Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2000/06/27

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Subject: [Leica] sprintscan 4000 v. LS 2000
From: John Brownlow <>
Date: Tue, 27 Jun 2000 10:55:24 -0400

Hi -- would welcome comments on these scanners and particularly (LEICA
CONTENT) their resolving power cf. Leica lenses.

Here's the skinny: I have a nice new 1270 which I want to print BIG on. I
need to replace my filmscanner, and am down to a choice between the two
above. I went into a store and ran a comparison on a tranny, and despite the
4000 dpi the Polaroid came out softer than the Nikon... definitely
subcritical sharpness. (The Nikon revealed a focussing error in the slide
that the Polaroid simply obscured). However, I'm told recent
firmware/software updates eliminate this 'focus bug' and that the Polaroid
is indeed critically sharp, and capable of pulling more detail off the neg
than the Nikon.


Incidentally, the Dmax of the Sprintscan is 3.4 (ish) compared to the
Nikon's 3.6, but I have to say that though I used a very tough (and dark)
tranny the difference in shadow detail was all but invisible.