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[filmscanners] Re: SS 120 questions

On 24/4/02 5:31 pm, "dickbo" <dickbo@btopenworld.com> wrote:

> Obviously a Mac user so I suppose any distortion of logic will be the norm
> here.

Yes, I suppose you are right there.  Mind you, I should have bought a PC
with Windows.  Then I could be:

- Searching for driver disks every time I install something
- Re-booting every time a program crashes and brings the whole operating
system down with it
- Using poorly designed software
- Having a nice tin box under my desk
- Spending hours trying to uninstall all the parts of applications left
lying around because the uninstall doesn't do the job properly
- Oh, I can't be bothered with this, I'll get 'typers cramp'

I have spent all my working and private life with PCs.  I now own a
fifty-five man software services company using PCs for developing DNA. .NET
and mobile & wireless business systems.  I live and breath PC & Microsoft
technology during the day.

But I'll say this - when I get home and turn on my Mac G4, it is like a
breath of fresh air.  It is liberating to use a system and software that has
had some though put into it's design, and which enables me to do my private
work in the way I like to do it.

Distorted logic?  I don't think so.

> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Simon Lamb" <simon@sclamb.com>
> To: <dickbo@btopenworld.com>
> Sent: Wednesday, April 24, 2002 12:12 AM
> Subject: [filmscanners] Re: SS 120 questions
> I can't buy a Nikon scanner.  I have my lovely SS 120 and it looks so nice
> and sleek next to my Power PC.  They were made for one another.
> Simon
> On 23/4/02 6:30 pm, "dickbo" <dickbo@btopenworld.com> wrote:
>> Come sir, where is your manual. Click on the symbol showing a lens bellows
>> arrangement. If it says (A) it's automatic, which means the centre. If
> it's
>> bellows over ....... that little lot, you can move the focus point to
>> wherever you wish.
>> Unless you buy a Nilon scanner I will never help you again.
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: "Simon Lamb" <simon@sclamb.com>
>> To: <dickbo@btopenworld.com>
>> Sent: Tuesday, April 23, 2002 3:51 PM
>> Subject: [filmscanners] Re: SS 120 questions
>> Jim
>> Thanks for your reply.  On the film flatness issue, I do not think it is
>> flatness as I can do five scans without touching the film and two will be
>> pin sharp and three will be soft.  If it was bowing of the film I would
>> expect them to all show the same sharpness or flatness.  Guess I might
> have
>> a unit with a defective focus mechanism.
>> Another question.  I presume the circle with the cross inside that
>> Silverfast displays in the middle of the prescan image is showing where
> the
>> focus was taken.  Is there any way to adjust or move this to a different
>> area on the film?  It does move when you re-crop the pre-scanned image but
>> it would be great to choose a focus areas, much like Vuescan permits with
> my
>> LS 30.
>> Thaks.
>> Simon
>>> Simon Lamb wrote:
>>>> I have two questions for other SS 120 owners:
>>>> 1.  Does your machine make noises like something inside is vibrating,
>> almost
>>>> sounds like it is loose and rattling, during the autofocus procedure?
>>> Simon, my machine is noisy - a high pitched noise during auto focus and a
>> kind of
>>> whininning/rattling noise during the scan.  I think some of that noise is
>> from stepper
>>> control.
>>>> 2.  I have done some focus tests and found that there is inconsistency
>>>> between the focus when scanning frame one on a 6X6 strip and scanning
>> frame
>>>> three.  In some tests, frame one is very obviously more in focus and
>> sharper
>>>> and in other tests frame three is the more in focus and sharper.  It is
>> due
>>>> to the film flexing slightly when the holder is closed.  This
>> inconsistency
>>>> is not good as it is causing me to have to redo scans until I get the
>> best
>>>> focus, for which I do not have time.  Has anyone else noticed this or
>> got a
>>>> resolution/workaround?
>>> I have had a couple of instances where the film tried to bow in the
>> carrier.  But
>>> repositioning the film and locking it down again seemed to correct it.
>> I've had little
>>> problems with film not being flat.  Having said that, I'll still go for
>> the glass carrier
>>> when it becomes available.
>>> Jim
>>>> Thanks.
>>>> Simon

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