Nikon IV ED, Canon FS4000, Mac OS X

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by Benjamin Librande, Aug 8, 2003.

  1. Hi

    The purpose of the scanner is to archive a collection ~2000 old slides
    and negs. I've had a look at the availabel info but I think some more
    educated opinions would be valuable to me.

    Nothing is likely to be printed above 8x10 (11x17 max)--I don't feel the
    resolution of either scanner is limiting for these purposes. I think the
    biggest issue for me is Dmax and how well the included software works
    with my OS (I'm running Mac OS 10.2).

    I like the price of the nikon IV ED, and the canon isn't much more
    expensive. Is the canon worth the extra $100 for my purposes (Dmax and
    software are my primary concern)? My impression is that Nikon has better
    software and that either has good enough dmax for most images.

    I've also noticed that for another few hundred more the minolta scan
    elite 5400 is available... Any comments on running this on mac os x?

    Thanks for any thoughts on the issue
    Benjamin Librande, Aug 8, 2003
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  2. You want a model that offers a slide feeder - that eliminates the IV.
    It does a great job with slides, even without true multisampling, but
    it takes a long time for each and every one.
    Jason O'Rourke, Aug 8, 2003
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  3. But do they have slide feeders - that's the critical question I think for
    this guy's purchase choice.
    Jason O'Rourke, Aug 8, 2003
  4. Will it scan at that resolution? My IV scans at 2900 and 1450, otherwise
    I think it is just resizing with software.
    If you're talking about 2000 slides, you shouldn't get a model without
    the option. With a feeder you can load it up and let it run overnight.
    This also lets you set it at the high oversampling rates without concern
    to the time it will take.
    Jason O'Rourke, Aug 9, 2003
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