Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Scan Disappointment

Monday I picked up the CD of the K64 and some E6 scans. Very disappointing. Most of the K64 scans were very soft (unsharp, but beyond the typical digital softness), density was off (overall level was too low), etc. Some of the E6 scans are very sub-par as well. Back I go tomorrow to have many of them redone.

I realize there's a difference between scanning negatives and slides. But this is a QC issue. A professional lab shouldn't let such work out the door.

Hence, no new images to post yet.


decrepitoldfool said...

Wonder what low-level employee at the lab gets the job of stuffing in slides and packaging the results with a CD for the customer? Obviously the lab does not take this task very seriously.

I think this is why you need a film scanner, like that Minolta one we talked about.

WeeDram said...

I took the work back, and the manager (owner?) agreed things weren't right. This is a high quality lab, but mistakes do happen. The guy who (I think) did the scans, said he thinks GEM (grain reduction algorithm) might be at fault. That can be turned off, adjusted.

The work is being redone, and the manager wrote on the jacket "Not rush, but great!", and that's what I expect.

But you are right. I need a scanner; using the lab is a stopgap measure. Either a Minolta or the Nikon Coolscan V.

decrepitoldfool said...

Check out these 100+ year old color images. The "People at work" ones are particularly mind blowing.

decrepitoldfool said...

Doh! I forgot to include the link: Photographer to the Tsar

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