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Fri Jul 11, 2014, 04:48 PM

The first try on my new scanner

On Tuesday my New Used Screen DT-S 1030AI Drum Scanner arrived. (Helpful household hint: hundred-pound scanners are no fun to haul up a flight of stairs.) I set it up, calibrated it, made a few "screwing around" scans just to see if it worked, and tried this...

This is a scan of the Salmon Bay Bridge in Seattle, produced on my Minolta F-2900 slide scanner. For this image I cleaned the negative in naphtha, very carefully placed it into the film holder, blew it off with canned air...then after scanning I went over it with a fine tooth comb to get rid of the flaws.

And this is the same picture scanned on my 1030. I just taped it on, scanned it and called it good; if I was going to do a "final" scan I'd oil mount it, but this is just a quickie. It's not even in all that great of focus.

For extra entertainment download both photos and look at the trees. They look like blobs on the top picture and they're really well defined on the bottom one.

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Fri Jul 11, 2014, 06:38 PM

1. How did you make it work?

I'm a hardware guy. Back in the early 'eighties I turned an LX80 Epson printer into a scanner. And I've recreated original IBM PCs and "Fat" Macs I've found in the trash as "modern" computers.

No longer. For more than a decade now I've managed to leave alone most of the important "antique machines" in my garage because I know certain people would be utterly appalled if I gutted them and gave them more powerful Raspberry Pi brains.

My remaining Ataris, Apples, Amigas, and PCs are period perfect. I only mess with their emulated clones on my current desktop.

I also like to think I've written enough that someone might emulate me someday. Maybe my current self is an emulation. Who knows?

My film cameras are all true to their heritage too. I develop film myself.

The camera I was dreaming of in high school I bought years later in a thrift store for $16. Occasionally I find great lenses for it too.

I always get a buzz when I find archaic technology for cheap.

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Fri Jul 11, 2014, 08:09 PM

2. I did it the old-fashioned way

I have a Power Mac G4/450 with an Atto SCSI card, 800-plus megs of RAM and a 160GB hard drive. The original software the manufacturer provided is available online. I loaded the software, changed the bulb and was in business.

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