Hello NLP experts!
I am thinking about starting to digitize some old 35mm negatives and a few slides. I am a complete newbie at this but on the other hand I have all sort of odds and and ends that might be useful: eg some Nikon & Minolta bellows with slide duplicators attachments, a Minolta 5400 scanner (alas missing the film holders that now cost an arm and a leg), some macro and enlarger lenses, etc. My main camera is a Fuji XT3.
Anyway, I’d like to compare various potential hardware arrangements and software workflows so
my question is: can one buy or make some standard test negatives that can be used for this purpose? By “making” what I have in mind is starting from a digital test image and having it reproduced as negative. For instance Quick MTF can be used to generate MTF test charts as PNG & there are many other test charts available for download and then companies like Colorslide can create slides and/or 35mm negatives from them. Or I can take a photo with my camera, have a negative produced from it, and then compare the original vs the end process.
I do not aim for perfect scientific rigor and test reproducibility by others (way too many variables to control), just to get some comparative ranking wrt my environment.
Bottom line: do you have any suggestions? If I were to create my own test negative, what do you think would be a good way to go about it? Are there other/better choices than colorslide. com for printing? BTW, their instructions ask for lossless TIF ( LZW compressed) which potentially is a can of worms (b/c TIF is not necessarily lossless, so simply “convert to TIF” in a random program might not generate the right thing) so ideas of how to generate the TIF file are also welcome.
Many thanks, – Red