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Old 12-19-2008, 06:22 PM   #29
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Back to scanning for a moment: I forgot to add that one thing that's important to have if you plan on going through, sorting and scanning a number of negs or slides is a decent way to look at them. There are backlit tables that don't cost much (here is one I saw) or I suppose you could make one, I see sites that offer the information on doing this.

The other thing that would be handy is a good loup. Unless you are Superman, it's hard to see enough detail to make a judgement as to picture quality without one. Again, they don't appear to be too expensive. Here's a page with them.

Last thing, here is a site that gives lots of good tips on scanning, and explains the dos and don'ts in a very understandable way.

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Old 12-22-2008, 06:58 AM   #30
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That scan tips website is just what I was after. The site is very exhaustive on most questions of resolution and proper computer file formating. It also identifies the differences between Internet monitor display, printing photos, and Slide shows using Computer projection TV. It does take a bit of time to wade through but there is a lot to learn. Thank you for the link.
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Old 12-22-2008, 08:13 AM   #31
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You're very welcome. Can't wait to see what goodies you eventually scan and put up for us to see.

One more tip: to show pictures on here in a decent size, join a free service like Photobucket. No limit as to image size on here with that, and it doesn't stress out Airforum's servers.
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I bought an el cheapo light table, small enough for a 25 footer . Adobe Lightroom seems to do all the editing I need, plus the organizing capabilities are awesome.
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The AT6 (Luanda, Angola) was shot with a Contax G2 and a 16mm Zeiss Hologon, and teh others were taken with a Contax 645 and teh Zeiss 80mm Planar (Lagos, Nigeria).
I just inherited a Contax camera with multiple lenses from my grandfather's estate. I am new to the SLR world so it should be interesting to learn how to use it. I have wanted a digital SLR but money has been keeping me from that...or should I say lack of money. I have been using an olympus 10X zoom and a kodak 10X zoom, primarily on auto settings.

Any pointers or things I should know in regard to a contax?

As for a photo scanner I use an epson perfection 3170 photo scanner. It has the capability to do negatives and slides but I have never used that. I have only used it for scanning existing photos and it does a good job with that.
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I have been a pro 35 shooter for news rags for a while but most enjoy shooting for me and my travels as a full timer on the road you are right 35 is the way for me and a good scan will save it all you shooters keep it up I will die with my F3 wrapped in my hand
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Thank you for the scan tip link, it's pretty helpful, it clears a lot of basic questions such as histograms.

Aturner, what model Contax did you inherit? I have the G2, an "electronic" rangefinder, the medium format 6x4.5cm and an old 1952 model Contax IIIa rangefinder. I always wanted a folder.

Anyway, Classic Cameras forum from Photo.net is a classic camera forum where you can get advice from some of the nicest and knowledgeable folks on the Internet.

Also here is a link where you can get manuals from "cameras past their sell date".

CONTAX Camera Manuals Right to the Contax page.

One thing I really love about shooting film is the work flow. There basically isn't one. Well exposed slides and your work is finished (sometimes). I'm scanning some Kodak 100VS and the slides that were exposed correctly (bracket!) are just gorgeous.
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Aturner, what model Contax did you inherit? I have the G2, an "electronic" rangefinder, the medium format 6x4.5cm and an old 1952 model Contax IIIa rangefinder. I always wanted a folder.
Contax 139 Quartz. Luckily the original manual is in the camera bag along with the warranty information and documentation on the lenses. I guess I know where I get my paper packrattedness.
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