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Does Epson have a road map for its film scanners?

I have a desire to purchase something like an Epson v850 film scanner. However given its age I'd like to know if Epson has any published roadmap for future releases of scanners. Especially as I have ...
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I got my roll from studio and my last frame had a certain black spot in the left upper corner.Any idea what it can be ? The rest of frames were fine

I got my roll from studio and my last frame had a certain black spot in the left upper corner.Any idea what it can be ? The rest of them were fine.
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Potential causes to bad quality of this 35mm film results

today I got the scans of my Lomography 400 roll, as you can see the quality of these is quite terrible. While I think it's not a lab error but it's how I handled this roll, I'm not quite sure about ...
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In 2021, which film scanners accepting different film formats are compatible with macOS Big Sur?

With Apple's recent rollout of their new iMac line, I have been considering upgrading my 2011 computer to something more modern. However, I know that my scanner, Epson V500, doesn't work with macOS ...
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Hardware for scanning diapostives or negatives using flatbed scanner?

How can I scan negatives and diapositives using a flatbed scanner? What hardware do I need? I'm a little confused here, both regarding what I need and how it works. 10-15 years ago, I think, it was ...
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Vuescan focus batch-scanning slides on Nikon LS-8000

I would like to scan batches of 5 mounted 35mm slides in my Nikon LS-8000, using Vuescan. I am confused about how best (and easiest) to achieve good focus. The simplest thing is to set the focus ...
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Batch scanning of family archive: speed of flatbed vs. film scanners?

I want to scan a large archive of family film negatives, and am pondering between buying a flatbed versus dedicated film scanner. While quality is still important, we are not aiming at too high ...
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Depth of Field for scanning 35mm slides on flatbed scanners (Epson)

I have both an Epson V750 and V850 scanners and am trying to digitize a large amount of slides. The software for scanning does great for color restoration (slides dated from 50s on) but the issue is ...
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Batch Scanning / iPhone apps?

I'm a photo editor that's been employed to work on the archive of an American music photographer from the 1960s. My first task is to deal with over 20,000 35mm negatives. The plan is to scan them all ...
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Create ICC Profile for Negative film

Hello i am looking for simple way to scan film negatives in a reproducable manner. I want to be able to judge and compare my exposures across films.I own an Epson v550 and after fiddeling around with ...
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Epson Scan 2 Not Showing Transparency Option for Film Scanning

I've been using my Epson V600 (or sometimes, GT-X820) for 6 years. I have gone through Apple updates and having broken Epson software before. (Currently running OSX 15.1 Cat) However, this time ...
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What maintenance does a negative scanner need?

I have an old Nikon 5000 film scanner that I use 4-6 times a year now as I slowly digitize thousands of old negatives and slides. I have not done any maintenance on it since getting it about five ...
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What are the best Epson Scan settings to scan black and white negatives?

I am using Epson V600 as my scanner and with default Epson Scan app. What is the best setting to use for the app? By "best" I mean, ideal for editing with Lightroom later. For example, what's the ...
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Is it better to shoot or scan a film negative for Lightroom?

Which one of these approaches produce better results with Lightroom later: Scan the negative with a flatbed scanner (e.g., Epson V600); output Tiff image; then proceed with Lightroom. Shoot your ...
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Is scanner calibration possible or necessary for scanning negatives?

I shoot film in both colour and black & white. Currently I have the negatives developed and scanned by a lab. My next step will be to get a 35mm film scanner and scan the developed negatives ...
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Is there any distinct difference between using a 35mm camera versus a 35mm instant camera?

My friends and I are really fond of using both disposables, and extremely cheap vintage 35mms for our trips we take when skating, biking and going to punk shows, however we aren't fond of the whole ...
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Scanning negative 35mm: color accuracy, color balance, film bias

My question is about scanning color 35mm film. I use professional film (Portra 400) and a very good lab. I get consistent results and prints. This year i have invested in semi-pro or pro scanner ...
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Best practices for scanning chromogenic black-and-white film?

