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[filmscanners] Re: What can you advise?

Sheesh, I sure hope Austin doesn't read this!

At 07:03 PM 9/26/2002 -0700, Arthur Entlich wrote:
>You've raised exactly the crux of the issue.  Nikon scanner users have
>no choice.  They must use dICE when it is available to them.
>I have an admission to make.  I live is a rural area, where the air is
>often dusty.  We live on a dirt and gravel road. My digital studio is in
>a finished basement.  It is carpeted with a medium pile rubber backed
>glued down carpet.  Because of all the equipment and furniture I have
>all over the place in my work area, and all the paper everywhere, and
>because I still have a lot of magnetically sensitive storage media
>around, I have only, in the last 10 years vacuumed here twice.  It is
>just too much work to do it.  I run part of my business in the same area
>where I manufacture paper goods which are cut and laminated by the
>thousands, and create a lot of particulate matter. The area directly
>connects to an unfinished basement area where I do shop work, auto
>repair, do airbrush painting, we store our recyclables, etc. and the
>rafters are covered in cobwebs.  We have a 35 year old oil heat central
>hot air furnace, which is NOT clean, and the ducts have been cleaned
>exactly NEVER since we moved here, over 20 years ago, and were probably
>never cleaned since the house was built. Most all of the house is
>carpeted and the house has stupid blown textured ceilings which not only
>collect dust, but shed this white plaster-mica mix.  We are in an
>earthquake zone and get hit every few weeks with one which gives the
>house a good shake.  We have a standard low tech filter in the furnace
>and a electrostatic cleaner (ozone producing) which we run about once a
>month for a few hours.  The chimney and firebox have been cleaned once
>in 20 years. I occasionally "dust" the digital lab area and I run a
>manual floor sweeper about once a year, if that, on the exposed areas of
>the carpet. Other than the spiders, we have no pets. If I run my finger
>down any flat surface I get a fair wad of paper dust and general dust.
>I do keep my slide and negs in boxes and holders.  I use either a very
>soft 3/4" wide nylon artist's paintbrush (most of the time) (no radio-
>isotopes involved) or sometimes I set up an air compressor with a nozzle
>(only when running a lot of slides through).
>I print up to 13" wide and sometimes I double that to make proofs with a
>seam down the middle, so some images get pretty large. Some films are
>over 20 years old and have been "around", and have some scratches. The
>SS4000+ scans I do require minimal to no spotting.  Rarely do I have to
>spend more than 2-3 minutes at most to clone and clean images, and that
>is mostly when it is a very large print.
>On the other hand, every scan I do on the Minolta Dual Scan II needs
>some spotting work regardless how much I clean the film and some need a lot.
>If you have only worked with a Nikon or Minolta scanner, you probably
>think I am speaking from another dimension when I say even under the
>conditions I have here I need to do very little spotting on those scans.
>So, now that I have done a true confession, I hope you can still respect
>me ;-)
>Paul D. DeRocco wrote:
> > How does one do this? Seal the room and install an air filtration system?
> > Wear a smock, hairnet and gloves? I store slides in boxes with no gaps
> > between the slides, yet I still find dust on them. I clean them with proper
> > fluid and pads until I can't see anything under a magnifier, pop them
> in the
> > scanner (LS-2000), and find there's still crap all over them if I turn off
> > ICE.
> >
> > --
> >
> > Ciao,               Paul D. DeRocco
> > Paul                mailto:pderocco@ix.netcom.com
> >
> >
> >>From: Austin Franklin
> >>
> >>Well, I'd say if you want the best results from any scanner, simply keep
> >>your work environment, film storage, scanner etc. free of dust.  For many
> >>years before "Digital ICE" people made dust free images in both
> >>the darkroom
> >>and with scanners.
> >>
> >>IMO, "Digital ICE" is no substitute for sloppy work habits and a
> >>sloppy work environment and bad film storage.
> >>
> >
> >
> >
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