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[filmscanners] Re: SS4000 fixes to improve quality

Thanks for the SS4000 dust cleaning info.  Are you serious about the
pillow case?  Might I suggest some static-free treated plastic?  I
picked up a cheap monitor cover for a couple of buck made of a plastic
that is treated to not hold dust. Seems to me that fabric is a potential
lint maker itself, and it does tend to allow dust and such to cling, no?


HPA wrote:

> Something to check is how much dust gets on the mirror underneath the slide
> inside the scanner.  The scanner of course has no doors to keep it
> dust-free.  I popped the top off (four catches on the bottom) and found some
> dust on the optical mirror (looks like the mirror in your average SLR
> camera).  I have a high quality air compressor (it is a medical breathing
> unit from a thrift store, which has no oil in the chambers, perfect for
> photography) and blew it out real good.
> The mirror of course hinges while scanning, so I turned it on with the lid
> removed, and pressed the power button, which sends it through a cycle.  As
> soon as the mirror was fully exposed, i unplugged the power cord.  This is
> when I was able to best get at the mirror with the compressor hose.
> I didn't particularly notice a halo, but i did notice a huge improvement in
> general optical quality.
> Of course now I use a pillowcase as a dust cover.
> Tom Robinson

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