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Re: filmscanners: On dust

I think you are doing very well, and certainly are more patient and careful
that I am.  My only comment would be on the "plutonium charged" brush - need
I say more?  The anti-static feature does help, though.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Frank Nichols" <frank@theNichols.net>
To: <filmscanners@halftone.co.uk>
Sent: Thursday, June 28, 2001 6:32 PM
Subject: RE: filmscanners: On dust

| I am using PEC-12 with PEC PADS on "dirty" negs as a first step.
| I found an anti-static brush (StaticMaster) which is plutonium charged. It
| seems to work well on my neg strips. But, I was wondering if anyone had
| comments on if it is a gimmick (any soft brush would work) I assume the
| plutonium qty is low enough not to think about, it is there just to create
| slight charge on the bristles.
| I also use a Leland CO2 "The CO2 Power Source" instead of canned air -
| I read so many warning about the propellents in canned air. I am looking
| a good/cheap/small air compressor with oil and water traps. But in the
| meantime the CO2 seems to work well and using the brush first I find I
| very little CO2 to finish.
| Using these I have found that I have almost completely eliminated dust in
| scans. And I found that many cases that I thought previously were
| were in fact dirt - the PEC-12 wiping does wonders.
| (Oh yeah, I moved a small - 16x12x6 - HEPA air filter onto my desk next to
| my scanwit!)
| Any comments?
| /fn
| -----Original Message-----
| From: owner-filmscanners@halftone.co.uk
| [mailto:owner-filmscanners@halftone.co.uk]On Behalf Of tflash
| Sent: Thursday, June 28, 2001 3:35 PM
| To: filmscanners@halftone.co.uk
| Subject: filmscanners: On dust
| on 6/28/01 4:26 PM, Steve Greenbank wrote:
| > I have also found that if you scan slides the moment you open the
| > box for the first time, it takes less than 5 minutes to despot them and
| you
| > don't lose any overall sharpness compared to ICE. Usually you can despot
| > whilst scanning the next slide.
| There is much discussion of dust, with little on removal. I mean
| removing it, not digitally.
| I use Ilford Antistaticum cloths (about $5 - $6 each, at your finer photo
| stores - ant photo store really) to gently rub both sides of the film.
| a spray on both sides with canned air, and I get very few dust marks. I
| with a Leaf, which Austin claims keeps dust from settling on the film (you
| judge the impatiality of that one. ;-)) but I used the same technique in
| wet darkroom with similarly good results. I was also a custom printer
| (silver BW) in two labs which also used these cloths. They're an industry
| standard.
| HTH,
| Todd


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