Scanning Wars

Scanning Wars

My Epson film scanner and I have been fighting lately.   For the past two weeks I just can't seem to get a good scan.   I can't seem to get a sharp scan.   I can't seem to get a scan with the correct color.    I can't seem to get a scan with the proper exposure.  I even had a day I couldn't get it to select a negative in the software to scan.   I had it with my scanner.   I was done.   I am getting rid of this thing and getting a 'proper' scanner.   I was so frustrated with the dealing with this... I decided to uninstall all of my software.  Reinstall it and try one last time and attempt to scan the roll of Ilford 400 XP2 from Popeye Camera.   I dropped the negatives on the scanner and sure enough I get a great set of scans.   I was actually very happy with how they came out.

During my Epson Hate fest I had begun researching what is available for higher end scanners.    There seem to be three on the market and one that I can actually afford which is the PlusTek OpticFilm 120.   This is running about $2,000 USD which is a massive investment.  I would need to sell a lot of prints to justify spending that on a scanner so if each of you could commit to buy 1 or 2 then I'm going for it.  I'm only half joking - seriously go buy a print otherwise this might need a little more consideration.  I would be very interested if anyone is using this scanner and has an opinion on it.   The one thing I found very strange is that it needs to sit 8 inches away from the wall as the tray exits in the back during scanning.   Seems inconvenient.

The higher end options are the Hasselblad Flextight X1 and Flextight X5 which cost $16,000 and $25,000 respectively.  These are far out of my price range.  I am not opposed if a wealthy ShootTokyo readers wants to buy them for me or if Hasselblad wants to give them to me.  For the reader, you'l get a complimentary print of anything I put up in my Print Shop.   For Hasselblad, I'm happy to write a review of the scanner and even wear a Hasselblad T-Shirt sometimes.   What a great deal for either of you!

Anyways, since neither of these are going to happen...

I love how the bokeh in this first picture came out.

Today’s configuration:  Hasselblad 501cm with a Carl Zeiss Planar 80mm shot on Ilford 400 XP2.

Jiyugaoka

Jiyugaoka

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Starbucks in Jiyugaoka

Starbucks in Jiyugaoka

No comment.  I'll let the picture speak for itself...

Cones in Jiyugaoka

Cones in Jiyugaoka

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JIyugaoka

JIyugaoka

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Jiyugaoka

Jiyugaoka

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Las Vegas Photowalk

Las Vegas Photowalk

Wandering

Wandering

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