The Good News- I slightly surpassed my minimum goal of twenty completed print worthy scans by year's end. And post editing scans from silver based negs mean you have to clone each and every microscopic scratch and dust mark individually (since digital ICE won't fit the bill) before you get on to the real deal. The Bad News: pre carpal tunnel sydrome of my right hand- it hurt! Not so much the arm/wrist, as the finger/knuckle area.
Now, a guy who uses a Nikon FG is not exactly someone versed in cutting edge technology; nevertheless, I did some research, read some commentary, and without actually trying any of them out, chose the one I imagined myself least likely to scream at in pure and utter frustration. First, there was The Alleviator thing (yipes!), then the Touchpad fellows, nice, but they seemed somewhat fragile and perhaps not as accurate or responsive. Next were the vertical guys, but some said they could move when you clicked (the last thing you want when cloning) and scrolling could be an issue. For out and out pick of the litter, this seemed the guy to beat- and had the price to match. I then proceeded to the Trackball family- this butt ugly odd ball was really comfortable in the hand and the only one I tried on at a store (without actually operating), has same scrolling issues, and questioned whether cloning would be as accurate using your thumb. So I ended up with this guy, and hoping for the best (at least it looks cool)...
But if I had to pick the All Time
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