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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.

Occupy Wall Street’s first fatality (VIDEO) — RT

A protester in Seattle, Washington aligned with Occupy Wall Street says that an assault from a cop last week has caused a miscarriage, which if true marks the first loss of life from police brutality since the demonstrations began two months ago.

Photographers were on hand November 15 to document 19-year-old Jennifer Fox being pepper-sprayed by police in Seattle while participating in an Occupy protest on the West Coast. Along with an assault on an 84-year-old activist, the incident involving Fox, then pregnant, was arguably not only the most disturbing scene out of the Occupy Seattle movement but out of the international demonstrations altogether. Less than a week later now, Fox says that she has suffered a miscarriage and according to her, doctors say that an attack from police is to blame.

via Occupy Wall Street’s first fatality (VIDEO) — RT.

Disgusting! The violence against peaceful protestors, however, is necessary to get this cause in front of the masses. Perhaps when the cops cause more deaths, even Fox will admit the cops in this country are out of control.

The Glow-In-The-Dark Kitty | Surprising Science

Cat owners might find a glow-in-the-dark kitty to be fairly useful—you’ll never trip over the cat at night again—but the Mayo Clinic scientists who created this glowing cat had a bigger goal in mind: fighting AIDS.

The substance that makes the cat glow is a version of the green fluorescent protein that lights up the crystal jelly, a type of jellyfish that lives off the West Coast of the United States. Years ago scientists realized that the gene for GFP is a perfect marker when they insert another new gene into an organism. By inserting a version of GFP along with their gene of choice, they could easily see if they were successful because the organism would glow. Since the technique was first developed, researchers have made many glowing animals, including pigs, mice, dogs, even fish you can buy in the pet store.

via The Glow-In-The-Dark Kitty | Surprising Science.



Although I’m not too sure we are ready for a cat that glows green, but I can see the usefulness of this in research.

Seriously, the more we experiment, the better our lives will be…

However, I have been reading about a paleontologist who wants to revert a chicken into a dinosaur. Can’t clone a dino with DNA because the DNA degrades too easily, but they’re figuring out how to turn off the genes that causes a chicken to be a chicken, and into a dinosaur.

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Eyes of Texas

I was listening to an older Ipod playlist a few days ago and this song started playing. I’d forgotten I had found this, a long time ago, while looking for older western soundtrack items.

It’s a version of “The Eyes of Texas” I doubt too many have heard. The song then segues into the theme of “The Alamo”. Ii’s title: “Alternate ending – The Alamo” by Dimitri Tiomkin, on the reissued soundtrack from John Wayne’s “The Alamo”.

So I threw together a fast video to feature this song, and some of my photos form a Spring game a while back plus some of the tower lit up #1 form the 2005 National Championship, plus other items i had laying around.


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First Circuit Panel Says There’s a Clear Constitutional Right To Openly Record Cops. | The Agitator

From Balko at The Agitator comes this important report.

The First Amendment issue here is, as the parties frame it, fairly narrow: is there a constitutionally protected right to videotape police carrying out their duties in public? Basic First Amendment principles, along with case law from this and other circuits, answer that question unambiguously in the affirmative. It is firmly established that the First Amendment’s aegis extends further than the text’s proscription on laws “abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press,” and encompasses a range of conduct related to the gathering and dissemination of information. As the Supreme Court has observed, “the First Amendment goes beyond protection of the press and the self-expression of individuals to prohibit government from limiting the stock of information from which members of the public may draw.”…

As a photographer, I have read with dismay the reports coming from the various blogs, including Photography is not a Crime about how photographers & private citizens are being targeted by police and citizens when they try to do their job or record possible police misconduct.

This ruling, while limited, goes a long way towards establishing our protected rights to photograph subjects in public.

Buildings, people on the sidewalk and anything and anyone else *in public* have no assumed right to privacy, yet daily I read about police, security guards and self-appointed protectors harassing or interfering with a photographer. It’s in-fricking-sane.

Prior to 9-11, we were living in a free society.. but slowly the neo-cons have eroded these rights into a farce. Combined, the “War on Drugs” and the “War on Terrorism” have us living in a country with fewer freedoms than many countries in eastern Europe in the 1970s.

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Islamophobia is Stupid | Assassin Actual

You know, not everyone in the military is in lock-step with Faux Gnus or is a neo-conservative… Case-in-point:

But what gets me is the whole concept of Islamophobia, it strikes me as both anti-American and pants-on-head-retarded. First and foremost, it is just good old fashion American bigotry with an equal helping of American historical ignorance. The right loves to blast the newcomers and decry their strange ways yet always seem to forget that America is a melting pot…that isn’t white.
Let me clearly state this, if you are against the building of a Mosque anywhere on private property in the United States, I declare you to be a coward. You are just a craven who is too terrified of the other side to let the other side even speak. Even when what you fear so much does not exist. I know Muslims; I live, eat, and work with them every day. I even attend Muslim prayer, since a bit of meditation always is nice and “When in Rome.” There is no great plan to take over Christendom just as there is no great Christian plan to convert all Muslims. Sure they may be some individuals that desire that, but internal factions and infighting prevent Muslims and Christians alike from mass jihad / crusades. The simple truth is that people who oppose free expression of religion on private property lack sufficient faith in their beliefs to be able to turn the other cheek.

via Islamophobia is Stupid | Assassin Actual.

Picture of the day

A Fairfield Beach Road home is submerged in Pine Creek in Fairfield, Connecticut, as treacherous weather caused by Tropical Storm Irene came through the area on August 28, 2011. (AP Photo/The Connecticut Post, Cathy Zuraw)

I don’t know about you – but when folks say this hurricane didn’t damage anything is living on another planet.

From the Atlantic.

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Face of the Day

Nick Pratto (#25) of the West team from Huntington Beach, California celebrates after driving in the winning run to defeat the Japan team from Hamamatsu City 2-1 to win the Little League World Series championship game on August 28, 2011 in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania. By Rob Carr/Getty Images.

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BBC News – Libya conflict: Gaddafi family ‘flee to Algeria’

I’ll take “Deposed Dictators” for 300, Alex…

The wife and three children of fugitive Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi are in Algeria, Algerian officials say.

A foreign ministry statement said Col Gaddafi’s wife Safia, daughter Ayesha and sons Muhammad and Hannibal left Libya early on Monday.

Algeria’s UN ambassador said they were received on humanitarian grounds.

Libya’s rebels said sheltering Gaddafi family members was an act of aggression, and called for their extradition.

via BBC News – Libya conflict: Gaddafi family ‘flee to Algeria’.

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