Minolta 5400 problems

Discussion in 'Minolta' started by Pygmi, Nov 27, 2003.

  1. Pygmi

    Pygmi Guest

    I have Minolta DiMage 5400 and I'm quite pleased with it,
    EXCEPT for the two things:

    1. Major problems scanning blue sky from color slide (8 bit scans).
    No problems for example with black, which was my major concern.
    Haven't really done anything else than slide scans so far...

    2. Speed, which does not exist. Because of speed related problems
    I have so far limited my experiments to 2700 dpi/8 bit. But later when
    I start "serious" work with the device, thinks need to change!
    I ONCE tried 5400dpi/16 bit with ICE with multisampling; I left the
    device scanning over night, and it was not ready in the morning!
    Had to cancel it, which was not that easy...
    OK, I admit that I use ICE often...have to check what Minolta really
    claims the scan times to be with ICE...

    My system has Win2000Pro, AthlonXP1400, 768 MB RAM
    Minolta is connected to USB2, which really works as high speed USB2.
    I have tested the port with USB2 CF reader.

    These should be enough, right?

    Anyone else having these problems.
    As this is my first film scanner, I'm not sure what to expect with the
    blue...
    I could try to get some samples to web. As I don't have my own pages
    at the moment this might take some time though...

    As I told, otherwise I'm quite pleased with the device.
    And batch scan helps a bit with the speed problems....

    Pygmi
     
    Pygmi, Nov 27, 2003
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  2. Pygmi

    Tom BORG Guest

    1. Major problems scanning blue sky from color slide (8 bit scans).
    No problems for example with black, which was my major concern.
    Haven't really done anything else than slide scans so far...

    Hi, I've scanned loads of different blue skies no problem .... what do you
    mean by major problem?

    2. Speed, which does not exist. Because of speed related problems
    I have so far limited my experiments to 2700 dpi/8 bit. But later when
    I start "serious" work with the device, thinks need to change!
    I ONCE tried 5400dpi/16 bit with ICE with multisampling; I left the
    device scanning over night, and it was not ready in the morning!
    Had to cancel it, which was not that easy...
    OK, I admit that I use ICE often...have to check what Minolta really
    claims the scan times to be with ICE...

    Sounds not right .... multisample scans with ICE do take at least an hour,
    but why bother, I and several in this group report there is no discernible
    benefit; if anyone can show a good benefit of spending that time, then let's
    hear about
    Typical normal exposed slide on ICE at 5400 +16 bit depth should not take
    more than about ten minutes ... but scan time seems to vary depending on
    slide characteristics

    your machine spec. similar to mine though I use XP ... I wonder whether 2000
    gets the best from USB?
     
    Tom BORG, Nov 27, 2003
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  3. Pygmi

    Pygmi Guest

    I've been using the Minolta SW that came with the scanner.
    So what real improvement can I expect from Vuescan?
    -Speed?
    -Image quality?

    Pygmi
     
    Pygmi, Nov 27, 2003
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  4. Pygmi

    Pygmi Guest

    Just asked, because there are zillions of SW products; there is no sense
    to try them if there is no good reason to believe in them beforehand.

    Anyway, I've heard so much nice thinks about Vuescan, that
    maybe i'll give it a try anyway...
     
    Pygmi, Nov 28, 2003
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  5. Pygmi

    Pygmi Guest

    I'm quite sensitive to noise. And blue skies I have scanned are not
    plain blue have substantial amount of noise. Fortunately easy to get rid
    of with SW like NeatImage, but not for free naturally.
    I expected to have less noise.
    I believe this is true. I just wanted to test the differnce myself and was a
    BIT
    suprised how much time this takes...
    I was also quite sure, that this can't be normal. Well I'll just to thing
    the possible
    sources for the problem and do some tests...
    I can't be the USB, I have tested the USB2 port with CF card and it reads
    128 MB card in about 7 sec....
     
    Pygmi, Nov 30, 2003
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  6. Not for third party scanning apps there aren't.
    Only a handful, and of those only SilverFast and VueScan are real
    alternatives.

    Mac
     
    Mac McDougald, Dec 4, 2003
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