Yes this is a common scenario. Even the best scans of 8mm film from 30 years ago were not really faithful to the films. The best technology today is excellent but many scans today still fall well short of the mark. Scanning even 8mm home movies film is difficult, at least to extract everything on them with fidelity. So much hangs on a good original capture. It's a shame many original films were destroyed before a good copy had been made. When so much of the original picture quality never made it to the copy, not a lot can be done to restore that copy.
But this has gone on for over 100 years. Many people threw out their original camera negatives, only keeping the inferior paper print copies.
Last edited by timtape; 11-16-2022 at 06:48 AM.