film scanner recommendations

Discussion in 'Scanners' started by Colyn, Mar 18, 2006.

  1. Colyn

    Colyn Guest

    I am going to buy a 35mm neg/slide scanner within the next month and
    was wondering what would be the best buy??
    Colyn, Mar 18, 2006
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  2. I an very happy with my KM Dimage Scan Elite 5400-II. I have only had it
    about 2 months, and I have put over a hundred slides through it with great
    William Graham, Mar 18, 2006
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  3. Colyn

    Colyn Guest

    I'm wondering what the warranty will be since Minolta is out of the
    photo business. Hopefully they would honor it.
    Colyn, Mar 18, 2006
  4. Yes. - I wonder about that too......I would think that they would sell the
    parts/rights to maintain their equipment to someone else, but you never
    William Graham, Mar 18, 2006
  5. Colyn

    Advocate Guest

    Konica Minolta still exists...We know they are out of the camera business,
    but they have made office copiers for many years. I haven't heard they
    stopped making copiers. The scanner would fall under "copier" catagory
    rather than camera.
    Advocate, Mar 18, 2006
  6. I just found this on their website....

    The transitioning of our support and service groups is critical to customer
    satisfaction. On April 1st, 2006 all camera repair service will be
    transferred from Konica Minolta to Sony Corporation in the United States.
    On April 1st, 2006 all repairs must be sent to the following addresses for
    a.. Effective 3/31/06, Consumer Repair Requests will no longer be accepted
    by Konica Minolta
    b.. Effective 4/1/06, all Consumer Repair requests for Konica Minolta
    Products in the US will be transferred to Sony Electronics Inc. The Sony
    designated service locations are as follows:

    Consumer Address
    Servicer Name & Address

    Compact Digital Cameras
    West of Mississippi River
    Laredo CSC
    10227 Crossroads Loop
    Suite G
    Laredo, TX 78045

    Compact Digital Cameras
    East of Mississippi
    3 Anngina Drive
    Enfield, CT 06082

    Digital SLR's, Film Cameras,
    Flash Units, Flash Meters,
    Film Scanners,
    All lenses
    Entire US
    3 Anngina Drive
    Enfield, CT 06082

    Technical support phone numbers will remain unchanged.

    Film Product Support: 1-877-646-6582

    Digital Product Support 1-877-462-4464
    William Graham, Mar 18, 2006
  7. Colyn

    Advocate Guest

    The transitioning of our support and service groups is critical to
    I've dealt with Sony America before...I personally wouldn't suggest
    purchasing a KM Scanner after seeing this information.

    How long did their digital SLR last on the market? A month or so?
    Advocate, Mar 18, 2006
  8. Colyn

    Colyn Guest

    The website lists them as separate film scanners. Copiers are under a
    separate section..
    Colyn, Mar 18, 2006
  9. Hi,

    I have a Nikon Coolscan V (or also known as LS-50), and I am very happy
    with it.

    I guess the two main option choices are Konica Minolta 5400 and
    Coolscan V, in its class.

    Colyn escribió:
    Àngel Català, Mar 19, 2006
  10. Colyn

    Alan Browne Guest

    Scanners had nothing to do with the copiers business which is under
    their "Business Solutions" unit.
    Scanners was under their "Photo Imaging" unit (same as cameras)
    Alan Browne, Mar 19, 2006
  11. Colyn

    Alan Browne Guest

    I can reccomend the Minolta 5400 without qualification and by spec the
    5400 II should be better with its LED light sources (more color
    consistency over time). As this is now, more or less a defunct product
    line (unless Sony carry it on, which seems unlikely), then there may be
    some bargains to be found. Sony will, it appears, take on the
    maintenance of Minolta products.

    The construction of the 5400 II is apparently not as robust as the
    original, OTOH, it just sits on the desktop, so how rubust does it need
    to be?

    I'll be selling my 5400 someday soon, when I get the Nikon 9000 ED to
    handle my MF film. I'm not in very good phase with B&H on this, as I
    want their glass holder for the film at the same time and they seem to
    have difficulty getting both in stock simultaneously and coincident to
    one of my trips to the US.

    The alternatives include the Nikon 4000/5000 and V which are also
    excellent scanners. Canon also make film scanners but got a bad rap and
    rep when some earlier models had noisy power supplied which caused the
    image to have artifacts.

    is another newsgroup resource where there are
    many people who use many scanner types.

    Alan Browne, Mar 19, 2006
  12. Well, that's logical, since a scanner is basically just a digital camera. -
    I was going to get a slide copier for my digital camera and use it to
    digitize my slides, but I decided that a dedicated machine would be the
    better choice, and doing it this way enabled me to give my digital camera to
    my daughter, which is the best use I could think of for it....:^)
    William Graham, Mar 19, 2006
  13. I am happy with my 5400 II, although sooner or later, it is going to fill up
    with dust and/or cat hairs, and when that happens, I can't see any good way
    to clean it out......I would like it better if there was some way for me to
    do that.
    William Graham, Mar 19, 2006
  14. Colyn

    HvdV Guest

    My 5400-II is currently being repaired (that is, I hope so). The people at KM
    here indeed agreed that I was 'lucky' that it broke down before April 1.
    Regarding its performance I can say it works well, but it is pretty fragile.
    I'm not sure I'd buy one again. In the present situation I'd wait for
    reliable reviews of the Epson V700 or V750.

    -- Hans
    HvdV, Mar 20, 2006
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