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Forum: Sony E Lenses / Adapted Lenses / Adapters / Images 4 Days Ago
Replies: 1
Views: 138
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Bump... Anyone have any experience with this...

Bump... Anyone have any experience with this lens?

It's a $150 f/2.8 macro lens for Sony APS.
Forum: DIYS Modifications 1 Week Ago
Replies: 40
Views: 968
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Caution: I plugged my DXO-One into my iPhone with...

Caution: I plugged my DXO-One into my iPhone with the DXO app. Screen said, "Updating the camera." Turned it into a paperweight.

Meanwhile, your rig looks very nice.
Forum: Sony E Lenses / Adapted Lenses / Adapters / Images 1 Week Ago
Replies: 1
Views: 138
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
7Artisans 60mm Macro for Sony E Mount - Comments?

Anyone have experience with the 7Artisans 60mm macro for Sony E mount?

This is an APS lens. Focuses to 1:1.

I would think about using it for camera-scans of 35mm to APS body at 0.67x.
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 1 Week Ago
Replies: 132
Views: 15,067
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Friends - Nathan Johnson just announced...

Friends -

Nathan Johnson just announced elsewhere that the next point update of Negative Lab Pro will be released early next week, along with a "Black Friday" discount. This LR add-in software is...
Forum: Yashica RF 1 Week Ago
Replies: 5
Views: 283
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
I say look one more time at the sprocket holes on...

I say look one more time at the sprocket holes on the film.

Here's my test sequence for this:
- Load new roll, advance film to first position
- Shoot off four blanks in a very dark room.
- Leave...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 580
Views: 45,024
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Also, I'm in complete agreement with Huss....

Also, I'm in complete agreement with Huss. Negative Lab Pro is a real game changer.
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 580
Views: 45,024
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
First, Frank Phillips can probably fix your...

First, Frank Phillips can probably fix your scanner or call in Gleb Stengel for certain parts. Seller Nikon_Coolscan on eBay, or find him on FaceBook.

Camera-scan setups vary.

Horizontal: Easiest...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 8
Views: 484
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
This cat in NH in August 2018 on a neighbor's...

This cat in NH in August 2018 on a neighbor's game-cam. Can anyone say authoritatively what species this is? Hint: It's an old rock wall, built by hand, no machinery. Rocks are 16-24 inches in...
Forum: Nikon RF 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 10
Views: 527
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Nikkor 35/2.5 is nice and very compact. Here it...

Nikkor 35/2.5 is nice and very compact. Here it is on my Bessa R2S.

http://2under.net/images/191110-Nikon35f25-Bessa-IMG_4558.jpg
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 2
Views: 439
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Huss, I also think it's gonna be poor quality,...

Huss, I also think it's gonna be poor quality, but what makes it worse than hand-held over a light pad?
Forum: Digital Compacts 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 5
Views: 808
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Thanks for the pointers. I had found those in a...

Thanks for the pointers. I had found those in a search. Neither works. Still bricked.
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 580
Views: 45,024
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Very interesting. Your results are very...

Very interesting. Your results are very consistent with what I get with best lenses on Sony 24MPx APS bodies at 1:1.5 and at 1:1. I get a little more resolution, just about proportional to the...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 580
Views: 45,024
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Can you mention your lens?

Can you mention your lens?
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 580
Views: 45,024
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
OK, we are thinking and seeing about the same....

OK, we are thinking and seeing about the same.

With my Pakon at 6MPx, no visible grain. At 24MPx with cam-scan, there's lots of visible grain, it's a good indicator of whether you are getting all...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 580
Views: 45,024
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
ISO 250? Yeah, my error. But 250 is low enough I...

ISO 250? Yeah, my error. But 250 is low enough I don't believe it made any difference.

70 Sigma Macro ART "struggling" on APS? Please comment on what leads you to that.

My assessment:
- APS and FF...
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 2
Views: 238
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
October thru February 23 for the first set of...

October thru February 23 for the first set of items.

Then, closed, torn down, re-install of a second set of items.

2nd part March 9 thru June 21.

Sounds very cool.
Forum: Digital Compacts 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 5
Views: 808
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
My DXO One is "Bricked"

Launched app on iPhone. Plugged in the DXO One. "Needs to be updated!" OK.

Result: completely dead. Reset instructions tried. Nothing, no life.

Anyone have info or suggestions on ressurecting this...
Forum: Nikon RF 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 7
Views: 488
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
I have a different Amadeo adapter for Nikon S to...

I have a different Amadeo adapter for Nikon S to Sony. It's very, very high quality.
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 11-02-2019
Replies: 580
Views: 45,024
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
This is sort of the last open question in...

This is sort of the last open question in refining my camera-scan setup. I have both body-types, so had to see if it made a difference.
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 11-02-2019
Replies: 580
Views: 45,024
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Now, for something different... How good is the...

Now, for something different... How good is the image from camera-scan of 35mm? Which is better, assuming good lenses, APS or FF? Or does it make a difference?

Here's a quick/dirty test shot I did...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 10-21-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 381
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Godox has pretty interesting items these...

Godox has pretty interesting items these days.

In particular, I use the Godox TT685s with their radio trigger. Here's an interesting little point: My units are TT685s, dedicated for Sony. The...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-19-2019
Replies: 25
Views: 847
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
When this happened to me, it was the lens not...

When this happened to me, it was the lens not closing down.

Test: If exposure is right wide open but bad at f/8.
Forum: RFF News 10-19-2019
Replies: 87
Views: 5,870
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
AND... Japanese whiskey is pretty good too.

AND... Japanese whiskey is pretty good too.
Forum: Sony Alpha / NEX News / General Discussion 10-17-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 898
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Amedeo adapter is perfect, a gem. You an also...

Amedeo adapter is perfect, a gem.

You an also find on eBay Russian crafty guys who hack lens mount from a Russian Contax copy onto a Sony bayonet and sell for $50. Not precise, and mine would let...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 10-17-2019
Replies: 148
Views: 14,617
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Friends - While I've gone over entirely to using...

Friends -

While I've gone over entirely to using Negative Lab Pro and LR, I watch for alternative methods. This just popped up in the active FB group "Digitizing film with a digital...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 10-11-2019
Replies: 148
Views: 14,617
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Interesting piece of gear. Expensive. Built like...

Interesting piece of gear. Expensive. Built like a tank and precise. Film aperture just slightly generous, so you get a little bit of unexposed film. The path bends the film to improve flatness.

