Thoughts on the perfect scan - is it that important?

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OP Autonerd Contributing Member • Posts: 647
Re: Agree for B&W
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Sifting through colour negative prints has been a deflating experience. Almost without exception I find the scanned negatives, on reflection, to be a poor representation. It makes no difference whether it's a lab scan or my own, comparing scanned negatives to chromogenic prints is just no contest.

I haven't done much in the way of scanning color film negs, but I happened to find a shot that was on of my favorites. Scanned it on my Epson V550 with just the presets for the film (3M, I believe -- cheap drug-store stuff). I was actually rather pleased with the result -- a little flat, perhaps, but it has that "film look" as I remember it:

I have the print around here somewhere but have not compared them... not sure I want to.

Aaron

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