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In article <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Sam A. McCandless <email@example.com> writes >>[snip] Depends how critical they are about defects on the image - and >>also on whether they are scanning slides or negs, the latter being >>much more prone to defects. >>-- >>Kennedy > > >Are negs more prone than slides to defects _as they come from the lab_? The image on a negative is contrast compressed, which is why negative film has such a high exposure latitude, compared to slide film where the image is often contrast stretched to get a punchy, saturated result. Consequently, the scanner software must stretch (decompress) the contrast on the negative, which it does not need to do with slides. This process enhances minor defects on the film, such as dust and scratches, which would not be noticed on slide film. I personally find white specs, as comes from dust on negatives, much more objectionable that black specs, which dust would produce on slides - but that is probably just me and not a general issue. >Or just as they age, especially as they go in and out of the holder >that feeds them to the scanner? I know I'm not very good at using that >thing, and my clumsiness seems to matter less when I load slides. > Every time you expose the film to domestic air it will be contaminated by dust particles that will stick to the film by static, and they can be picked up in the scan. >May I also ask about "FARE"? I remember hearing only of ICE, as a Nikon >feature I believe. Which scanners come with FARE? > ICE is licensed by Nikon from Advanced Science Fiction. FARE is an independently developed similar approach implemented by Canon. >If my 4000 died today, I think I'd get a 4000 Plus to replace it, >although I am troubled by David Hemingway having left Polaroid. But >it's not as if Nikon or Canon or Minolta has anyone like him either. > People come and go from organisations all the time - it usually creates a lot of hiatus at the time followed by very little change in the long run. Helpful as David was, I don't believe that he influenced the design or documentation of Polaroid scanners particularly, and certainly not in any way that cannot be achieved by others. -- Kennedy Yes, Socrates himself is particularly missed; A lovely little thinker, but a bugger when he's pissed. Python Philosophers - Turn off HTML mail features. Keep quoted material short. Use accurate subject lines. http://www.leben.com/lists for list instructions.