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I honestly do not understand how the below statement can be accurate. I can see how the image can be sharp while the grain is not, through diffused lighting, but not how the grain can be sharp while the image is not, unless it was in different areas of the image. As to the software, I can only assume it doesn't fit your workflow habits, but I find it both easy to work with and effective. I suppose this is why there are a variety of products out there. Art Jerry Olson wrote: > 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. > > - Turn off HTML mail features. Keep quoted material short. Use accurate subject lines. http://www.leben.com/lists for list instructions.