Nikon Coolccan III or Minolta Dimage Scan Dual II?

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by Andrew McCall, Feb 14, 2004.

  1. Hi Folks,

    I have decided I can't afford a new 35mm scanner, and have been looking
    around for a second hand one thats around £100 (UKP). I have noticed
    that the Nikon Coolscan III and the Minolta Dimage Scan Dual II sell for
    about the amount I want to spend.

    Which one would people choose here?

    I would have chosen the Monolta because of its slightly higher
    resolution, but its only USB. I would be scanning on a Power Macintosh
    G3 and that has SCSI on it, and I *really* notice the difference in
    speed between my SCSI Epson Perfection 1200S and my girlfriends USB
    Epson Perfection 1260. This is making me think maybe I would prefer the

    Any thoughts?


    Andrew McCall
    Andrew McCall, Feb 14, 2004
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  2. Andrew McCall

    Alan Browne Guest

    If the difference in resolution is that small, then go with the system
    that will best fit your needs otherwise.
    Alan Browne, Feb 14, 2004
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  3. Andrew McCall

    Roger Guest

    The Scan Dual III has just been discontinued and replaced with the SD IV -
    you may just get lucky and pick up a bargain if you look around. USB II is
    much faster too.

    That said, if you have SCSI facility there are some good deals around on
    eBay at times if you have the patience to wait for the right one.

    Roger, Feb 14, 2004
  4. Yes; the LS-30 (Coolscan III) is NOT a fast scanner, certainly not with ICE
    enabled, and even more certainly not on a G3. Our Uni has two- one hooked up
    to a G3 Powermac, another to an ageing Celeron-based system, and the Celeron
    system is noticably faster under every test I put it through. However, the
    Scan Dual II is probably slower still (tentative observation; when I tried
    one I was using a rather inefficient AMD Duron system) and sounds like a
    tractor, and misses ICE terribly. Personally, I quite like the LS-30 and
    would value a slightly longer scan time far more than spending an hour with
    PS7 and the Heal brush.

    BTW, where on earth can you find an LS-30 for £100? Cheapest i've seen is in
    the Park Cameras sale at £130, and that's between £20 and £120 cheaper than
    i've seen it elsewhere.
    Martin Francis, Feb 14, 2004
  5. dynamic range can have more of an impact on scanning quality than
    resolution, especially for transparancy film. Some older scanners have much
    poorer dynamic range than modern units

    I have a scan dual I whch I hope to upgrade soon, also be careful that older
    scanners may not work with windows XP or latest Mac OS (Scan Dual II should
    Kevin Stephens, Feb 15, 2004
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