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[filmscanners] Re: Sprintscan 4000 out of focus

On Wednesday, February 26, 2003, at 06:26 PM, Alan Eckert wrote:

> I used to love my SS4000.  Its scans were so sharp on autofocus that I
> could
> see individual grain clouds at 100% and I regularly printed 12" x 18"
> prints
> that were sharp on critical close inspection.  When it stopped working
> ("media bumping" errors), I sent it to Mack under warranty, they sent
> it in
> turn to Polaroid, and after over 3 months and many phone calls I
> finally got
> it back.  Polaroid had "replaced carriage assembly, tested, cleaned,
> and
> inspected."
> Well, now it works, but every scan is soft.  I have tried scanning a
> slide I
> scanned with the same unit before repair, and the pre-repair scan is
> obviously much sharper, the post-repair scan unacceptable.  I don't
> want to
> do without the scanner for another three months.  Can anyone help by
> suggesting a method for adjusting the focus manually?  Or fixing it so
> autofocus works again?  Thanks in advance for any assistance.

Did you try reversing the film so that the emulsion is on the other
side? Sometimes helps.

Winsor Crosby
Long Beach, California, USA

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