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The sad history of digital cameras trying to imitate film

October 19th, 2017 · analogue photography, Digital Photography, Photography

Stop trying to make digital film cameras happen

In the recent past, many camera manufacturers have brought devices onto the market, which can be described as a hybrid of analog and digital camera. These cameras often have a retro look and partly also the usability of analog cameras, the technology inside however, is digital. On the occasion of the recently released Yashica digiFilm Y35 www.popsci.com has taken a closer look at the past attempts of releasing successful hybrid models. The Digital Holga, the Nikon DF, the Polaroid Snap and the Leica M-D (Type 262) are good examples.

Some of these cameras have been realized through crowdfunding projects, others have been developed by well-known camera manufacturers. The products of both categories do not really offer any new or beneficial functionality, quite the contrary. Many users disliked the crowd-financed devices due to too basic technology and insufficient image quality. The models of the established companies are often very high-priced, but offer consciously less functionality than a comparable digital camera of the same manufacturer.

First and foremost however, all the hybrid models lack the charm of the original analog photography.

LaserSoft Imaging: « Conclusion: The best combination of analog and digital imaging is still to shot analog and to use a scanner for digitization. »


You can find the complete article on www.popsci.com.

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Youtube Review (German): The SRDx Photoshop Plug-in for Windows

October 5th, 2017 · analogue photography, HowTo, News, Photography, Reviews, Tips and Tutorials, Video

The SRDx plug-in for Windows is available since yesterday. So it is pleasing us a lot that an excellent Youtube channel has already created a tutorial movie for our plug-in.

As digital artist, Anita Graf is very familiar with retouching in Photoshop. Working accurately and efficiently is essential in order to turn good images into outstanding images and photos into artworks. You may already be familiar with her movies around the topic of Photoshop and image processing – they are really worth seeing. In her current movie, she introduces the SRDx plug-in developed by LaserSoft Imaging. Using the SRDx plug-in, she quickly and easily retouches dust and scratches while saving time and nerves.

Anita Graf: « My motto: The reality is beautiful, with Photoshop I make it fantastic to me.

Being a digital artist, professional retouching belongs to my daily tasks. The SRDx Photoshop plug-in allows me to work quickly and neatly. The easy and intuitive handling makes it a valuable tool for Photoshop beginners as well as for professionals. »

Anita Graf from Stramani Photography has tested the SRDx Photoshop Plug-in. Watch her youtube movie to learn more about the SRDx plug-in. (Win Version)

Also visit the Stramani Photography website.

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SRDx Photoshop Plug-in – Now also available for Windows

September 28th, 2017 · analogue photography, HowTo, Photography, Processing

When digitizing images with a scanner, dust and scratches from the analog original appear in the digitized image. Removing these defects with the Photoshop correction functionalities is difficult and time consuming.

The SRDx – Smart Removal of Defects plug-in thus is the ideal expansion for users who process their images in Photoshop. From now on you can also use the excellent dust and scratch removal tool SRDx, regarding which you have already contacted us, as a Photoshop and Photoshop Elements plug-in on Windows. It’s available in Photoshop in the professional version with defect marker.

SRDx is seamlessly integrated with your accustomed workflow while complementing Photoshop´s already existing correction stamp tool by a function that uses a highly adjustable automatic detection to remove defects efficiently and without blur effects.

More information, movies and a free trial version can be found on our SRDx Photoshop Plug-in Website.

Stefan Riedl from the 4eck Media agency has extensively tested the SRDx Photoshop plug-in. Watch his review in the movie on the right.

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SilverFast 8.8 supports the new macOS operating system High Sierra

September 27th, 2017 · News, OSX, SilverFast

SilverFast 8.8 scanner and HDR software runs natively on Intel Mac systems from version OS X 10.7 (including macOS High Sierra). SilverFast is constantly being improved and extended by new features. Check here or directly in your SilverFast software to see if a free update is available for you.

Here you find a list of all supported scanners.

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Does Nikon introduce a successor to the successful CoolScan scanner series in September?

August 30th, 2017 · analogue photography, Digital Photography, News, Photography Business, Scanner

With a phenomenal announcement, Nikon has unveiled its new flagship for digitizing slides and negatives: the new top model has a resolution of real 15 megapixels, an autofocus and digitizes slides and negatives in very short time. There is no automatic film transport, but optional film holders for 35mm negative strips and slides. Recommended retail price for the device without holder: 3300 Euro.


Of course this is not about a scanner, but about the new D850 SLR digital camera. With a new function for converting negatives into positives, this device is intended to outstrip the competition and animate the boring and loveless megapixel contests. With this useful innovation, Nikon sets a clear sign in a time where analogue photography and digital photography co-exist already for many photographers: analogue photography is alive. It is even so important that the leading manufacturer of digital cameras has dedicated a function to it.

Even though, unfortunately, there is no new Nikon scanner, this is a development that we, LaserSoft Imaging, can only applaud. A clearer statement on the continuing need for digitization of old and new footage can hardly be imagined.


We are very excited about how the quality of the negative to positive conversion with the DSLR D850 will turn out in practice. It is still unclear whether and how the camera takes into account different film emulsions and how the weaknesses in the image processing of 8bit files were solved. The bar is high, because for the price of the macro lens and the film holders alone, one gets already a very good film scanner which comes with high resolution, constant light source, a high density range, automatic film transport and infrared-based dust and scratch removal.

