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[filmscanners] Re: Purchase reccomendations

If you want dICE, you have a few options.  The only current models with
dICE in prosumer lines in 35mm are: Nikon models (currently the IV and
the 4000ED,  Minolta Elite II, and the Acer/Benq 2740S.  The Canon
FS-4000 has another IR dust removal process.

With the Nikon models, you can expect dealing with DOF issues which are
resolved via glass mounts and special glass carriers, which introduce
other difficulties.  The Nikons tend to emphasize dust, dirt, scratches
and grain, but this can be rectified with dICE and GEM, but not with
real B&W film.  The Nikon IV is 2900 dpi which is likely to exhibit more
grain aliasing than a 4000 dpi scanner.

The Minolta Elite II has had QC problems and tends to also emphasize
dust, dirt, scratches and grain.

The Acer/Benq is a good product for less critical users, at a good price.

The Polaroid SS4000 and SS4000+ have no IR dust cleaning, but no
problems with DOF and also make nice B&W scans without excessive dust
showing up.  The main advantage of the SS4000+ over the 4000 is that it
has better shadow detail.

Ultimately, there is no perfect scanner.  You will have to consider each
for its features and difficulties and decide where you wish to compromise.


Edward F. VanderBush wrote:

> Thanks for all the advice.  Looks like Canon is not a good choice.  I
> have heard good things about even the first model SS4000 but there is
> no ice after all.  Would a nikon IV be a better choice for me even if
> I shoot b+w?  I am also interested in build quality!
> Thanks SO much!
> ED

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