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I am using the SS4000+, which is a higher bit capture, and may have different characteristics than the SS4000. The noise characteristics of the SS4000 have usually been discussed by those who own them as low relative to similar CCD scanners in the marketplace. My experience with PCD was awful, and I would NEVER use it again. In my case the turn around time was weeks, the color was way off (very green and dark). The images were not fully cleaned and I ended up with a lot of cleaning work. In some cases the cropping was off or the scan was not squared properly. Finally, the one disk I had done (and its on a Kodak gold disk) doesn't read for some files. In fairness, the company that did the work went out of business (deservingly). I like knowing where my films are (especially after 10:00 PM ;-)). I love having access to a good scanner, allowing me to scan what I need when I need it, the way I need it, and at the resolution I require. I'd never trade. BUT, if you have a very good lab you trust to work well and quickly, there might be some advantage. I have yet to see a PCD scan that is as good as mine, but again, I haven't studies one in many years, and I image the PCD systems have improved as have desktop scanners. Art Scott Whittle wrote: > Thanks everyone for the input on cleaning out my dusty SS4000. I did try > spraying out the dust, although I'm not sure how much good it did. I did > some comparisons between a Kodak Photo CD scan (18MB) vs a 4000DPI scan I > did with the SS4000, and was shocked to see that there was a lot more noise > in the SS4000 scan. It just looked "grainier", if that makes sense. Makes > me think that maybe I should just be making $1.75 scans at the lab and save > myself the headache of spending hours trying to get a decent scan out of the > Polaroid. The time saved would be significant...I spent $65 to for 30 > perfect PhotoCD scans, in comparison to the 5 or so hours it took to make > those same 30 scans at home and then spot, adjust, etc. Comments, anyone? > > Scott W > email@example.com > > - - Turn off HTML mail features. Keep quoted material short. Use accurate subject lines. http://www.leben.com/lists for list instructions.