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Old Nov 8, 2009, 2:12 AM   #17
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And of course the FSA recently embarked upon a program to copy and digitize all the photos from their great project. They realized that even with archival properties of 100+ years, you are better off working with the negatives before they start to show noticeable degradation.

http://rs6.loc.gov/ammem/fsahtml/fahome.html

As anyone who works in the film industry can tell you, once you get 3-4 generations down the chain in

neg->inter-pos->inter-neg->print

you have lost substantial quality - in fact my wife was telling me last night how they are now getting better quality prints by going

neg->4K scan->print

As well as making it much easier to do CGI work of course.
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