Well, since construction that is. So my scanner is getting old. I remember when I bought it, it was amazing. USB 2.0 was fast. It would scan and download so much faster than my old UMax scanner. But in recent years, I've been noticing more and more "snow/dust" in the scans. They're not crisp white backgrounds like the olden days. This fine haze is all over. You can see it on some of my pencil sketches that I don't meticulously clean up. And there's a distinct lag in the USB too. I don't think it's my MOBO.
I noticed that the glass plate seemed to look like there was this fine film of scum on the inside, so today I finally opened it up and cleaned it. I've got just the tools. Glasses cleaner and an air can for electronics. It turns out opening that scanner was E-Z! Four screws and I was in. And the scanner it'self didn't pop out or anything! So I cleaned it up no problem!
Alas, it doesn't seem to have cured the snow problem. It's still got the same pattern it had before. It's a little better but not much. So, I'm thinking it's time for a new scanner.
I understand CCD's do age, but I haven't found any definitive articles on the subject.
New scanners, use LED's for illumination instead of mercury vapor lamps. So no more warm up. Else, the spec's aren't a whole lot better, and it's still USB 2.0 for the Epson V550. Cannon sensors use CCD versus CMOS in the Cannon scanners. I tried a Canoscan once about 7 years ago. I didn't like it. The art was all chunky and not even close to the UMax quality! Epson's use CCD, it's more expensive, but the results are better in my experience. It has been a few years back, but I haven't heard about any breakthrough in reproduction quality.
I'd love to go all digital, but I'm not impressed with the video tablet's price/performance ratio. Best leave that stuff to the pro's.
I'll probably go pick up a V550 at Best Buy in the next few days. I like the fact a BB is right by my house! I try to buy stuff from them as long as the price isn't terribly different. And they've been so damn good with returns for me.
Hey, and anyone noticing an influx of Llama activity? I got 7 Llama's in the last two weeks. That's just crazy. I wonder what's causing that?
Got a new scanner. Fortunately, they're not super expensive. So yeah, it's scans cleaner now. Not some super huge improvement but definitely less cleanup. There's still snow, but it's like the contrast is better so it's easier to filter the snow out with the "levels adjustment" in Photoshop. The big improvement is no wait for first scan. Yes, my old scanner was taking at least two scans before the light was warmed up. No more. First scan looks great. Plus, the USB is better. It's still 2.0 but no more hiccups. It just scans and loads. I used to have these weird lags.
Couple of interesting differences between the 4490 and the V550. The hood no longer has a detachable plug, so itself is no longer detachable, not that I ever needed to detach it. But I never used the slide scanner so it's a waste powering up the hood now. The power switch simple button and not a physical toggle switch. So it's probably never "truly" off. Else, it's pretty much the same except for a bit different styling.
So we're still a analog/digital house. I think it'll still be a few years before I go all digital. But we're watching that gear, always watching! ^_^