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[filmscanners] Re: Sprintscan 4000 out of focus

First off, make sure you have the latest firmware installed.  There was
a problem with some firmware versions with the autofocus.

After that, I'd contact Polaroid directly, and see if there is some
hidden process for calibrating the autofocus, maybe it got jarred during
shipment.  I believe Silverfast allows for some autofoucs adjustments,
or manual focus, or something...


Alan Eckert wrote:

> I used to love my SS4000.  Its scans were so sharp on autofocus that I could
> see individual grain clouds at 100% and I regularly printed 12" x 18" prints
> that were sharp on critical close inspection.  When it stopped working
> ("media bumping" errors), I sent it to Mack under warranty, they sent it in
> turn to Polaroid, and after over 3 months and many phone calls I finally got
> it back.  Polaroid had "replaced carriage assembly, tested, cleaned, and
> inspected."
> Well, now it works, but every scan is soft.  I have tried scanning a slide I
> scanned with the same unit before repair, and the pre-repair scan is
> obviously much sharper, the post-repair scan unacceptable.  I don't want to
> do without the scanner for another three months.  Can anyone help by
> suggesting a method for adjusting the focus manually?  Or fixing it so
> autofocus works again?  Thanks in advance for any assistance.

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