Last Saturday, I drove to Seatac, near the airport, and rode the light rail to Downtown Seattle.
I had my Nikon FM3a, with the Nikon 50mm 1:2 lens and the Voigtlander Ultron 40mm 1:2 lens. I brought 3 rolls of film, a roll of Kodak 400tx, Kentmere 400, and Ilford Delta 3200.
These images are from the second roll I shot, Kentmere 400, pushed one stop. They are taken along the St. Patrick’s Day Parade route along Fourth Avenue.
I scanned the images with the PrimeFilm XEs film scanner and Silverfast SE Version 9 software.
5 Replies to “st patrick’s day. seattle. kentmere 400. diafine #33”
It looks like the Diafine is still going strong. Nice set of images, Steven. I particularly like the closeup shot of the trombonist holding his instrument. You always do good work capturing people’s hands in a natural state. Did you get your XE fixed? Last I knew you had quit using it because it put a nasty line down every scan…
I haven’t been doing a very good job keeping up with the blogs I follow. I read back through your posts for the past few months and saw you stated a while back that you had replaced your XE with a new XEs. So I guess your XE is probably still defective, which is a shame. Do you see any difference, quality-wise, in the scans produced by the XEs, versus the XE, or are they indistinguishable?
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The XEs is a bit faster, but both machines do a great job. The XE started working again, but I bought the newer model because the older model is no longer supported by the company and I was afraid it might start becoming a problem again. The Epson V850 is much faster and allows up to 18 negatives to be scanned at once, but the detail is not the same. For most uses it is probably fine.
Awesome! I’m glad the original XE started working again. Now you’ve got a backup. Personally, based on all the examples I’ve seen online, I think Pacific Image makes better scanners than Plustek, at least in terms of the quality of the scans produced. I think Plustek might have a slightly better track record with regards to overall reliability, however. If I could afford a modern scanner, I’d go with an XEs. It’s a shame Canon, Nikon, and Minolta all gave up on manufacturing dedicated film scanners. Personally, I don’t like the current trend towards using digital cameras to make “scans.” They typically just don’t look right to me. Dedicated film scanners are still the way to go, in my opinion.
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I bought a 2 year warranty for the reasons you mentioned. It does a great job but has issues of reliability. Kentmere Films offer a good alternative to expensive black and white films.