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[filmscanners] Re: Cleaning SS4000 scanner



James wrote this last month. At the moment, I have my SS4000 apart and I have 
removed 10 (not 6) self-tappers but see no way to remove the carriage. I do 
have the lamp off, however.

Any suggestions? Is there a site with some images of this process? I spent some 
time with google but was not successful.

I am amazed how much dust is inside the machine right now!


>
> > On 13/06/2009 James L. Sims wrote:
> >> With the support for my Polaroid Sprintscan 120 now unavailable, I am
> >> looking for a replacement.
> >
> > Vuescan should resolve antique s/w issues on Windows, though SCSI
> > support
> > may become more awkward I believe ASPI drivers are available for
> > Vista. On
> > Mac I don't know with current OSX, but similar was possible. Same
> > applies
> > to SCSI Nikons etc.
> >
> > Regarding physical service, I recently popped the lid off my
> > Polaroid 4000
> > (4 lever tabs) as it seemed to have got rather flary and low
> > contrast with
> > some strongly backlit slides that included bright backgrounds, despite
> > living under a dust cover when not in use.
> >
> > Half a dozen  self-tappers later and I was able to remove the lamp
> > holder
> > and the top of the film carrier carriage. I was then able to clean the
> > angled mirror with a DSLR sensor swab - it was covered in a thick
> > layer of
> > dust. Inspection with a torch showed the lens to be clean,
> > reflected in
> > the mirror. I then cleaned every trace of dust and dirt from the
> > mechanism
> > surfaces I could get at, and wiped and re-lubricated the helical
> > carriage
> > advance screws.
> >
> > Result : a total transformation! Scans bright and clean, loads more
> > shadow
> > detail - virtually everything in Kodachrome. No flare and colour much
> > easier to get spot on. The mechanism sounds happier for lubrication
> > too.
> > No more misfeeding neg carrier either, which the scanner has been
> > mistaking for the slide carrier half the time, for about the last 4
> > years.
> > I wish I'd done it earlier, as I now think I should really rescan
> > quite a lot.
> >
> >
> >> Has anyone had any experience with Epson's
> >> V750M?  The specs. look impressive if they hold up.
> >
> > No experience, but if I had the money I'd have bought one to scan the
> > relatively small amount of 120 I have. From reading reviews the
> > V750 is
> > very little different from the much cheaper V700. Lens coating
> > seems very
> > slightly better and you get Silverfast with the 750. Most important
> > factor
> > appears to be stand-offs for the film carrier, which can be
> > improvised.
> > Personally I'd use Vuescan anyway.
> >
> >
> > --
> > Regards
> >
> > Tony Sleep
> > http://tonysleep.co.uk
> >
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