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08-19-2014, 04:46 PM   #1
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Pakon F-135 Plus film scanner

I just purchased a Pakon F-135 film scanner and am anxious to learn all about it.

Experienced Pakon owners/users please post here!

TIA,
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What would you like to know sir? I am 50-60 rolls into it :-)

The best single resource on the web is the Facebook user group. PM me your username and I can add you, or just ask someone will let you in...

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08-19-2014, 06:25 PM   #3
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QuoteOriginally posted by Jamey777 Quote
What would you like to know sir? I am 50-60 rolls into it :-)
Only EVERYTHING! Feel free to post anything Pakon users might find useful.

I'm sure I'll pick up some basics just by playing with it.
Any hints to help me avoid the usual newbie mistakes?

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yes, join the facebook group is the single best thing you can do :-)

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yes, join the facebook group is the single best thing you can do :-)
I don't do Facebook. And I'm only here because Usenet died!

I was hoping for a discussion here...

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I don't do Facebook. And I'm only here because Usenet died!

I was hoping for a discussion here...

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Yah its a bummer but it really is a treasure trove of info... not sure what to tell you? Make a fake ID :-)

They have links to latest software, guides on installing VMs, how to allocate memory etc.

Here is a recent post that isn't inside fb:

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Instructions mention a software setting for C-41 or black and white.

Which setting is used for conventional black and white?
Which setting is used for chromogenic black and white?

I know digital ICE is not used for the former.
Can it be used with the latter?

TIA,
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QuoteOriginally posted by ChrisPlatt Quote
Instructions mention a software setting for C-41 or black and white.

Which setting is used for conventional black and white?
Which setting is used for chromogenic black and white?

I know digital ICE is not used for the former.
Can it be used with the latter?

TIA,
Chris
you use the b&w setting for either trad or c-41 b&w. it is my understanding you can use ICE on the c-41 b&w but i haven't ever shot it.

if you hit your film with a rocket blower etc prior to scanning the dust should be pretty minimal on trad b&w

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Is the Pakon software 100% functional within Windows 7 XP mode?

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Is the Pakon software 100% functional within Windows 7 XP mode?

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Everything I've seen says it need to be in Windows XP. Even booting XP in a virtual machine is only partially functional.

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It is no longer supported by any manufacturer as Pakon was shuttered in 2008. It does not work with current computer operating systems. It is designed for Microsoft's Windows XP. Use of an older computer is strongly recommended, but there is some success using VM (Virtual Machines) software on more current operating systems on both Windows and Mac.
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I use parallels on a mac with XP. It is 100% functional. I don't think xp mode on win 7 works.
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QuoteOriginally posted by ChrisPlatt Quote
I don't do Facebook. And I'm only here because Usenet died!

I was hoping for a discussion here...

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I check out the FB page, the resources there is unbelievable.

It is not fair to ask the same questions here while there are available resources for you, free, just because you don't bother to look into just because you don't like FB...
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It is not fair to ask the same questions here while there are available resources for you,
free, just because you don't bother to look into just because you don't like FB...

Are you kidding me? The same could be said for all information on Pentax Forums.

I prefer discussions with members here, but I'll be glad to make an exception in your case...

Chris

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Dear Jamey777 I'll send you an PM to request access to the Facebook group.
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I have no experience at all of film scanning and therefore I am in my research phase. If I have understood things correctly one of the most appealing aspects of the Pakon FK-135 scanner is that it scans a whole roll of 35mm film in one operation.......and much quicker than any flat-bed scanner does. Is that so? If there are better alternatives I would appreciate comments about them.

One possible show-stopper for me is that I use Linux OS (Ubuntu 14.04). Has anyone been in the same situation and successfully used the scanner with Ubuntu? Again I would appreciate any helpful comments.

Thanks in advance.
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