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Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 03-08-2014, 11:15 AM  
Batch Slide Scanning - Powerslide 5000
Posted By patrickrea
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I've noticed the same thing with Ektachrome from the early 70's. I can't remember what these slides looked like when Dad first shot them but they do seem a little fuzzy. Could it be the substrate deteriorating over time? Is the dye "running" and getting bluury?
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 03-08-2014, 09:36 AM  
Batch Slide Scanning - Powerslide 5000
Posted By patrickrea
Replies: 4
Views: 4,952
I've been scanning my father's extensive slide collection (~25k!) for a while now. Between moving and the great July 2013 Rain induced basement flooding, I think I've made some decent progress as I am now 8000 slides into the process. I've learnt a few things along the way.

1) The Pacific Image Powerslide 5000 (and its rebranded relatives like the Braun Multimag and Reflecta DigitDia 5000) work very well for this process. My intention is complete digitization of the collection. I'm not doing any culling of any sort and retouching is limited to simple white balancing. All of my slides are transferred into 20 slide sheets and then put into binders for archiving. Where I previously 200 cubic feet of Kodak slide trays, I will now have 5' of 3" binders. Anyone want Kodak carousels?

2) The stock 50 slide magazine that comes with the scanner works reasonably well for the first 2000 slides but has issues beyond that. The thin plastic dividers inside the magazine start to bend after a while and will tear your slides to pieces and will jam the machine as the slides are unable to be pushed back into the magazine. The worst offenders have been the old Agfachrome slides and most slides processed by Benjamin Labs here in Toronto. The mounts start to delaminate and catch the plastic divider. Once it starts, the plastic is bent a little more each time and exacerbates the problem. I had to stop using about 1/3 of the original magazine.

3) Get the Paximat 100 or 100S carousels. The guides for the slides are much thicker plastic and shaped very differently. They actually guide the slide back into the carousel using a curve piece which will not catch any edges. Some people have reported that they don't work well if they are not fully loaded in order to balance the carousel. I haven't noticed this and have run batches of as little as 15 slides (way out of balance). The 100S is for 2mm slides and the 100 is for thicker mounts. You can get them new from Photography, Digital Cameras, Lenses, Electronics - 8PM Shipping - Adorama Camera (~US$27) or find them used. I paid CDN$5 each for 3 used trays on Free Kijiji Canada Classifieds | Free Ads | Petites Annonces Gratuites

4) After a great deal of trial and much error, I scan at 3600dpi, 8bit and save the files as TIFFs. I turn off the Magic Touch (Digital ICE) as I find that it can introduce some artifacts. I also turn off Auto Colour and Auto Balance. This saves some scanning time and My batch software does a better job. As my general intention is viewing on a TV or monitor, this seems more than adequate.

5) I use Digikam on Linux for my library system for both digital images and for my scans. It includes a very capable batch processing ability that is invaluable for such annoying tasks as rotating and flipping every image in a 140 slide carousel after scanning. I used to worry about loading the slides properly but soon realized I needn't worry. I also use the batch processing to change my white balance to Daylight (6500K) and then convert the images to PNG with middling compression. I hate JPG compression and PNG is lossless. This takes my 40-50MB TIFF files down to a much more reasonable 15MB.

6) I know drive space is cheap but so am I. I copy all images to 2 sets of DVDs to free up drive space. I've had many drives fail and don't trust drives for long term storage. Also, most modern DVD and BLURay players can take my DVD full of images and display it on the big screen.

Just my 2 cents worth.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-19-2012, 01:31 PM  
*PETITION* Lets put an end to the crazy online Pentax lens prices in the US!
Posted By patrickrea
Replies: 550
Views: 34,132
I would love to buy new lens or 2. Pentax, lower your prices!
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-18-2012, 08:03 PM  
Photokina 2012 Interview with Pentax: Post your shout-outs and comments for Pentax!
Posted By patrickrea
Replies: 103
Views: 11,737
please add real TTL for the flash system. Speaking of which, how about a lower cost flash with tilt and swivel.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-09-2012, 04:44 AM  
Food Condiments
Posted By patrickrea
Replies: 1
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Hanging on my restaurant's wall.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-09-2012, 04:40 AM  
Travel Classic Metal
Posted By patrickrea
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Views: 308
The collection of classic cars in Cuba is awesome.
Forum: Lens Clubs 05-17-2012, 12:50 PM  
The A Club
Posted By patrickrea
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Views: 407,382
What an awesome lens. Too bad it's so far outside my budget.
Forum: General Talk 05-15-2012, 05:12 AM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By patrickrea
Replies: 12,310
Views: 835,723
Seeing as it was time to get rid of my 02 Hyundai Accent, I picked up a shiny, new 2013 Hyundai Elantra GLS for my wife. I get her 09 Sportage which is a little more practical for me.
Forum: General Talk 04-01-2012, 05:37 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By patrickrea
Replies: 12,310
Views: 835,723
I thought it was pretty good. Specs made sense, the camera going to a reduced sensor when it had DA lens attached. Whoever did the photoshop on the image did a good job. I felt my wallet getting lighter as I read the article.
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 04-01-2012, 06:43 AM  
Toronto Meet Sat April 14th HighPark Cherry Blossoms
Posted By patrickrea
Replies: 116
Views: 6,434
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 03-16-2012, 05:13 AM  
Toronto Meet Sat April 14th HighPark Cherry Blossoms
Posted By patrickrea
Replies: 116
Views: 6,434
A monthly meet would be great. I'd love to the chance to see what others are doing and how they're doing it.
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 03-15-2012, 12:19 PM  
Toronto Meet Sat April 14th HighPark Cherry Blossoms
Posted By patrickrea
Replies: 116
Views: 6,434
I was really looking forward to this but due to an extended "honey do" list and messed up work schedule, I won't be able to attend.
Forum: General Talk 03-06-2012, 10:34 AM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By patrickrea
Replies: 12,310
Views: 835,723
I think I'm almost I'm almost insulted! :)

