Scanning with a Nikon Super Coolscan 4000 ED. Don't need bulk-load capability as I'm not doing them in bulk and frequently going straight into PShop to resize them and get them looking better than I can with the Nikon software.
You're welcome, and that's why I asked... I cannot begin to tell you the benefits of the bulk loader for my Nikon 5000ED. It scans 50-70 images, depending on mount thickness, while I sleep (perfect!
). I get up and start an Action in Photoshop and head to the shower. The Action opens each newly-scanned photo, converts it from NikonAdobeRGB to ProPhotoRGB (which can capture and reproduce far
more color gamut), and saves as an LZW.tif. Maybe 20-30 minutes later, the photos are ready for cropping and cleaning. That takes about three minutes per photo (for the newer Fuji slides that can use DigitalICE in NikonScan). Then I run another Action that auto-creates Layers for Curves, Hue/Saturation, and Selective Color, and saves the image at 11" on the narrow end, at around 330 ppi. Color corrections take 3-5 minutes per slide. Once scanned, in the end I can prep 50 images a day at full-res, print-ready save for minor tweaks, to a very high quality. It's taken me a solid decade of Poe-like madness to streamline all this and my assistance offer's always open to you if I can save you some nightmares.
For the Kodachromes, I scan with Silverfast using a specific Kodachrome profile and those take 20 minutes each to clean approx. The color profiles that recognize each film type are worth their weight in gold, I have four IT8 targets for Ekta, Koda, Velvia 50, and Provia 100.
Just wish I weren't a starving artist.
You and me both, Friend. I used to never starve, but I am convinced there's future Glory Days for us both.
Best to You.