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[filmscanners] RE: Nikon LS-40 vs Polaroid SS4000



Al,

For what it's worth I have an SS4000 (not the plus) which I like very much.
I've scanned a variety of slides and negs with what I consider to be
excellent results.  The only comparison I can make is to a Canon FS2740 and,
to me, the difference is significant. I am using VueScan and am also very
pleased with it.  My workflow is to scan to a tiff image making no
corrections in VueScan.  I usually scan many slides in one sitting, perhaps
as many as 20 or 30 batch scanning 4 at a time.  When all have been scanned
I open Photoshop to view them for the first time. With few exceptions what I
see initially in Photoshop is exactly what I see on my light box. I then
color correct, crop, and sharpen as necessary then save and/or print.

I am well pleased with my SS4000 and recommend it highly.

Hope this helps!

Tom Maugham

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From: filmscanners_owner@halftone.co.uk
[mailto:filmscanners_owner@halftone.co.uk]On Behalf Of
al@greenspace.freeserve.co.uk
Sent: Sunday, March 24, 2002 5:45 PM
To: TMaugham@yahoo.com
Subject: [filmscanners] Nikon LS-40 vs Polaroid SS4000


Hi folks,

After problems with 2 separate Minolta Elite IIs (which I won't bother
repeating in this post), I'm contemplating jumping ship and going for
either for a Nikon LS-40 or a Polaroid Sprintscan 4000 (some dealers
here in the UK are still advertising it).  In my price range, these seem to
be the best 2 scanners.  (The Canon FS4000 appears to have poor
shadow performance and I've had enough of this with the Elite II.)

I'm attracted by the extra resolution, low shadow noise, good depth of
field and SCSI interface of the SS4000 (and Polaroids general customer
service) but I have found ICE invaluable at times.  Also, the SS4000 is
now quite elderly in scanner terms.  Has anyone had direct experience
of both these scanners, preferably on dense slides like Kodachrome?



Thanks,



Al Bond

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