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RE: filmscanners: Polaroid 4000 dpi



I second that motion.  The Polaroid is a good machine and it comes with two 
choices of scanning software (Vuscan is an inexpensive third option).  Software 
documentation isn't great, but then poor documentation seems to be an industry 
standard.  The best thing about Polaroid's scanner is that David participates 
in this list.  He's able and willing to help if you should have problems and 
everything else you try fails.  As you follow this list, you'll note that many 
people have had problems with getting service for a broken scanner.  Scanners 
have a lot of mechanical parts and they are likely to break down more often 
than other electronic devices.  Service is often spotty at best.  That's why 
it's good to have David as a last resort.  I speak from experience.  With 
regard to the Nikon, I have no experience with it, so I can't comment 
personally.  Concerning noise in shadows, the Silverfast software that comes 
with the Polaroid allows you to do multiple scans in order to improv!
e !
reduce noise.  I've never had to
 use it, but I assume it workds as advertised.  Good luck on making your 
choice, Charles.

In a message dated Tue, 24 Apr 2001  1:34:31 AM Eastern Daylight Time, 
"Hemingway, David J" <HEMINGD@POLAROID.COM> writes:

<< I think Silverfast, support, and list participation  are some pretty good
reasons : ) Great scans and great shadow detail as well!
David

 -----Original Message-----
From:   Charles Platt [mailto:cp@panix.com] 
Sent:   Sunday, April 22, 2001 1:18 AM
To: filmscanners@halftone.co.uk
Cc: cp@panix.com
Subject:    filmscanners: Polaroid 4000 dpi

Having only joined this list recently, I don't know if there's been
discussion on Polaroid vs. Nikon 4000 dpi scanners. Is the list archived
anywhere? If not, can someone tell me if a definitive conclusion was
reached regarding these two scanners?

Incidentally as I understand it the Polaroid is really a Microtek; so I
assume there's no substantial reason to choose either of these over the
other.

I have an aging Polaroid Sprintscan 35, and I want to upgrade for the
higher resolution and better dynamic range. I'm really sick of having to
resort to extreme measures to get rid of noise in shadows.

 >>





 




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