Film Scanner Opinions

Discussion in 'Scanners' started by Rob Novak, Jul 20, 2004.

  1. Rob Novak

    Rob Novak Guest

    I'm looking at a couple of film scanners, and was wondering if anyone
    had any experience with them.

    First is the Konica/Minolta DiMAGE Dual IV (3200 dpi) at around $300.
    Proprietary dust removal (unknown if optical or infrared).

    Second is the Pacific Image PrimeFilm 3650 Pro3 (3600 dpi), at $450.
    Includes Digital ICE level 3.

    Unfortunately, my current budget does not allow for $1000 units.
     
    Rob Novak, Jul 20, 2004
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  2. Rob Novak

    Lisa Allen Guest

    I've used the Minolta- it's light source is a 3-wave cold-cathode
    fluorescent tube. For the price this is not a bad scanner- just takes some
    getting used to ( or in my case some *patience* ) you have to gently tap the
    negative or slide carrier on to the track of the scanner- and don't push it
    in fast- let it "grab" hold and it will move in itself- can't tell you how
    many times when first using it that I tried to force the thing in with out
    realizing it.

    I've never used a Pacific image Scanner- but I can tell you if you find
    reviews and okay opinions of it- you might want to consider that 1st- the
    Digital ice bundle is worth it !

    T/C- Lisa
     
    Lisa Allen, Jul 20, 2004
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  3. Rob Novak

    Rob Novak Guest

    There are a couple things that are appealing about the Minolta -
    first, the ability to adjust focus of the scanning element manually,
    and second a pretty respectible dynamic range. The cons - the cold
    cathode tube and the proprietary dust removal.

    The Pacific Image unit has a lower dynamic range, but includes ICE3
    and an LED light source.

    I'd buy the Nikon Coolscan V-ED in a minute, but it's out of stock and
    backordered everywhere. It's 4000dpi, LED light source, direct film
    loading, and ICE4. Maybe I should just wait, but when no-one's got
    them, it makes me think they're being discontinued.

    Anyone have any other recommendations for a USB2.0, 3200dpi or better
    film scanner that's in the $500-600 range?
     
    Rob Novak, Jul 20, 2004
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  4. Rob Novak

    Lisa Allen Guest

    I saw the newer Nikon Coolscan models at a trade show end of last year that
    were set out for sale in January of this year ( 7months ago)- they included
    the V ED, 5000 & 9000
    all bundled w/ice 4 - I haven't heard any news or rumors of the ED being
    discontinued. If I do I will pass that along on the board.
     
    Lisa Allen, Jul 20, 2004
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  5. Rob Novak

    Rob Novak Guest

    Okay - maybe I'll continue looking and just wait, if necessary, until
    stock starts being replenished.
     
    Rob Novak, Jul 20, 2004
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    WayneL Guest

    WayneL, Jul 21, 2004
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  7. www.nikonusa.com still shows all three as "NEW!"


     
    Larry CdeBaca, Jul 21, 2004
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  8. Rob Novak

    Rob Novak Guest

    I'm not gonna pay full MSRP plus shipping just to get it fast. It
    looks like the product just hasn't started filling the pipeline yet.
    I can wait a little while - my world isn't ending without a dedicated
    film scanner. ;-)
     
    Rob Novak, Jul 21, 2004
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