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SilverFast CEO flies once around the world

August 4th, 2017 · Distraction, News

SilverFast CEO flies once around the world

Worldflight | Karl-Heinz Zahorsky & Karl Karbach | Piper Malibu | N662TC

The two pilots, Karl-Heinz Zahorsky (President & CEO of LaserSoft Imaging) and Karl Karbach, have started their journey around the world on July 28 from Kiel, Germany. During their journey the Piper Malibu named “Spirit of Kiel” will take them to stages such as Croatia, Egypt, Sri Lanka, the Easter Island and the Cape Verde Islands. A long-held dream has just started …

The journey includes a donation from Karl-Heinz Zahorsky as well as the donation call for Dr. Reijntje’s School for the Deaf in Sri Lanka. This school ensures that deaf young women get an education that makes it possible for them to earn their livelihood. It would be great if many readers supported this social project by participating in our Charity Fundraising.

The journey itself can be followed via webblog and flight tracking system.

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SilverFast First Step Guide in 5 Languages

August 2nd, 2017 · News

From setting up SilverFast to the optimized Scan

Learn how to efficiently start scanning with SilverFast scanner software

The instructions inside this First Step Guide are intended to help you to take the first steps along the path from analog to digital images. It is a practical guideline for the initial uses of SilverFast. Particular emphasis is therefore given to explaining the steps that will simplify your introduction to the software.

The First Step Guide is available in English, German, French and Spanish. There is also a Polish user translation (by Jacek Dunay).

The example pictures are taken from the Ai Studio version. Lower versions offer a smaller scope of
settings so that descriptions may differ from what you see on your screen in some points.

You can download our free First Step Guide here as a PDF file.

Please note: We now also offer a Polish First Step Guide.


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SRDx supports additional Photoshop editions

July 12th, 2017 · News, OSX, Tips and Tutorials, Video

Dust and Scratch Removal for Photoshop – Many additional Photoshop editions of the CS and Elements series will be supported with the latest SRDx Photoshop Plug-in.

SRDx is a Plug-in for Photoshop on the Mac with OS X version 10.10 or later. It requires an installed copy of Adobe Photoshop:

  • Photoshop CC, Photoshop CC 2014, Photoshop CC 2015.X, Photoshop CC 2017
  • Photoshop CS4, Photoshop CS5, Photoshop CS5.5, Photoshop CS6
  • Photoshop Elements 14, Photoshop Elements 15

More information, movies and a free trial version can be found on our SRDx Photoshop Plug-in Website.

Stefan Riedl from the 4eck Media agency has extensively tested the SRDx Photoshop plug-in. Watch his review in the movie below.



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SilverFast 8 for Minolta DiMAGE Scan Elite 5400

July 4th, 2017 · News, Scanner, SilverFast

SilverFast 8 for Minolta DiMAGE Scan Elite 5400

SilverFast 8 now supports the Minolta DiMAGE Scan Elite 5400 on current Windows systems

As a dedicated film scanner featuring an automatic feed for a film strip or up to four 35mm slides, the Scan Elite 5400 has an exceptionally high resolution, according to the manufacturer up to 5400dpi. With its resolution actually achievable for the user, the Minolta 5400 definitely plays in the top league. With the current version 8.8.0r9, SilverFast now supports this device on current 64bit Windows systems. The Minolta is already supported on Mac systems for some time.

Minolta DiMAGE Scan Elite 5400 Film Scanner

A powerful 16 bit A/D converter is responsible for the high-quality scans. In addition, a highly developed AutoFocus system with automatic or manual sharpness adjusting provides crisp images. Using the professional scanner software SilverFast, even beginners can achieve brilliant images in the twinkling of an eye.

Owners of an older SilverFast version can upgrade their software here.

Note: Our proven SilverFast 6.6 software is still available for the Minolta DiMAGE Scan Elite 5400 II. However, please be aware of compatibility with your operating system.

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Kostenloses Webinar am Samstag, 24. Juni um 14:00 Uhr

June 9th, 2017 · HowTo, News, Scanner, SilverFast, Tips and Tutorials

Kostenloses Webinar am Samstag, 24. Juni um 14:00 Uhr

Mit SilverFast vom analogen zum digitalen Bild. Eine Einführung in das Scannen anspruchsvoller Vorlagen

Im Rahmen des Lichtblick Webinar-Wochenendes von Datacolor am 24. und 25. Juni wird es auch ein Webinar von LaserSoft Imaging zum Thema Scannen geben. Am 24. 06. um 14:00 Uhr zeigt Jan-Willem Rossée, Produkt-Manager der Software SilverFast, ausgebildeter Berufsfotograf und Multimedia-Producer, wie Sie Ihre analogen Schätze in die digitale Welt retten.

Jan-Willem RosséeNichts ist schöner und wertvoller als das Vergängliche. Denn nur was vergänglich ist, schafft Erinnerung. Alte Dias und Fotos zeigen uns diese schönsten Momente, die wir vor dem Zerfall retten wollen. Farben blassen aus und auch Staub- und Kratzer sowie schlimmstenfalls Pilzbefall setzen den Aufnahmen übel zu.

Wer mehr darüber erfahren will, wie man ein analoges Bildarchiv innerhalb kürzester Zeit und in hoher Qualität digitalisiert, ist in diesem Einführungs-Webinar genau richtig. Zentrale Themen, wie das Farbmanagement und die verlustfreie Archivierung mittels Scan-Rohdaten, werden ebenso angesprochen, wie die Frage, warum der Dynamikumfang eine entscheidende Rolle spielt. Jan-Willem Rossée zeigt mit ein paar praktischen Tipps wie ein kontrastreiches Negativ oder ein Dia optimal eingescannt werden kann.

Hier können Sie sich zu unserem kostenlosen Seminar anmelden.

Beachten Sie bitte auch unseren neuen praktischen Leitfaden “Digitalisierung analoger Bilder”, den Sie als PDF herunterladen können.

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