I...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 10-11-2019
Replies: 148
Views: 14,617
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
I've done a test of a number of back-light...

I've done a test of a number of back-light sources for camera-scanning of color negatives, doing the conversions in Negative Lab Pro, my current go-to.

Results and comments are in "Negative Lab Pro"...
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 10-09-2019
Replies: 28
Views: 717
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
... and... Godfrey's list is good.

... and... Godfrey's list is good.
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 10-09-2019
Replies: 28
Views: 717
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
I think the Genius Bar person was basically...

I think the Genius Bar person was basically right, "No need for anti-virus."

A couple of additional points:
- Some of the stuff marketed as anti-virus is criminal ware, specifically MacKeeper....
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-06-2019
Replies: 39
Views: 1,054
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
First, with a magnifier, can you see the grain in...

First, with a magnifier, can you see the grain in the negative?

Wild guess: If IR cleaning is turned on in your scanners, it can produce something like that.
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-05-2019
Replies: 15
Views: 906
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Small world, more connections here than I would...

Small world, more connections here than I would have expected. I too flew in this plane, know people in that circle. Very sad.

Cause? Way too early to know.
Forum: Yashica RF 10-02-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 968
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
The Yashica GSN is a great camera, but it's been...

The Yashica GSN is a great camera, but it's been a long time since manufacture, every one of these needs servicing. I don't look for $10 bargains, I think this is usually a $100 excellent fixed lens...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-28-2019
Replies: 62
Views: 2,269
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Lots of fixed lens options, as mentioned above....

Lots of fixed lens options, as mentioned above. But, you asked for SLR.

Besides the obvious, and might be a bit rich, but the Contax Aria with the Zeiss 2.8/45 Tessar is positively tiny. Has a...
Forum: Yashica RF 09-17-2019
Replies: 26
Views: 937
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Got a nice GX, picked up in person in Tokyo, from...

Got a nice GX, picked up in person in Tokyo, from RFFer Frontman eBay seller Sangetsu03, a terrific guy.

This image, the wonderful Happo-en garden, Tokyo, camera-scan and NLP...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-17-2019
Replies: 81
Views: 3,508
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Meta-remorse. But, seriously, I'll bet it was...

Meta-remorse.

But, seriously, I'll bet it was illuminating to the OP to write it all out. I can understand that he decided afterwards that it was a little too much public sharing.
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 09-11-2019
Replies: 148
Views: 14,617
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Here's a general good practice for converting...

Here's a general good practice for converting color-negatives with Negative Lab Pro. I suspect this tip is also valid for other conversion methods.

A number of users have reported getting unwanted...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-11-2019
Replies: 22
Views: 868
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
For cheap film, bulk load a short roll. To...

For cheap film, bulk load a short roll.

To document a test, I create a "title slide" on my computer in large font. Camera, serial number, maybe the lens. Then photograph the computer screen as the...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 09-08-2019
Replies: 4
Views: 485
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
I say get a Win XP laptop for this. Many have...

I say get a Win XP laptop for this. Many have success with VM approaches, many have problems.
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 09-08-2019
Replies: 4
Views: 485
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
I have a 135 Plus. The easiest workflow is with...

I have a 135 Plus. The easiest workflow is with the standard software, the Plus does 6MPx with the standard software. I think TLX Client Demo is somewhat more awkward but adds some additional...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 09-08-2019
Replies: 1
Views: 384
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
The film holders in the video are from an Epson...

The film holders in the video are from an Epson flatbed scanner.

Beseler Negatrans is an interesting option. Also, look for Negative Supply MK1. Both these have a wheel you turn to advance the film.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 09-06-2019
Replies: 20
Views: 1,347
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
On vacation, driving from Liberia, Costa Rica,...

On vacation, driving from Liberia, Costa Rica, parked rental car at a nice looking restaurant, open air, nice place. From our table, I saw that another car had pulled up, parked next to ours, couple...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 09-03-2019
Replies: 39
Views: 1,735
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Delighted to see innovation happening in this...

Delighted to see innovation happening in this space, but lots of questions looking at the one photo...
- How precise?
- Vibration free?
- Shutter speed, with that light panel, unless it's brighter...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-03-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 255
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
For my nine-year old granddaughter: - She is...

For my nine-year old granddaughter:

- She is quite excited by the Instax. Tangible object pops out of the camera, and they come in colors. Big enough it doesn't get lost. Regularly runs out of...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-01-2019
Replies: 64
Views: 1,868
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
My comment: with digital post-processing I am now...

My comment: with digital post-processing I am now getting better prints and larger good prints than I ever did back in the film era from 35mm. This is both from film/slides and from digital captures.
Forum: Chris Crawford 08-23-2019
Replies: 75
Views: 6,583
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Reading all this... Paying it forward comes to...

Reading all this... Paying it forward comes to mind.

Bravo!
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 08-22-2019
Replies: 580
Views: 45,024
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Most macro lenses will deliver excellent...

Most macro lenses will deliver excellent performance in one-shot of 4x5.

I'm getting nice prints at 20x30 with a 24MPx body from good 35mm negatives and chromes.
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 08-12-2019
Replies: 580
Views: 45,024
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
One more, one of the train stations in Tokyo,...

One more, one of the train stations in Tokyo, Fuji 200, conversion in Negative Lab Pro, a real game-changer.

http://2under.net/images/101026-Tokyo-TrainStation-GX025-Fr6-NLP2-LowNR-HiSh-Scr.jpg
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 08-12-2019
Replies: 580
Views: 45,024
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Fuji 200 film from 2010, Camera-scan, conversion...

Fuji 200 film from 2010, Camera-scan, conversion in NLP. This is the fabulous Happō-en garden in Tokyo.

http://2under.net/images/101026-Tokyo-Happo-En-GX025-Fr17-NLP-Scr.jpg
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 08-07-2019
Replies: 15
Views: 801
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
To the OP... You're using a CoolScan V. With...

To the OP... You're using a CoolScan V. With mine, NikonScan with Digital ICE does a great job with dust/specs/scratches. Vuescan's "IR Clean" for me is not as effective and I find it creates some...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 08-06-2019
Replies: 580
Views: 45,024
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Backlight: Inexpensive light pads have low...

