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Great tyro 2019-08-06 8:49

Hello Gert,

An interesting note (as always) and three very fine photographs of excellent quality from your trip to Hanoi twenty six years ago.

Your pictures might well be in the category of "nothing special" but they provide an excellent record of daily life and transportation in the city at that time - and I am sure both have changed a lot since your visit.

Your new scanner would appear to be doing a splendid job (no doubt with your help with editing) as all three images are very clear and appear to have very true and natural colours. Could I be so rude as to ask which make and model of scanner you decided to buy when your last one sadly gave up the ghost?

Excellent!

Kind Regards,

John.

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Old 08-06-2019, 04:49 PM
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Thank you John, it's as always nice to see you on the site.

I used to have a Nikon Coolscan, but the new scanner is a Plustek Opticfilm 8200i SE (does anyone know what all those figures and letters mean?). But the software I use is called VueScan which I downloaded from the net years ago (at a certain cost, but not outrageous). It has the advantage of being compatible with any kind of scanner, which is a bit unusual. They are mainly made to fit PC:s, while I happen to have a Mac. This model of Plustek can actually be used with a Mac, but the software looks so complicated that I decided to stick to the system I had l learned to use. VueScan seems to me very user-friendly, which is a clear advantage to me. I am quite an idiot when it comes to digital techniques, so I need something simple.

By the way, among the first photos I scanned when getting to know my new toy were B&W pictures from a tour of England I made in 1966. Among them was a photo that you may find interesting. It's not particularly good (none of those photos were very good) but I will probably post it for my own amusement, and maybe yours and Bev's and Ann's and Will's.

Best wishes,

Gert
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Old 08-06-2019, 08:13 PM
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Hello Gert,

Thank you for your quick reply.

If I'm not mistaken, the Nikon Coolscan scanners were considered to be the Rolls Royce of film and slide scanners in their time and I believe their price also reflected their excellent quality. Unfortunately I believe Nikon no longer produce these scanners.

As I think I might have mentioned in the past, I have an old Microtek scanner which worked quite well but does not appear to be compatible with the newer Windows 10 operating system. I have read about the Plustek Opticfilm 8200i SE and it appears to have received some very good reviews - though I note that some reviewers mention that the supplied software (? Silverfast?) is a bit "clunky" and some people have, like yourself, preferred to use VueScan software.

Any copying of slides which I have done recently has been done using a lightbox for illumination and my camera with a macro lens but the process is pretty slow, laborious, tiresome and a bit hit-or-miss so this Plustek might well be something for me to consider.

I see that there are quite a few Plustek models as well as the 8200i SE - there's a 8100 and a 135 as well as a 8200i Ai - all very confusing: was there something in particular that influenced you to go for the 8200i SE?

Anyway, Gert, I look forward to seeing some of your scanned B & W photos of England from 1966 - and I am intrigued as to what might feature in the particular photo you mention!

Kind Regards,

John.
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Old 08-07-2019, 08:31 AM
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Hello John,
I chose this scanner mainly because it was what I could easily find without searching the entire city or ordering something online. I guess I wouldn't trust something very much cheaper and simpler. Yes, the Silverfast looked rather complicated (although I didn't know it was clunky until I looked that word up in the dictionary). I tried one scan, feeling lost among the symbols, and the same photo by VueScan for comparison, and the VueScan version looked so much better. I suppose I could have spent time trying to understand the instructions for Silverfast, but I didn't see much reason when I already had a reliable software I knew how to use.
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