Fly-K From Germany, joined May 2000, 3183 posts, RR: 50 Posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 5323 times:
My Microtek 35t plus is now 1.5 years old and I've scanned maybe about 2,500 slides. I'm under the impression that the scans are getting darker and have less sharpness/crispness. Maybe the lightbulb is getting weaker? Does anyone else have experience with their scanners nearinf retirement age? What would be the solution, buying a new light bulb?
Help and comments appreciated!
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Ckw From UK - England, joined Aug 2010, 810 posts, RR: 15
Reply 1, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 5280 times:
It is my understanding that some scanners do "age", depending on the light source, though personally I would consider 2,500 scans a very short life! When I retired (well, sold on actually) my Nikon LS30 it had performed somewhat over 20,000 scans and was as good as new - mind you, Nikon make a big thing about their LCD light source and the fact that it doesn't fade over time.
AirNikon From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 290 posts, RR: 33
Reply 2, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 5266 times:
Scanners DO have a useful life. My first film scanner was the Microtek 35 (NOT the 35T), it was a three-pass RGB scanner that did well for the first year or so, but finally "ran out of gas".
My second scanner was a Nikon LS-20 internal. I liked the software, but the scanner NEVER scanned sharp. It was sent to New York twice for warranty repair, but it never lived-up to any Nikon standards that I have been used to over the years.
I have been using a Minolta Scan Speed for the past two-years, and guess what? It is running out of juice too, producing dark scans that are becoming difficult to correct with Photoshop 6, or any other image-editing program I have tried. (I don't want to hear about VUESCAN either, tried it several times, dumped it every time).
Next stop, either the Kodak RFS 3600 or the Polaroid SprintScan 4000 (also made by Microtek).
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