Nikon 9000ED Questions

Discussion in 'Digital Darkroom' started by chris_freese, Jul 26, 2008.

  1. Hello all,

    I once shot 4x5 film, and still do from time to time. I use my RZ67 a heck of alot now, and want to buy a scanner for it. I cannot afford a
    Imacon, so from what i can tell the next best is the Nikon 9000ED.

    The scanner will be fine for 67 and i cannot wait for to buy one in the next week or two, but i have some questions i'm hoping you can
    help out with.

    1) Is the glass holder (non rotating holder) a good option for flat film?

    2) Is Vuescan or another 3rd party software program needed, or is the nikon software OK

    3) My father gave me a box of negs and trannies of 6x17 film from his days of shooting. I'd like to scan them, could i do this on this
    scanner? I understand the max size is 6x9, but can i lock the exposure from one scan and slide the film up the holder to get the second
    half, and stitch them together in photoshop?

    4) Looking on B&H i noticed a holder that holds fluid. is this the best or not recommended?

    5) What size file (openned in photoshop as a 16bit) would a 6x7 scanned tranny be?



    I guess thats about it.

    thanks in advance for your advice

    Chris

    p.s I'll keep the 4x5 for black and white prints in the old enlarger. I won't go digi on the 4x5
     
  2. 1) Is the glass holder (non rotating holder) a good option for flat film?
    You need a glass holder so yes its a good (but expensive) option. Personally, I just run with a single piece of AN glass in the standard holder, mail ordered from http://www.fpointinc.com/ already to fit, for a LOT less and find no issues
    2) Is Vuescan or another 3rd party software program needed, or is the nikon software OK
    Silverfast or Vuescan are usually recommended. As a user, I use Vuescan
    3) My father gave me a box of negs and trannies of 6x17 film from his days of shooting. I'd like to scan them, could i do this on this scanner? I understand the max size is 6x9, but can i lock the exposure from one scan and slide the film up the holder to get the second half, and stitch them together in photoshop?
    As you mention you need to do them in two halves and stitch. If you can do this without removing the carrier, then it will be easier to align
    4) Looking on B&H i noticed a holder that holds fluid. is this the best or not recommended?
    Wet mount scanning does deliver the best results. Its messy and time consuming. Probably worth starting with a glass carrier then makes decisions
    5) What size file (openned in photoshop as a 16bit) would a 6x7 scanned tranny be?
    Scans of 6x7 at 4000 dpi and 16-bit channels are around 175MB in a single channel B&W or 550MB in 3 channel RGB. Lots of RAM is going to be good :)
     
  3. I passed on the Nikon glass holder and bought wet scanning supplies, including a glass plate for use in the
    standard Nikon carrier, from Scan Science.

    http://www.scanscience.com/


    Here is a comparison between a Nikon glass carrier and wet scanning:

    http://www.weaved.net/wet.htm

    As for software - Nikon Scan is fine if you scan as positives and invert in another program (Photoshops inversion
    ain't great). I also set the Gamma to 1, which is a 'RAW' scan, and invert negs using the ColorNeg Photoshop
    plug-in written by C-F Systems.

    http://www.colorneg.de/sw.html?lang=en

    http://www.colorneg.de/virtualgrades.html?lang=en

    http://www.auspiciousdragon.net/photowords/?p=1049

    http://www.auspiciousdragon.net/photowords/?page_id=1225

    http://www.c-f-systems.com/ShortVersion.html
     
  4. Robert, if you know, can you use the Scanscience glass plate without wet mounting and results comparable to what your sample shows for dry mounted neg? It might be nice to have the option to not wet mount and still be able to use just one plate.
     
  5. You can't use the Scan Science plates for dry scans because you'll get Newton Rings. Focal Point sells AN glass that's cut to fit the standard Nikon holder.
     
  6. Thanx Robert, gives me a tough choice. Can you use the scanscience technique and fluid on the Focal Point AN glass? Sorry I should of anticipated and added this to the last question and saved us this time. But it would be nice to have the option of both techniqes without having to throw down another 100+ USD's for glass. My new 9000 is waiting for me to pick it up at my office.
     

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