C41 B&W FILM & NIKON COOLSCAN V ED

Discussion in 'Digital Darkroom' started by eye-of-searle, Nov 8, 2005.

  1. I have searched the forums and have not really found anything
    specific about C41 B&W film like Ilford XPS super and older Kodak
    TCN400 and how they scan on the Nikon V ED.

    Does anyone have any experience scanning these two films with the
    Nikon V ED? I have read great reviews on this scanner but I want to
    make sure it does well with these films. I use them alot. I also
    understand that post processing will still be needed on most scans.
    I just don't want to spend $500 to $600 on a scanner and get crap
    results on my C41 B&W negs.

    Thanks in advance for any help you guys can offer.

    Jim
     
  2. jtk

    jtk

    It's fine with XP2, I've never used the others.
     
  3. John, thanks for the response. In review I meant XP2 Super. Not XPS.
     
  4. XP2 works very well with that scanner; do not worry.
     
  5. I've got an LS 8000, not a V ED. One of the bonuses of XP-2 Super and TCN400 on either scanner is that you can use Digital ICE, virtually eliminating the need for retouching dust and minor scratches.
     
  6. Emre & Eric,

    Thanks for the info. Eric, when scanning one of these films, do you scan in RGB mode or grayscale. Sorry if that's a dumb question, just starting to get my head around the scanning process. I have been blowing a lot of money getting negs scanned at a lab and I'm guessing I can get equal or better results with some practice.
     
  7. "(W)hen scanning one of these films, do you scan in RGB mode or grayscale."

    I usually scan in RGB and convert to grayscale right after my PhotoKit Sharpener output sharpening and right before printing with Quad Tone RIP.
     
  8. I used greyscale mode in Vuescan.
     
  9. Thanks again guys. I hope to have the scanner by years end. Maybe sooner!

    Jim
     
  10. jtk

    jtk

    I've played with both greyscale and RGB and not come to a conclusion about one being better. There MAY be an advantage in sharpening with RGB.
     
  11. I've used both. They work great on the CS 5000 and the V will be about the same. In fact, in
    some ways those type of films work better in the digital workflow than silver halide films...in
    some ways.
     
  12. "There MAY be an advantage in sharpening with RGB."


    I don't know that there is any inherent advantage to sharpening in RGB, but you have to be in RGB to sharpen with PhotoKit Sharpener. I do know that there is an advantage to the precise sharpening of PKS.
     

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