This is very encouraging, Tony. I have had my ancient SS4000 under a
cover for several years as well, and I'm sure it could use a similar
cleaning. I may give it a try. I take it that re-assembly was not a
great problem?

Roger Smith

On 13-Jun-09, at 12:48 PM, Tony Sleep wrote:

> On 13/06/2009 James L. Sims wrote:
>> With the support for my Polaroid Sprintscan 120 now unavailable, I am
>> looking for a replacement.
> Vuescan should resolve antique s/w issues on Windows, though SCSI
> support
> may become more awkward I believe ASPI drivers are available for
> Vista. On
> Mac I don't know with current OSX, but similar was possible. Same
> applies
> to SCSI Nikons etc.
> Regarding physical service, I recently popped the lid off my
> Polaroid 4000
> (4 lever tabs) as it seemed to have got rather flary and low
> contrast with
> some strongly backlit slides that included bright backgrounds, despite
> living under a dust cover when not in use.
> Half a dozen  self-tappers later and I was able to remove the lamp
> holder
> and the top of the film carrier carriage. I was then able to clean the
> angled mirror with a DSLR sensor swab - it was covered in a thick
> layer of
> dust. Inspection with a torch showed the lens to be clean,
> reflected in
> the mirror. I then cleaned every trace of dust and dirt from the
> mechanism
> surfaces I could get at, and wiped and re-lubricated the helical
> carriage
> advance screws.
> Result : a total transformation! Scans bright and clean, loads more
> shadow
> detail - virtually everything in Kodachrome. No flare and colour much
> easier to get spot on. The mechanism sounds happier for lubrication
> too.
> No more misfeeding neg carrier either, which the scanner has been
> mistaking for the slide carrier half the time, for about the last 4
> years.
> I wish I'd done it earlier, as I now think I should really rescan
> quite a lot.
>> Has anyone had any experience with Epson's
>> V750M?  The specs. look impressive if they hold up.
> No experience, but if I had the money I'd have bought one to scan the
> relatively small amount of 120 I have. From reading reviews the
> V750 is
> very little different from the much cheaper V700. Lens coating
> seems very
> slightly better and you get Silverfast with the 750. Most important
> factor
> appears to be stand-offs for the film carrier, which can be
> improvised.
> Personally I'd use Vuescan anyway.
> --
> Regards
> Tony Sleep
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