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

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  • Erik Brammer
    Erik Brammer
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    Film and Photo Digitizing
    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?


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