Backlight:

Inexpensive light pads have low enough quality of light to compromise things when shooting color negatives. Kaiser panel is good quality light, but you'll be shooting at 1/4sec....
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 07-06-2019
Replies: 23
Views: 1,111
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Sorry, but that LOMO device is cheap and...

Sorry, but that LOMO device is cheap and imprecise. The film-mover is a toy, and doesn't hold negative flat. MAYBE it could be useful for iPhone scans, but even that is doubtful.

I have one. I have...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 07-02-2019
Replies: 148
Views: 14,617
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
One more update... Same file as #130 (above) now...

One more update... Same file as #130 (above) now with NLP ver 2.0. The white t-shirt is now clean, no cast. Other slight improvements.

- Now using a Solux 4700K bulb
- UV filter on the scan-camera;...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 07-02-2019
Replies: 148
Views: 14,617
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
In the end, it's your judgement and the results...

In the end, it's your judgement and the results you like.

This thread has run for 18 months. In the beginning, it wasn't clear that camera-scan could get reasonable color in a nearly automatic...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 06-30-2019
Replies: 32
Views: 1,074
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Serious question: If we are hand-holding, is...

Serious question: If we are hand-holding, is there an image quality benefit to MF?
Versus 35mm?
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 06-29-2019
Replies: 19
Views: 1,532
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Your favorite centerfold? Mine is the 50 f/1.5...

Your favorite centerfold?

Mine is the 50 f/1.5 Nokton which I have in S mount for my S2, Bessa R2S, and occasionally Sony digital. Besides the optical performance, the build quality is wonderful.
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 06-27-2019
Replies: 148
Views: 14,617
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Updates: - For Lightroom, Negative Lab Pro is...

Updates:

- For Lightroom, Negative Lab Pro is now at ver 2.0.0, this is a significant improvement in already great software. Now supports VueScan to DNG (including IR Cleaning) from many scanners....
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-26-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 1,320
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Aria is very late in the sequence, so newer... ...

Aria is very late in the sequence, so newer... Made more recently, and made with more recent technology. It's also small, light, and does everything so very nicely.

I say, if it's one Contax, it's...
Forum: RFF Photo Projects 06-18-2019
Replies: 267
Views: 8,136
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
USPS bar code covers part of the QR code, but it...

USPS bar code covers part of the QR code, but it still works.

Japanese whisky looks good; the Yamazaki single malt is a favorite of mine. I don't know about that bottle of "coffee whiskey."
Forum: Travel 06-18-2019
Replies: 22
Views: 964
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
More seriously, this is the best 2017 eclipse...

More seriously, this is the best 2017 eclipse photo I found (not mine). Look at the eclipse with good sky and trees for context. Ignore the political commentary.

No, I don't know anything about the...
Forum: Travel 06-18-2019
Replies: 22
Views: 964
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
I know this isn't what you are aiming for, but...

I know this isn't what you are aiming for, but this is mine for the partial eclipse in the NE August 2017. The Cheshire Cat.

Monocular (half of a pair of Binoculars) pointed at sun, creates a clean...
Forum: Photo Software 06-09-2019
Replies: 59
Views: 5,802
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
$120/year for great software that is regularly...

$120/year for great software that is regularly updated (new cameras) and improved (texture, flat field)... I'm sticking with Lightroom/PS and the adobe photography subscription.

Also, FWIW, I'm not...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 06-04-2019
Replies: 132
Views: 15,067
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Understand. Nate says he'll email all registered...

Understand. Nate says he'll email all registered and trial users when the formal release of ver 2 is made. In the meantime, it's FB for those who want to exercise the Beta 1.3
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 06-04-2019
Replies: 132
Views: 15,067
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Better automatic color-adjustment. Seriously,...

Better automatic color-adjustment.

Seriously, the initial 1.2 was very good, got our attention. Beta 1.3 is better. The examples he's posted from the update about to be released are terrific.
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 06-03-2019
Replies: 132
Views: 15,067
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Frank - To get the 1.3 Beta it appears that you...

Frank -

To get the 1.3 Beta it appears that you need to be on the facebook group.

Nate says this makes it easier for him.

He's notify everyone when he's ready to a formal release, but in the...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 05-31-2019
Replies: 26
Views: 801
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
You aren't the first to face this problem, but...

You aren't the first to face this problem, but probably isn't a product. Unscrew the enlarger head and see what it would take to position it out a couple of inches. You would probably have to make...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 05-31-2019
Replies: 26
Views: 801
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Column is vertical? Or slanted? We have a...

Column is vertical? Or slanted?

We have a straightforward geometry problem. If column is straight, unless you are willing to crop off part of negative, you have to get the head further from the...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 05-30-2019
Replies: 23
Views: 4,116
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
This is an old thread, but I'll comment anyway....

This is an old thread, but I'll comment anyway. The complicated method in #17 looks like the method posted by Burton long ago, in the era of Photoshop 5. Google "burton orange mask color negative" to...
Forum: RFF Photo Projects 05-28-2019
Replies: 267
Views: 8,136
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
B/W aerial of the frozen lake, no writing, that's...

B/W aerial of the frozen lake, no writing, that's the bonus. A card I created for my local community here in NH, easy to slip into the envelope. Best regards, everyone!
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 05-28-2019
Replies: 148
Views: 14,617
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Small update: - Now using a Solux 4700K bulb ...

Small update:
- Now using a Solux 4700K bulb
- UV and Hoya RA54 "Intensifier" filters on the scan-camera
- Negative Lab Pro v 1.31 (it's a beta, but available via NLP Facebook group)
- Minor...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-26-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 556
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Repair - A few years ago, I had Mark Hama CLA an...

Repair - A few years ago, I had Mark Hama CLA an RTS for me.

Comment: I also have one RTS body with weird electronic problem. Exposes properly at f/5.6, but exposure errors get worse and worse...
Forum: RFF Photo Projects 05-23-2019
Replies: 267
Views: 8,136
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
After a brief explanation, my post-people were...

After a brief explanation, my post-people were willing the pull out their fancy stamp and apply the postmark (Blam!) while I watched.
Forum: RFF Photo Projects 05-23-2019
Replies: 267
Views: 8,136
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Received 24 here in New England. Terrific shots,...

Received 24 here in New England. Terrific shots, all very nice to have.

Sent the last of mine on Monday. Best regards to all!
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 05-22-2019
Replies: 124
Views: 55,031
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Sent mine to the head bartender...

Sent mine to the head bartender (CameraQuest).

