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Old 02-17-2005, 02:55 PM   #1
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Default Slide scanner weirdness

I have a Polaroid SprintScan 35 Plus.

I've noticed that in the past couple of months, I'm finding a very pale, rainbow-colored stripe across some of my scans. It's definitely not on the slides. And if I scan the same slide a couple of times, sometimes I get the rainbow, sometimes not.

I bought VueScan software several months ago, after having years of continual problems with the scanner when using the Polaroid software. (Someone told me the problem -- the scanner would not initialize and would tell me there was a calibration error -- was software-related, and not in the scanner itself.) I have not had one single initialization/calibration error since I started using VueScan.

Anyway, does the rainbow stripe sound like a hardware issue? I don't remember ever seeing a rainbow stripe before I started using VueScan, but that could just be coincidence. IIRC, several years ago, I was getting thin, bright blue stripes in some of my scans, and someone in the forum (Jared?) had the answer (something to do with static?). My memory on this is very foggy, and I can't remember what the actual solution was.

I realize it would probably be a good idea to troubleshoot by scanning the same slides with VueScan and with the Polaroid software, which I'll try to do this weekend, but since the stripe is an intermittent problem, that might not pin down where the fault lies.

Any ideas? If it's hardware, I'll be looking for slide scanner recommendations (preferably in the $2,500 or less range).

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Old 02-17-2005, 03:23 PM   #2
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>>marlene: Anyway, does the rainbow stripe sound like a hardware issue?

Yeah...it does...probably the scanning bulb or there some dirt or dust in the scanner...

If you decide to buy a new scanner, take a look at the minolta line...I have the Elite II and I've been very pleased with it...

Here's the current version:

http://kmpi.konicaminolta.us/eprise/...can_Elite_5400

Newegg has it for $629:

http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproduc...MP=OTC-17exta6

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Old 02-17-2005, 07:30 PM   #3
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I was looking at slide scanner reviews a while back and the Nikon ones seem popular. And a LOT cheaper than they used to be; half to 1/3 your budget unless you need to go up to 6x9 transparencies.

   
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Old 02-17-2005, 11:26 PM   #4
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I really liked my Polaroid SprintScan Plus. I still have it but it's been relegated to backup scanner now because our newer Nikon Coolscan IV ED is easier to use and does a better job of scanning, especially on B/W negs. The Polaroid never did do a good job with those for me.

   
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Old 02-18-2005, 01:25 PM   #5
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probably the scanning bulb or there some dirt or dust in the scanner
Oooh, I hope that's all it is! I'll open the scanner this weekend and change the bulb. Maybe I should get something for blowing out the dust -- canned air or something. I do keep the scanner covered when it's not in use, in hopes of keeping out the dust and dog hair.

Wow, I didn't realize slide scanner prices had dropped so much!

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>>marlene: Wow, I didn't realize slide scanner prices had dropped so much!

yeah...they have...a friend of mine has the Minolta 5400 and really likes it a lot...

Keep us posted on what happens...

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I'm gonna try changing the bulb and -- if I can figure out how -- trying to clean out the dust that I assume has gotten into the scanner. If that doesn't help, then I'll probably start scanner shopping in earnest.

I found a good review of the Nikon LS-2000. Only slightly cheaper than the Polaroid was, but I need something that scans at 2700dpi minimum. AFAIK.

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I think the current Nikon model is the Super Coolscan 5000 ED, which runs a bit over $1000 and does 4000dpi, or so the spex claim. I think the less expensive one does the same rez, just does it slower.

   
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Well, I changed the scanner bulb this weekend and then scanned half a dozen slides, and I'm seeing any rainbows.

Of course they might crop up again, since the problem was always intermittent, but I am optimistic (for a change!).

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My scanner appears to be working okay now (after replacing the bulb), so no soup for me!

But if the rainbows return, I'll seriously consider a Nikon. I need to scan slides fairly often, and don't want to lose that source of income, as piddling as it is.

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