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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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SilverFast 8.8 will support the upcoming macOS High Sierra

June 8th, 2017 · News, OSX, SilverFast

Advance notice: SilverFast 8.8 will support the upcoming macOS operating system High Sierra (10.13) – 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.

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NEW: Kodachrome Magazine, Issue I

June 7th, 2017 · analogue photography, News, Photography, Photography Books

Kodak launches Kodachrome, A new Magazine for Film and Art Lovers

Kodak’s new magazine features articles from the worlds of art and film. The company deliberately opted for print rather than digital format, demonstrating its love for all things analog. Each issue of Kodachrome includes stories about the different fields of art.

The first issue was released in May in a limited-edition run, with 76 pages of features, photography and illustration. It includes articles about actress and filmmaker Chloë Sevigny, illustrator Tad Carpenter, film artist Isaac Julien, the team behind Kodak’s famous Coloramas and reason why independent magazines today are successful again.

Kodak: « Conceived by Kodak, but about so much more than Kodak – be it writing, sculpture, music, graphics, or all manner of delights in between. Each issue, we bring you stories and conversations from around the globe that showcase our shared fascination with creation, craft and inspiration. »

LaserSoft Imaging congratulates Kodak on the successful launch of its new magazine and wishes a lot of success for the upcoming issues. We are pleased that the trend back towards the analog and, in particular, analog photography continues.

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The Death of Digital Photography as We Know It

May 16th, 2017 · analogue photography, Digital Photography, News, Photography, Photography Business

Digital camera manufacturers struggle to develop real innovations, consumers do not feel the need to upgrade, the camera market is shrinking significantly.

proMuser’s Global Digital Camera Report shows that total digital camera production is dropping steadily and for January 2017 it has been less than half the most recent high-point in October 2014. One of the market’s main problems: a lack of innovation. Canon released its professional EOS 5D Mk IV in September 2016. The camera is an excellent piece of technology, but Canon had not changed enough from the previous model to encourage customers to upgrade.

Camera reviewer Ken Rockwell about Canon’s 5D Mk IV release: « … Canon didn’t need to; it already has [most features] covered in the 5D Mk III. The 5D series sells very few cameras compared to Canon’s [consumer level] DSLRs, so we ought to be glad that Canon actively develops new models that don’t do much for profits (and eat into sales of other Canon cameras), … »

Photography once has been an entirely analog process, and film photography today experiences some kind of comeback by consumers looking for something new. It is a little bit strange to describe film as “something new”, but a survey by Ilford Photo in 2015 found out that 30 percent of film users were not older than 35 years. 60 percent have started film photography in the last five years.

As digital camera sales stagnate and manufacturers do not success in exciting their customers, the industry would do well to stop ignoring the rebirth of analog film.

You can find the complete article on

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Come visit us at the TexProcess at the Epson Stand B35 in Hall 4

May 10th, 2017 · News, Photography Business, Processing

LaserSoft Imaging at TexProcess – International trade fair for the international garment-manufacturing and textile processing industry – May 9 – 15 in Frankfurt, Germany

We’re introducing our brand-new SilverFast TexColorAnalyzer. SilverFast TexColorAnalyzer turns your scanner into a high-quality measuring tool for textile manufacturing processes. Measure your color and share it on the DMIx network with production stages all around the world for consistent colors throughout the whole process.

After calibrating the scanner with one of LaserSoft Imaging’s own high-quality IT8 charts, the fabric sample is scanned and its color values are transmitted into the DMIx cloud where they can be accessed from all over the world.

SilverFast TexColorAnalyzer reduces the time necessary and the number of samples and test prints significantly.

Profit from the expertise of the three partner companies Epson, ColorDigital and LaserSoft Imaging.

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