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Re: filmscanners: SS120 & Nikon 8000 ... how do they work?

On Thu, 12 Jul 2001, Lynn Allen wrote:

> Art wrote:
> >It seems to me for some reason that most of the newer medium format
> >scanners manufacturers decided to forego the zoom lens approach
> >that Minolta has and continues to use with their Multi models,
> >and just basically use the same optics for all the film formats.
> I seem to be missing something, here. All my scanners have "zoom" 
> capability, but on the screen, only--they can make the image bigger, just as 
> I can with my own imaging software. Can a scanner actually enlarge an area 
> with an enlarging lens? Well, why not--I can do it with a loupe, can't I?

Lynn, we're talking about optical zoom, 
within the scanner's optical system.  
Nothing to do with the "zoom" you do in 
the preview window of the scanner's driver.

It does appear, as Art pointed out, that 
most scanners don't have an optical zoom, 
but that possibly the Minolta film scanners 
do.  (The "evidence" being different 
resolutions for different film sizes.)

The Agfa 2500, AFAIK, is a scanner with 
two optical paths.. yet another hybrid.

rafe b.


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