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Lab James

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    Lens Clean Sp3000

    Thanks for that. I've done that, re-assembled, and now have an error. It says : E-4749 The retry-over of the DC offset adjustment occured What have I put back wrong?! All connectoers seem fine, all is back in place as it should be, it seems.
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    Lens Clean Sp3000

    Hi there, Did you have to take the metal surround cover, then the metal cover with holes in, to get to the CCD, then the lens? I too am struggling with dust on my sp3000, and think I need to do as you did, but am a bit confused where to go. Any images you have would be great!
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    Printing from iPhones

    We use Lucidiom software on our 3 kiosks which works OK with iphones. They all network direct to our dlab. You don't need a new kiosk to buy their software, but the older the unit the slower it is of course. The only drawback is it will load up all of the last 1000 images on the phone. As you know, having 1000+ images is pretty normal for iphone uses, so with the large files on a 4s this can take 5+ minutes. Really important that the software has a 'shrink to fit' option, as a lot of the prints will be square Hipstamatic or Instagram etc files. We probably have 2-3 iphone print jobs a day. Many from these funky apps. You can of course hook an iphone up to a Windows 7 pc and it will 'see' the DCIM folder, or use a Mac! We run both in the store and for large or custom jobs from iphones we just hook up to the imac. Works a treat. We frame a lot of square app prints, so it's good business.
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    Fuji Lomo scan query

    I don't currently don't have a Fuji, currently a Dlab user, but am looking to replace it soonish. We do a lot of film still, and tons of 'Lomo' type scanning and printing, so was wondering how the scanners attached to Frontiers (2000 & 3000?) cope with the more unusual film formats that these cameras throw up. Main issues are : Diana cameras, sprocket rockets, half frames, spinners and lomokinos. Does anyone have experience in handling these camera negs, and how possible and easily do the Fuji scanners cope? Cheers.
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    Cross process scanning on D lab

    I do indeed have nothing to lose in trying. We have put off trying this kind of thing as to access these areas in the d lab is a bit of a fiddle, but if it works I'm sure we'll come up with some sort of system. I'll report back in the week, thanks.
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    Cross process scanning on D lab

    Thanks for your reply, sorry for delay in response, but it's more fundamental than that. The scanner simply does not 'see' the x pro film. (E6 in C41 btw, never much seen the point in the other way round). As soon as you start to feed it in, it does not see a c41 type base and rejects it right away. The only way we have found to make it work is b/w setting where it is more open to the clear / cast film base. This is not a stand alone scanner, it's part of a very integrated system with no manual overrides. This does work, we've done it for years, but the results are a bit flat as nixphoto mentions above. Just wondered if anyone with d lab specific knowledge had a 'cheat' or fix for this problem.
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    Cross process scanning on D lab

    Yes we do have the slide license, but as I recall this doesnt work as you are scanning a negative not a transparency. Do you have any ideas on cross pro scanning in transparency mode then Ignatius? I'll try anything! Any good Photoshop filters for that matter anyone? I could always automate an action. Cheers
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    Cross process scanning on D lab

    We have done cross pro for years on our D lab 3, but never really been able to get those really bright colours you get on when scanned on other scanners or minilabs. We've never found a better way than scanning as b/w then adding back saturation, which is a bit flat. Anyone got a better way of doing them, but still on a D lab? This is for d + p and d + scan packages. Thanks
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