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[filmscanners] Re: Polaroid SprintScan 45

Tony Sleep wrote:
> I've seen a few samples, and it was nothing like as good as it
> should have been for the price. It was neither colour-accurate nor
> very sharp, and as with most scanners of a few years ago, couldn't
> cope with wide dynamic range at all. About the kindest thing I can
> say is that the Nikon 4500 contemporary was different rather than
> better, and in some respects (CCD noise) worse. Neither inspired
> much love and affection. The '45 also had mechanical frailties, if I
> recall correctly, and was prone to breaking down
> - the main reason why Polaroid introduced the 45i as a stopgap until
> the Ultra appeared. Only the 45i wasn't much more reliable, at least
> initially.
> If you're thinking of buying one, it had better be very cheap. A
> modern flatbed with tranny adaptor, eg Microtek 8700 at around
> 650GBP, would absolutely wipe the floor with it.

Thanks Tony, I'll happily ignore that ebay auction.

That's an interesting report on the Microtek 8700, though the new Epson
3200 will probably be closer to my budget...

Peter Marquis-Kyle

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