Coolscan 4000 or Scan Elite 5400 film scanners

Discussion in 'Scanners' started by Melvyn Kopstein, Aug 23, 2003.

  1. Certainly, the 4000 has a superb track record. The Minolta got a rave
    review in a UK magazine this month (I think it's "Digital Photography"),
    with the only criticism being that the autofocus doesn't always work as well
    as manual focus. I only want to buy a scanner this once, and then digitize
    thousands of older negatives and slides. Most will be nowhere near 4000 DPI
    and scanning time and ease-of-use are important considerations. However, I
    will want to be able to crop and enlarge some scans, so the high resolution
    will matter. As I see it, the Nikon will yield a maximum of ~ 24
    megapixels, while the Minolta will max out at ~ 40 megapixels. At 300 DPI
    with no cropping, one can enlarge a Nikon scan to ~ 13" by 20", while the
    Minolta enlargement would be ~ 18" by 27". Did I do the math right? The
    advantage in Minolta's resolution would come when cropping a small part of a
    scan and then enlarging it. All that said, which scanner would you buy?
    Melvyn Kopstein, Aug 23, 2003
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  2. Melvyn Kopstein wrote:

    Minolta DSE5400.

    Autofocus works just fine in Vuescan, which appears to address the only
    negative concern you express.

    Issues of ease of use can be addressed by developing efficient work flow

    Bill Tallman
    William D. Tallman, Aug 23, 2003
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    Tony Spadaro Guest

    If they don't fix that GD scanner they are at least guilty of gross
    incompetence. I doubt they will keep the money if they don't fix it, but
    what about teh 1600 I spent on an item that will be useless if they can't
    (or won't) fix it?

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    Tony Spadaro, Aug 24, 2003
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    JIM Guest

    Bill, what are some of the advantages operating the scanner in Vuescan? Have
    heard that others have had problems running Vuescan with the 5400. You
    experience anything of the sort; i.e., scanner runs fine on the supplied
    software but has some communication problem or other with Vuescan. Perhaps,
    it could have something to do with their OS? What are you running Vuescan

    Have one of these things on order and need to get my ducks all lined up
    before it gets here.

    JIM, Aug 24, 2003
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    Marko B. Guest

    ops sorry

    i can't imagine how much is 40 megapixels. I always work with MB...

    Marko B., Aug 24, 2003
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    Marko B. Guest

    I have problems with VueS and DSE 5400.
    I can only scan one strip on slides with it. It will not allow me to scan
    anything more. It just doesn't swallow the holder. It makes some strange
    noise and that's it. I'm using Firewire on w2k.
    Minolta software works fine for more than 24 hours non stop.

    Scanning with VueS is faster but you have to mess with the colors to get
    them right.

    Marko B., Aug 24, 2003
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    Alan Browne Guest

    I'm sure that Nikon are not in the habit or business of committing
    fraud. Companies like this service hundreds to thousands of customers
    every week in North America. There are, from time to time, problems or
    plain screw ups. You can be sure that this kind of snafu is not unique
    to Nikon among the few comapnies you mention above.

    Alan Browne, Aug 25, 2003
  8. Vuescan is being upgraded to accommodate the 5400, so there are problems.
    Fortunately, Ed Hamrick is accessible and listens to the users, so these
    problems are addressed as he finds he is able. AFAIK, Ed doesn't yet have
    access to a 5400, but is working from specifications. Other software is
    what it is, and will not likely be changed unless some real blunder shows

    I routinely use Linux as an operating system, so the supplied software
    requires that I reboot into w98se, where I'm constrained to wait patiently
    on each operation. (With Linux, I can have any number of operations
    running concurrently, and my preferred graphical window manager provides me
    with unlimited desktops... I usually have six running at any given time).
    Obviously, I am reluctant to use windows in any case. And I have no idea
    how Vuescan functions in windows.

    Many people who use Microsoft products are quite happy with the proprietary
    software, and you may find yourself amongst their number. What I've read
    is that Vuescan provides better colors than most proprietary software;
    don't recall whether that's the case with the 5400, however. For me,
    quality of product is in the result of its functionality, not in the ease
    of its use. YMMV.


    Bill Tallman
    William D. Tallman, Aug 25, 2003
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