good scanner for B&W negatives?

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by chalkdust, Apr 19, 2014.

  1. chalkdust

    chalkdust Leica Place Regular

    Apr 3, 2013
    Long, long ago when I was nearly always broke, I shot entirely in B&W and processed film and printed my shots with an enlarger in a darkroom. I do not want to set up the enlarger and darkroom thing again, but I recall that processing the film was simple enough in a dark bathroom since it happens in a lightproof tank anyway. I recently looked prices for good old D76 and some hypo and some film. The prices are all very reasonable still. I think I can find my old development tank and thermometer. But if I cannot, those are not expensive either.

    I am thinking about re-entering the B&W film hobby. But I would like to scan negatives and do my printing digitally.

    If anyone else does this, I am interested in gleaning from your experience. Which scanners are good and which are not? What unexpected difficulties have you found and how did you overcome them?
  2. ajramirez

    ajramirez Leica Place Veteran

    Mar 30, 2013
    Caguas, Puerto Rico
    This is what I would recommend:

    The 8200i is the functional equivalent of the Plustek 7600i, which is what I use. The only difference between the 8100 and the 8200i is that the latter has an infrared channel which, through the use of Digital Ice, allows for dust and scratch reduction. However, Digital Ice DOES NOT work on conventional B&W films or Kodachrome, so if you only intend to scan conventional B&W, you can save the difference in cost.

    The only difference between the 8200i SE and the 8200i Ai is that the latter comes with a more advanced version of Silverfast (the scanning software). I absolutely hated Silverfast and use VueScan instead, which is fairly inexpensive and much more user friendly. So, get the SE version and VueScan instead.

    Here are some samples:

    On Ilford Delta 400 rated at 500 and developed in Ilfotec-DDX. Processed to enhance grain and toned in Silver Efex.

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    La vecindad - El contador
    by ramirezaponte, on Flickr

    La vecindad - Garage Ferrer
    by ramirezaponte, on Flickr

    On Tri-X rated at box speed and developed in D76 1:1.

    El güiro
    by ramirezaponte, on Flickr

    El Santo Sebastián
    by ramirezaponte, on Flickr

    On Ilford Delta 100 developed in D76 1:1.

    En la Calle Luna
    by ramirezaponte, on Flickr

    by ramirezaponte, on Flickr

    All on a Leica M6TTL. Let me know if you have any questions.


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  3. chalkdust

    chalkdust Leica Place Regular

    Apr 3, 2013

    Thank you so much. That is exactly the kind of information I was hoping for. It will help me decide which direction to go!
  4. kingsfan

    kingsfan Leica Place Regular

    Mar 30, 2013
    Highland Park, CA
  5. IanWR

    IanWR New to Leica Place

    May 17, 2014
    I recently received my 8200si and have scanned a few mono negs to try it out. I did a lot of scanning years ago with a Nikon 2000, so I know what to expect pretty well. The results so far with the Plustek are excellent. I like latest Silverfast a lot and I think this is going to be a successful combination for me. I don't think you'll do any better unless you want to pay a great deal more. By the way, the Plustek/Silverfast combination produces superior scans to my Nikon Coolscan.

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