Comparison of film scanners

Discussion in 'Photoshop' started by Musawwir Spiegel, Dec 27, 2003.

  1. I own a Minolta Dimage Scan Dual film scanner, which I bought a number
    of years ago.

    It is an excellent device and came at a reasonable price. I have only
    two problems with it.

    The first is that it is a SCSII device and the model I have is not
    compatible with Windows XP, since neither Minolta nor anybody else I
    know about has written a driver that would provide that compatibility.
    (If anybody knows of any third party driver that would make it
    compatible, please let me know.)

    The second problem is that scanning color negatives (35 mm.) is a very
    slow process, particularly when scanning for 2400 x 2400 pixel

    Does anybody know of a comparative survey of the 35 mm. film scanners
    currently on the market which would include price, scanning speed at
    different resolutions, and other indicia of quality?
    Musawwir Spiegel
    Musawwir Spiegel, Dec 27, 2003
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    James Dunn Guest

    Try your question in the comp.periphs.scanners group.
    James Dunn, Dec 28, 2003
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    Hecate Guest

    Don't know about online, but all the comparisons I've seen recently
    put the Minolta Dimage 5400 at the top of the list.
    Hecate, Dec 28, 2003
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    Tony H Guest

    Or, at about half the price, the Minolta Scan Dual III, which is USB
    Tony H, Dec 28, 2003
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    Hecate Guest

    Yes, I have mentioned that to someone before. The difference is no ICE
    and half the dpi.
    Hecate, Dec 29, 2003
  6. I'm not that familiar with the Minolta, though I did try one of their Dimage
    scanners about 3 months ago. I ended up taking it back for one main reason.
    I have a number of older negatives I needed to scan, and most are in need of
    serious repair after a scan. I ended up getting a Nikon Coolscan because it
    came with ICE software. To me, the ability to scan a good image is
    important, but the ability to correct the image without my having to do
    hours of work on it is also important. The Nikon is USB, works with both a
    PC and MAC, the software is easy to use, and it is as fast as the Minolta.
    If the Minolta I tried have come with ICE, I would have kept it.

    Jeff Weinberg, Dec 29, 2003
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    Hecate Guest

    You obviously had the cheaper Minolta scanner. The 5400 does come with
    ICE and has a higher dpi than the comparable nikon at the same price.
    Hecate, Dec 30, 2003
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    RWS Guest

    Is the Win XP driver compatibility an issue with the Dimage unit or is it
    with the SCSI card that came with the unit? I have an older Dimage Scan
    elite that I use with WinXP with a different SCSI card than what came with
    the unit. I have a Adaptec AIC-7850 card and that works fine with the Elite

    As for speed, my Elite unit is also slow. I really miss any sort of
    automatic tranport feature. So it is painful scanning a roll of slides.
    But the quality is great and the ICE feature really works.
    RWS, Jan 1, 2004
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