scanner advice 35mm film

Discussion in 'Scanners' started by ww, Apr 13, 2004.

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    ww Guest

    i am looking for at least 4000 dpi scanner.i will be scanning mainly negs
    but some slides as well
    i have narrowed my choices to
    Nikon coolscan ls-4000
    canon canoscan fs-4000
    minolta dimage elite scan 5400
    in terms of price the canon seems to be the winner but every review of both
    the nikon and minolta is excellent.
    any users of each care to commeent on pros and cons.
    It will been mainly for landscapes and nature. mostly on hasselblad x-pan
    and before and during sunrise, sunset and night exposures. Mainly on Fuji
    reala, Fuji Provia and Velvia

    ww, Apr 13, 2004
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    Alan Browne Guest

    All will do the job. Avoid older Canon's if you go used, there were
    some power supply noise issues that affected the image.

    The film strip holders of the Minolta have apertures slightly larger
    than 24 x 36mm, so your panoramic shots with the X-pan will have to be
    scanned, moved in the holder and scanned again, then stitched. I don't
    know if this is the case on the Canon/Nikon.

    Alan Browne, Apr 13, 2004
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    Gordon Moat Guest

    I have yet to try the Minolta, though I hear good reports from the few people
    I know with those. I have tried the Nikon, and several prior Nikon film
    scanner versions. I have a slight aversion to Nikon film scanners, since too
    many of them I used in the past seemed to frequently get out of spec, and need
    service (expensive). However, to compare the Nikon and Canon, the image
    quality is nearly identical.

    I think the Canon software interface could be better, since the preview does
    not work that well at showing what will appear in PhotoShop. The Nikon seems a
    little better in that regard. I also liked the film holder in the earlier
    CanoScan FS2710 scanner more than the one with the 4000.
    I think the film holders on these could be an issue. While you could double
    scan, and stitch, none of these will let you do a one pass scan of a panorama
    frame from an Xpan. You could get an extra film strip holder, cut out some
    between frame supports, and do two scans per image. Another option would be to
    custom make a holder that inserts like a slide frame. This could be a bigger
    issue on scanner choice than the quality of the scan, especially since these
    scanners are very close on abilities.

    Best of luck in your search. Let us know what you do about those Xpan frames.
    Gordon Moat, Apr 14, 2004
  4. The Minolta 5400 will only do single frame 35mm lengths because of the
    way the hardware is built. I scan xpan sized frames in two passes. It's
    a simple matter to combine in photoshop by setting one layer to
    "difference" and moving it until the overlap is black.
    Read the tips section of my web site for more on the Minolta 5400.
    Robert Feinman, Apr 15, 2004
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