Your Likings for a Kodachrome Scanner
I post this posing the question as to which scanner you guys like and have had luck (both good and bad)with.
My father took many slide pictures back during WWII and through the 60's 70's and 80's. Ever since he passed ,I have been wanting to take all of his pictures and go dig.
I have many (in glass) as well as Kodachrome and some of mine that I shoot today.
I'm looking for a film and slide scanner and not a flat bed. I'm torn between the two Nikon's 4000/5000 and the KM 5400 E II.
I hope you can help, as I know this is asked often and I'm sure you get tired of seeing these types of post.
#1. "RE: Your Likings for a Kodachrome Scanner" | In response to Reply # 0BJNicholls Charter MemberFri 07-Apr-06 06:07 PM
The only consideration you need to keep in mind when scanning Kodachrome vs. E6 emulsions is that Kodachrome retains silver grains that confuse the infrared dust and scratch removal (Digital ICE and similar technologies). You need to disable IR dust/scratch removal or you'll find that dense areas on your images have been "cleaned" with unfortunate results. The same limitation applies when scanning black and white film.
Either scanner you mention would work well with your Kodachromes. You'll want to clean your slides well before scanning and expect to do some spotting manually. Look closely at your glass mounts before scanning. These will often produce interference patterns (Newton's rings) that will show up in your scans. Newer glass mounts can use "anti-Newton" glass. It has a lightly textured surface that breaks up interference patterns. But the texture also degrades image quality somewhat. If you can safely remove the glass mounts you'll get better scans.
Depending on how much dust and scratch problems you face, you might keep an eye on the upcoming Epson V750 Pro flatbed scanner. The V700 is the first flatbed that gives dedicated 35mm film scanners a run for the money. The V750 will offer wet emulsion scanning. This is a feature hitherto only available using drum scanners. By scanning the film sandwiched with a thin liquid layer, scratches mostly disappear.
See Vincent Oliver's interactive review of the V700. The V750 is due for release soon.
#2. "RE: Your Likings for a Kodachrome Scanner" | In response to Reply # 0mhuth Basic MemberTue 11-Apr-06 08:55 PM
I've had reasonable results with the LS5000 using ICE with Kodachrome. Most of the slides I've scanned have been just fine using the Kodacrhome and Ice-normal settings. There is apparently an improvement from the 4000 in this area. While the manual does point out that some Kodachrome slides may scan soft or fuzzy, my experience has been okay. I've scanned stuff from 1950 forward, almost allways using ICE.
To be fair, most of the images are from our family photographers and are not of the highest quality, technically. Lots of stuff from before meters were common, so the exposures are all over the place. So there may be problems with critical detail. However, my Kodachromes shot with Nikons after 1967 seem to be okay also. Simply hand-holding makes critical sharpness unlikely, so again, I don't really have a complaint about the ICE. And it sure helps with the spotting in post-processing.
I've scanned even apparently clean slides without ICE only to find quite a few defects in the form of fine scratches from processing or handling. ICE makes those all go away.
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#3. "RE: Your Likings for a Kodachrome Scanner" | In response to Reply # 0bcm75 Basic MemberWed 12-Apr-06 11:07 AM
Like BJ said, ICE is mostly useless with Kodachrome. I've been doing a fairly large scanning project involving mostly Kodachromes from the 30's to the 70's (like yours, shot by my grandfather), and have had some very good results with my Epson 4990. I have that particular scanner instead of a dedicated film scanner because I also needed the capability to scan formats larger than 35mm. I might take a look at the newer Epsons that are coming out if I were to buy now, even though you mentioned you're not in the market for a flatbed. Any slides that were in glass, I removed. Making sure that they are clean before scanning really speeds up your retouching work. If you're not going to print these really large (say no larger than 8x10) then the amount of manual touchup work you will need to do should be fairly minimal.
Don't bemoan the loss of ICE too much, at least the scans will go faster.
In any case, I'm sure you'll enjoy your project. Mine was (and still is) a ton of fun for me. I have some shots of my grandfather in high school in the 30s (he passed away in the 80s), my father when he was a baby, my grandparents' wedding photos, my grandfather's beautiful artistic work, and countless other priceless family memories that are going to be available to our whole family now. To me, it was a huge added bonus to have color work from these earlier time periods. If you have early Kodachromes such as these, consider yourself among the fortunate. So much photography in this era of the dawn of consumer color was in B&W that I find it a bit unusual to have such a volume of family memories in color.
I made a recent post about this in the "Color Slide and Print" forum, if you want to check that out.
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