Paul and Barrie,He he, the guys who give me a lift home were late getting there today, so I did have a little more cider than normal as I waited for them to finish their meal
Lets see if we can get you started.
Under Input I select scan to file, mode 35mm slide, media B/W negative, 8 bit grey, Preview resolution 1200 dpi, Scan resolution 3600 dpi, 4 passes.
Under colour select film type from drop down menu
Under Output, I just output as a tiff file.
Do a preview. using image from the task bar at the very top, or just press ctrl 3, and you'll get a curve up in the box in the bottom lh corner.
You can then manipulate the two triangles along the bottom axis to adjust the curve and control the contrast, etc of the preview.
I find that the preview in VueScan gives a much more accurate view of the final scan than does the preview in Silverfast.
See how you get on with that, and any further questions try me tomorrow, hope this gets you started and maybe Antonio will also chip in with his experiences.
Paul,well, here's a new scan, done with Vuescan, but slightly tweaked from Barrie's settings: I set it as a colour negative (as XP2S is chroma), and let it do a light IR clean; also 7200dpi scan, single pas; and output as 16-bit gray tiff (as LR will handle 16 bit)
I left the contrast curve at default in Vusescan and did all the contrast and exposure mods in LR4.1RC1
This is fairly satisfactory (it certainly knocks the savagely over-sharpened minilab scans out of the county), though I have to say the scratches and marks on the emulsion don't look good to me ... there's a 4992x3336 pixel image available to peep at if you click through to Flickr
Now I want to see if I can reproduce this sort of level of ok-ness using Silverfast.
I also probably need to readjust my expectations of how good a negative scan can look (in terms of detail & sharpness) against what can be got from a proper wet print.
20120331-1-2 by _loupe, on Flickr
Very nice Barrie!!!
... ouch; the trouble is if I trailed round the carboots every Sunday, I'd probably spend as much on petrol before I found anything like that as I just spent on a plustek ... ... a litre of petrol here costs about AUD 2.30 over here ...stillshunter said:the princely sum of $10