Wire wrote an excellent comparison of the SS4000 and LS-2000. Objective and unbiased. The SS4000 is indeed a fine scanner.
A week or so ago someone asked if they should order any extra film carriers for the SS4000. I responded that I didn't think it was necessary. I said that one of the plastic springs that hold a slide in place on the slide carrier had cracked, but that I thought it was a manufacturing flaw and not a design flaw. Now I'm not so sure that my advice was correct as I've had a second spring crack. Both were on the same carrier. I haven't used the new replacement slide carrier that Polaroid sent me under warranty, so maybe it's OK and the slide carrier I'm having problems with as a defect that affects all of the plastic springs. I'd advise anyone using the slide carrier to note the "springiness" of the plastic slide retaining arms. If any seem to lose their springiness with use, then check it for a fine crack. If so, then get a free warranty replacement from Polaroid and consider buying one or two spares. Maybe this really is!
n't an issue at all and I have the only slide carrier ever manufactured with this problem. But it's worth being aware of a potential problem.
In a message dated 9/23/2001 4:33:38 AM Pacific Daylight Time, firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
They are flimsy, but seem tougher than you think. Mine have never broken.
You do want a second one, though -- in fact, I'd recommend it to everyone
with a SS4000. That way you can be scanning one strip while loading the
other. Really speeds up scanning.
From: "Mike Stephens"
> They are one in the same. Both versions of the software
> are included on the disk(s). Just received mine yesterday,
> and the bundle has it all (even includes three different
> power cords - US, UK, and generic European plugs!).
> Wire mentioned that the film/slide holders are flimsy -
> the slide holder seems OK, but the film holder is
> awkward and flimsy enough that I ordered a spare.