Polaroid Sprintscan 45 negative scanner

Discussion in 'Large Format' started by vick_vickery, Jul 21, 2004.

  1. I ran into one of these recently and was not aware of Polaroid
    scanners. Can anyone tell me of the quality and ease of use of this
    equipment? They call it a "negative scanner", but from my very
    limited knowledge of such equipment, I would assumme that it is
    usable for scanning transparancy material as well...am I correct here?
     
  2. Yes, it can scan positives as well as negatives. I think you want the SprintScan Ultra, not the regular SprintScan, if I remember the advice posted here. In any case, here are some links that may get you started. A search on this site for "SprintScan 45" should pull up more information.
    http://www.photo.net/ezshop/product?product_id=3693
    http://www.photo.net/bboard/q-and-a-fetch-msg?msg_id=0022BQ
    http://www.photo.net/bboard/q-and-a-fetch-msg?msg_id=001QBB
    http://www.photo.net/bboard/q-and-a-fetch-msg?msg_id=000GkX
     
  3. Vicky:
    I purchased the Polaroid 45 Ultra a year ago from a seller on ebay, it was under
    factory warenty. A good thing that it was. The Polaroid tech helpline is excellent, I've
    had to send the scanner back twice for repairs. The problem was a long greenish
    streak, more than likely a stuck pixel. It works very well now. There are few reviews
    out there if you do a google search. But here is what I've learned. The Ultra is last
    generation of 4x5 scanners from Polaroid. It has excellent 4x5 specs. Desk top
    scanners are inherently good for Negative film and the Polaroid 45 Ultra handles 4x5
    neg film well. I have found Vuescan software to be superior to Polaroid's software in
    it's ability to capture highlight detail and create smooth color gradations. Polaroid's
    4x5 original holder does not allow full capture of an uncropped 4x5 neg, so you will
    need to keep this in mind when shooting. Alternativly, you may get lucky and find
    the glass holder that was later designed to correct this and to hold 120 film
    completely flat, from edge to edge. The Ultra seems to handle black and white neg
    particularly well, and Vuescan has alot of built in profiles for various color films. If
    you are scanning 4x5 negatives the Ultra is convient to use, affordable and capable
    scanner. However if you are really interested in 120 film, I would recommend that
    you go with the Polaroid Sprintscan 120 or the Imacon Photo. The Ultra does not
    produce the same quality scans for 120 format negative film.
     
  4. Thanks for the info, y'all...I'm somewhat new to this scanner stuff and am trying to learn as much as possible about the options before buying!
     

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