Dimage Scan Elite 5400 II vs Dimage Scan Elite 5400

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by MaggieM, May 4, 2005.

  1. MaggieM

    MaggieM Guest

    I am looking to purchase a dedicated film/slide scanner and cannot make
    up my mind whether to purchase the older version of Dimage Scan Elite
    5400 or the newer 5400 II. I wish one could go to a store and see
    images produced, but where I live you cannot find one. I have also
    considered the Nikon V ED or coolscan 5000, the latter being a bit
    pricey and not sure if I would need it. I mostly like slides (Velvia,
    kodachromes, and some professional film). It seems they have made some
    changes to the new Dimage 5400 II, L.E.D. light source, no grain
    dissolver, new color algorithms. I love the vibrant colors of the
    velvia and kodachromes, and it seems some of the samples I have seen on
    the web of Nikon have more color. On the other hand I have read really
    good reviews on the previous Dimage 5400 and some so-so reviews on the
    Dimage 5400, plastic casing. I am not a professional, but may in the
    future like to test my abilities. Any opinions of users of these
    scanners would be appreciated. Thanks a bunch! MaggieM
     
    MaggieM, May 4, 2005
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  2. MaggieM

    Alan Browne Guest

    You will get the colors. (various slide films)
    http://www.aliasimages.com/images/woods_JMC0021.jpg
    http://www.pbase.com/shootin/image/27848866
    http://www.pbase.com/shootin/image/28317361
    http://www.pbase.com/shootin/image/32611111
    http://www.pbase.com/shootin/image/33170478
    http://www.pbase.com/shootin/image/34890422
    http://www.pbase.com/shootin/image/38208166 (under clouds/fog)
    http://www.pbase.com/shootin/image/38733609
    The casing of the 5400 is metal. I don't know about the II. But I
    hardly think it would matter wither way.
    The 5400 is a fine scanner and for most images scans beyond the detail
    in the image. The 5400 II benefits from the more stable (color) light
    source as well as faster scan times than the 5400.

    Cheers,
    Alan
     
    Alan Browne, May 4, 2005
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  3. MaggieM

    miso Guest

    Do you have any general comments on the 5400 II? Does the white led
    light source make it more prone to highlight scratches?


     
    miso, May 11, 2005
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  4. MaggieM

    Alan Browne Guest

    It's a good point for which I don't know the answer. I do recall some
    debate over the merits and dismerits of each type of lighting regarding
    certain film types and softness/harshnees of the results. As you imply
    above, the scratch-highlight risk would seem to be higher with the LED
    source than a more difuse fluorescent source. Balance that risk against
    the time you'll spend correcting color with the first 5400. Having said
    that, for most slides, there is little color correction to do; for some
    negatives it can be more challenging.

    I suggest 2 things:

    1) Take your questions to and

    2) Don't top post.

    Cheers,
    Alan.
     
    Alan Browne, May 11, 2005
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  5. MaggieM

    miso Guest

    I almost never scan color negatives. I use vuescan and calibrate the
    scanner, so color accuracy isn't a problem.

    I'm a bit baffled about the top post comment. I would just start a
    fresh thread.
     
    miso, May 12, 2005
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