They did an excellent Nikon S2 I am now enjoying.
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 05-22-2019
Replies: 132
Views: 15,067
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Yes. Do buy now. Install 1.2, and enter your...

Yes. Do buy now. Install 1.2, and enter your registration code.

Join the FaceBook group for Negative Lab Pro. Ask there for the location for 1.31, now available, designated as Beta, but being used...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 05-21-2019
Replies: 20
Views: 1,096
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Just discovered that Concord Camera Store (now...

Just discovered that Concord Camera Store (now "Concord Photo Service"), in Concord NH, does scanning that must be Pakon for $1.25 a strip. Result is 6MPx jpegs.

That's actually pretty reasonable.
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 05-20-2019
Replies: 20
Views: 1,096
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
I've experimented with all the approaches, not...

I've experimented with all the approaches, not with that particular scanner, but with the highly regarded Nikon CoolScan V (LS50).

Pakon:
+ Fast and automatic, feeds full rolls or strips. Quoted...
Forum: Nikon Mirrorless 05-18-2019
Replies: 18
Views: 991
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Good luck with repairs. Bravo Nikon for...

Good luck with repairs. Bravo Nikon for identifying problem and recalling.
Forum: Nikon Mirrorless 05-18-2019
Replies: 18
Views: 991
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Huss, this is an exotic case. VR doesn't know the...

Huss, this is an exotic case. VR doesn't know the Negative is being held rigid-to-the-camera while whole rig moves during hand held exposure. It's trying to compensate as though you are pointed at a...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 05-17-2019
Replies: 13
Views: 917
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Bad Camera and Camera-related ads

Facebook's ingenious ad algorithms are showing me photo t-shirts every day.

This one is absurd, not a camera or t-shirt I would wear.

Of course, it's backwards. But what camera is...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 05-17-2019
Replies: 580
Views: 45,024
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Godfrey, that's a great image, well done. NLP is...

Godfrey, that's a great image, well done.

NLP is $99, but download for free and convert 12 images without obligation.
Forum: Sony Alpha Mirrorless - All Models 05-15-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 654
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
The A6000 would be right in the sweet spot for...

The A6000 would be right in the sweet spot for camera-scan of 120 or 35mm film. Sony has an inexpensive APS macro lens that's quite good. Or, any legacy manual focus macro lens.

For camera-scan you...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 05-15-2019
Replies: 28
Views: 1,072
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Huss, why is the leak at a different spot in the...

Huss, why is the leak at a different spot in the two shots you posted?
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 05-15-2019
Replies: 580
Views: 45,024
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
One person I know is using a Pringles can where...

One person I know is using a Pringles can where you have a cardboard tube. Inside is blackened, I believe. I've got a bellows lens shade for this purpose.

Yes, important to eliminate reflections and...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 05-15-2019
Replies: 580
Views: 45,024
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Huss, that's a great beach scene, and all the...

Huss, that's a great beach scene, and all the recent images are terrific.

Camera-scanning is here to stay!
Forum: Photo Software 05-15-2019
Replies: 34
Views: 1,261
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Well... At $10/mo for the photographer's package...

Well... At $10/mo for the photographer's package of LR and PS, I'm a happy camper. There are, of course, advantages to using the latest versions. New features are cool and happy to have...
Forum: RFF Photo Projects 05-13-2019
Replies: 267
Views: 8,136
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
You know, this is 2019. It's time for mistakes...

You know, this is 2019. It's time for mistakes like this to END.

Last round, I ordered postcards from Staples. Received, instead of mine, a large box of "Support the _____ Highschool Sports Booster...
Forum: RFF Photo Projects 05-13-2019
Replies: 267
Views: 8,136
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Terrific cards arriving here in New England, ten...

Terrific cards arriving here in New England, ten to date, and I'm now sending mine a few at a time.

I'll use envelopes, except for those who have indicated a different preference. In the envelope,...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 05-12-2019
Replies: 21
Views: 1,005
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Meter. Whether it's in the camera or around your...

Meter. Whether it's in the camera or around your neck. Measurement. Yes, guestimates are a valid way to work, but I prefer measurement.
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 05-10-2019
Replies: 580
Views: 45,024
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Yes. Tried them all, Negative Lab Pro is a break...

Yes. Tried them all, Negative Lab Pro is a break through for camera-scan of color-negative material.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-10-2019
Replies: 20
Views: 818
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
I used ADONAL with good results and good...

I used ADONAL with good results and good stability for a while.

Do be careful: All these are caustic enough to give a wicked burn; a splash into the eye could be catastrophic.
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 05-02-2019
Replies: 13
Views: 903
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
What's your light source behind the film?

What's your light source behind the film?
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-02-2019
Replies: 2
Views: 216
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Modern mobile phone is great in good western...

Modern mobile phone is great in good western light.

Just had a similar experience in Sedona.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-27-2019
Replies: 14
Views: 361
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Here's my find the leak method: - Click off...

Here's my find the leak method:
- Click off four blank frames
- Leave camera in the light for a day or so. Expose one frame normally.
- Then click off four more blank frames.
- Develop, and find...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-27-2019
Replies: 14
Views: 361
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
I suspect the door hinge; have seen this. Light...

I suspect the door hinge; have seen this. Light leak door hinge onto the film on the take-up spool. Look for a secondary leak next layer down. Intensity depends on how long between shots, how much...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 04-20-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 610
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
V500 and V600 here. These will produce good...

V500 and V600 here. These will produce good prints at 6x the linear dimension of the film.

So, it's just a little stretch for making 8x10 from 35mm.

But, makes a nice 12x18" print from 6x9cm...
Forum: RFF Photo Projects 04-20-2019
Replies: 267
Views: 8,136
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Received draft list from STK. Not the avery...

Received draft list from STK. Not the avery labels version.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 04-19-2019
Replies: 15
Views: 917
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
All good stuff in the articles. But misses the...

All good stuff in the articles.

But misses the point that smaller formats will facilitate other advantages: Ultra fast lenses, image stabilization. Important Ming Thein essay... Consider a shot in...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 04-11-2019
Replies: 20
Views: 1,090
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
It's a great camera. And, today, in working...

It's a great camera.

And, today, in working order, it's a valuable camera.
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-11-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 471
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
I had an SLR with a bug on the focusing screen....

I had an SLR with a bug on the focusing screen. Ugly.
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 04-10-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 1,019
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Surprised at finding this thread... Good color...

