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I might cancel my E-M1 order ...

After getting back the slides from the processors of my first Velvia film through my recently acquired Bronica ETRS. I scanned the slide on a basic Epson flatbed scanner. This is the result. It prints well at A3+ also!

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Re: I might cancel my E-M1 order ...

Mmm. Medium format transparencies. Grown up stuff indeed
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I might cancel my E-M1 order ...

The green's look just as they should.
What is the cost per slide these days ?
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Re: I might cancel my E-M1 order ...

Mmmmm- looks over-exposed to me

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Re: I might cancel my E-M1 order ...

Maybe just a tad over-exposed? Looks like all the detail is there, though, so should be easy to correct in pp. I still think a medium format transparency on a lightbox is a wonderful sight. Malham Cove is a great location for photography.

EDIT: Ian beat me to it about exposure. It's worth noting that with slides it's generally better to expose for the highlights and let the shadows look after themselves (i.e. block up if need be), kind of the opposite to ETTR with digital where highlights are deliberately stretched in order to preserve as much shadow detail as possible.
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Re: I might cancel my E-M1 order ...

A medium format transparency projected onto a screen is even better! Nice pic but I suspect the apparent slight over-exposure may be down to the scanner settings rather than the original tranny. My Epson 4990 likes to blow highlights when using its auto-exposure setting.

Well done on getting a pic of Malham Cove without a hoard of tourists in view, I'm never up that early .

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Re: I might cancel my E-M1 order ...

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Well done on getting a pic of Malham Cove without a hoard of tourists in view, I'm never up that early .

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This was about 3 pm!

The slide itself looks reasonably exposed, but I may have overdone it setting the levels after scanning. I'm still experimenting with scanning settings. I used a Weston V meter to get the basic level and just tweaked the aperture according to what the sun was doing. Only the second film I've put through the thing!

The Velvia was bought off Ebay as expired stock - about 9 months overdue. I suppose the cost per slide, including film, processing and contact sheet, is about 1.
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Re: I might cancel my E-M1 order ...

A nice image Stephen but did you get any Cows In Flight shots?

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Re: I might cancel my E-M1 order ...

You must have picked a quiet day - though I think I can perhaps see three people on the extreme left about a third of the way down .

I find that Epson Scan can be a bit optimistic about dynamic range and I usually widen the input levels a bit from their auto settings. I prefer to capture as much as possible at the scanning stage and then fine tune the levels in Photoshop.

I used to take 6x6 trannies with my Mamiya 6 and print them to Cibachrome but the cost became prohibitive, and now you can't get Cibachrome/Ilfochrome any more.
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Re: I might cancel my E-M1 order ...

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A nice image Stephen but did you get any Cows In Flight shots?

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No, and I wasn't quick enough to get any BIF (beer in flight) shots as it went down my neck.

There were quite a few people about, Otto, but not in large groups.

Thanks for the tips about scanning.
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Re: I might cancel my E-M1 order ...

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Your wetting my appetite for my trip up to the Dales in November. Don't think I'll be walk up the cove though, especially having to carry the little one (I mean Joshua not the OM-1).

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Your wetting my appetite for my trip up to the Dales in November. Don't think I'll be walk up the cove though, especially having to carry the little one (I mean Joshua not the OM-1).

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Re: I might cancel my E-M1 order ...

The walk from Malham village to the base of the cove is easy enough but from there the climb to the top of the cove is steep with many steps and can be slippery when wet. If you're in the area don't miss Gordale Scar just up the road and Janet's Foss waterfall nearby.

It's one of my favourite areas of the UK too Stephen, and I'm lucky enough to live there (Wensleydale) .
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Re: I might cancel my E-M1 order ...

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The walk from Malham village to the base of the cove is easy enough but from there the climb to the top of the cove is steep with many steps and can be slippery when wet. If you're in the area don't miss Gordale Scar just up the road and Janet's Foss waterfall nearby.

It's one of my favourite areas of the UK too Stephen, and I'm lucky enough to live there (Wensleydale) .
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My normal walk is from Malham, up the cove and over the top returning back via Janets Foss, with a final pit stop in the Pub in Malham.

Did it a number of time as a child with parents and can never tire of the walk (although the missus doesn't like all the steps).

Been a few years since we were last up in the dales and really looking forward to it. Hopefully the weather will be kind and I can get out a do a little walking.

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Re: I might cancel my E-M1 order ...

Great to see one of your Bronica shots, Stephen!

I know you were joking about cancelling the E-M1 order, but I'm not going to be ordering the E-M1 in the first place, partly because I'm happy with my E-M5, but also because I use my Hasselblad more than any other camera at the moment. Velvia transparencies really do take some beating. I'm actually having to buy Velvia now, though, having exhausted the supply that John (Zuiko) gave me when I bought his Kowa (thanks, John!).

On the Hasselblad, which takes fewer shots per film than the Bronica of course, the cost per shot is about 1 for buying the film and processing it. But you learn to be frugal with your shots and (hopefully) make them count. And for me, at least at the moment, the thrill of the cardboard envelope from Peak Imaging popping through the letterbox with another batch of processed transparencies is worth the cost. I just posted a roll of Velvia to them this morning in fact. Obviously the cost is a lot less if you shoot black and white and process at home, which I also do.

And while everyone else is excited about ordering the E-M1, I'm excited about the 150mm I just bought for my Hasselblad for 117!
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