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
  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
  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
  7. still shows all three as "NEW!"

    Larry CdeBaca, Jul 21, 2004
  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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