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Old 10-03-2003, 12:13 PM
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Epson Easy Photo Fix

The drivers for most current Epson scanners have been updated and now includes "Easy Photo Fix Technology featuring one-touch color restoration and dust removal".

I have no idea if this is a good or bad thing
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Old 10-04-2003, 12:10 AM
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well just got my new scanner today (Epson 3170) played around with it for just a little while. I did get to try the dust removal. I think it only is an option when you are scanning negatives but Im not sure. Anyway it worked GREAT!!

Scanned a neg without it and sure enough even though I blew the neg off with compressed air I had some dust show up. I then scanned it again with dust removal check and all the dust was gone and the image was identical to the other one without dust removal. I was shocked, I was expecting it to be softer.

I will play with the photo restoration part of this tomorrow and let you know what I think.
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Old 10-08-2003, 02:00 PM
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I'm dissappointed they haven't updated the 2450 driver to include that new software. Guess they only did the very newest scanners.
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Old 10-08-2003, 04:25 PM
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Hmmm, that's strange Kevin, because they have it available for the 2400PH... I downloaded it, but I haven't tried the negative scans w/ dust removal...
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Old 10-08-2003, 05:07 PM
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That is kind of strange. The latest driver for the 2450 is 12/2002.
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Old 10-08-2003, 08:53 PM
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Ok, I've finally had a chance to use the Epson Scan software on 35mm negatives.

First off, let me say that the automatic color restoration is amazing. It gives you a very nice neutral print with no color cast... very cool.

Attached you will find the before picture I've scanned WITHOUT the Epson softwares help (only auto levels were used).
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Old 10-08-2003, 08:57 PM
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Now, this is using the Epson 'color correction' within it's own drivers.
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Old 10-08-2003, 09:01 PM
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The only thing I didn't like was the dust removal... unlike Noko, I had terrible luck and often found that it over-processed the image and 'removed' spots that aren't dust!

For me, unless it's a hardware dust removal or detection (ie. infrared), humans will do a better job, because the software isn't smart enough to know that one white spot is dust and the other is just a white spot

Anyway, I've included an example of what I mean by over-processed... remember, the setting I used was 'low' so, I would imaging the image would look worse at the higher dust removal setting.
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Old 10-08-2003, 09:59 PM
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That's too bad about the overprocessing. I'm very satisfied with the Silverfast AI that I use with my 2450. It has a very advanced dust and scratches remover but it will overprocess if you allow it to. I've had a problem with the developing that Walgreens has done lately. They are too rough with the negatives sometimes and the result is a lot of knicks on the negaties. That's one of the reasons I have gotten out of film again. It's just too much trouble.

Silverfast AI also has a very good color cast correction with slides. It has a problem with negatives and I have resorted to the twain driver for negatives.
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Old 02-06-2004, 06:15 PM
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My maiden voyage with my 3200 involved a 35mm wedding whose negatives had been damaged by a one-hr lab...scratches, contrast etc.

The Silverfast software is miraculous but the dust/scratch control seems an active negative. A can of air and a camelshair brush do far better, with a little retouching afterward. I find that the very least effort to electronically control dust/scratches shows up in loss of sharpness.

I've not tried slides yet but am optimistic. Negatives were easy and satisfactory with the exception of contrast control.

I think I'll get a Wacom tablet shortly because I want local masking, dodging, burning...without these controls the technology would be inherently inferior to traditional darkroom work. I do understand that the Lasso in Photoshop may serve these purposes but I've not gotten used to it...seems fussy.



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That's too bad about the overprocessing. I'm very satisfied with the Silverfast AI that I use with my 2450. It has a very advanced dust and scratches remover but it will overprocess if you allow it to. I've had a problem with the developing that Walgreens has done lately. They are too rough with the negatives sometimes and the result is a lot of knicks on the negaties. That's one of the reasons I have gotten out of film again. It's just too much trouble.

Silverfast AI also has a very good color cast correction with slides. It has a problem with negatives and I have resorted to the twain driver for negatives.
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