Century Graphic for digital view camera

Started Jun 6, 2002 | Discussions thread
Ken Phillips Forum Pro • Posts: 16,361
Re: Century Graphic for digital view camera

My father was an Army photography during WWII, and I've inherited thousands of medium and large format negatives. I have been using a Minolta DiMage Scan Multi II to archive the 6 x whatevers, with very good results. It took a while to get the settings correct ... grain reduction, etc. My unit scans the center section at 2850dpi and does interpolation from 1420 for the outside edges. (Don't ask me why!) The newest Minolta unit does 4000dpi across the board, but my unit has a slide stacker attachment, which holds 50+ slides, and can be 'stoked' on the fly for all-day scanning.

prophotog wrote:

For years I have used a Sinar 4x5 view camera for architectural
photography in various states in the US. The equipment took up two
or three bulky cases and was a real pain to get into and out of
airports even before 9/11.

A real (re)discovery for me was the 2x3 Century Graphic. I have
been able to carry the camera body, 5 excellent lenses. two 120
roll film holders etc. in a shoulder case that is the size of a
medium 35mm outfit. It is much lighter than the Horseman, Linhof or
other similar outfit and for the type of photography I do in the
field, it has proven to be ideal. (architectural, travel, scenic).

Here’s the rub. I have been shifting more and more to digital
printing. For the money, convenience and archival issues etc. I
still believe that film is the way to go. I bought a Nikon 8000
scanner and had beautiful scanned results with transparency film
for producing color digital prints as well as black and white
conversions for quad tone printing. Not so with black and white
film. Black and white seemed to have a tendency to posterize no
matter how the scan was made and I ended up selling the scanner.
(Note: some of the negs were from the 1930’s and were quite dense
and/or thin).

Since then I have had access off and on to the latest high end
Imacon scanner. The results with color were great but scanning
black and white film was simply incredible. Sharp down to the grain
of the film with full range of tones!

So ... my ideal would be to continue to use the Century outfit but
be able to personally own a scanner that works well for black and
white film (and is affordable). Has anyone who shoots a lot of high
quality black and white had good luck with scanning black and white
negatives on any of the current mid-range scanners? (c. $3000.00).

If so, I would love to hear from you.



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