Surprised at finding this thread... Good color from C-41 is what these machines (Noritsu, Frontier, and Pakon) were designed to do.

When I start with a new medium or process, I'll do basic test...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 04-09-2019
Replies: 70
Views: 3,716
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Back to the Teton's image from #66 above. I just...

Back to the Teton's image from #66 above.

I just had it printed at 20x30" at Costco, and I'm very happy with the print.

This print from camera scan is far better than any I ever got from mid-level...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-09-2019
Replies: 14
Views: 576
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
OK. Same post both threads: Contax RTS, in good...

OK. Same post both threads:

Contax RTS, in good shape and working with one exception: Exposes correctly at f/5.6, progressively off exposure as you change f-stop. Mark Hama says he can't fix it;...
Forum: Photo Software 04-07-2019
Replies: 26
Views: 956
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Fabulous dog portrait!

Fabulous dog portrait!
Forum: Photo Software 04-07-2019
Replies: 26
Views: 956
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
645 Pro is a great camera App. It does have some...

645 Pro is a great camera App. It does have some features that may require practice or sleuthing out. There's an option for "developed Raw" capture, delivered as a DNG, but what that means is, I...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 04-07-2019
Replies: 580
Views: 45,024
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Thanks. Grain Surgery was acquired by Adobe and...

Thanks. Grain Surgery was acquired by Adobe and seems to have disappeared. Perhaps it's built-into Despeckle.

Here's a 100% screen shot of a very grainy late 60's Kodachrome slide, camera-scan at...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 04-07-2019
Replies: 580
Views: 45,024
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
I second these points. Manual focus, stiff,...

I second these points.

Manual focus, stiff, solid rig so nothing is moving.
Focus peaking. Magnified live view, still see just a bit of f-peaking.
Then even more magnified live view, final...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-05-2019
Replies: 67
Views: 1,282
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Check file size received vs. the file size when...

Check file size received vs. the file size when you uploaded?
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 04-05-2019
Replies: 43
Views: 1,951
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
No problem here. Looks untouched. Shutter was...

No problem here. Looks untouched. Shutter was un-cocked and works just fine. Little slip of paper over the pressure plate. Batteries exp 2005; I discarded them. Haven't loaded film.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-03-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 363
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
If you are taking a MacBook Air, that's a real...

If you are taking a MacBook Air, that's a real computer too.

Run both software on the MacBook Air. Move the catalog and the images to the desktop when you get back.

Now, are you thinking about...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 04-02-2019
Replies: 70
Views: 3,716
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
More learning: - With higher resolution rig,...

More learning:
- With higher resolution rig, easy to get grainy, gritty images. Solution: turn-down or turn-off capture sharpening in LR, increase NR, and start at Clarity=0.
- Slides kept in a...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 04-02-2019
Replies: 580
Views: 45,024
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Jackson Hole WY. Kodachrome 64, Nikon F2, from...

Jackson Hole WY. Kodachrome 64, Nikon F2, from 1977. Camera-scan Sony A7, 3000K LED illumination. My Carousel slide projector hack.

http://2under.net/images/770800-1-Tetons-SL009_DSC9870-Scr.jpg
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 04-02-2019
Replies: 580
Views: 45,024
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Congrats. A7 and A6000 are my go-to's for...

Congrats. A7 and A6000 are my go-to's for this.

Hearing exactly that point, I tested the new iPhone 7 screen and it surprisingly turned out better than other light sources for cam-scan of negatives...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 04-01-2019
Replies: 580
Views: 45,024
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Solution in LR: - Reduce capture sharpening,...

Solution in LR:
- Reduce capture sharpening, start at zero
- Add luminance noise reduction, and increase color noise reduction
- Start with Clarity at zero

Now, the grain is less visible, images...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 04-01-2019
Replies: 580
Views: 45,024
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
NEX-5T is great. If you want more resolution,...

NEX-5T is great.

If you want more resolution, the Sony A6000 is, I think, a sweet spot for camera-scan: 24MPx, Focus peaking and Focus Magnifier, tilt screen. And, now down in price a good bit.
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 04-01-2019
Replies: 580
Views: 45,024
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Camera-scan friends - What are you doing when...

Camera-scan friends -

What are you doing when your camera-scan produces too much detail, when the grain shows too much? Comparing some of my camera-scans to lab scans (from mid 2000's), I like their...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 04-01-2019
Replies: 43
Views: 1,951
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Bessa L is cool. Here we are with a 35 lens...

Bessa L is cool. Here we are with a 35 lens (Komura f/3.5) and accessory finder (Metro Case 3D printed box for finder from a Canon OWL):

http://2under.net/images/190331-BessaL-Komura35-IMG_3007.png
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 04-01-2019
Replies: 43
Views: 1,951
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
All's well that ends well...

Somewhat bizarre, but the Bessa L is in hand, exactly as advertised.

Bizarre:
- Quoted material above.
- Photo Village insisted again card could not be charged. Bank contradicts.
- They asked for...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 03-31-2019
Replies: 580
Views: 45,024
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Sure, that works. Just the extra work as you...

Sure, that works. Just the extra work as you noted.
Forum: Sony Alpha / NEX News / General Discussion 03-31-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 564
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Yes, I saw those features and functions, but my...

Yes, I saw those features and functions, but my interest is primarily on focusing in live view.
Forum: Sony Alpha / NEX News / General Discussion 03-31-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 564
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Free trial was a good suggestion. My interest...

Free trial was a good suggestion.

My interest is in tethered live-view for manual focusing macro for camera-scan of slides & negatives. Secondarily for framing and positioning the original. Capture...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 03-31-2019
Replies: 580
Views: 45,024
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
IMHO, 24MPx digital with a good lens is plenty...

IMHO, 24MPx digital with a good lens is plenty for A3 (roughly 12x16 & 12x18) prints.
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 03-31-2019
Replies: 580
Views: 45,024
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
I say, rig up some kind of illumination and give...

I say, rig up some kind of illumination and give it a try. See if you like it. Seriously, try iPhone and Lightroom CC for your MF negatives.

24MPx Mirrorless body and a macro lens will be a...
Forum: Sony Alpha / NEX News / General Discussion 03-30-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 564
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Thanks for the comment. Appreciated!

Thanks for the comment. Appreciated!
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 03-30-2019
Replies: 580
Views: 45,024
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Yes, Digital ICE is a big positive for CoolScan.

