I’m still not sure on what’s the “right way” of scanning a negative, so I decided to make a little test run.

Here’s the same photo scanned and converted using four different methods.
They are all scanned on an Epson V700 using the Vuescan software. And shoot on “Fujicolor Superia 200” film, with a “Praktica FX” camera

  1. Scanned the negative as a positive with no settings.
  2. Scanned the negative as a positive with a Vuescan film profile, that I thought was fitting.
  3. Scanned with no settings, then converted to a negative, and then converted back to a positive using Colorperfect.
  4. Scanned as a negative and then converted to a positive with Colorperfect.

As you can see below, the only one that really stands out is the negative/Colorperfect one (the last photo) the other three are almost identical.

But I’m still not sure which one is correct, I mean the obvious choice would be one of the first 3 – doesn’t really matter which one, since they are so alike – but what if they are all wrong and it’s the lone rider at no. 4 that’s correct?

How do you know? Is it all up to taste, you just pick the one you like.
In my case I would like to go with the one that has as much of the film’s character/color in its digital version as possible, but how do I know which one that is!?

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