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Re: filmscanners: Nikon 8000ED

At 15:15 09-07-01 -0700, Arthur Entlich wrote:
>"Enoch's Vision, Inc. (Cary Enoch R...)" wrote:
> > >I'm musing whether Nikon has a factory in the "deep south" of the US.
> > >I'm noting a very strong allegiance to the company coming from those
> > >environs...
> >
> > Is my residence in the "Deep South" some sort of problem for you?
> >
> > I've been in Georgia for three years and lived in the Pacific NW before
> > that--right near you. I neither know nor care where Nikon makes its
> > hardware. I don't use their cameras either as I prefer Canon. Let's keep
> > regional biases out of this diverse international list and keep the level
> > of discussion on a professional level.
>My musing was based upon two posts, yours, and the one a few days
>earlier by Ray (Greensboro, NC) who was very concerned that Nikon not be
>"slandered" by Claudiu when he called Nikonscan "garbage" software.  As
>I stated before, there is something about Nikon film scanner owners that
>makes them guard their reputation like a mother bear does her cubs.
>Other than some Leaf owners, I haven't seen the owners of any other
>brand have the need or desire to be so defensive of the scanners they
>are using.

On 10-04-98 I posted the following to this list:
"Let's not forget the corollary to that expression is "with Nikon you don't 
get what you pay for." By that I mean customer support. I learned that 
unhappy lesson with my first film scanner, a Nikon LS1000 when I 
encountered nothing but arrogance, stalling, and ignorance from Nikon 
"support." It's quite the opposite with Polaroid and probably would be with 
Canon also. Naturally I'll be looking forward to evaluations of the Canon 
unit by Ed and Tony but I'm quite sure that I'd never buy from Nikon again."

I dunno. Does that seem defensive to you?

Last month, I bought the Nikon LS-4000 for its ICE, GEM and ROC features, 
all of which I needed badly for the restoration work that I do on contract. 
I just can't spend so many hours spotting crappy old neglected film that 
customers expect me to rescue when the Nikon does most of it automatically. 
Those features are fantastic time savers because they work so well.

I'm obviously not attached to a brand name and try to overcome any biases 
*including* my own as the above quote illustrates. NikonScan is rather slow 
compared to Vuescan but it has a beautiful interface, great functionality 
and is easy to use. This doesn't mean that there's anything *wrong* with 
any competitive brand--just that the Nikon happens to fit *my* particular 
needs. My last scanner was a Polaroid SS35+. But it was time to upgrade and 
important to be objective and unbiased when doing a needs analysis. I read 
the posts about various 4000 dpi products here, looked at the samples, made 
some live tests in Atlanta and made a good unhurried decision based on that.

Jerking people around because of where they choose to live is unproductive 
and ridiculous. I bought five acres of paradise here in rural Georgia that 
would have cost me way more than ten times as much back home in Washington 
state. Finally, you wrote "My musing was based upon two posts." That's not 
much of a statistical sampling, is it?

Cary Enoch Reinstein aka Enoch's Vision, Inc., Peach County, Georgia
http://www.enochsvision.com/, http://www.bahaivision.com/ -- "Behind all 
these manifestations is the one radiance, which shines through all things. 
The function of art is to reveal this radiance through the created object." 
~Joseph Campbell


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