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Lloyd, Auto focus was on. i probably got a lemon. The GRAIN was sharp, the image was not. But lord, what dismal software! Jerry > Something must have gone terribly wrong with your test of the SS4000+. I > have the SS4000 and I get very sharp scans. I use little USM. Either you > have a defective one, or perhaps autofocus was turned off. The default, > for some reason, is to have the scanner fixed-focus. I guess this speeds > up scans. If you look in preferences in Insight, you'll see a check box > to turn AF on. That's the only way I use mine. If you did this and are > still getting fuzzy scans, you got a lemon. > > Regards, > Lloyd > > -----Original Message----- > From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of > Jerry Olson > Sent: Thursday, May 02, 2002 6:18 PM > To: firstname.lastname@example.org > Subject: Re: Nikon IV or Cannon FS4000 > > Neal, I'm in exactly the same boat as you. I have the 2710 and it is > excellent for most things. I too, wanted a 4000 dpi scanner. > > I just tried the polaroid 4000+ and was very disappointed. It isn't as > sharp as my 2710. In fact, it is very noticeable less sharp. The > polaroid tech said to e mail him a sample, at 4000 dpi, (very small > area). He thought it was just fine, and perfectly acceptable. He has > obviously never seen a sharp scan. So I'm returning it, and will get the > Canon 4000. I hear that is a sharp scanner. (Can't afford the Nikon, at > twice the price). > > Also, the software that comes with polaroids scanner is fairly dismal. I > couldn't get a decent black and white scan with either Silverfast OR the > Polacolor insight software. The scans looked extremely dark in the pre > scan, and about 4 stops too light in photoshop. Silverfast must not be > designed for black and white photos, as all the tools were grayed out, > so you couldn't alter the scan in the prescan mode! > > Jerry > > - > Turn off HTML mail features. Keep quoted material short. Use accurate > subject lines. http://www.leben.com/lists for list instructions. - Turn off HTML mail features. Keep quoted material short. Use accurate subject lines. http://www.leben.com/lists for list instructions.