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Old 05-28-2006, 04:24 PM
billcotter billcotter is offline
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I have found that the scratch removal function of Digital ICE usually works with Kodachrome, but only if the other features such as color and grain reduction are off. If they are left on the photo shifts dramatically in terms of brightness, producing a very odd halo effect on bright areas, and leading to unacceptable color correction. For Kodachrome, I will scan with ICE on, the other features off, then color correct in software with Digital ROC and other tools.

Hope that helps. If anyone needs to see some samples to illustrate any of this just let me know.

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Old 05-29-2006, 01:57 PM
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If all else fails, set up a screen and project your slides and shoot them from the screen. I have had good results with this method..(camera on tripod). If needed, a touch-up in PSP works pretty well.

Might work with negatives too, but haven't tried it.

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Old 05-29-2006, 07:28 PM
Bryan L Bryan L is offline
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I've had great results with my Epson Perfection 4990 flatbed scanning slides. I've done hundreds of Kodachrome with ICE and have had great results. I've never used a dedicated slide scanner so I'm not sure how they compare. I've scanned and made 4x6 prints (mostly) for customers and they look perfect.

One thing to take into consideration is the amount of time. You can figure on between 4-8 minutes per slide with DICE turned on. I can do 8 at a time. I "think" the Nikon slide scanners are faster but I'm not sure.

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