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Test Scans of 35mm Slides

Scans of old slides from Cameroon using an HP 44 series flat bed scanner, a Minolta Scan Dual IV and a Nikon Coolscan V ED. Scans were saved as TIFF but uploaded to pBase using PhotoShop's "Save for the Web" option.

Some images have had some post scan processing, others not. Dust and mildew problems are evident.

See the "Sahara 74", "Peru-Bolivia", and "North Cameroon" galleries for final results using Vuescan to make large TIFF files, editing in Aperture and conversion to JPEG for posting.

The mother of all websites for learning about scanning slides and photos is: http://www.scantips.com/
Inside the caldera looking for the lakes of Manengouba volcano. Scanned on an HP flat bed with a TMA. Some post scan editing on the PC with uncalibrated monitor. (Bad idea!)
HP-Landrover.jpg

Inside the caldera looking for the lakes of Manengouba volcano. Scanned on an HP flat bed with a TMA. Some post scan editing on the PC with uncalibrated monitor. (Bad idea!)

Same picture scanned on the Minolta. Improved sharpness of 3100 dpi scan is immediately evident. This photo has had some dust editing in Photoshop.
Minolta Land-Rover.jpg

Same picture scanned on the Minolta. Improved sharpness of 3100 dpi scan is immediately evident. This photo has had some dust editing in Photoshop.

Scanned on Nikon Coolscan V ED with Digital ICE and ROC. NO dust clean up, small color/contrast in Nikon Scan and Photoshop. Click on original size to see improved resolution over other samples.
Nikon-LRover-WEB.jpg

Scanned on Nikon Coolscan V ED with Digital ICE and ROC. NO dust clean up, small color/contrast in Nikon Scan and Photoshop. Click on "original" size to see improved resolution over other samples.

Spooky coincidence! Found this picture on the web. Same site, same color car!
Found on the Web

Spooky coincidence! Found this picture on the web. Same site, same color car!

Scan from the HP. Probably maximum of 1200 dpi. Look at the wine/beer bottles used as threshold of this Bakossi hut.
HP-Hut.jpg

Scan from the HP. Probably maximum of 1200 dpi. Look at the wine/beer bottles used as threshold of this Bakossi hut.

Scanned on the Minolta. Colors are not correct, but the higher resolution shows on the bottles used as a threshold.
Minolta-Bakossi-House.jpg

Scanned on the Minolta. Colors are not correct, but the higher resolution shows on the bottles used as a threshold.

Fulani ladies at Manengouba. Note the dust/mold spiders in the sky and the mildew damage in the grass. Some post processing to reveal face detail.
Minolta-Ladies.jpg

Fulani ladies at Manengouba. Note the dust/mold spiders in the sky and the mildew damage in the grass. Some post processing to reveal face detail.

The Nikon's digital ICE does some clean up of dust and scratches, but doesn't get it all. Purple mildew blossoms are unaffected.

Comments updated - I'm not sure if this slike was Ektachrome or Kodachrome. This SCAN was made on the Kodachrome setting as the positive setting seemed too blue.
-Nikon-Ladies-Web.jpg

The Nikon's digital ICE does some clean up of dust and scratches, but doesn't get it all. Purple mildew blossoms are unaffected.

Comments updated - I'm not sure if this slike was Ektachrome or Kodachrome. This SCAN was made on the Kodachrome setting as the "positive" setting seemed too blue.

The Major Dog makes a pit stop in the lower Andes of Ecuador, en route to Bolivia. August, 1976
Walkin' The Dawg

The Major Dog makes a pit stop in the lower Andes of Ecuador, en route to Bolivia. August, 1976

Stuck in the sand south of Agadez, Niger
Digging Out

Stuck in the sand south of Agadez, Niger

This is the initial scan with digital cleaning to remove dirt and scratches.
Before

This is the initial scan with digital cleaning to remove dirt and scratches.

A stop to photograph the countryside with my trusty Spotmatic and wonderful 35mm F2.
Photo Break

A stop to photograph the countryside with my trusty Spotmatic and wonderful 35mm F2.

Lioness - Before
Lioness - Before
There was not a lot in the original image to work with as it was a bit overexposed and had faded over the years, but the results are not bad. All editing done with Apple's Aperture.
Lioness - After

There was not a lot in the original image to work with as it was a bit overexposed and had faded over the years, but the results are not bad. All editing done with Apple's Aperture.

One of the Sultan's courtiers. He was not too pleased about being asked to pose.
Unhappy Camper

One of the Sultan's courtiers. He was not too pleased about being asked to pose.