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Im considering buying an Xpan and would be interested to know if anybody has used a Nikon Coolscan 4000 to scan the 24x65mm transparencies.
To be really cheeky, if any of you could send me an unwanted transparency or negative so I could have a play, I would be extremely grateful (and would click every photo you ever posted on ePZ!)
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Hi Alan - I send mine to Blueskyimages Ltd where I get 110Mb TIFFS done - superb quality. Simon Butterworth, SheilaC & David Entrican all use XPans and post excellent landscapes regularly so why not send them a PM to see what they do. By all means if you need a couple of Velvia XPan transparencies to practice with just PM your address & I'll post some - they'll be poorly exposed duds but should give you something to work with.
Blueskyimages site, just for info's sake.
Thanks Ian & Tim
PM on its way Ian
Firstly I would run a mile from trying to scan on your Nikon! I've tried and tried and tried this and am now nearly bald after tearing my hair out so much! I've found it to be a nightmare to match the colours and make a seemless join. To be honest I have had some success, usually with shots which don't have a lot of sky which can highlight a not 100% perfect join.
I have not used blueskyimages for Xpan, but have had a scan of my 6x17cm panoramics by them, and it was an excellent scan and a very efficient service. For my Xpans, I've been sending them to R+K photographic, as they are cheaper. The quality is good, but watch out for occasional Newton rings on the final scan (they will rescan without question if you get any) and I've found the very edge of the scan can be a touch soft. Scans are 2.25 though (for 110Mb) and Bluesky max res. is 7.50, so take your choice. I print my R+K scanned shots out upto 40x15" and they look great and Alamy also have no problem with them.
Hope this helps, Dave
ps. If you still need any Xpans to practise on I have a load Let me know.
Thanks Dave, as I have very little hair, i'll probably play around with the Coolscan 'till I run out of patience!
I've bookmarked R+K Photographic for future use. If you could alsdo send me a couple of surplus XPan transparencies I would be very grateful (I'll send you a PM with my address)
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