Re: [OM] Scans R Us

Subject: Re: [OM] Scans R Us
From: John Hudson <OM4T@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 19 Mar 2018 20:49:05 +0000
Does  the Nikon LS 5000 have a specific setting for Kodachrome slides? My Nikon 9000 does. Using the 9000 for Kodachromes on any non-Kodachrome colour slide setting produces horrible results.

At 2 minutes 10 seconds per scan, Mr Schnozz will be an old man when his slide and negative library has been completely digitized :-)


On 2018-03-19 6:16 PM, Tina Manley wrote:
I have scanned almost 1,000,000 slides and negatives and submitted most of
them to stock agencies.  As far as I'm concerned, there is nothing better
than the Nikon LS 5000 with the SF210 bulk loader.  You can load about 50
slides in the bulk loader, as long as they have the same settings as far as
film type, exposure, etc, and go off and do something else until they are
finished.  I use Vuescan as the software.  The dust removal in Vuescan is
very good.

I've got a Besseler slide duplicator and have tried doing the in-camera
dupes with both my Canon and my Leica cameras.  It's convenient for one
slide that you have to have in a hurry; otherwise, you have to sit there
feeding the slides into the holder and taking the photos.  You cannot go
off and expect the slides to dupe themselves!  And then you have to remove
the dust and scratches in LR!

You can find the LS5000 and the SF210 on EBay at bargain prices.  I would
not even think about any other method.

Hope this helps.


On Mon, Mar 19, 2018 at 1:37 PM, Ken Norton <ken@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Unlike that toy store that has four feet to the sky, my business is
actually profitable. It may not be very much (and it isn't very much),
but it is profitable. The net profit is measured in Hamiltons, but at
least it is measurable.

One reason? Stock photography is finally starting to pay off again.
While it has always been a numbers game, I think that it is even more
so now than ever before. You can't stick one or two outstanding images
up there and get sales. You have to stick one or two HUNDRED images up
there with the one or two outstanding ones hidden in there somewhere.
The sold images will always be the same ones, but you have to pad them
with a lot of similars and other stuff to push the other people's
images to the side.

It was a lot different when stock libraries were curated. When the
entire library was measured in thousands of images, not hundreds of
millions of images. Now you just have to have 20 images of the exact
same thing just so one of the images is seen. It's frustrating on one
hand, but liberating on the other. The hardest part (which I struggle
with) is the keywording.

Anyway, back to the subject...

I've finally reached the point where it makes financial sense to go
back through the file cabinet and scan the library. I've only done
selects, not the entire thing. Seriously, there has to be a better way
than burning the poor Nikon scanner up. But, it works and I can do
other stuff while the scanner is chugging away. At the moment, I'm
down to 2:10 per scan. I don't have to do anything other than dust the
slide off, shove it in the slot and pull it out just over two minutes
later. Vuescan is set up where I don't even have to press any buttons.
All I have to do is import the folder (and/or resync) in Lightroom.

I'm thinking about using the 6D for scanning. That might work pretty
well, but then I would spend the same amount of time spotting the
images of dust. But that is a trade-off that may be just fine as I
have to do some spotting anyway. Vuescan does have the advantage of
auto correcting exposure at time of scan. It does a preview where it
determines the max exposure to apply, gets the focus point and then
performs the 4000dpi scan. The dust spotting algorithm in Vuescan is
finally good enough that it even does an acceptable job on
Kodachromes. (Darker scans that need more exposure will take longer to

It has taken a LONG time to get my Vuescan/Lightroom workflow under
control, but it now works very well. There is a part of me that says
to go ahead and buy a Nikon 5000 with the stacker and sell it after I
melt the library down. I'd probably continue to keep the V-ED or sell
it and keep the 5000 so I can run entire rolls non-stop.

So, the question is this: Do I get a 5000 to scan the library? Or do I
get a slide duplication fixture and a macro lens for the Canon? Or do
I go an entirely different direction? All said and done, I've got
about 30,000 slides that need scanning, not including the thousands of

AG Schnozz
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