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filmscanners: 35mm filmscanner choice

[apologies if this already posted]

    I have been a long time list lurker and will shortly take the plunge for 
a 35mm scanner. I have read most of the online reviews as well as list 
traffic on the scanners which I think would meet my needs. (The best I can 
buy for around $1,000, thus eliminating the Nikon 4000 dpi from the running) 
It seems my choices are

the Nikon IV ED, Polaroid SS 40000 or the Canon FS4000, 

The Polaroid scanner offers much for the money, but no FARE or ICE, yet good 
software, ie Silverfast. (Polaroid's current financial situation certainly 
makes me a bit nervous as well)
I have read several negative comments on sharpness about the new Canon 
scanner yet read a reasonably positive review on Imaging Resources (Dated 
6/27/01) which seem to address the sharpness issue. 

Last but not least the new "low end" nikon IV ED is tempting with ICE3 but 
only 2900 dpi. Will the decreased resolution of the Nikon be offset by the 
Genuine Fractals software??? Will it make a difference in the quality of the 
final output (see below)

I plan to use the scanner to produce 11 x 14 quadtone prints via piezography 
from 35mm negatives, both color and black and white. (as well as maybe  some 
color work)

Would greatly appreciate input from owners of any of the above scanners

James Beckett


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