best film scanner under $1000

Discussion in 'Scanners' started by Mike - EMAIL IGNORED, Nov 12, 2005.

  1. Last December I queried this group regarding a film scanner
    with these criteria:

    * Under $1000
    * Best possible resolution
    * At a lower priority, automatic feed for slides and negatives.

    These days I use NC160 and UC100 film with and good lenses,
    and I like excellent detail.

    At the time, the Minolta 5400 appeared to be the choice, and I
    was not going to get the automatic feed. For unrelated reasons,
    I did not make the purchase at that time, but I am about to do
    it now.

    Since eleven months have passed, I wonder if have there been any
    developments that might alter my choice.

    Thanks in advance for your advice.

    Mike.
     
    Mike - EMAIL IGNORED, Nov 12, 2005
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  2. Mike - EMAIL IGNORED

    uw wayne Guest

    uw wayne, Nov 13, 2005
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  3. You might want to consider the Minolta 5400 II rather than the earlier
    and more stubborn 5400.

    I considered this scanner as well, but instead went for the Nikon
    Coolscan V. It scans at 4000dpi (14-bit extrapolated) and give me about
    120MB files or so. The software works very well, and the scanner runs
    flawlessly. I have seen less than rosey reviews about the Minolta
    products reliability and software.
     
    Thomas T. Veldhouse, Nov 14, 2005
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  4. Mike - EMAIL IGNORED

    Father Kodak Guest

    On ebay, you can even find the Coolscan V's big brother, the 5000 ED,
    for under $1000. (specifically $979, plus shipping of course.)

    Father Kodak
     
    Father Kodak, Nov 14, 2005
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  5. At B&H, you can find the 5000 ED for $979 (just checked today's
    price).

    However, he was also interested in the slide feeder, which is an
    additional $450. Works well for me, at least.
     
    David Dyer-Bennet, Nov 19, 2005
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  6. Mike - EMAIL IGNORED

    Father Kodak Guest

    on ebay, for 3 and change.
     
    Father Kodak, Nov 19, 2005
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  7. The only difference that I have noticed in my reading is that the 5000ED
    has 16-bit rather than 14-bit reads (so no interpolating the extra
    range) and the dynamic range is a bit higher, from 4.2 to 4.9. I don't
    find either of these significant for the average user. By the way, both
    of these "features" add up to a reduction in scan speed.
     
    Thomas T. Veldhouse, Nov 21, 2005
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