I'm a Torontonian and a smoker. I don't use my Zippo because it's cool and hip. I use my Zippo as they always work in the cold (a butane lighter doesn't), I'm not throwing out a piece of plastic every 2 weeks and I find I don't lose them. The fact that it needs to be refilled with fluid every week and a new flint put in once every 2 months or so isn't a big deal. I put $30 worth of gas in my car every 2 weeks which IS a hassle in the winter.

I still have my grandfather's Zippo from WW2 but only use it for weddings and such.
Forum: General Talk 03-04-2012, 06:23 AM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By patrickrea
Replies: 12,310
Views: 835,723
Picked up a DA16-45/f4 for a great price thanks to a tip in the Toronto Pentaxians social group! Paid $170 for the lens, no box or manual. The lens is pristine.

The salesman is a Pentax shooter and was shocked at the price as he said he had bought his copy of the same lens using his staff discount for $275.

Forum: Sold Items 02-29-2012, 10:01 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax DA 16-45mm f/4.0, Pentax F 50mm f/1.7, Samsung D-Xenon 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL
Posted By patrickrea
Replies: 12
Views: 2,774
Thanks.
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 02-28-2012, 11:14 PM  
Toronto Meet Sat April 14th HighPark Cherry Blossoms
Posted By patrickrea
Replies: 116
Views: 6,434
I've been lurking here for a while with the hope that I can actually have my work schedule and the walks line up. I think it might work this time! I look forward to bringing my K200D out for a stroll.

I recommend Lit on Roncesvalles afterwards for coffee and such.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-25-2012, 04:36 PM  
Food Quail Eggs
Posted By patrickrea
Replies: 3
Views: 420
@Slowpez: Quail eggs are downright tasty. These are hard boiled. You shell them, dip them in a little GOOD sea salt (Maldon, Ile de Re or smoked Salish) and pop them in your mouth as a one-biter.

@Na Horuk: I was really close! I think minimum focus for the F35-70 is something like 12" or so for macro mode and I was pushing that. Ambient light was garbage. High ISO, slow shutter. I got lucky on this shot and the olives. The smoked trout and oysters didn't make it. White balance was a lost cause.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-25-2012, 04:30 PM  
Food Olives
Posted By patrickrea
Replies: 3
Views: 415
The olives were outstanding! Stuffed with roasted garlic!

re the sharpness: My DOF was pretty shallow as I was shooting at a wide open, slow shutter and at a high ISO. Wasn't much light. I just grabbed the images as the food was put down on the table. If was shooting "for real", I would have bounced a flash off the walls and ceiling. Sadly I didn't take a flash with me. Maybe I should just leave one in the bag.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-25-2012, 07:47 AM  
Food Quail Eggs
Posted By patrickrea
Replies: 3
Views: 420
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-25-2012, 07:44 AM  
Food Olives
Posted By patrickrea
Replies: 3
Views: 415
Forum: Sold Items 02-25-2012, 06:46 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax DA 16-45mm f/4.0, Pentax F 50mm f/1.7, Samsung D-Xenon 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL
Posted By patrickrea
Replies: 12
Views: 2,774
Is the Pentax DA 16-45mm still available? Would you consider shipping to Canada?
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-24-2012, 06:40 AM  
Machinery Winter Mooring
Posted By patrickrea
Replies: 5
Views: 427
Thanks Don.

The Edmund Fitzgerald had other issues. The theory is that her deck hatches were caved in by a set of 3 rogue waves caused by hurricane strength gusts. Estimates are the wave heights hit 35'. The "Mighty Fitz" had already lost both radars.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-23-2012, 10:22 PM  
Machinery Winter Mooring
Posted By patrickrea
Replies: 5
Views: 427
They are huge. I was over a 1/2 mile away!

The lakers are very different from ocean going ships. They have a very blunt bow and stern. This maximizes the amount of ship that can fit inside the locks on the Great Lakes. They don't have to deal with huge ocean waves, most waves are well below 20' except on Lake Superior during very large storms.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-23-2012, 08:10 PM  
Machinery Winter Mooring
Posted By patrickrea
Replies: 5
Views: 427
Big laker tied up at the east end of Toronto harbour for the winter.

Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-22-2012, 07:52 AM  
Travel Toronto's Finest
Posted By patrickrea
Replies: 1
Views: 388
Returning to the harbour. Middle of February on Lake Ontario. These guys had been roughly 1 mile south of Toronto Island, linked up with a SAR helicopter and Toronto's large fireboat. Something big was going on.

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