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Sent: Thursday, July 26, 2001 2:32
Subject: RE: filmscanners: Polaroid
I do B&W mostly,
too, yet I shoot color film, because you have more freedom once you
start working on the image in Photoshop (you have 3 color channels
available, it's more or less like having the same B&W picture shot with
3 different color filters).
Of course you can
have great results shooting B&W film, but this way you also get the
advantage of not excluding infrared dust removal (the price is that you
start working with a file which is 3 times larger).
Then again, you may
ignore all of this if you have tons of B&W images in the closet - or
dozens of rolls of new film in the freezer...
I've sold most of my darkroom equipment. I've
looked at the reviews of the new Canon FS4000US and compared them to what
I've heard about the SprintScan 4000. If I shot a lot of color
film/slides, I'd probably go for the Canon -- it's clearly a good deal.
However, the bulk of my shooting is in B&W and I don't plan on
changing to color in any significant way for some time. For that reason,
the SprintScan with its Silverfast software and Vuescan support seem like
the right way to go -- decisively so when I consider the $200 that is
currently being offered. The only thing that keeps me from committing
myself to the purchase is the current financial situation that Polaroid
finds itself in. I don't want to send in the rebate and have to
pester the company to get the money. I'm also somewhat concerned about the
viability of an extended service contract, but that isn't decisive. (BTW,
anyone have any experiences to share about Mack service agreements?)
Anyway, I'm about to take the plunge, and right now, at the last minute,
before I press the "Buy Now" button, I would appreciate any feedback,
opinions, or experience the people on this list would be willing to