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This is a simple comparison between a dedicated film scanner, the Plustek OpticFilm 7300 and a Canon 9000F.

Unless the Canon has improved significantly with the newer 9000F MarkII, this remains valid.

I shot mostly 35mm and I have a few tens of thousands of slides.  I also have 120 film and a medium format camera, so I needed something to scan both.  I got the Canon because funds were limited and I needed a scanner under 200.

I was disappointed with the quality of scan from the 9000F scanning 35mm.  So recently, I managed to get a Plustek for under 120.

A serious difference.  Like between a VHS tape and a BluRay Disc.

Example – from the Canon: full frame

Canon Canoscan 9000F at 7200 dpi

Zoom into the eye, and see how soft the scan is (click to view):


Crop of eye, notice how it’s completely lacking in sharpness.

Now, same slide from the Plustek Opticfilm 7300:

From the Plustek Opticfilm 7300 @ 7200 dpi

Now, zoom into the eye (again, click to view):

Zoom of the eye – notice clear film grain!

Yes, what appears to the untrained eye as “noise” is actually the grain from the film.  This is what I expect of a good, sharp 7200 dpi scan of a slide!

This is Kodak’s Ektachrome 100SW.   This is a reversal film, which produced a positive color image without needing to be printed.

The 7300 doesn’t have any scratch removal hardware, but I had a Nikon LS-200 from 1998 until it died in 2006, and when it removed dust the resulting image was often soft…  and it never worked on B&W film anyway.

You have to move each slide into place and start the new scan, but it’s easier to use than the other sub-$500 scanners on the market.

This will do until I have the funds for a Nikon V!!

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Comet Pan-STARRS


Shot with a Nikon D200, 55-200 zoom.

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Skinny Lori Fans! News!

Important news for Collectors here!

I’m selling off the original images!  Contact me for more info.

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Head shot special

To celebrate getting a studio space opened up – I’m running a head shot special Feb 25th through March 2nd.

More info here:


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Model Search

Looking for models to help me get back “into the swing” of things.

See the Menu header marked “Model Testing”

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Rush Limbaugh Scandal Proves Contagious for Talk-Radio Advertisers – The Daily Beast

the irony is that the same market forces that right-wing talk-radio hosts champion are helping to seal their fate. Advertisers are abandoning the shows because they no longer want to be associated with the hyperpartisan—and occasionally hateful—rhetoric. They are finally drawing a line because consumers are starting to take a stand.


When big money starts shifting, it is a sign of a deeper tide that is difficult to undo, even if you are an industry icon like Rush Limbaugh. It is a sign that the times are changing.

via Rush Limbaugh Scandal Proves Contagious for Talk-Radio Advertisers – The Daily Beast.

Let’s hope so.

Yes, the left-wing chatterboxes also spew forth bullshit, but never have any (to my knowledge) stooped so low as to go on a 45+ minute tirade targeting a single woman like Rush did against Sandra Fluke.  This wasn’t a two or three minute sound bite, Rush went on and on…  and showed off precisely what he is, a misogynist tub of  lard stuffed with hatred and bigotry.

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My kinda humor

I”m always up for a few fart jokes.

My kid learned early on NEVER to pull my finger.

So when I found a blog post about 19th century Japanese scrolls featuring…   (drum roll please)

Fart Battles…

I had to go look.


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‘John Carter’: Disney’s Quarter-Billion-Dollar Movie Fiasco – The Daily Beast

If Hollywood executives don’t know who John Carter is, they certainly know what John Carter is. It’s the kind of cautionary tale that keeps studio chiefs popping Ambien at night: a vanity project with sky-high expectations that has gone wildly over budget and now seems destined to land with a massive thud at the box office—unless it can somehow rake in more than $400 million to break even. In other words, it’s the kind of movie that causes heads to roll.

via ‘John Carter’: Disney’s Quarter-Billion-Dollar Movie Fiasco – The Daily Beast.


I read the books and want to see this movie.  But seriously?  This thing is 100x bigger than the budget of MY movie!

Kinda reminds me of the vanity project the lead character in “Irreconcilable Differences” did, a musical version of “Gone With The Wind”.

OMG – 250 million!  No movie should run more than 15 or 20 million.  Seriously.


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Movie Business

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Dave here.

As a Producer, one of my main jobs is to prepare the financial plan for this movie.  Part of this is obtaining detailed information about other movies that are similar.

The problem I’m facing is that Roomies is fairly unique.  There isn’t a whole lot of movies like this one to create a decent “Successful Films Chart”.

Some comedies break out and hit huge numbers at the box office.  The numbers generated by the Domestic Box Office then drive the other numbers, as Home Entertainment, PPV, Cable TV sales.  Those sales are usually forecast as a percentage of the Box Office.  A huge break-out hit, like Juno changes even those percentages, as most pre-release contracts have amendments to increase sale amounts if the picture hit well at the box office.

I have to be careful, tho, as if I include a movie like “The Hangover”, this will skew the averages all to the high side.  Hangover (as of today’s data) has a Domestic Box Office of $277 million, foreign box office of $192 million, DVD sales of $184 million. All on a budget of $30.  Adding this movie to my data skews things like crazy!

This doesn’t include cable/TV licenses.   No wonder the studio green-lit the sequel.  The sequel has a budget of $80 million and has, to date, brought in similar numbers.

Now that I have the projections finished… the B-plan goes to the printers and I hope to have a release copy in my paws by March 3rd.

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I love old photos….

And Shorpy is one of my favorite regular reads online.

The above image is captioned: October 1939. “The Free children in doorway of their dugout home in Sunday clothes. Dead Ox Flat, Malheur County, Oregon.” Medium format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration.

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