Now what I didn't know was that the local mini lab that processed my film was using a Noritsu for the scanning or that they'd scanned it at their highest resolution. I was pretty impressed with the results, although I didn't have an objective comparison.
Last week I finally got my hands on a Nikon Coolscan LS-IV and after spending a week coming to grips with operating it (and I've already spent some several years using other scanners including older Nikons, Epson flatbeds, HP S20 scanners ...) I thought I should turn my hand to comparing it to what I got from the Noritsu.
So, here is an overview of the scene
Now a 100% pixel crop from the Noritsu
and a 100% pixel crop from the Nikon LS-IV
I don't know what you think, but I think its not bad at all.
Actually to even get them this close I had to
- scan with the Nikon set to scan a positive (so I could set the levels less agressively than it does)
- put on ICE to cover some developing / handling marks on the film
- adjust the colour and pay attention to colour profiles
So, for less than 10 bucks at the time of developing VS spending money on a scanner and time scanning (don't under estimate that part) the Noritsu service simply kicks!
What I want to know is, with such outstanding results available for next to nothing why they aren't plugging this service more!
I'll say that whatever the advantages of digital are, one of the disadvantages is that you need to be able to store your files and be able to find them again. This is the greatest weakness of the digital camera system for most "ordinary folks".
Why? well I can't count how many times I have heard friends, relatives or neighbors tell me their computer crashed and they lost all their files (often including digital camera images). With this system you get
- a CD of your images (to keep as a back-up)
- your negatives (to keep as a back up)