Yes, Digital ICE is a big positive for CoolScan.
Forum: Sony Alpha / NEX News / General Discussion 03-30-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 564
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Tethered Shooting... Capture One Pro? (On Sale)

Any comments on software for tethered shooting with Sony gear? (E and FE mount mirrorless).

In particular, any comments on Capture One Pro for Sony tethered shooting?

It's on sale thru tonight,...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 03-29-2019
Replies: 580
Views: 45,024
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Not much in life is really...

Not much in life is really essential.

Questions:
- MF lenses? Manual focus 35mm lenses? or medium format?
- What are your aims for camera-scan? Screen/web/email? Good prints of ___ size? Archival...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 03-29-2019
Replies: 580
Views: 45,024
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Yes, I too find it odd. This is in a corner, but...

Yes, I too find it odd. This is in a corner, but that shouldn't affect anything much for the CoolScan. I'll keep watching.

But, my main point, supported by the center crops, is that 24MPx...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 03-28-2019
Replies: 43
Views: 1,951
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Further update: Rosie insists on PayPal, "friends...

Further update: Rosie insists on PayPal, "friends and family."

So I added $3 for PayPal fee and sent as "for merchandise" referencing the order. Rosie now confirms payment received and promises to...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 03-28-2019
Replies: 43
Views: 1,951
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
So... Interesting. PhotoVillage got approval for...

So... Interesting. PhotoVillage got approval for my credit card payment, then reversed it around midnight, and wrote me saying, "Why don't you pay with PayPal as money to friends/family."

So, I...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 03-27-2019
Replies: 43
Views: 1,951
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Yeah, probably all three of us.

Yeah, probably all three of us.
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 03-27-2019
Replies: 43
Views: 1,951
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Successful order just a moment ago. $79 plus...

Successful order just a moment ago. $79 plus shipping.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 03-26-2019
Replies: 18
Views: 576
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Bennfoto... IF you ever get a Yashica Electro,...

Bennfoto... IF you ever get a Yashica Electro, go to him for the Yashica Electro-35 Battery Adapter.

The pictures you posted are terrific.
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 03-25-2019
Replies: 580
Views: 45,024
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Finally, here's the upper RH corner. No contest...

Finally, here's the upper RH corner. No contest here.

http://2under.net/images/190325-Tetons-SL093-Sony-vs-CoolScan-URCorner-2x.png
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 03-25-2019
Replies: 580
Views: 45,024
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Center at 2:1 for detail. (You may have to click...

Center at 2:1 for detail. (You may have to click in the image to see it 1700 pixels wide.)

http://2under.net/images/190325-Tetons-SL093-Sony-vs-CoolScan-Center-2x.png
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 03-25-2019
Replies: 580
Views: 45,024
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Sure. Sony A7 camera-scan vs. Nikon CoolScan V...

Sure. Sony A7 camera-scan vs. Nikon CoolScan V (with VueScan). First, looking at a large area, colors are a little different, could certainly be adjusted to match. Both scans have been adjusted for...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 03-25-2019
Replies: 12
Views: 718
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Excellent rig!

Excellent rig!
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 03-25-2019
Replies: 12
Views: 718
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Right, Huss. I think we are both right: - NLP is...

Right, Huss. I think we are both right:
- NLP is terrific, good results automatically
- Better source means less adjusting
- But, with most any light source it's reasonably easy to adjust

Scan of...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 03-24-2019
Replies: 70
Views: 3,716
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Here is the inside of the rig, showing the...

Here is the inside of the rig, showing the position of the reflector, the removed heat-absorbing glass, and the condensor (left in...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 03-23-2019
Replies: 580
Views: 45,024
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
1977 shot, Nikon F2, prime lens, Kodachrome...

1977 shot, Nikon F2, prime lens, Kodachrome 64.

Camera-scan on my modified Carousel projector, Sony A7, APO Rodagon D 1x lens. Below at screen res (1400 wide). The full 24MPx file should produce a...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 03-23-2019
Replies: 70
Views: 3,716
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Yes, the throughput is fabulous. Then, there's a...

Yes, the throughput is fabulous. Then, there's a bit of post...

Curious about the 105 Nikkor, it's supposed to be better.
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 03-23-2019
Replies: 70
Views: 3,716
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
And here's the Tetons image from the new Carousel...

And here's the Tetons image from the new Carousel rig. I have blurred the sky, so don't look for dye clouds here. Kodachrome 64, Nikon gear, hand-held. I'm sure this will make a good print. Screen...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 03-23-2019
Replies: 70
Views: 3,716
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Another comparison, here is a 2:1 screen shot of...

Another comparison, here is a 2:1 screen shot of the sky in the Tetons image, upper right in full image:
- LEFT: Rodagon D, carefully focused, as in previous item
- RIGHT: 105mm Micro Nikkor...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 03-23-2019
Replies: 70
Views: 3,716
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Here's a comparison at 2:1 in Lightroom. -...

Here's a comparison at 2:1 in Lightroom.
- LEFT: Rodagon D, Sony A7, 1/200th, ISO 100, new diffuser
- RIGHT: 105mm Micro Nikkor, D7200, 1/10th, ISO 100, old plastic diffuser

Note difference in...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 03-23-2019
Replies: 70
Views: 3,716
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
More about resolution. In my version 1, with...

More about resolution.

In my version 1, with 105mm f/2.8 Micro Nikkor AF, using auto-focus, with version 1 diffuser, I was shooting at 1/10 or so. With my USAF 1951 test slide, I measure that this...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 03-19-2019
Replies: 70
Views: 3,716
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Back at it. There's a resolution loss in my rig....

Back at it. There's a resolution loss in my rig.

Pretty sure it's vibration from the fan. Using an 8-watt LED, I think I can just turn the fan off (cut the wire). But, I still want faster shutter...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 03-19-2019
Replies: 12
Views: 718
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Huss in on the right line (above). But, I...

Huss in on the right line (above).

But, I disagree about illumination: Skip the $20 or $30 light pad. Spend $100 on a good one with good quality light (e.g. high CRI). Kaiser is a good one....
Forum: RFF Photo Projects 03-19-2019
Replies: 267
Views: 8,136
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
I use Staples Copy Print here in the US. Others...

I use Staples Copy Print here in the US. Others have used Moo.
Forum: RFF Photo Projects 03-19-2019
Replies: 267
Views: 8,136
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Join in! Here's a sample of the kind of fun...

