Coolscan Settings - Default + John Shaw
Hi. I am a newbie. I had some health problems and am now finally getting to scanning (for archive purposes, I am not sure how large I want to print them) several hundred slides. I recently purchased a barely used CoolScan V for around twice what it sold for new (which seems to be the going rate).
I read my CS manuals, I did some on-line searching, read Wayne Fulton's excellent material, read the appropriate sections of Sascha Steinhoff's book. The only cropping I do for now is to crop out the black borders so the auto exposure works better.
I think I now have some understanding of the famous "Crop palette" and have 2 questions.
1. I am just using the factory default "Output size” and output "Resolution" of 4000 ppi. Is this OK for my purposes? (I can handle the large file sizes)
2. Does anyone recall the settings from the well-known John Shaw article? All links lead to the site where archived articles are no longer available
#1. "RE: Coolscan Settings - Default + John Shaw " | In response to Reply # 0esantos Nikonian since 10th Nov 2002Fri 12-Feb-10 03:59 PM
Welcome to Nikonains.
Yes, for archival purposes you should scan your film at the native resolution of the scanner, which for the CoolScan V is 4000ppi.
I had that John Shaw article bookmarked but like you said it is off-line now. Here is one link that you might take a look at although it does not have specific information on NikonScan and using a CoolScan in particular.
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#3. "RE: Coolscan Settings - Default + John Shaw " | In response to Reply # 0
Another welcome to Nikonians! IIRC, John Shaw's article discussed the basics of using the Coolscan V - much as described in your manual. He did make a note of using a USM of 20/10/3 (intensity, halo width/threshold) to offset ICE (if used). I tried it, then decided not to use his recommendation as I could do as well in postprocessing software. But, YMMV. I use the resolution of 4000 ppi/14-bit and generally leave everything in a "neutral" position to speed up the scans. Digital ICE can be really nice, and I have had it work on certain emulsion vintages of Kodachromes, so give it a try if you are scanning old Kodachromes. I scan at the maximum resolution as I sure don't want to do this again .
Another good source of scanning info is Katrin Eismann's Photoshop Restoration and Retouching web page. Scroll down the left side to the link titled "Scanning & Resolution". This link will take you to another page. At the top is a PDF download (1.8MB) titled "Scanning Information". This download has a wealth of scanning info. Hope this helps and good luck with your "new" Coolscan V. I like mine a lot, in fact I am scanning old Kodachromes as I write this.