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Is there any difference in the results obtained between using a scanner and enlarger for photography or the results are the same?

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  • keerok
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    They can be made to look the same but overall, the image from the scanner will be limited by the scanner's resolution and the picture from an enlarger will have its sharpness at the mercy of the lab technician's eyesight.

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  • Frank
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    The results from a scanner depends upon the specifications of the scanner.  There are many different types of scanners. There are flatbed, film scanners and there are drum scanners, too.  Drum scanners are the most advanced type of scanners and produce superior results to any other type.  But drum scans being the best they are also the most expensive, too.  A typical drum scan can easily cost $50 per image.

    An image printed by means of an enlarger can be exceptional, too.  It can also be bad. It all depends on a few variables such as the lens used to make the negative, the quality and size of the film, the quality of the exposure, and the quality of the lens used in the enlarger.  An image made on 35mm film will be inferior to the same image taken with a medium-format camera, which will be inferior to the same image taken with a larger format camera such as a 4x5 or 8x10 view camera.  And of course the image made with any of these formats will vary in quality depending on the quality of the lens and the ISO/ASA of the film used.

    So with these variables in mind, it's possible to create a digital image that's superior or inferior to the same image made with film.  If you want to be more accurate with your question, you need to remove some of these unknown variables and limit your question to a specific make and model of scanner and to a specific format and type of negative made with a specific lens.  The type of negative is critical because slide film (a.k.a. color reversal film) has twice the resolving power and twice the color pallet as color print film.

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  • qrk
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Yes.

    An enlarger is typically used to project an image on film to photographic paper which is then developed chemically. Editing is typically done by proper filter selection when shooting the images, then in the darkroom;  dodging & burning, paper selection, and chemicals. It takes a lot of skill to master dodging & burning and repeatability is difficult. It may take many attempts to get the dodging and burning worked out. Ansel Adams was a master at this and there are interesting articles out there showing his processing notes on some of his images.

    A scanner will scan film or an image in to a digital file format. The image can be manipulated in an image editing program (Lightroom, Photoshop, The GIMP, ...). Printing a digital image is typically done on inkjet printers (Fuji Frontier is commonly used at photo processing businesses).

    Since the final medium is different and uses different techniques to process the image, the result will be different. However, a digital process can mimic the traditional style and the results will be pleasing if properly executed.

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  • Alan
    Lv 6
    2 months ago

    These are tools of the trade. Each is optomized for different tasks. As to the enlarger, its output is dependent on its projecton lens and on its lamphouse design. A condenser enlarger adds contrast, a diffusion enlarger reduces contrast, but suppresses blemishes on the film's surface. Scanners are dependent on design of their light source and the density of the scan. Tools are chosen based on need.

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