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



The current 4000 dpi Polaroid scanners (in my opinion) are about as good as
CCD scanners get.  I scan Kodachromes frequently with my (elderly) SS4000
and get all the shadow detail I see on the light table, with very little
noise.  A drum scan may be a bit more open at the bottom, but the Polaroid
does get all the detail, and a little Photoshop work brings it up where you
want it.

If you're scanning your own film and it's reasonably well stored and cared
for, ICE is of questionable benefit.  If you're scanning old film that's
been attacked by fungus, or has been stored carelessly, ICE is a miracle
worker.  That excludes Kodachrome work unfortunately since ICE doesn't work
well with B&W or Kodachrome.  That eliminates the Nikon scanners for my
purposes.

The latest version of Insight Pro is great with chromes, still only so-so
with negs.  I use Vuescan for negs and Insight for chromes.  Silverfast is
still hobbled with 8-bit output and a silly overly complex interface.  It
has potential, but not quite there yet as far as I'm concerned.

Dave

----- Original Message -----
From: <al@greenspace.freeserve.co.uk>
To: <kingphoto@mindspring.com>
Sent: Sunday, March 24, 2002 5:45 PM
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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