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Unread postPosted: Sun Aug 11, 2013 4:41 am 
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Hi all.

I'm a M2 user from the UK. I mainly work with B/W which I process myself.

Have just put a roll of Ektar in the camera, so I may soon be a colour (color) convert.

My next venture will be purchasing a film scanner - possibly Plustek 8100. Any thoughts on that one?

Forums are a bit of a new experience for me, so hopefully someone will see this and keep me right ??

Best wishes,

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Hi, Smirt! Welcome to LVL. :)

I love B&W myself, and develop/scan my own at home. My biggest problem is shooting enough of it and finding the time for it all. So I take the lazy, digital approach.

I can't speak of the Plustek, as I use an Epson v700 myself. I need more than a dedicated film scanner (e.g. documents, prints, etc.) and it's worked out very well for me - especially after picking up the betterscanning.com MF Holder (I tend to shoot 120 most).

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Smirt, hello and welcome to our little window on the world! What part of the UK?

New to forums? It is a whole new world full of good and bad when it seems that Internet forums are full of bullying, but none of that here! This is a safe haven for learning, sharing and making friends.

Would love to see photos of your M2 and what you have been up to... So post away!


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Oh, the scanner... I now have a Plustek 7600 and love it!


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Hello Smirt, and and can I add my welcome.

I'm from the UK as well so you'r not on your own here in that respect. I also occasionally shoot film with my M6 and develop my own. As a scanner I have a Plustek 7300, its a little old now but as I normally only use it for B&W its OK. I use Lightroom to remove any significant imperfections. Get a later version if you can as they have artefact removal built in so can save time. No one has mentioned scanning software yet and I would recommend Vuescan, it works great for me.

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Hi all, and thanks for the warm welcome and advice.

I'm from Driffield, East Yorkshire, which is pretty rural. We are close to York which is a nice place.

I'm not against digital and use a compact regularly for family pics etc. I have to say that is a wonderful medium.

I've used my 35mm Minolta SRT 101 on and off since 1975 but it recently developed a shutter fault. This prompted me to buy the M2. (I've wanted one since my teens!) I've also got a Zorki 4k so am no stranger to rangefinders. However the Leica is a much more usable camera.

I'm presently using a Russian lens on the M2 (50mm Jupiter 8) but hope to upgrade to a better 35mm soon.

Best wishes

smirt


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Welcome. East Yorkshire is a beautiful area, I look forward to seeing some photos posted. As to the plustek, there is a bit if a learning curve but once you get it the results are as good as can be expected from a scanner in that price range.

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Thanks for the feedback on the scanner. Just need to convince my wife now!!

Yes East Yorkshire is a nice place. Not too many people have discovered it yet though. Once I get the scanner I'll post some pics.

I haven't been to the USA yet but would love to. I have a friend in LA so maybe one day?

I'm a bit of a 'country boy' and guess I'd be well catered for over there.

Plenty of chances to try to wear out the M2.


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Convincing the wife if always the hardest part! ;)

Lots of "country folk" here in the USA, but perhaps not so much LA... But no worries.

...and good luck wearing out the M2! :p

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Well, I am a country boy! But that was how I grew up, on a dry road in a tiny house with wood in the fireplace to stay warm. we went hunting and fishing when not working. Never spent much time around a farm, though.

Bring that M2 and I will show you some "Down-South" good times!


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