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Re: filmscanners: Mac users


With the idea of saving money and possibly getting a better scan, I gave up
a Nikon LS4000 that I recently bought.  I received the SS4000 from Ecost
yesterday.  So far, I am terribly disappointed.  The documentation is
terrible.  Polacolor I find to be very poor.  Silverfast documentation is
awful, and I find that my scans are not sharp.  I've downloaded a trial
version of Vuescan, which, after much, much effort and crashing of my Mac
G4, gives the best results, if one can figure out how to configure it.  On
the other side, the Nikon was a cinch to set up, the software a pleasure to
use, the documentation preety good, and digital ICE a marvel at removing
every conceivable spot to be found.  In doing quality comparisons, so far I
have not found that there is any more shadow detail in the Sprintscan, and
possibly there may be more in the Nikon when using 16x Mulit-scanning, which
admittedly is painfully slow, but the pain is considerably less severe than
dealing with all of those spots and with the poor software and documentation
of the Polaroid.  Also, I find almost as much spotting has to be done on a
Sprintscan scan as on the Nikon without ICE, the dust spots being a bit
softer but still there to be seen.  I haven't given up on the Sprintscan yet
as I feel maybe there is more I need to learn about how to use it optimally.
But, if I can't improve things much further, it's good by Sprintscan and
back to the LS 4000, much as I can't afford the difference in price.  Thanks
for the help you've given on this forum.


> From: "Hemingway, David J" <HEMINGD@POLAROID.COM>
> Reply-To: filmscanners@halftone.co.uk
> Date: Thu, 20 Sep 2001 14:18:25 -0400
> To: "'filmscanners@halftone.co.uk'" <filmscanners@halftone.co.uk>
> Subject: filmscanners: Mac users
> Any Mac users considering purchasing a SS4000??
> David


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