Thinking about buying darkroom equipment

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  1. Oculus

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    Actually, I was thinking about buying a scanner as well, but from what I have seen they are very pricey. Which scanners would you recommend that can scan more than just 35mm negatives (so medium format, and so on)?

    It sure looks great! Thanks!


     
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    My experience is that a flatbed type scanner doesn't work well on negatives smaller than 120mm. I use a Plustek 8200 for 35mm and an Epson Flatbed V850 for 120mm. Both scanners are on the expensive side ... but I suspect there are less expensive alternatives. In the short run, setting up a wet darkroom will be less expensive, but in the middle and long run a scanner is less expensive with better results.
     
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    Well honestly, at some point I am probably going to have a darkroom and a scanner. But right now it seems like a better idea to invest the money into a darkroom, although I wouldn't mind seeing some of pictures before I decide if they are worth printing or not, as it is quite time consuming.

    How is the software for those scanners? I heard the Plustek 8200 is a really good scanner, but its software is a mess. Is that true?
     
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    It works well ... maybe a bit clunky and not all that intuitive. I'm no expert, but I heard with scanners it is all about the software.
     
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    Get Vuescan software. link ...... VueScan Scanner Software for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux
    Although a wet print, in my opinion and 35 years doing this professionally, done properly is far superior to scanning and ink jet. A wet print will show you the full potential of a neg vs a scan/print.
     
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    Thanks for the link! And I agree with what you said about the wet print. I got a few rolls of film developed at a pretty good place, and I asked them to print a few pictures (they scanned them and then printed them on nice paper). Even though the pictures look pretty good, the one wet print I did looks absolutely stunning and blows the store's prints out of the water.
     

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