Nikon's COOLSCAN 9000
Ironically, you can thank Kodak for inventing a technology now employed into recent scanners to help with improved clarity.
Kodak's Digital ICE Technology
The Nikon 9000 scanner employed this recently, as have some other scanners on the market. But the improvements also come in the ability to digitally clean the slide of scratches or other debris so details come into better focus. All of that can be done in about 40 seconds per slide, hence giving a good boost in time saving when your slides number in the thousands.
Should you depend exclusively on the Nikon scanner digitally cleaning your slide? It's a good idea to also think about a manual cleaning using some simple practical methods.
Cleaning Slides Prior to Scanning
If you want to blow dust and other particles off your slides before they're scanned, using compressed air is the safest way to do it. Never clean them with water because it can ruin the surface with a single drop.
This blog also recommends a photographic emulsion cleaner to use on the slide as a safe liquid form to remove debris.
Digitally scanning negatives, slides, and prints is a lot like painting a car or the interior of a house. You get better results if you take the time to do the necessary preparation work. This is especially true when it comes to properly cleaning a slide or negative. When scanning a tiny slide, and generating a 600% enlargement of it, every dust particle, scratch, piece of lint, and hair will be huge in the scanned image.
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