Image quality on Minolta Scan Dual II

Discussion in 'Minolta' started by David French, Aug 24, 2003.

  1. David French

    David French Guest

    I've had a Scan Dual II for a couple of years and I was initially very happy
    with the quality.

    However, after a while I noticed I was having to nudge the gamma a bit to
    get good results. But recently, I'm having to do fairly radical things with
    the gamma to get any sort of decent result at all.

    Yesterday I scanned a properly-exposed slide and left the gamma alone. In
    Photoshop, the histogram showed nothing above the midpoint - ie I'm losing
    half the dynamic range! Additionally, there is fading round the edges of
    the scans, in a circular pattern. So, for some reason, the scanner is
    deteriorating noticably.

    I've seen this once before, I think, in a Scan Dual I. I rang Minolta to
    see if this is a common problem but they say not. I'm wondering if it could
    be something as simple as the bulb oxidising, but then again, I would have
    thought the auto exposure would have tried to correct for that. The
    scanner's not had a particularly high usage.

    Does anybody have any ideas?

    David French, Aug 24, 2003
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  2. David French

    David French Guest

    It does. Thanks.

    Minolta will also do a full service inc parts and labour for £117. But £23
    sounds even better. I take it it's easy to replace?

    David French, Aug 24, 2003
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  3. Yes it is a straightforward job. Took about 15 mins.
    Graham Russell, Aug 25, 2003
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