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12-29-2010, 08:47 PM   #1
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How good is a Microtek 120 TF MF scanner?

I just picked up a mint one with all the holders, manuals, and software, for $200 and it works flawlessly.
I was originally looking for a Nikon 9000 to do mainly B&W negs with some Color negs from my Pentax 67 II but couldn't pass this up.

Can anyone tell me if the Nikon would give a better file or should I be happy with what I have?


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01-02-2011, 09:10 AM   #2
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Beats me but it is advertised at 4000dpi optical and at that price it sounds like a winner.
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It is supposed to be quite a decent scanner but very unreliable and with non existant customer support (sorry I hope that I do not bring bad luck).
At 200 if there is no problem with it you just got yourself a great deal.

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I am with Luc in regards to the value at $200. The test reviews I read indicated a real world resolution of about 3200 dpi. That is more than adequate for MF and most 35mm. If it works for you, then you did very well. The lack of Digital ICE may be an issue for some but is a non-issue if you are doing B&W work. In any case $200 vs. $2000 for a 9000 ED speaks for itself.

As for non-existent support...I suspect that my Nikon 5000 ED may offer about the same level of support in a year or so.


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QuoteOriginally posted by stevebrot Quote
As for non-existent support...I suspect that my Nikon 5000 ED may offer about the same level of support in a year or so.
Steve
Very true
I had my LS8000 overhauled by Nikon a few months back at the cost of a kidney and I am touching wood that it will last me for many happy years.
At some points support for Nikon scanners is going to stop including the LS9000

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I did a non scientific comparison between the Microtec 120 TF and my Epson V700 scanning Kodak Tri-X (120) and found the Microtek to have much better shadow detail and and a little bit better resolution.
Liking my new scanner.
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