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Software & Accessories / Re: Film and polaroid scanner
« on: March 26, 2013, 05:50:30 PM »
forget scanners,if you have full frame, buy a macro lens (second hand 2.8/90 Tamron if you're on a budget) shoot at f8,in RAW,100 iso,focus with live view,and the quality will be amazing,and the workflow much easier.

I've heard of that method, but couple of factors for me:

1) I need to put together a good setup, and get a film holder that holds it quite flat. Generally I've seen the setups as vertical to the ground.
2) The negatives and polaroids are not of the same aspect ration of my dSLR, so I would have to crop it in various ways.
3) No matter how precise I am, I probably will have a teeny tiny mis-alignment every time I set it up. Even though f/8 might have everything in focus, a tiny angle other than perfectly parallel to the sensor may be visible.
4) I have to buy the bits I need to put it all together, so the cost might end up being non-trivial, although maybe not as much as the v600 it might not be to horribly different.
5) I'm not a poor starving student. I can afford to spend a bit of money on this.

In terms of workflow, I'm not sure how much easier it actually will be, at least for me. I can easily mount the film, set my parameters, click scan, and play a video game or read for the next 5-10 minutes until it's done. 1 roll of 120 film is 10 frames, so if it takes me 2 hours to scan a couple of rolls, I'm OK with that. I'm not a high volume shop. I'd need to spend some time in Photoshop regardless because the colors and such might not be good, and I may even need to adjust by channel whereas with proper scanning software it gets much closer right away as it knows a lot more about the source that it's reading.

Software & Accessories / Re: Film and polaroid scanner
« on: March 26, 2013, 04:54:57 PM »
Thanks everyone, so what I've finally decided to do is get the Epson v600, probably buy the VueScan software everybody seems to be raving about, and then look at the OpticFilm 120 dedicated scanner in 4-6 months time supposing I've still be shooting regularly and want an increase in scan quality from negatives/slides.

BTW, if anyone is interested, Mike Pasini is doing solid review (still on-going) of the OpticFilm 120. Seems pretty affordable compared to a used Nikon 9000, if you can even find one of those.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Eneloops and charger
« on: March 26, 2013, 11:31:51 AM »
I've got the La Crosse BC-700, which looks like it's the same one as yours. I believe that's just displaying the current charging rate, not the current capacity of the battery. I don't know that it ever displays the actual current capacity of the battery, although I might be wrong.

Didn't the charger come with a manual? You know, those few pages of paper that we all throw away immediately because we already know how to use all of our devices since we're all so smart?

Software & Accessories / Re: Film and polaroid scanner
« on: March 25, 2013, 01:54:51 PM »
Thanks Mt Spokane, I believe the v600/v700/v750 does 4x5, and maybe even 8x10 film with the appropriate holders. The thing that seems nice about the ArtixScan models is they have auto-focus which means slight variations in film holders will be minimized, and the concept of glass-less holder is nice. In theory, it eliminates some possible issues that having another piece of glass.

On the other hand, it's quite a bit more expensive than than v600 and v700, and somewhat over the v750. Some of the reviews I've seen have been pretty positive about the M2. *sigh* Well, I need to wait the rest of the week until pay day anyway.

Software & Accessories / Film and polaroid scanner
« on: March 25, 2013, 12:37:05 PM »
So I am on a quest to find a not insanely expensive scanner for both my film (120, 35mm) film as well my polaroids that I've recently jumped into. At my local pro photo shop it's $12/roll for standard scans (somethinglike 2K pixels long edge, JPG). If it was less expensive, I'd say that's fine for 99% of my needs, and I'd be happy to pay for individual image scans at significantly higher quality if I needed it. So, there's an element of cost effectiveness of buying my own scanner, although unless I'm scanning massive amounts images it won't 'pay' for itself for years. And I realize the 'convenience' of having it at home will undoubtedly be outweighed by what I've read can be time consuming and sometimes frustrating.

