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filmscanners: Problem with SA-20 Adaptor for Nikon LS-2000
I am having a problem with the SA-20 Strip Film Adaptor for the Nikon
LS-2000 Film Scanner that I hope someone on this list can help me solve.
The SA-20 adaptor is supposed to handle strips with 2 to 6 frames. When I
first started using the scanner I was using film strips of 5 frames as cut
by my processor. I have switched to cutting film myself to strips with 6
frames each (I like being able to store a 36 frame roll on one 6x6 sheet).
Since switching to 6 frame strips I have encountered a problem with the
loading of the strip with the SA-20. When the strip is inserted the
mechanism will grab it and feed it into the SA-20. When it stops feeding,
more than half the time the status LED will flash rapidly for a second or
two and then the LS-2000 is basically frozen (i.e., the software, either
NikonScan or VueScan can't access/control the strip, even to eject). In
order to get the strip out, I have found that if I unseat the SA-20 from
the LS-2000 then reinsert it, it will eject the film, at which time I try
the process again (after the ejection motor stops running). It can take
several attempts to finally have the strip "accepted" and start the scanning.
I never seemed to have this problem with 5 frame length strips. I have
found that trimming the border at the beginning and end of the 6 frame
strips to the minimum improves the chances it will feed properly. So I
believe the problem is related to the length of the strip.
I don't think it is a "software" problem, but rather some mechanical
limitation. I've cleaned the SA-20 per the manual, but no change is apparent.
I am usually able to get the strips to eventually feed, but it can take
five to ten frustrating minutes.
Is anyone aware of a potential adjustment or fix that might help?
Thanks for your inputs.
P.S. I covet to roll adaptor for the LS-4000