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Joe & Janet DesGeorges I struggled with scanner choices for several weeks. Read every review I could find. I was originally going to purchase an Epson 1200U Photo to scan my 4x5 negs. I applied some logic and decided that a $300 scanner was not going to mach a $1300 scanner in quality. I have since heard this confirmed. I could not decide between the 1600 and the Linotype Saphir Ultra 2. I read some disheartening information on the 1600 (which I cannot find now) but decided that the extra dmax would be worth buying the saphir. The real disappointment is that I could not find anyone that stocked them. Everyone was on back order. Knowing that the saphir is a UMAX Porwerlook in Heidleberg chlothing I purchased a Powerlook from Buy.com for $1053 including shipping. The powerlook fullfilled all my expectations. It is sharp, easy to use and produces fabulous scans. Better than the Pro PhotoCD scans I have been paying for. I also use EZcolor and have never before made a good profile. Even with version 1.5. But when I made a new profile using the Powerlook I was very surprised to find that It was near perfect. I don't want to argue about what constitutes perfect, just let it go that the EZcolor profiles are now quite usable. The scanner made all the difference. I purchased ColorBlind Matchbook over the weekend and if anyone is interested I will post results concerning how it stacks up against EZcolor I know that most people would say there is no comarison). I have already found Matchbook to be less than user freindly with problems like it not finding the colorimiter and less than obvious choices in the menus. The most disappointing thing is that the editing tools only wok on a Mac. That bit of information is somehow overlooked in their sales literature. Scott - Please turn off HTML mail features. Keep quoted material short. Use accurate subject lines. http://www.leben.com/lists for instructions.
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