Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2006/01/25

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Subject: [Leica] Microtek vs. Nikon scanners?
From: aaron.sandler at (Aaron Sandler)
Date: Wed Jan 25 14:26:05 2006
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I use the Microtek 4000 and have been very pleased with it, although I 
don't have any way to compare it to anything else.  The scans look good to 
me, from both C41 and traditional b&w.  I print up to 13x19 on my Epson 
2200 with the 4000dpi scans and I like the results.  I am sometimes even 
able to sell the prints. :)

It came with a SCSI card that I plugged into my PC and it runs just 
fine.  I do have to turn it on _before_ turning on my PC for it to be 
recognized, but other than that I haven't had any issues.  Or, as BD said, 
you can pay a little more for the 4000tf which has usb and firewire.


At 02:52 PM 1/25/2006, you wrote:
>All I can say about the Microtek, which is the Polaroid scanner with a
>different label - or the other way around - is that it's the scanner I used
>for all my work, and it did produced great scans. If the SCSI interface it a
>problem, go for the more expensive model that has a firewire connection.
>On 1/25/06 1:06 PM, "Gerry Walden" <> wrote:
> > My only brush with a Microtek was at a demonstration, and even they
> > could not get it operating properly. I used to have a Nikon which was
> > very reliable, and later changed to a Canon FS4000US because of the
> > higher resolution. I can thoroughly recmmend the Canon and suggest you
> > also give that a look.
> >
> > Gerry
> >
> >> I agree w.r.t. the SCSI interface, and this probably will be the first 
> thing
> >> that will make using my Polaroid SS4000 problematic on a future 
> >> computer.
> >> The Polaroid is a clone of the Microtek, and regarding film handling 
> >> it's
> >> more tolerant of film that isn't perfectly flat than the Nikon 
> scanners are.
> >> The problem is in the scanner's depth of field; you'd see the problem 
> at the
> >> edges of the picture where the scan is out of focus when the center is
> >> properly focussed.
> >>
> >>
> >> Doug Herr
> >> Birdman of Sacramento
> >>

In reply to: Message from gwpics at (Gerry Walden) ([Leica] Microtek vs. Nikon scanners?)
Message from bdcolen at (B. D. Colen) ([Leica] Microtek vs. Nikon scanners?)