Join in! Here's a sample of the kind of fun you'll have!

http://2under.net/images/190319-RFF-Postcards10-IMG_2970.JPG
Forum: RFF Photo Projects 03-19-2019
Replies: 267
Views: 8,136
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Count me in! Email sent.

Count me in! Email sent.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 03-18-2019
Replies: 73
Views: 2,349
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Focusing on cameras for producing best...

Focusing on cameras for producing best images...

Interesting essay by Ming Thein (https://blog.mingthein.com/2019/02/21/bigger-isnt-always-better/) about sensor size.

Compare shooting with these...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-16-2019
Replies: 212
Views: 8,346
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
And, while we are at it, the Contax SLRs are...

And, while we are at it, the Contax SLRs are terrific, and now reasonably priced. Especially reasonable if you use Yashica brand glass.

Contax RTS (and the more-or-less) equivalent Yashica...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-16-2019
Replies: 212
Views: 8,346
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
N90s is good and inexpensive now, but F100 is...

N90s is good and inexpensive now, but F100 is even better.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-16-2019
Replies: 212
Views: 8,346
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Sounds interesting. Just checked... $500 on the...

Sounds interesting. Just checked... $500 on the auction site. Oops, no longer of interest here.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 03-09-2019
Replies: 30
Views: 1,154
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
For ordinary humans (not museums): - Have two...

For ordinary humans (not museums):

- Have two copies, in different physical locations (e.g. safe deposit box)

- Shift to new (probably larger) hard drive every three years. Discard old ones...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-06-2019
Replies: 41
Views: 1,200
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
That's exactly the issue with mine.

That's exactly the issue with mine.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-05-2019
Replies: 41
Views: 1,200
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Do you think that will have higher resolution...

Do you think that will have higher resolution that shooting with Ektar?
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-05-2019
Replies: 41
Views: 1,200
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Brett and all, Thanks everyone for the comments....

Brett and all,

Thanks everyone for the comments. Looks like mine is going to be a shelf queen. It looks terrific, it clicks and sounds like it's working, but Brett's test is instructive: Shutter...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-05-2019
Replies: 41
Views: 1,200
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Any love for Ziess Ikon Contaflex?

Buying a camera I wanted, along with it came a Contaflex II. Seems to be working, and trying to decide whether to exercise it or put on shelf.

Any love out there for the Contaflex? How is the 45mm...
Forum: RFF News 02-20-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 1,500
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Just another example of verbing. A pox on our...

Just another example of verbing. A pox on our time!

I must say that this irritating ad gets the point across. Irritating because it makes the mother look pretty unreasonable.
Forum: Digital Printers / Inks / Papers etc 02-15-2019
Replies: 15
Views: 1,030
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
I think the best answer is to try one. When I did...

I think the best answer is to try one. When I did so, I was pleasantly surprised.
Forum: Digital Printers / Inks / Papers etc 02-15-2019
Replies: 15
Views: 1,030
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
I am very pleased with 20x30 prints (both glossy...

I am very pleased with 20x30 prints (both glossy on paper, and glossy on metal) from my 24MPx crop body Nikon and Sony cameras. And, I like a print that stands inspection when I bring my eyes in...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 02-12-2019
Replies: 58
Views: 1,980
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
To the OP, suggest you post in the "Nikon...

To the OP, suggest you post in the "Nikon CoolScan Users" group on Facebook.

A couple of hardware repair pros there have been very helpful with things like what you are experiencing.
Forum: Sony Alpha Mirrorless - All Models 02-12-2019
Replies: 62
Views: 6,738
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Sony's focus peaking is very effective for using...

Sony's focus peaking is very effective for using MF glass.
Forum: Sony Alpha Mirrorless - All Models 02-12-2019
Replies: 62
Views: 6,738
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
LensRentals.com - A great way to test gear that...

LensRentals.com - A great way to test gear that you might want to buy. And, in some cases, if you like the item, you can pay a very reasonable (but not bargain) used equipment price and just keep...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 02-05-2019
Replies: 35
Views: 1,354
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Pakon is excellent for color negatives. While...

Pakon is excellent for color negatives. While many report success with virtual machines on modern Macs, I've had better luck with an old Windows XP computer.

If you go this route, find and join the...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 02-05-2019
Replies: 35
Views: 1,354
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
I've measured the resolution of my Epson V500 at...

I've measured the resolution of my Epson V500 at 1300 ppi in one direction and 1800 ppi in the other.

I get good prints at 6x the linear dimension of the negative.
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 02-05-2019
Replies: 35
Views: 1,354
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
What to do with negatives? The question is about...

What to do with negatives? The question is about B&W in this case. I'm assuming 35mm.
- Nikon CoolScan or equivalent, $1000+, slow, 24MPx output, 8x10 with ease.
- Pakon F135 or F135 Plus, $1000+,...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-05-2019
Replies: 15
Views: 675
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Precision... A sponsor here. Excellent high res...

Precision... A sponsor here. Excellent high res jpg scans.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-01-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 477
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Thursday morning, clear in NH, Moon, Venus, and...

Thursday morning, clear in NH, Moon, Venus, and ?? Mars? No, it was Jupiter. Excellent show! But, no photo.
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 01-30-2019
Replies: 70
Views: 3,716
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Update... The Carousel projector has a fan and...

Update... The Carousel projector has a fan and another motor running continuously. Vibration is an issue, never noticed while projecting, but can see it in trying for the best Camera-scans. I'm...
Forum: RFF Polls 01-29-2019
Replies: 69
Views: 4,057
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Whoops! So much for gender balance.

Whoops! So much for gender balance.
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 01-28-2019
Replies: 580
Views: 45,024
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
That's a small area of this overall...

That's a small area of this overall scene:

http://2under.net/images/770800-Tetons-DSC4516-LREdit-Sh-Scr-wNotes.jpg
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 01-28-2019
Replies: 580
Views: 45,024
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Hello Jack -- Good to hear from you again. Yes,...

Hello Jack -- Good to hear from you again.

Yes, high frequency detail will be a problem. My gear for one-shot camera scans of 35mm measures at 64 cycles/mm (USAF 1951 glass target). At 2x for...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-28-2019
Replies: 10
Views: 532
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Made one from a body cap for Sony A7. Couple of...

