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A Coolscan question...


Kimberley, CA
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Wingman Silver Member Awarded for sharing his excellent work and continued contribution to the forums, most notably at the Aviation forum. Donor Ribbon awarded for his generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Nikonian since 02nd Dec 2002
Sat 01-Oct-11 03:56 PM | edited Sat 01-Oct-11 04:02 PM by Wingman

I picked up a lightly used Nikon Coolscan 5000 a while back, and have recently finally found time to start working with it. I'm generally delighted with this machine -- scans seem sharp, and the SF-210 bulk loader works fine for me so far, unlike much commentary I've seen on the web. I have found a problem though.

As seen in the attached image (a Kodachrome II shot from 1978) I am getting what seems to be lens flare (generally but not always upward) from high contrast edges when the highlights are rendered as pure white in the original. The original slide is fine with no such flare visible. I shot a lot in hard and contrasty desert light back then, so pure white is not uncommon in much of my work. Less contrasty slides render just fine.

I have seen mention on the web of flare being a problem with the Nikon slide scanners -- is this a common problem and if so is there anything at all I can do to lessen the problem? Or is this a problem with my example of the 5000?

Neal Nurmi

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