…using the Epson Expression 10000XL in the Visual Resource Center at UCCS. The Epson software took a few minutes to set up but I suppose that it’s nice that once everything is calibrated I just hit the scan button and go off to do something else for about 20-30 minutes. Or once a few images are done I’ve started working on those in Photoshop and backing everything up while I wait. Also I’m writing this post (though as you read it it’s months later).
What do I think of the Epson Expression? It’s as big a piece of crap as the V600 but at least it does 4×5 film. It’s the only scanner on campus that can do large format. Thanks to this site I found out that I could only do 2400dpi scans, but considering how long it takes to do those I don’t think I’d have the patience to let it do longer. One thing I noticed, is that you must keep track of this:
(7 min. my ass…)
If the scanner isn’t making noise for a while, click that to get the damn thing working again; it’s like the scanner went out for a smoke break and needs to be kicked back into the building to do some work.
I’ve been printing some of these in the darkroom as well, but now that I have digital access to all my negatives I can see things I would have earlier, like where the dust has been caked in, just how bad my developing technique was starting out, how many times I missed focus (I think I should be using a loupe), things like that. And the successes are quite successful, here’s an example:
Cowboy weaponry at the ready. Kodak T-Max 400 pulled 1 stop.