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On 8 Apr 2002 at 3:01, Arthur Entlich wrote: > Obviously, the Nikon is not the scanner showing the "apparent" sharpest > image. It would appear Nikon does defocus their scan. Where Nikon blows > it is the shallow DOF, (particularly the 4000ED and LS40 models) and the > idea that you can have 3 lines of CCD sensors and only calibrate one of > them (in the 8000ED). They also have a problem with their lighting > source requiring dICE to remove defects made visible even if the scan is > defocused. This particular theory (to explain the banding on the LS-8000) is one that was originally put forth by Ed Hamrick, on Tony Sleep's filmscanners list, and which you have been repeating ad infinitum, ever since, as if it were fact. In a nutshell, I don't buy Ed's theory, but that's not really the issue here. Nikon screwed up. The penalty is that scans take longer. Big deal. I got over it, Art. Can you? >From where I sit, Nikon's dICE is amazing stuff. I didn't buy the scanner for ths feature, and in fact I figured it was 90% gimmickry and advertising hype before I started using the machine. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that dICE was in fact a powerful and eminently useful feature. > So, my easily amused friend, tell us, with all your rather defined > scanner knowledge, other than using your scanner in super fine scan mode > at about 1/3rd the speed, have you come up with any earth shattering, or > even mildly enlightening solutions for your Nikon 8000 ED's problems? The difference between us, Art, when it comes to the subject of Nikon scanners (and particulary the LS-8000) is that I am speaking from first-hand experience and you are not. To but it bluntly, your shtick is to parrot what you hear (in a selective manner) on the listservs and to play it back as fact, born of your genius mind and/or your stable of "private sources." Though you are free to believe otherwise, my LS-8000 remains quite capable of the job it was intended, with very reasonable throughput, even for the purposes of doing scans for a fee. I feel no need to justify its performance for your benefit. Recent history shows that you will simply deny and distort the data presented, as it is clearly not supportive of the prejudices and preconceptions that you present as "fact." rafe b. - Turn off HTML mail features. Keep quoted material short. Use accurate subject lines. http://www.leben.com/lists for list instructions.