All that said, I'd like to be a bit more in control of the output, and also since I have a polaroid back and have taken a few great images with that, I'd like to be able to scan those in as well which leads to a flatbed, rather than a dedicated film scanner. I've been doings some reading, and the Epson v600/v700 seem highly rated, but I've just come across the ArtixScan M2/F2 Pro, which the v750 Pro seems more geared to target. However spending $1000 on a scanner is a lot, however they generally also include some software. Assuming the bundled software doesn't cut it, I've seen it boil down to VueScan ($80 for Pro), or SilverFast of one flavor or another with AI Studio being quite expensive, but does everything. So looking at the ArtixScan F2 Pro which includes SilverFast AI Studio 8, that seems like it's a reasonable premium over the M2.

So, should I go for the v600 and heavily evaluate it for the return period? Or just jump up to the 700/750 or M2/F2 provide me with a significantly better experience for a relatively moderate increase in price over other film scanner type products. In either case, I won't be breaking the bank, and I'm happy to take a longer term look and say I'd rather spend somewhat more now, rather than buying twice.

Black & White / Re: My first B&W film
« on: March 21, 2013, 02:29:29 AM »
Here's more recent (by 2 weeks), this was Ilford HP5+ 400 film, all shot near the finish line of the 2013 LA Marathon. Just got the film & scans back tonight.

Black & White / My first B&W film
« on: March 21, 2013, 02:24:10 AM »
So recently got a Mamiya RB67 Pro-S film camera, and started going a little cray :)  Man, scanning film is expensive! These first 4 were all from a long expired roll of T-Max B&W film that came with the camera since I was new to using it, and didn't want to waste a good roll if I totally screwed up.

Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: March 21, 2013, 02:20:31 AM »
My first sunset on film, Mamiya RB67 Pro-S 180mm -C lens, first roll of Porta 160 I've ever shot. Medium scan from Samy's Camera in LA. I really need to buy a good quality film scanner, avoid paying $10+ per roll to scan...

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 70D, DIGIC 6 & 18mp Sensors
« on: March 20, 2013, 05:53:08 PM »
The EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x is becoming a running joke with folks at Canon, I don’t think any one really knows why it hasn’t been officially announced yet.


To see who some of the photographers were and what their work looked like, check this out

FTFY, your link was b0rked.

I'd love to do something like this event, but I feel my work right now would need a lot of effort to organize and come up with a quality portfolio of work, and figure out what I want it to say about me and what I shoot.

Canon General / Re: Other websites?
« on: March 20, 2013, 02:41:37 PM »
I hit the LensRentals.com blog all the time, see if there's something new. His posts are almost always quite insightful, and always interesting.

Less photo related, I keep up to date with Arstechnica.com and Anandtech.com, but those are much more tech/news sites. And of course XKCD for my funnies.

EDIT: fix url link

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS-b Images Leak & a New Kit Lens
« on: March 19, 2013, 11:11:28 AM »
hybrid CMOS AF II was a wider area

I think this is the chip that's going to be going into the EOS-M v2 as well, provided it improves the AF performance significantly. I think this is basically an EOS-M size, but adding the mirror box and phase-detect AF and keeping it as small as possible.

Portrait / Re: Colour help...please!
« on: March 18, 2013, 06:56:53 PM »
Skin tones seem alright to me on the 2nd pic.

What tool(s) are you using? LR4? Have you calibrated your monitor, and when you export are you exporting to sRGB?

Technical Support / Re: Shooting manual
« on: March 18, 2013, 06:55:21 PM »
I just took a look at the camera and discovered I accidentally changed the wrong setting at some point - exposure compensation was at +3, which definitely explains the over exposed images. Both suggestions made are appreciated and will be implemented, thank you.

EC doesnt do anything in manual mode though unless its flash EC with an on camera flash

I might be wrong on this but i think EC will still affect the ISO in manual if you have it set to auto ISO.

Yea, if you're in M with Auto-ISO it'll crank the ISO up to try and meet the +3 EV that was selected.

I've got the Benro C-0681, which folds up to a bit shorter than most tripods to fit in a carry-on, comes with a ballhead, and one of the legs can be detached to use as a tripod. Pretty light too, and comes with a decent carrying case.

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