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Old 03-13-2012, 11:36 AM
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Re: Copying glass negs.

The quality of glass plates are simply amazing and the tiniest detail is crystal clear. Thankfully, the man who took the photos favorite subject was buildings and bridges. He had no idea of the historical value that his hobby was affording us 100 years later. Out little town looks nothing like it did in 1910, save for 2 buildings, one now being a General Store museum.

We've had our scanner about a month.
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Old 03-17-2012, 07:45 PM
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Re: Copying glass negs.

Me again. Still investigating. Do you know the difference between the V700 and the V750M? I can't find a comparison. Seems like the only difference is the wet neg carrier which I don't need. Also are you using Silverfast Se that came with it?
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Old 03-19-2012, 03:59 PM
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Re: Copying glass negs.

I think the main difference apart from the fluid mount carrier is the anti reflection coating on the glass and I believe it is supplied with the Silverfast Ai software which is a step up in functionality over the Se version
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Old 05-02-2012, 12:18 PM
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Re: Copying glass negs.

Well, my V700 arrived. A couple days to set it up then the real questions will start. Anyone making custom masks for the V700? I have many different size old negs I's like to scan, 122, 620 full frame and a lot of 127 square and full frame.
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Old 03-11-2013, 07:46 PM
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Re: Copying glass negs.

Bob, I wrote a long reply about this, but it disappeared. Bottom line, a very good way to do this is with a DIY lightbox and a good camera; I've had excellent results. Will provide information if you wish.
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Old 03-11-2013, 07:48 PM
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Re: Copying glass negs.

When I tried to post the longer reply, got a message to refresh the page and log in again; apparently had timed out. And the message was gone.
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Old 03-12-2013, 09:07 AM
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Thanks but i did buy the V700 and it worked beautifully. Ended up with 160 glass negs now on dvd and ready to print.
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Old 03-15-2013, 09:55 AM
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Re: Copying glass negs.

In addition to practically anything possible photographically, in the past 30 years I have copied and restored hundreds if not thousands of images.

Embrace technology..... SCANN glass/wetplate negatives.

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Old 03-15-2013, 10:15 AM
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Re: Copying glass negs.

In this case it's a matter of economics: A DIY lightbox was affordable, the scanner was not. With lightbox and camera I've had excellent results. I do use a Plustek scanner for 35mm negatives, and adapted a holder for it to scan stereo pairs from old Stereo Realist slides.
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Old 03-15-2013, 10:34 AM
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Re: Copying glass negs.

Lelander, I totally understand.
A few things though, scanners are coming down in price and VERY satisfactory results can be made from small negatives and slides on most scanners anymore, I recently made a 30X36 print from a 2-1/4 X 2-3/4 color neg recently and the results were gallery quality. This all done in house including the wide format printing. My scanner is at least 10 years old and cost only a few hundred bucks new. (Epson 4870 Perfection).
Glass plates can be copied so much better with this technique.

I also copied many hundreds of plates with a lightbox, so I agree it is a great way to DIY in an affordable fashion. However even under the best conditions it hard to get scanner quality.
I actually lied, after doing the math its more like 40 years of photography and I guess the first 25
I used the lightbox or Bogen copy system for my copy work - LOL.
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