btw, i have opened the bottom beige plastic and peeped in for a better look. the only thing i saw from the top view was all the wires, so i figured it was on the bottom. now, i haven't opened the various pieces, because of fear of messing it up. there's a gold ribbon cable i know all to well from the SB28 flash and i'm quite scared to move it so it doesn't snap. most of all i don't want to ruin it, as i don't have $180 for a new one.. but yes i saw those pins and the "R602" printed on the right side of the edge like in the pic, but could not see anything else like nikon logo. just a bad angle.. i'm just scared to do it. is it reversible? can i fry the curcuits? any help appreciated. I really want to get this done. just want to know 100% that: 1-i won't fry it 2-reversible if i solder>try it>doesn't work>desolder>alls good 3-that this is the way to do it.
Yes, this can be done. I've been using my SA-21 the last couple of weeks to batch scan entire rolls of uncut film. I went for the solderless method. I took a single thin strand of wire and connected the 4th and 5th holes in the middle row together. A piece of tape covers the front of blue connector to keep the wire in place. Poke holes through the tape into each of the pin holes. I don't think this method will last if the unit is repeatedly removed and inserted. I plan to scan all of my uncut film before I remove the SA-21.
The 4th and 5th holes are identified by holding the SA-21 with the blue connecter pointed towards you. The unit should be in the correct upright position as it would be in the machine. The 4th and 5th holes are counted starting at the left.
YES!YES!YES! MY CRY HAS BEEN ANSWERED! YAY! i'm so happy! thanks for the reply.
i'll try the solderless way first. i just wanted to ask, as i heard from some place, that when using the SA-30, the film is inserted from the front and is automatically pulled to the back, and instead of the SA-21 scanning from the front inward,the SA-30 pulls the whole film in and then scans them 1 by 1 coming out from the front? there are 10 pins in the middle row. so just take a strand of wire slide through the 2 middle holes-bridge them? thanks again.
from what i know those models don't have an opening in the back, thus you can't do it. with 4000/5000's there's a hole in the back that lets the whole roll of film through. that's what the big wheel with the SA-30 does. it holds the film in that goes through the body of the 4K/5K models. sell it and get a used 4K/5K ..? i'm so happy. buying the SA-30 has been a constant thought from 2001 when i bought the scanner. i can't justify paying $450 for it.
"from what i know those models don't have an opening in the back"
Hmmm, what if a hole was 'added' to the back ....? My scanner is no longer under warranty, and it'd be easy enough to machine a hole if I knew the right location and dimensions for it. Any chance of you sending me the details, with maybe a photo or two?
i don't have a digital camera, but if you wait some, i can take some pics with film scan and send. i won't do it today or tommorrow but i won't forget to.. i'll measure the hole as well. the thing i'm not sure that it's work is maybe it's a different wiring system altogether...? if you don't mind trying, i don't mind helping...send me your email...
the two solder points pointed out in the referenced photo are best left untouched. Since the modification affects the pins themselves one can solder the actual pins that press through the circuit board (below and to the right of the area indicated in the photo). There is no need to mess up the area indicated in the photo nor cram wires into the blue connector block.
It is very easy to wrap some 24-gauge copper wire around the two pins in question and apply small drops of solder. Should one want to undo the modification later it would be easier to undo if it was applied on the pins themselves. I used one small strand of CAT-5 network wire about 1cm long.
When I get a break from my scanning activity I will disassemble the SA-21 and post a clear picture of my modification.
>It is very easy to wrap some 24-gauge copper wire around the >two pins in question and apply small drops of solder. >Should one want to undo the modification later it would be >easier to undo if it was applied on the pins themselves. I >used one small strand of CAT-5 network wire about 1cm long.
i used 2 super thin copper wires- 1/2 cm long braided them and just inserted, no tape. i just don't change the sa-21 often...
>When I get a break from my scanning activity I will >disassemble the SA-21 and post a clear picture of my >modification.
the only reason, i'd want to turn it "off" would be so it's easier to select. if i want to do all 6 i can just do CTRL A, other then that, i just don't care, i'm as happy as can be having a virtual SA-30!