I hope this is the right place for this:
I ran into a problem...my HP scanjet 3970 flatbed scanner with TMA is not up to the task of scanning black and white film. I just cannot get a decent scan from it. I get an image with a blood red mask and when I convert it to grayscale using the channel mixer... lets just say the scans are less then satisfactory. I am also starting to think that this scanner cannot handle the dynamic range of this stuff.
My plan when I started to process my own film was to process the film and digitize the images I want and post them on line. Well, I can process the film but cannot show it off.
I have thought about purchasing a Nikon Coolscan V ED but that has been out of stock for MONTHS for some reason and I am not sure if my work is good enough or if I shoot and process enough of my own film to justify the purchase of the 550 dollar scanner. Even then, would the scanner work with black and white film?
What other options do I have? I live in an apartment. I could probably get an enlarger for dirt, there is no place I could work it.
I have thought about taking the negs to my local 1hour lab which is equiped with a frontier and maybe spend 2 bucks and get them scanned to a CD, though I am sure the quality is not going to be very high since them things spit out JPGs (wish they would give you an option for TIFF files but I guess if you are going to get your film done at a one hour lab in a grocery store, most people are just gonna want photos and not tweeking them).
I guess a photo CD would work, should give me a halfway decent image to look at and post on the web. If I really dig an image I guess then I can take the neg to a pro lab (if I can find one) and get a real print.
Any other suggestions?