the new Leica S2 . It's a 37.5 megapixel dslr camera. The estimated list price is $30,000.00 for the body. Don't forget to save a few dollars for the lenses.
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Old 12-13-2008, 06:48 PM   #20
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Here's the new Leica S2 . It's a 37.5 megapixel dslr camera. The estimated list price is $30,000.00 for the body. Don't forget to save a few dollars for the lenses.

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All this talk of film...nice! I used to shoot 35mm with Contax bodies and mostly Zeiss glass...I never did get the Leica rangefinder that I had always wanted... Did alot of 6x6 b&w...mostly with a Yashica 124G...Never did get the 'Blad...Im still looking and considering a 500C if one comes along for the right price... Something about a negative or chrome that cant be duplicated by a digital file...
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On a serious note, I've shot Leica and Hasselblad for years. I sold my last Leicas and Hassys a few years ago, and have gone completely digital. OK, maybe not completely. I still have two Kiev88 CMs and a passel of Russian and East German glass, but that's another story altogether. I love them, BTW.

Jonathan and several others here have a lot more experience than I with digital, but I'll throw in my $.02. I also have an Epson 4490 hybrid flatbed/negative scanner. While it's not the quality of the "real" film scanners, it does a decent job. The biggest problem with scans as shown in this 100% crop (IMHO) is that there tends to be more artifacts than in native digital exposures, and even when the negative (or transparency) is meticulously cleaned, you still have to spend a significant amount of time spotting dust and other imperfections. It is also possible to scan at such a high rate as to emphasize the color layers and film grain.

Of course, scanning is a must for digitizing old exposures, but I've finally become a native digital convert.

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The crop was taken from this pic. It was take in 1981 with ASA 25 Kodachrome, with a Nikon F2 and probably a 105mm lense.

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I have been taking pictures for 60 years. I have mostly 35MM reflex stuff. I am looking to convert some of my old work to digital.
Dwight,

I'm sorry, I have no experience with any of those machines, however, I would comment that 1800PPI is too low to give satisfactory results from a 35mm slide. My scanner is 4800 and only gives output suitable for a 4"x6" print, just.

When I last bought a scanner about a year or so ago, I noted that there wasn't really a good machine at a reasonable price that would do slides or 35mm negs with great results. Plus, unless it is a dedicated machine, it is just to awkward to do a lot of them.

It would seem to make the most sense to scan a neg or a slide, but the manufacturers either can't or won't produce a well-priced solution that gives good output.

A good scanner will have a holder and back light accessories that will give you "acceptable" results for the occasional scan, but you may wind up paying for the service if you want to do a lot of them.

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Peewee, great shot! K25 is missed!

I'm using a Nikon CS9000 for the MFstuff. Digital is pretty nice, a great advancement getting better, but it doesn't have the same soul. I really love Kodak 100VS.

Loving rangefinders, a Leica is a joy to shoot. The attached was shot in the Negev, Israel at Shivta. Camera was Mamiya 645 and I think the 55mm PC because learning, I ended up with some vignetting.

It's amazing how easy E6 is to scan compared to some C41.
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All this talk of film...nice! I used to shoot 35mm with Contax bodies and mostly Zeiss glass...I never did get the Leica rangefinder that I had always wanted... Did alot of 6x6 b&w...mostly with a Yashica 124G...Never did get the 'Blad...Im still looking and considering a 500C if one comes along for the right price... Something about a negative or chrome that cant be duplicated by a digital file...
My 124G is a 1”x1”. It’s older than the metric system, at least in the US. It still looks brand new. Great camera.

I recently bought a Sony Alpha 100 because I had 2 Minolta Maxxum 7000s and a bunch of Minolta glass. It is a great digital camera and has a stabilized CCD. Makes any lens you put on stabilized.

I really miss Agfa Ultra 50, though! Used it in 35mm in the Minoltas and 120 in the Yashica.
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I am not certain how well it is going to work, but decided to try one of the Bower/Opteka (different brand names, same device) High Definition Slide Converters for my Cannon Digital Rebel XT camera. Reading the reviews makes me think in may be acceptable for what I want to do -- covert the slides that my parents have from my childhood -- they rarely ordered prints, amost always slides. I am hoping to receive the device by this time next week as I ordered it on Monday of this week. The photo below is the device:



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Just thought I'd mention it in case some of you photography enthusiasts missed it, but Page 53 of December "Blue Beret" talks about the first photographic Workshop-Caravan "Picture this: Down East Maine" 6/1 to 6-17 is a 2009 WBCCI Nat'l Caravan, and looks interesting . "The area was selected because of its uniqueness and its photographic opportunities. The target audience is a new SLR user that is familiar with their equipment operation, serious amateurs and the semi-pro. In addition, anyone with an advanced Digital Camera or contemplating the purchase of a new SLR should find these workshops helpful. Workshops will be conducted at each of 5 major stops along with photo assignments and group critiques. Other planned items include editing, archiving and printing techniques." "This caravan presents a new format and concept to caravanning, that of learning new skills". There is a limit of 15 units.
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Love the pictures. I also use Leica. Had an M6 and bought a MP last year. No desire to go digital and will probably shoot film until you can't buy it any more. You can still buy Kodachrome 64, just look on the B&H website.
I've shot the Leica M for many years, I too currently have an MP. I bought a digital M8 when it was introduced and while it can produce some very nice images, it doesn't quite get the feeling of Kodachrome shot on Leica glass.

Give me a projected Kodachrome and I'm a happy camper.
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