Reflecta RPS 10M vs Nikon Coolscan V ED for BW scans

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  • Erik Brammer
    Erik Brammer
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    on: June 26, 2022 at 10:54 am

    Hi all,

    the issue with scanning BW negatives using the Coolscan V ED has been discussed dozens of times, yet I will address it here again. 😃

    Scanning Kodak T-Max 400 using Vuescan, the best results I have achieved so far are based on the recommendations from Ian Barber and modified slightly:

    48 bit RGB TIFFs with BW negative as source material, generic film in the colour menu, adjusting black and white point by manually moving the triangles in the BW histogram – still undecided whether or not to apply grain reduction at medium level. Aiming for a pretty flat scan with full tonal range – contrast added later in Capture One.
    Results are mediocre, and the ugly grain artifacts could be caused by the non-dispersed LED illumination as reported by so many people.
    I am wondering whether the Reflecta RPS 10M, for instance, would yield significantly better results. Does anyone have experience with both scanners head to head in regards to the issue at hand?
    Thanks,

    Erik

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