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I have had some private communication with Art Entlich regarding the SS 120 and he has been, and is continuing to be, very helpful and supportive. I though I would share some of the comments that I made with this group to see if anyone has any comments to make. All would be welcome. ____________________ I have scanned quite a few slides so far and have had varying results. The film term in Insight for Kodak Porta 160 is way, way off. The resulting scan bears absolutely no resemblance to the original neg. or even the prints, and required so much work in Photoshop to recover it that I gave up, it just seemed unrecoverable. I think the film terms in general within Insight need to be reviewed. Scanning using the generic slide terms when using Provia also produced bad results. The only good scan I got was using the generic slide term when scanning Kodak E100VS. As for black and white, after over ten attempts with Scala, Delta 100 and Delta 400 I gave up. The scans where very dark, the black point stopped dead on all scans at about 30, as if all the pixels at that end had been pushed up against a wall. So, I moved on to using Vuescan. The Provia scanned well although the colour accuracy was not too good. My Nikon Coolscan LS30 produced a better scan from a colour perspective, although obviously not as detailed. The Delta 100 scan was one of the best black and white scans I had ever seen. Absolutely perfect tonal balance and immense detail. The Scala was good but lost some detail in the highlights. The Porta 160VC was detailed but there was a significant amount of white speckling all over the scan. I assume from this, and the fact that the Insight term produced the worst scan imaginable, that the SS 120 just has difficulty with the Portra emulsion. A shame, since my LS30 scans it very well. So where am I now. Well, the SS 120 can obviously produce detailed scans, but I will have to rely on Ed Hamrick's Vuescan to get them, especially for black and white which is a big proportion of my work. I am not really happy about relying on third party software because should Ed decide to pack it in then I will have a scanner from which it will be difficult to get the results I need. The carriers are fiddly. In many cases the 6X6 film does not lie perfectly flat in the carrier, and it is impossible to line up a strip of 35mm unless you leave the carrier slightly undone. Most of the scans I did using Insight required a lot of work in Photoshop to get them close to what I wanted, and some were just too far out to be workable. I think I will return the SS 120 and try the Flextight Photo. I did find when comparing it side by side with the SS 120 in the store that the Photo just about always reproduced the image as near as possible to the original colour, contrast etc. The built in film profiles seemed to be accurate. It may take twice as long to scan, but I may save that additional time not having to do so much in Photoshop. Your comments on my findings would be welcomed. I know a lot of people use the SS 120, so either I am doing something wrong or they just put the effort in to correct images post scanning. I was using Insight 5.5.1. Regards. Simon - Turn off HTML mail features. Keep quoted material short. Use accurate subject lines. http://www.leben.com/lists for list instructions.