Silverfast and Lightroom

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Hi there,
I am using Silverfast with my Nikon 4000 ED Scanner to digitize slides. I am usually not using many of the processing capabilities in Silverfast, relying rather on LR to edit the TIFF files.
Has anybody experience in using the raw format in Silverfast (48 bit, storing as DNG files) and processing afterwards entirely in LR.
Is there any benefit compared to using the 48-bit Tiff format
Regards Dieter
 
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If you mean the ‘raw’ format from Silverfast, then the answer is that you cannot process it in Lightroom. That file format contains the infrared scan as a separate channel (meaning dust & scratches removal is not yet applied), but Lightroom can’t do anything with that.
 
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Good afternoon, Johan,
thank you for this fast and clear reply. I was tempted by the idea to get raw files, similar to my digital workflow, but didn't consider the IR-channel. Hence I will continue to use the more or (rather) less processed TIFF files from Silverfast.
Rgards, Dieter
 

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Good afternoon, Johan,
thank you for this fast and clear reply. I was tempted by the idea to get raw files, similar to my digital workflow, but didn't consider the IR-channel. Hence I will continue to use the more or (rather) less processed TIFF files from Silverfast.
Rgards, Dieter
Dieter,

Right now, I'm in the process of evaluating Silverfast. By the way, my scanner is a Nikon 5000 ED. One thing I have learned is that a RAW file from a scanner is not really a RAW file. The key difference is that a digital camera's RAW file contains the actual data values from individual RGB pixels. Then the software combines these pixel value to produce actual colors. With the Nikon scanners, and probably other scanners, the output is already the actual colors, so Lightroom can't really apply RAW adjustments.
 
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