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RE: filmscanners: Microtek ArtixScan 4000tf: any opinions?

 I have the Artixscan 4000T SCSI. Everything works well EXCEPT when
"Autofocus for Prescan" is selected in the Options menu. This feature works
for slides but not color negatives. Weird. Anyway, it is really tough
getting any kind of response from Microtek tech support. Emails go
unanswered, so I forwarded a copy of my request for support to Sales, who
then made a request on my behalf. THEN I got two emails asking for more
information, which I sent. No response yet (4 days now), not even an
acknowledgement of something being done. Their tech support telephone lines
always have long hold times on my dime.

 Vuescan multipass multiscanning works with this scanner, though
registration errors give up some sharpness.

 Frustrated, I purchased a Nikon LS4000ED (because I could), and life is
MUCH better now. Overall, I prefer the scan quality of the Nikon to the
Microtek, and careful application of D-ICE doesn't seem to harm the scans
much. It is a feature well worth considering.

-----Original Message-----
From:   owner-filmscanners@halftone.co.uk
[mailto:owner-filmscanners@halftone.co.uk] On Behalf Of Andrea de Polo
Sent:   Friday, July 06, 2001 1:35 AM
To:     filmscanners@halftone.co.uk
Cc:     Microtek Italy
Subject:        Re: filmscanners: Microtek ArtixScan 4000tf: any opinions?

Hi Tim,

I have used the T4000 for about a year and I really like it; the
quality is very good and the color balance, thanks also to the
software calibration feature, is very accurate!

Just be aware that the slide holder is delicate to pay attention when
you insert it in the scanner.

Cheers; Andrea

>I've ordered the FireWire version of the new ArtixScan 4000. All the specs
>are impressive and the ScanWizard Pro TX software works very well. For the
>price, it looks very good but the 3.4-3.5 Dmax has me a little concerned.
>Has anyone had any experiences with this scanner? I'd appreciate any input.
>Tim Lumsdaine

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