Lately, I have been experimenting with chromogenic black-and-white film. However, I have had some trouble scanning the negatives. With colour film, scanning seems to work fine with the standard ...
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Scan film or slides using Ubuntu [closed]

I own a Epson V330 photoscanner which seems to be quite well supported by Ubuntu but I cannot find any (open source or at least free) software capable to scan multiple slides or photos from a film in ...
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Are there advantages to scanning film for prints aside from increased control over the image?

Say I have a negative and wish to make a large print out of it. I have two options: Wet print straight from the negative Scan & dry print In terms of editing, I realise the latter allows more ...
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How to separate dust and scratches in scanned RGB+IR dia/film images for later removal/healing?

I scanned slides and I have now 48 bit color plus IR (infrared) 16 bit gray files. Now I am processing them to remove dust and scratches and I am looking for a way to batch-detect the correct ...
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How to cut medium format film for scanning and archival storing

I shoot both 6x6 and 6x7 formats. There are no problems with 6x6 - I cut it as 3,3,3,3 frame pieces to fill a 4-row sleeve and have no problem scanning them in my Nikon 9000. However, if I cut 6x7 ...
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Would scanning the same negative at different exposures give a better result?

For a while I have got developed and scanned my 35mm negatives by a lab/shop. The quality of the scans is not satisfying me (a lot of noise and images are not sharp). I was thinking of buying a film ...
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Best option for scanning a large volume of slides

I'm looking to scan several thousand old 35mm slides for historical archiving. I've got an old Canon CanoScan flatbed scanner that has the ability to scan slides specifically but its a tad slow and i'...
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How can I make my own film scanner using a DSLR camera?

How can I make my own film scanner (35mm) using a 16MP DSLR camera? For using the camera, I understand that I basically need a soft and even light source and a macro lens to focus on the films from ...
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Does specialty film scanner software provide any real benefits over bundled applications?

I've recently just bought an Epson Perfection V330 to scan my B&W negatives (being charged $15 a roll by the lab is way too much) so that I can do some light post-processing in Lightroom or ...
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How can I scan film from APS canisters?

You may remember APS film. It came out in the 90s, and was quickly replaced by digital. The film was connected to the cannister in a clever way that allowed you to rewind mid-roll. Are there any ...
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What is a reasonable file format for film scanning?

I'm looking to use my CanoScan 8600F to digitally archive the photos I've shot on film. The issue I've stumbled on is deciding on a file format. Ideally I'd like something that is lossless but with ...
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Colors while scanning a cross-processed film: why [not] so vivid?

In this question I am trying to understand the nature of colors in scanning cross-processed films. I've thought that I'm okay with photoshop, with subtractive and additive colors etc etc etc, but ...
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How to preserve detail when downscaling scanned photos?

I'm mixing analog with digital photography — I tend to take better photos when I can't look at a small digital screen, unconsciously forcing me to take the picture before I shoot instead of checking ...
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Medium Format Scanner

I have a 500CM Hasselblad medium format film camera that I shoot with Kodak Ektachrome color transparency slide film. It seems to me that the best medium format slide scanner around is the Nikon Super ...
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Scanning to include sprockets. How do i get rid of the blue blotches?

Epson v500. when not using either of the film masks i get these blue blotches in the scan. I've tried epson scan and vuescan. Anyone know how to get it to scan without the blotches?
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Best auto-feed photo and/or negative scanner?

My father recently passed away and left us with grocery bags, buckets, and 55-gallon drums full of photographs and negatives. I'm guessing there are easily over 100,000 photos and 100,000 negatives. ...
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How to manual focus Nikon Coolscan 4000 using Vuescan?

How to be sure that the scanner (Nikon Coolscan 4000) focuses correctly and if not, how can I manually focus it using Vuescan?
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