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RE: filmscanners: SS120 first impressions and a few questions.

The Polaroid 35 mm slide holder, while basic, works perfectly well in my

-----Original Message-----
From: Wilson, Paul [mailto:PWilson@gomez.com]
Sent: Tuesday, July 10, 2001 1:57 PM
To: 'filmscanners@halftone.co.uk'
Subject: filmscanners: SS120 first impressions and a few questions.

 <  I haven't used the Polaroid's mounted 35mm slide holder yet though it
doesn't seem quite as good as the Nikon's.  This one is also plastic vs.
cast metal for the MF and 35mm strip holders.  Why is this? >

The best Photoshop book I've used is Blatner and Fraser's Photoshop __ (fill
in the number of your version; I've read Photoshop 4 and 5, I think
Photoshop 6 is out now).  It's more conceptual that technique oriented.  A
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 <- Can anyone recommend a good book on Photoshop and/or scanning?  I need
to learn quite a bit about histograms, levels, curves, etc. >
I too wonder whether the Polaroid may have problems with dust getting insde.
I strongly suspect that with either the SS120 or Nikon 8000ED scan quality
may decrease over time as more dust gets inside the machine.  You should
definitely put a dust cover over the machine whenever it's not in use.  I
will probably send mine to a Polaroid service center once a year to have it
cleaned as a precautionary measure -- Polaroid makes this service available
I assume?
 <I also wonder whether the Polaroid won't have problems with dust getting
inside it as the film chamber (correct term?) is always open.>

The other question you haven't asked is about warm up time.  Should one let
the scanner warm up for a certain amount of time before scanning to get
maximum quality?  (I know on my flatbed recommended warm up time was 10-15
minutes.)  The Polaroid SS 120 lamp shuts off automatically after 30 minutes
of non-use.  How does this affect scan quality?  Also, I suppose to maximize
scan quality we should plan on replacing the lamps every 1 year or so? 

 Paul Wilson 


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