I’m using NLP 2.2 with the recommended version of LR. I use the ‘NLP-Natural’ colour profile. Followed Nate’s file prepping instructions.
DSLR: Canon 5DMii. Lens: Canon EF 24-105 f/4, Canon EF 50mm f/1.4. Shooting at f/8.
Also shot on Fuji X100T.
Light Box: Kaiser Slimlite Plano
Holder: Essential Film Holder (both with diffuser attached and diffuser removed).
Film: Kodak Portra 400 shot on Pentax 67, frames are shot at around f8-11 and SS250-500.
The problem: A haze of noise/grain that doesn’t present when same roll has been scanned on Epson flatbed. It isn’t film grain. On NLP’s ‘sharpen’ settings, the nature of the grain changes with each setting, but it’s present before conversion, too.
Shot with a DSLR as per above settings with an ISO 400, below:
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So… this is definitely digital grain, but… it’s not at all what I call an acceptable compromise. I tried DLSR scanning because keeping the Epson dust-free with negs flat was infuriating and I couldn’t find a sheet of ANR glass to flatten the film anywhere. The same problem was present across all Canon lenses and when using the Fuji X100T. So it can’t be the Canon alone causing the issue.
The one thing to note is that I haven’t yet tried a Macro lens (and would choose the canon fit Sigma 105 macro, because my budget is near gone) - would that have any effect at all? I feel like I must be missing a simple fix because Nate’s included files converted beautifully.
I would be hugely appreciative of any input anyone could give