Oh, for those wondering: the first posting shows 2 pictures from the
government buildings along the Spree river. The 'bottom 2' are from the
Berliner Hauptbahnhof (Central Station). The dinosaur is a coincidence
Great stuff Wilko, and thanks for sharing them. I noticed that where you seem to have the camera level, there is little noticeable distortion. I bought the 50mm FLE because I "feared" distortion. The shots are very sharp too. Great results.
Yes Colin, Portra 160NC is wonderful print film. In fact it is my favourite. It is totally natural and the lowish saturation responds very well to PS pumping up the saturation in images where high saturation is desirable. So now I don't bother too much buying the VC (vivid colour) version. Portra 160 NC also scans very very well.
This is precisely the dilemma which I face also.The thing which puts me off the Epson V700 and 750 is the necessity for fluid scans to obtain the best quality.I have also read negative reviews of the Nikon although I cannot remember where but issues of banding spring to mind and of course the price is very high.
I have decided to wait for the new Microtek M1 which I am informed is due in the UK in the late summer. This does not scan film through glass and looks very promising.
Here is a link to some details about it:
For what it's worth, I have the Epson V750M, plus the excellent aftermarket BetterScanning dot com negative holders, and it does the job for me.
Scanning 'flat' 6x6 or 6x7 using Silverfast gives me huge files to work with; then throw in some Optipix adjustments, and I'm OK. That is, it works for me.
Anything I put online gets crushed back to JPEG at 72dpi, although I optimise it via CS2. And for prints via the R2400, out to 13x19, I am very happy. It works for 35mm also out to 10x8 at least, although less forgiving. (Rubbish in = rubbish out).
And that's the point of it I guess. It works very well for me up to my present needs. Horses for courses. If you have need of more, spend more and get more. (Or send the selected images out for scanning.) Of course you can hang out for better technology ... and hang out ... and hang out. Start scanning !
PS About Fluid mounting (Aztek etc). The newer fluid is not messy. Once again, although I have that 'technology', I rarely use it because there is no real need. (Works great with old scratched negs etc)
If I worried too much about all this, I'd stop using my Rollei TLRs, and my M3, with all those 'ancient design' lenses. I have a 50mm Nikon 1.4 in satin chrome - which I got new in 1967 - and I use it still, either as a second loupe !! or as a prime lens on my F. Mind you, it is built like a tank ...