choosing film scanner

Discussion in 'Scanners' started by Mike - EMAIL IGNORED, Jan 16, 2006.

  1. What are recommendations for the best 35mm film
    scanner for under $1000?

    Thanks for your advice.
    Mike - EMAIL IGNORED, Jan 16, 2006
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  2. Well, I just got my Konica-Minolta "Dimage Scan Elite 5400 II" about a week
    ago, and so far, it seems to do a fine job on slides. I haven't tried
    putting any negatives thru it yet, and I've never owned any other film
    scanner, so this information has to be of limited value to you.....It cost
    me less than $600 including shipping.........
    William Graham, Jan 16, 2006
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  3. Hi Mike,

    it seems the two main choices for film scanner under $1000 are Konica
    Minolta (like it says William Graham) and Nikon Coolscan LS-50 (also
    known as Nikon Coolscan V).

    I have Nikon Coolscan and it works fine. Both are wonderful scanner. So
    choose the less expensive you get or the first you can get. You are
    going to success on either one.

    Don't worry about dpi or bit depth. Bit depth above 12 are longer than
    you need because film dinamic range is not high as to need 14 or 16 bits.

    Minolta has 5400 dpi max and Nikon 4000 dpi max. With my Nikon I scan at
    2700 dpi and with 14 bits depth I get 55 MB files. With 4000 file size
    are too big and shapness is not improved.


    Mike - EMAIL IGNORED escribió:
    Àngel Català, Jan 16, 2006
  4. I am concerned with sharpness after editing and enlargement. I have
    heard in the past that the higher resolution does make a difference.
    Any other opinions?

    Mike - EMAIL IGNORED, Jan 16, 2006
  5. Has anyone reading this tried it on negatives?

    Mike - EMAIL IGNORED, Jan 16, 2006
  6. Yes (I have the first version).

    It takes a bit more work to get things right, but once you get the hang
    of it it's good. Highly reccommend using Vuescan or Silverfast rather
    than the supplied scan software.
    Chris Loffredo, Jan 16, 2006
  7. No problem.

    Scan at highest resolution & color depth (it is a bit slower), edit your
    heart away and then sample the image down to whatever final dpi/coloir
    depth you want.

    IMHO with good film, good lenses & good technique (tripod or fast
    shutter speeds) the difference between 2700 and 5400 dpi is clearly visible.
    Some here maintain the opposite. Make your own tests.
    Chris Loffredo, Jan 16, 2006
  8. I chose the Nikon 5000 ED, which is their top-of-the-line 35mm
    scanner. Basically, your $1k limit rules out drum scanners and
    equivalents, and leaves open pretty much any 35mm desktop scanner. So
    the candidates are the Nikon and the top-of-the-line Konica Minolta
    (which I haven't used, so my choice of the Nikon is based more on good
    experience with a previous Nikon than on any problems with the KM).
    David Dyer-Bennet, Jan 16, 2006
  9. What are the advantages of the software you recommend?
    Mike - EMAIL IGNORED, Jan 16, 2006
  10. Mike - EMAIL IGNORED

    HvdV Guest

    Works well with negatives, IMO especially with Portra 160NC (didn't try the
    UC and VC variants yet), and Fuji 160 NPC. Could be the last one scans best,
    yielding the highest resolution.
    For good B&W scanning it might need an extra diffuser to reduce grain
    contrast like the 5400-I had.

    -- Hans
    HvdV, Jan 16, 2006
  11. Once you've figured out how to use them, easier and more accurate color
    & exposure.

    You can read a description and download a trial version of vuewscan at:
    Chris Loffredo, Jan 16, 2006
  12. Mike - EMAIL IGNORED

    Alan Browne Guest

    I have the predecessor model (5400) and it does a fine job with
    negatives. Getting color right is usually a bit more work with negative
    scans ... but the 5400 II should be more consistent.

    a few negatives scanned (of course these are greatly resized) (Superia 800)

    Consider also the Coolscan 5000 and V from Nikon.
    (I have the Minolta 5400, but the Nikon's do a fine job too)

    Alan Browne, Jan 17, 2006
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