Digital ICE saves so much post-scanning fuss that, faced with scanning a lot of old family photos (slides, negatives, prints) I've tried it with some of the media where it can't be used. Clearly it can cause problems to try this: freezing up and, when it does go through, really odd artefacts added to the image. However, I can sometimes get it to work with old Kodachromes (which, like silver based BW negs are not to be used). It seems that it's the more tranparent ones that work. Does anyone have any experience with end-running ICE? Or good luck with alternative software? (ICE is SO good.) I'm using both an Epson flatbed that has a dust removal package as well as ICE - better than nothing - and a Nikon V ED for 35mm. Thanks for any tips.
The problem with Kodochrome and ICE is that if you notice the emulsion side of the slide, you will find it is in very distinct layers (actually individual pigmented color layers that are applied during the processing). ICE thinks they are dust and or imperfections that it trys to remove.
Kodachrome is actually a layered B/W film. There is no color until processing applies individual layers of color.
If you process Kodachrome in B/W chemistry (provided you can successfully remove the black backing) you will have a fine grained B/W negative image.
I don't recommend this because you may completely foul up your developing tanks and reels.