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Canon General / Re: Scans
« on: August 16, 2011, 08:44:19 PM »
Thanks everyone.  I just sent them off to scancafe.com.  For 451 slides (with the Ken Rockwell siscount), it was about $230 (including TIFF files at @3000 DPI, thus allowing ACR changes).   They estimated 30 days turn around (right when I return from holiday in Kiev), and you do not have to pay for the images you don't want (I assume they send you small JPG's to look through).  Then also label the files as the slides are labed, and since all my slides are labed by TripNumber-TripLocation-RollNumber-SlideNumber, this is a huge plus.  You only pay 50% up front, so it is pretty inexpensive.

I'll let everyone know of the results.  Hopefully they are better than what I had.  When I was selecting slides, I noticed the DR on the scans was worse than the slides (and slides have terrible DR), so hopefully *.TIFF in ACR can bring them up close to digital standards.

I am dreading refiling them all, but I think they can all go to storage now that this is complete.

Thanks agains for the advice.

Software & Accessories / Re: Digital Photo Professional 3.10.1 Updater
« on: August 14, 2011, 05:08:28 PM »
Question - do most people put their RAW images through DPP?

I've just switched from shooting in jpg to RAW 1 week ago (!), and have stayed with my trusty Aperture. Thus far, seems OK, although I've never used DPP. Am only scratching the surface of what I can do with RAW.

I do all post processing with ACR.  I have never even installed the Canon software.

PowerShot Cameras / Re: Upcoming PowerShots [CR2]
« on: August 12, 2011, 09:16:47 AM »
What on  with a 35x zoom?  Assuming 50mm = 1x, that's 1750mm!

Those consumer cameras seem just to add extra features that mom and pop just eat up

EOS Bodies / Re: Coming Tech & More [CR2]
« on: August 11, 2011, 07:56:05 PM »
Honestly, the only thing I care about in that rumour is DR.  Battery life is not a big deal, and I don't shoot video.  Even extra MP is just pushing the limits, my PXMIA 9500 can't even print a 21.3 MP print at 100%, and I have only ever once printed something larger (a scan printedd at 18x24)...none the less, I have a friend who will buy my 5D2, so I guess I will get a 5D3 when availaible.

Canon General / Re: Scans
« on: August 11, 2011, 07:52:09 PM »
Digmypics is here in the Phoenix AZ (Gilbert) area and they do their scanning in house...at that is what their website says.

I use a Nikon ED4000 film scanner myself for my old Kodachromes and the newer Provia slides with VueScan software and while it does take a while to scan each slide, I am happy with the results. Do not make the error of throwing away the slides after you get them scanned....it is possible better scanners and/or software will come along and then you may want to re-scan them. I did just that when I got the Nikon to replace an HP Photosmart scanner.


Throw them away, are you serious?  I'm trying to scan just about 5% of my vacations from the last 12 years.  As soon as they are scanned, they will go back in the folders where I just pulled them from.

EOS Bodies / Re: Where to buy the to be announced body(s)?
« on: August 11, 2011, 03:55:58 PM »
Shopping a clearance house like Amazon is somewhat shaky ground, as they do not necessarily get their products direct from the OEM like B & H.

I frequently shop from amazon for camera gear.  I would not call Amazon shaky.  In fact, I have never received a grey market item from Amazon (though one of their resellsers did send me a grey market battery grip; but it was clear that the sale was from a partner).  No offense, but I think you have come very close to libeling Amazon.  I would have no problem recomending Amazon as a retailer to anyone looking to buy.

Canon General / Re: Scans
« on: August 11, 2011, 02:11:30 PM »
I sounted out what I want done, there are 451 slides.  Scancafe can do that for $330 (4000 dpi, JPG+TIFF, dust/scratch removal)

For my time, I'd rather spend $300 than 100 hours!  And as long as they come back as TIFF, they can essentially be treated as RAW and manipulated in ACR.

I have never used scancafe and cannot speak for them but for that many slides it seems like that's kinda a low price or will have a ridiculous turnaround time... either way i'd err on the "if it sounds too good to be true..."  but it it works out well and doesn't look shabby, more power to you.

