Film scanners


giofi

Link Posted 23/09/2012 - 13:58
johnriley wrote:
Something exactly like that. The Nikon software only works up to Windows Vista, not 7, so I use the scanner on my Vista laptop. No doubt there is an alternative scanner software that will work on Windows 7.

You can use Vuescan instead of Nikon's own software. It works great.
Giorgio

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johnriley

Link Posted 23/09/2012 - 13:59
Thanks Yves, useful information.
Best regards, John

johnriley

Link Posted 23/09/2012 - 13:59
Thanks also giofi, also useful.
Best regards, John

ChrisA

Link Posted 23/09/2012 - 14:55
johnriley wrote:
Something exactly like that. The Nikon software only works up to Windows Vista, not 7, so I use the scanner on my Vista laptop.

Would I be right in thinking that you have Vista 32 bit installed on your laptop?

NikonScan 1.03 works absolutely fine with Windows 7 32 bit (I use it myself with the Coolscan 5000), but the driver is incompatible with Windows 7 64 bit.

However, there is a very easy, well known hack, that lets the driver work on Windows 7 x64 as well (if anyone wants it I'll dig out the link).

As it happens, I've found with two computers now, that something about the way the scanner talks to the computer results in scan errors if the CPU is overclocked.

I don't want to remove the overclock, so I just use a 32 bit version of Windows 7 running in a virtual machine, and NikonScan 1.03 works flawlessly.

I've tried VueScan too, but I much prefer NikonScan since it makes for a much smoother workflow. With only a few images to scan it wouldn't be important, but it makes a big difference if you have thousands.
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johnriley

Link Posted 23/09/2012 - 16:35
It is indeed Vista 32 bit and now we use Windows 7 64 bit. So yet more good information, many thanks.
Best regards, John

ChrisA

Link Posted 23/09/2012 - 17:11
johnriley wrote:
It is indeed Vista 32 bit and now we use Windows 7 64 bit. So yet more good information, many thanks.

That would be it then - it's the fact that your newer machine is 64 bit that is at issue, not the fact that it's Windows 7.

Happy to help - and in case I've confused anyone, there was a typo in my earlier post: it's Nikon Scan 4.0.3, not 1.0.3.

For reference, the link describing the hack I mentioned is here.

It's a long rambling discussion, but the most important bit is the first post in that thread.

And if you have a Coolscan IV, John, which is the same as the LS-40, I believe, post number 39 is relevant - don't be put off by the comment that the Coolscan IV and V don't work using this technique.

It looks a lot harder than it is to implement, so don't be put off.
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Last Edited by ChrisA on 23/09/2012 - 17:13

scouter

Link Posted 23/09/2012 - 18:26
so another question when a scanners spec says somthing like
4600 x 9600 dpi how do you turn or relate this to magapixels

mera

Link Posted 23/09/2012 - 18:37
If you want high quality - you could consider buying a good quality Nikon scanner from eBay, do your scans, and then re-sell it. You probably would not lose too much through this transaction, and you get to "rent" a very high-quality scanner.

I think a scanner with an IR dust sensor system is essential, its amazing how many dust spots and scratches a scanner can extract from the film, and you don't want to spend the rest of your life touching these out manually.

If you are scanning slides, and have lots of them, then a slide loader, like the SF200, is worth its weight in gold. Loading six slides at a time gets tedious very quickly. I can load up 50 and just leave the scanner running in the background whilst I get on with my life. Only works on Coolscan 4000 or 5000 though - maybe other makes have similar options.

To get a Coolscan running on Windows 7 64-bit I had to install Vuescan (which I already had). I could then install Nikonscan which can work through the Vuescan drivers. To be honest I feel its scandelous Nikon never came out with their own 64-bit drivers - film scans can be massive files to handle in a computer so extra memory is always useful.

Smeggypants

Link Posted 23/09/2012 - 18:43
I scan at 3600dpi, which outputs 16bit TIFs at about 5600x3370 which roughly equals 19MP filesizes are about 120Mb each

My Plustek scans at upto 7200dpi, but the files are over 400Mb each and I found this was way to high resolution for the negatives anyway
[i]Bodies: 1x K-5IIs, 2x K-5, Sony TX-5, Nokia 808
Lenses: Pentax DA 10-17mm ED(IF) Fish Eye, Pentax DA 14mm f/2.8, Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8, Pentax-A 28mm f/2.8, Sigma 30mm F1.4 EX DC, Pentax-A 50mm f/1.2, Pentax-A 50mm f/1.4, Pentax-FA 50mm f/1.4, Pentax-A 50mm f/1.7, Pentax DA* 50-135mm f/2.8, Sigma 135-400mm APO DG, and more ..
Flash: AF-540FGZ, Vivitar 283

Smeggypants

Link Posted 23/09/2012 - 19:06
Some examples, I've scanned from my Abu Dhabi 1980s pics











Dubai 1980s






[i]Bodies: 1x K-5IIs, 2x K-5, Sony TX-5, Nokia 808
Lenses: Pentax DA 10-17mm ED(IF) Fish Eye, Pentax DA 14mm f/2.8, Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8, Pentax-A 28mm f/2.8, Sigma 30mm F1.4 EX DC, Pentax-A 50mm f/1.2, Pentax-A 50mm f/1.4, Pentax-FA 50mm f/1.4, Pentax-A 50mm f/1.7, Pentax DA* 50-135mm f/2.8, Sigma 135-400mm APO DG, and more ..
Flash: AF-540FGZ, Vivitar 283

gartmore

Link Posted 24/09/2012 - 08:30
johnriley wrote:
Thanks also giofi, also useful.

It might also be worth installing the trial version of Vuescan, that sorted my Minolta software
Ken
“We must avoid however, snapping away, shooting quickly and without thought, overloading ourselves with unnecessary images that clutter our memory and diminish the clarity of the whole.” - Henri Cartier-Bresson -

Algernon

Link Posted 24/09/2012 - 09:18
Hey! that looks like the inside of my car!

On the building ADIA is the wall like that or is an
anti-aliasing filter needed somewhere?

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Algi
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