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[filmscanners] Re: Minolta Dimage Scan Elite - any users here?

Alex Zabrovsky wrote:

> However it would interesting to see how, say, SS4000 would cope with average
> dirty originals
> diminishing thee defects.
> Regards,
> Alex Z

I've been working with the SS4000+, and many others here have that or
the SS4000.

Most people I have corresponded with have indicated they do minimal
spotting with these units.

As you know they don't have dICE, and although there is a PC version of
a software cleaning program, I only used it when doing beta (I had to go
as far as gathering dust from the floor and damaging the image for
testing).  A greatly damaged image or one with fungus or mold damage
certainly will do better with dICE than the SS4000/+.

However, for my standard images, usually a minute or two of spotting,
and mainly when I am making larger or enlarged sections of prints, is
all that's required.

I don't find this any handicap, and considering other advantages (true
black and white with equal lack of major spotting, and no depth of field
problems, or need for glass carriers) I am pleased with the SS4000/+.

Unfortunately, due to the publicity surrounding dICE, GEM (another
hardly needed product with the SS4000/+) and such, particularly when
described by Nikon scanner users, who really notice the need for them,
it wouldn't surprise me if Polaroid and Microtek decide to integrate

some type of IR cleaning in their next machines, but it doesn't come

cheaply, and means either a more expensive scanner with not a lot

of improvement, or cuts in quality elsewhere.

I do wish my Minolta Scan Dual II had the dICE features, due to whatever
the problem is with that scanner's lighting or other aspects, but to get
it literally doubles the price of the unit.


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