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01-19-2011, 10:26 AM   #1
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I've got a ArtixScan 4000tf (similar to the Polaroid Sprintscan 4000 with firewire) and it's quite dusty inside. I contacted Microtek and they charge $75 plus shipping to and from California (I live in Manhattan) to clean it out. Do you know of any local solutions for getting the crud out of scanners? If the Microtek route is the only option I think I might as well just buy a new epson v500, as I don't currently plan on making prints from my scans. I'd appreciate your advice either way.

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You would give up a $800 dedicated slide scanner for a 3 year old flatbed?
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QuoteOriginally posted by davide Quote
Hi,

I've got a ArtixScan 4000tf (similar to the Polaroid Sprintscan 4000 with firewire) and it's quite dusty inside. I contacted Microtek and they charge $75 plus shipping to and from California (I live in Manhattan) to clean it out. Do you know of any local solutions for getting the crud out of scanners? If the Microtek route is the only option I think I might as well just buy a new epson v500, as I don't currently plan on making prints from my scans. I'd appreciate your advice either way.

best,
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If you were just going to toss it and get a V500, then you might as well try and clean it yourself. What do you have to lose right? ... or you could give it to me.
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You would give up a $800 dedicated slide scanner for a 3 year old flatbed?
I don't shoot slides, just 35mm B&W negatives. I'd prefer a solution that would allow me to scan faster. But point taken, I've never used the v500 and if the quality is really much lower than maybe I should stick with the Artixscan.

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...I've never used the v500 and if the quality is really much lower than maybe I should stick with the Artixscan.
The quality is much lower, but fine for low res web scans. I never got more than about 1600-1800SPI out of mine before giving it to my dad. That 1600-1800SPI was pretty soft/blurry, too.
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Vertex, is there a flat bed with which you had good results?
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These are the kinds of results you can expect from a flatbed. These are from a Canon 8400F


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Vertex, is there a flat bed with which you had good results?
My current Creo Eversmart flatbed is pretty good, but I would not suggest that to anyone that wasn't making prints on a regular basis.

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My current Creo Eversmart flatbed is pretty good
For those not in the know...the Creo is a professional reprographics scanner. Not something you would normally find at Best Buy!


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You could try an Epson V700, remembering to add a healthy dollop of capture sharpening to the scans.
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QuoteOriginally posted by stevebrot Quote
For those not in the know...the Creo is a professional reprographics scanner. Not something you would normally find at Best Buy!
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Definitely not, but I only paid somewhere between a new V750 and a Nikon 9000. Those old scanners are only worth it, if you want to do large format & small formats, maybe even at the same time, or need to scan in prints and posters. For most people they are not worth the hassle, weight, or noise.

If all you want is web res photos for posting to flickr or here, then a V500 will be more than adequate. Prints from 35mm can be tricky, because it's such a huge enlargement. Maybe most people don't see or care about the differences, but I imagine someone coming from a dedicated film scanner will end up disappointed.
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