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[filmscanners] Re: large scanning project



Tony wrote:

"Maybe they'll finally fix the utterly broken 1200 colour management then?
I had a 1200 for a long while and it never produced a single satisfactory
print."

I downloaded a profile from Ian Lyons' Computer Darkroom website
( http://www.computer-darkroom.com/home.htm )several years ago that seems to 
work much better than the OEM profile.


"Polaroid effectively went bust. I get a mail a month at least from Nikon
users asking how to get their ancient LS1000 working under XP, since Nikon
have never produced XP software that supports it. Sadly there isn't a mfr
anywhere who is exempt from the vicissitudes of the technology market."

I can understand companies writing off a model some years after production has 
ceased but three years is a bit soon.  Sadly, you're right.

"The industry standard now is epitomised by Dell, whose attitude is that
once a machine is out of warranty it is obsolete and none of their
concern; you should buy a new model if you want support. Yes, I have a
Dell Latitude, now on its 3rd keyboard and 2nd motherboard."

I learned my lesson with the purchase of a new Gateway computer in 1996.  I 
custom built my first machine in 1997 to replace it.

"The answer, as I suspect it is with your Polaroid 120 and with many
obsolete scanners from companies like Agfa who have fled the market, is to
use Ed Hamrick's Vuescan, which works fine with the LS1000 - better than
the OE ever did, too. I still use a Polaroid 4000, it's a fine machine,
with Vuescan. We aren't all made of the money the mfr's think we owe them
every 2yrs or so. The thing is : next time buy with your eyes open, or,
perhaps more sensibly, not at all. It is only consumer pressure that will
change these policies."

Again, sadly, Ed's software won't cure my 64-bit driver problem.  I purchased 
the 120 with Silverfast software and in all cases, I'm stuck with using a 
32-bit XP operating system.  And your last two sentences sum it up: Buyer 
beware and we all should make our sentiments known to to the companies.

Jim Sims

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