Stars of Magic photo quality

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Stars of Magic photo quality

Postby erdnasephile » September 30th, 2017, 6:05 pm

Someone just asked me how the photos in the original Stars of Magic loose issues compared with those in the bound books.

I recently acquired an original John Scarne issue and am posting a scan of some of the photos so folks can compare them to those in the bound version(s) they own (pg 20):

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Re: Stars of Magic photo quality

Postby Richard Kaufman » September 30th, 2017, 6:09 pm

You don't say which is which, however presumably the lower versions are the originals. The upper versions clearly show the dot pattern visible when photos are not properly rescreened.
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Re: Stars of Magic photo quality

Postby erdnasephile » September 30th, 2017, 6:11 pm

I'm sorry--I wasn't clear. The page I posted was a scan of the original. Here is what the same page looks like in my hardbound copy of Stars of Magic (published by Tannen's, circa 1977).

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Re: Stars of Magic photo quality

Postby Leonard Hevia » September 30th, 2017, 6:42 pm

The difference in clarity is noticeable. To think that the Robbins reprint after the Tannens version looks worse.

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Re: Stars of Magic photo quality

Postby Richard Kaufman » September 30th, 2017, 8:37 pm

The act of scanning screened black and white photos without descreening them creates lines and moire pattern.
The only way to compare them is to take photographs of the photos and post those.
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Re: Stars of Magic photo quality

Postby lybrary » September 30th, 2017, 9:26 pm

It is not just the moire pattern. The reproductions are clearly overexposed.
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Re: Stars of Magic photo quality

Postby erdnasephile » September 30th, 2017, 9:59 pm

I don't have a good camera and light handy, but here is a descreened scan at 600 dpi on an Epson V800, using the descreening mode in the Epson software.

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Here is a descreened scan of the photos in the book

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Re: Stars of Magic photo quality

Postby Tom Gilbert » September 30th, 2017, 10:07 pm

Since I kind of started the thread on photo quality, I have purchased a red binder with the full set of Stars of Magic manuscripts. I've yet to compare to the Tannen's hardbound I have.

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Re: Stars of Magic photo quality

Postby Leonard Hevia » October 1st, 2017, 9:37 am

The quality of the photos in the Tannen's reprint is good enough. Acquiring the original Stars of Magic sheets seems like overkill for me, but anyone who doesn't have any Stars of Magic books whether it's the Tannen's, Robbins, or Yedid reprints, might want to consider a complete set of originals.


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