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« on: August 09, 2012, 10:32:34 AM »
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Last week I purchased a Fuji GX617 with two lenses on EBay. I have not shot film in forever. I used Fuji Velvia 50. All I can say is that I am BLOWN AWAY with the image quality; sharpness, color, dynamic range of the film basically everything! I had the film developed at NCPS but they do not have a 6x17 scanner or tray whichever.

Does anyone have a suggestion as to where I can get 6x17 high quality scans for a reasonable price?

Thanks for your help!
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« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2012, 11:09:41 AM »
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If you do a Google search you will find some interesting propositions. I found this one useful for your purposes. http://photo.net/digital-darkroom-forum/00a77k. The key points that come across are the following:

- outsourced scans for this format can be really expensive (but before concluding on that point I recommend you contact Scancafe and see what they propose).
- you could buy an Epson V750 scanner bundled with SilverFast and get satisfactory results scanning them yourself in one pass. This gives you the ability to make all the adjustments to suit your own taste. At the kind of prices I'm seeing quoted for the outsourced scans, it won't be long before the scanner pays for itself. But you need to have the time and interest to get into it. It would be similar to any other film scanning.
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« Reply #2 on: August 09, 2012, 01:10:57 PM »
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We use an Imacon 848 and get excellent scans from 6x17 film. Our 3200 ppi scans (16 bit) run $35 each for three or more and average about 900 MB. 1600 ppi scans are $15 each. Contact me if you need more info.
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« Reply #3 on: August 09, 2012, 03:28:53 PM »
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Rob,

Thanks for the information. I am on my way to Africa later in the month and wen I return in September I will contact you about scanning the film.

Thanks Again
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« Reply #4 on: August 09, 2012, 04:49:07 PM »
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I use Mike at AGX Imaging http://www.agximaging.com/. He does a great job and has very quick turnaround and reasonably priced. Most of the images on my website are from a Horseman 617 with schneider lenses 72, 110 and 180. I have printed the Velvia 50 images from scans done by Mike at 43" x 129" for corporate sales.

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« Reply #5 on: August 10, 2012, 09:01:25 AM »
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I f you want to get into scanning your own film, Mark Segal has the right suggestions.

There is a learning curve to learning to scan well - beyond making sure the film is flat and in focus ( I like the wet scan tray in the V750 package with AZTEK fluid) the basics are:  scan at 16 bits per channel, use ProPhoto RGB especially for landscape work, leave the black point at zero and move the white clipping point in to about 5 points beyond the end of the mountain range in the histogram to ensures you use the full dynamic range of the image  and don't dynamic range on information that isn't there.  The resulting file will be quite large but really you only want to scan film once so you might as well do it right.

You also want a relatively low contrast scan. It is tempting to make it just as rich and contrasty in feel as you think you'll want the final output to be but that is what Photoshop is for.

Rob Reiter's prices are preety good. Also check out http://www.westcoastimaging.com/
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« Reply #6 on: August 10, 2012, 11:54:55 AM »
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Not sure where you're located, but for great quality drum scans, contact Peter Figen. He's in the Los Angeles area. www.peterfigen.com
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