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RE: filmscanners: Canon 4000 ppi film scanner

I've been using an SS4000 for over a year and have been pleased
with the results. The fact that David Hemingway from Polaroid
is an active participant on this list was a factor that was important
to me in choosing Polaroid. David goes to great lengths to assure
that SS4000 users get good support and that user input is taken
into consideration in product development. To my knowledge no other
scanner vendor has this sort of active representation. I've never
heard or seen a peep from Canon, Nikon, or any other scanner
vendor around here. In my experience you can't go wrong with
the SS4000.

At 02:46 PM 10/31/01 +0200, you wrote:
>Well, I'm still at this junction struggling between choosing SS4000 or
>FS4000, although for about 90% settled for SS4000.
>Since living outside US I'm in any case no legible for Polaroid's famous 200
>$ rebate so both SS4000 and FS4000 would cost me almost similar until I
>bothered by noticeably lower dynamic range of Canon.
>Alex Z
>-----Original Message-----
>From: owner-filmscanners@halftone.co.uk
>[mailto:owner-filmscanners@halftone.co.uk]On Behalf Of Arthur Entlich
>Sent: Wednesday, October 31, 2001 11:44 AM
>To: filmscanners@halftone.co.uk
>Subject: Re: filmscanners: Canon 4000 ppi film scanner
>I think the new Canon arrived on the scene at the wrong time, amidst new
>product from Nikon, which always gets more press, and a few early
>reports which for some reason were less than flattering.  The first
>reports I read stated the FARE defect reduction system was a bust.  Yet
>more recently, the reports have indicated it is on par with the newer
>More recent reports have been more positive.  Perhaps there have been
>some software improvements, or the first reports were corrupted for some
>The price is very reasonable if you are looking at under $800 US. Of
>course, if you can find one, the SS4000 might be a worthwhile
>consideration, if the price is right.  Here in Canada it is still
>considerably more than in the US.  I don't know how it is priced in
>Australia, but if it comes close to US pricing, it is an absolute steal.
>markthomasz@ozemail.com.au wrote:
>  > Puzzles me too.  Maybe everyone has been put off by the references to
>initial poor quality control.  But what scanner doesn't suffer from
>this? (OK David, except maybe Polaroid!)
>  >
>  > But much to my surprise, my local (regional Australia) electrical
>appliance retailer, who also sells package PC deals, has just put one
>onto his shelf at A$1499 (A$=~US$.51)..?!?  I thought I was the only
>local who even knew what a filmscanner was :-\..
>  >
>  > He's agreed to set it all up, and tomorrow I'll be taking some
>testing slides and neg's over to see what it can do..
>  >
>  > If anyone's interested I'll report back, but it will only be a
>lightweight test.  Unless of course I end up buying it.. :-)
>  >
>  > mt
>  >


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