They offer a 600 slide package for $130, but that's JPG only.  I have an old canon FS4000U, but I doubt there are Win7 x64 drivers for it, and it's USB1.1 and SCSI.  So it would just take too long!  If they provide reasonable TIFF's, I can at least work with the result in ACR

Canon General / Re: Scans
« on: August 11, 2011, 12:57:56 PM »
I sounted out what I want done, there are 451 slides.  Scancafe can do that for $330 (4000 dpi, JPG+TIFF, dust/scratch removal)

For my time, I'd rather spend $300 than 100 hours!  And as long as they come back as TIFF, they can essentially be treated as RAW and manipulated in ACR.

Canon General / Re: Scans
« on: August 11, 2011, 09:11:37 AM »
I see "scancafe" advertised a lot.   If you use the code ROCKWELL21AUG11 (from Kenrockwell.com) you get a 21% discount.  Are you still shooting E6? If so, have you considered getting a new scanner?  The Epson V700/V750 gets good reviews.  I'm using a Canonscan 9500F.  This works extremely well for medium format and isn't too bad with 35mm.  Its discontinued, but you see them cheap on ebay occassionally.  The 9500F has FARE, which is a dust and scratch reduction feature.

I'd be curious to hear how you go.  My better 35mm scans are probably as good as digital shots, but most aren't quite there.  It would be interesting to hear how good professional scans are.

I quit shooting E6 in 2008, but when I look at the scans, the are quite poor.  At the time, I has happy with them, they were as good as my D30 (D30 not 30D), but compared to the 5D and 5D2 they look terrible.  They were mostly shot with L seriers glass on a 1V (they days when you could buy and hold a body!), so the actual transparancies are quite good (except for low DR), I'd just like to get the digitals to look much better on the computer.  What was acceptable in 2002 doesn;t cut it today.

I really don't want to do it myself, It takes too long to scan at the highest resolution.  I see scancafe offers them at 0.29/scan + 0.24/scan for TIFF.  500 slides for $300 actually sounds like a good deal.  I guess it's time to do some sorting.

Thanks's for the help in identifying a solution!

Canon General / Scans
« on: August 10, 2011, 07:48:29 PM »
I shot solely E6 until 2008, the scans that I have from the FS400U don't hold a candle to digital shots (dust, lack of sharpness, JPG, poor color).  Can someone recommend a professional scanning service that does not cost an arm and a leg.  I'd probably opt to just send off about 300-500 slides.  All advice is well appreciated.

Ideally, I would want scans as TIFF's so that ACR can make non-destructive changes.


United States / Best Buy has a sale on 5D2
« on: August 10, 2011, 08:00:27 AM »
According to this site, http://www.gizmocrunch.com/gadgets/7956-canon-eos-5d-mark-ii-dslr-deal-best-buy, the 5D2 is on sale at Best Buy for $2125.  This is a relaible website

Lenses / Re: Red Epic with an EF Mount
« on: August 08, 2011, 01:38:37 PM »
It would be even cooler with the old 1200 f/5.6 and an 1.4TC

Landscape / Re: HDR bracketing
« on: July 22, 2011, 01:04:43 PM »
I should also point out, that ever since I went digital, I quit using automatic AEB.  I still bracket somewhat frequently, but I just use the dial on the rear to manually bracket; I find it easier than setting up AEB.  And with AEB you are more likely to end up with brackets that you don't like.  By manually bracketing, I can look at the shot and, more importantly, the histogram, to decide if that is how I want to bracket it.

Landscape / Re: HDR bracketing
« on: July 22, 2011, 01:01:47 PM »
I just set it up in manual mode and  adjust downwards the length of the exposure.  Also I shoot a couple solid black shots before I begin and when I end, this helps in Bridge since I can see numersous shots bracked around the black and know that those shots were for HDR

United Kingdom & Ireland / Re: Web store in the UK First Cameras
« on: July 12, 2011, 07:23:18 PM »
Really always comes down to, if it's too good to be true, it probably is.  The fact is, if a store is offering bodies/lenses at 20% or more off what everybody else is, there is probably something fishy

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