The brand-new SilverFast® Resolution Target in combination with SilverFast software is a simple way to determine just what the maximum resolution of your particular scanner is! Obtain scans with the best possible crispness and sharpness. An optical, (also called physical resolution) has always been a requirement in high-end scanning for best quality. Unfortunately today with low priced desktop scanners the term "resolution" has become unclear.
As a second important application, the target helps you find the optimum sharpness settings for a chosen resolution. You can also find the best compromise for your scanner between high resolution and sharpness and determine which parts of your flatbed scanner are scanned particularly sharply or blurry. The SilverFast Resolution Target is equally well suited for flatbed or film scanners.
This target has a size of 11,3 x 10 cm. In this size it can directly put on the glass surface of a flatbed scanner. Die largest element 1 of the group -2 corresponds to a resolution of 13 ppi (2mm thickness of a bar). The smallest element on the target is the element 6 of the group 7, which corresponds to a resolution of 11586 ppi. For film scanners the target can be cut to the desired size. For instance, if you cut it to the 35mm size of 36x24 mm and put it into a 35mm slide mount you still have the elements from the group 0 (starting with 51 ppi) until the group 6 (11586 ppi) on the target.
- Scan the USAF-1951 test target with the scanner's highest possible optical resolution
- Save the scanned image and open it with image editing software
- Zoom into 100% view
- Analyse the horizontal and vertical black lines if they distinguish from the background
- See the lines-corresponding resolution from the resolution table
You can find detailed information about determining the effective resolution with the USAF-1951 test chart on our website about resolution of film scanners
Scope of delivery
- LaserSoft Imaging USAF-1951 test chart in the size 10 x 11,3 cm.
During the period of use more and more dust and dirt sets on the contact surface and the corners of a film holder. Consequently dust gets on the film material and into the scanner. Hence the film holder should be cleaned again and again. The easiest way is simply brushing the film holder with an anti static brush, which not only removes the dust but also removes electric charges. Discharging is important because electric charge adducts dust as is generally known. Kinetronics anti static brushes are available in different sizes.
When working with film strips it can often happen that you accidentally touch the emulsion side of the film. The damage often is irreparable. You can avoid damages to the film material and comfortably insert film strips into the scanner or film holder by wearing fine cotton gloves.
Anti-dust spray is used to clean film material - no matter if it's mounted slides or film strips - by removing dust and fluffs with a flimsy current of air without touching the film material at all. There is no better, more comfortable and more efficient way to clean your film material.
For working with single negatives or positives we highly recommend using tweezers, because otherwise you run the risk of touching and damaging the film.