Made one from a body cap for Sony A7. Couple of fun shots, then stopped using it. Here's one. DOF from Soda can 6" to neighboring house...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 01-27-2019
Replies: 580
Views: 45,024
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Did a little test on a pretty good 1977...

Did a little test on a pretty good 1977 Kodachrome 64 negative (35mm). One shot capture with an APS camera and good macro lens. Compared to a stitch of four shots creating 50MPx file. No additional...
Forum: Chris Crawford 01-26-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 709
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Good to hear. Chris, your tutorials are terrific;...

Good to hear. Chris, your tutorials are terrific; much appreciated.
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 01-25-2019
Replies: 70
Views: 3,716
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
I now find that that capture wasn't optimal...

I now find that that capture wasn't optimal sharpness. Don't know why yet, but further exploration (different lens & body) shows I can get a lot more image detail out of that slide.
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 01-25-2019
Replies: 580
Views: 45,024
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Thanks, Huss. I'll record one vote for 24MPx as...

Thanks, Huss. I'll record one vote for 24MPx as enough for a good, big print.

But, still doesn't quite answer my question: How many pixels to reach the point of diminishing (or zero) return in...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 01-25-2019
Replies: 580
Views: 45,024
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
How many pixels do we need? e.g. for 35mm?

How many pixels do we need to "get everything" that could be in the image for 35mm slides and negatives?

I have been assuming that 35mm film would have maximum of 6-10 MPx of image information. So,...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 01-25-2019
Replies: 148
Views: 14,617
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
For those OK with making by-hand adjustments in...

For those OK with making by-hand adjustments in Photoshop, this video by SamJBond (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wq1C4eVxWO8&frags=pl%2Cwn) has clear demo of his adjustment techniques.
Forum: Travel 01-24-2019
Replies: 209
Views: 8,545
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
The beautiful Happo-en garden, right in Tokyo,...

The beautiful Happo-en garden, right in Tokyo, Minato-ku.

https://jpninfo.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/happoen-2.jpg
Forum: Travel 01-24-2019
Replies: 209
Views: 8,545
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
All the above comments are good. Still good...

All the above comments are good. Still good camera retailers and many good used shops. For rangefinder classics, expensive stores. Ginza, right?

But, my personal favorite is Fujiya Camera in Nakano,...
Forum: Yashica RF 01-24-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 355
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
I've done exactly this for a Sony conversion. See...

I've done exactly this for a Sony conversion. See this thread here on RFF (https://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=159474). Has some instructions and links.

The maker of the mount...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 01-23-2019
Replies: 70
Views: 3,716
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Thanks for the example. Much appreciated.

Thanks for the example. Much appreciated.
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 01-23-2019
Replies: 70
Views: 3,716
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Thank you for this comment. I don't see them...

Thank you for this comment. I don't see them either. [ UPDATE: 3/20/2019 @dmr is right, see updates below. ]

I'll investigate. Quick google says the dye clouds are 1.25 to 4 microns. I highly doubt...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 01-23-2019
Replies: 70
Views: 3,716
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Yes, my whole archive. Starting with good images...

Yes, my whole archive. Starting with good images I've previous selected years ago.

No, to automatic. Here's why:
- I look at each image, place the AF focus point.
- Click with auto-exposure
-...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 01-23-2019
Replies: 70
Views: 3,716
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
One more. Again, Tetons, 1977 Kodachrome, Teton...

One more. Again, Tetons, 1977 Kodachrome, Teton range from Jackson Lake Lodge. Some adjustments in LR. Reduced to screen...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 01-23-2019
Replies: 70
Views: 3,716
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Summary and how-to. Basic: - Find a projector....

Summary and how-to.

Basic:
- Find a projector. Check that "advance" works. This is the usual failing of Carousels.
- Remove the lens
- Add a diffuser to the light path. Careful, it can get hot in...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 01-23-2019
Replies: 70
Views: 3,716
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
I think my rig is now ready for production....

I think my rig is now ready for production. Here's a sample, a Kodachrome from 1977, in the Grand Teton National Park. Camera-scan of my slide in my modified projector, shot with 24MPx Nikon D7200...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 01-20-2019
Replies: 124
Views: 3,404
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Missed one? Yes, the Yashica T4 with Zeiss lens.

Missed one? Yes, the Yashica T4 with Zeiss lens.
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 01-20-2019
Replies: 70
Views: 3,716
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Making good progress. Started seeing very ugly...

Making good progress. Started seeing very ugly and unusual artifact in the middle of some slides.

Remember, I've removed the 250w bulb and replaced with a 50w equiv LED, so the slide lighting is two...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 01-20-2019
Replies: 580
Views: 45,024
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Huss, that's a great shot! Thanks!

Huss, that's a great shot! Thanks!
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 01-19-2019
Replies: 70
Views: 3,716
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
First, the exposures were quite close. Only minor...

First, the exposures were quite close. Only minor LR adjustments to Exp and Contrast.

I have the same questions. In my opinion, Kodak and photo finishers decided that consumers wanted more...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 01-18-2019
Replies: 70
Views: 3,716
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Here are tests of the bulbs, shooting a Color...

Here are tests of the bulbs, shooting a Color Checker. Sony camera. Lightroom, Profile: Camera Neutral. (Other profiles give more saturation and punch).
- Left is the LED, claiming 90+ CRI
- Right...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 01-18-2019
Replies: 132
Views: 15,067
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Yes, that one works pretty well.

Yes, that one works pretty well.
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 01-18-2019
Replies: 132
Views: 15,067
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Sounds like you are looking for a good color-neg...

Sounds like you are looking for a good color-neg conversion in Photoshop.

See this thread (https://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=163214) for details and examples of several...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 01-18-2019
Replies: 132
Views: 15,067
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
Maybe show an example? Also, there's more...

Maybe show an example?

Also, there's more traffic and regular participation by the developer on the NLP Facebook page.
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 01-17-2019
Replies: 70
Views: 3,716
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
For this project, camera-scan of slides, choosing...

For this project, camera-scan of slides, choosing a light source to replace the 300w projector bulb.

The choice is basically between halogen and LED. Specifically, I have these options, all MR16:
...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 01-17-2019
Replies: 580
Views: 45,024
Posted By ColSebastianMoran
For my present project, camera-scan of slides,...

For my present project, camera-scan of slides, choosing a light source. I have these options, all MR16:
- Solux 4700K halogen (incandescent) bulb.
- Bulbrite 3000K halogen bulb
- LED MR16 bulb,...
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