though it pains me to say it, i may end up getting a nikon film scanner. the thing is, i don’t know what kind of scanner i want to get, and since canon already owns my soul i was looking at their canoscan offerings, but i don’t know much about film scanners… i can’t decide if i want to get a flatbed or a dedicated 35mm film scanner. if i got a dedicated 35mm film scanner, then that kind of rules out scanning medium format photos down the line. so, i’ve been perusing the flickr groups dedicated to film and i can’t find much in the way of “this one is the one that you really should get.”
but why do i want to get a nikon scanner now? apparently nikon film scanners (and ones by a few other companies too, but everybody’s talking about the nikon ones) have this thing called ICE3…
Lets say you want to scan your film and slides to print your own 11×14 or 13×19 inch prints at home. You buy a scanner and scan a few images. The first thing you notice is that the image is pretty dirty. There is dust, and fine scratches all over the place. So you carefully clean the slide or negative, reinsert it and rescan. This time you’ve gotten rid of most of the dust, but there is still some left and the fine scratches haven’t gone away. In the end you spend several hours touching up each image so that you can create your prints. Not exactly what you had in mind when you bought the scanner and printer huh?
The folks at Applied Science Fiction have gone a long way towards ending this problem by creating software that is imbedded into scanners offered by Minolta, Durst, Gretag, and Nikon called Digital Ice. The original version of Digital Ice removed scratches from scans of negatives and slides. The new version called Digital Ice3 (Pronounced Ice Cubed) builds on the original and adds the ability to selectively defocus film grain to create a finer grained image called Digital GEM, and the ability to reconstruct the color in faded slide or negatives called Digital ROC. Ice3 is actually a software/hardware suite that works with the scanner firmware and individual scanners may have one, two, or all three of these functions depending on model and manufacturer.
GROAN. that sounds like something i’d come up with.
this is kind of ridiculous, though – i haven’t even taken a dozen photos on film yet and already i’m wanting a film scanner. 😛 i already tried finding the transparency adapter for my current scanner online, but my current scanner is obsolete and the only folks selling the adapter on ebay are in australia.
in other news, i just saw a shampoo vial in my bathroom that i got when i stayed at franklin feel the sound in rome, and the shampoo and the vial that it’s in look a lot like the sexual magnetism virus from “red dwarf”. note to self – don’t drink this.