Frustrating Scanner July 19, 2011

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The Canon CanoScan 9000F scanner I ordered a few days ago arrived on my doorstep this morning. I was pretty excited as I set it up, looking forward to seeing the quality of doing film scanning myself. However, the quality was a lot worse than I expected, and the process pretty time-consuming.

The negatives kept turning out super dark and not very sharp. Only after boosting a ton of settings and doing a lot of post-processing in ACR and Photoshop did I manage to make the scans similar in color to the CVS scans I’ve been getting. The quality is still noticeably worse though… I guess that’s to be expected when stacking a $170 scanner up against a $1000+ one though.

I’m still wondering whether I maybe got a defective scanner. I feel like the scans should be much brighter and sharper than what I’m seeing. Maybe I’ll call tomorrow and see if I can get a replacement.


For lunch today my bro and I went and got six burrito supremes from taco bell. They’re only $1 right now. There’s a 2 per person limit, but the cashier didn’t know and only found out after the order was entered, so they just let us have 3 each.

We also paid a visit to Borders. The company is likely going to liquidate and shut down all its stores pretty soon, and we were worried about the numerous gift cards we have for the store. The cashier said we should use them as soon as we can, since the future is so uncertain. However, after looking around for a bit I couldn’t find anything I wanted to buy, so I left empty-handed today. I’ll go back again sometime soon and buy a bunch of christian books or something.