Slide scanners, which one?

Discussion in 'Scanners' started by lee mcp, Sep 20, 2004.

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    lee mcp Guest

    I have been looking at Slide scanners in the computer catalogs for a few
    months now and can't decide which one. My main question about the
    scanners is will I be able to scan a mounted slide in all slide scanners?

    Then, I would like comments on your preferences in slide scanners. I
    have been looking at the Dimage Scan Elite 5400 or the Nikon Coolscan
    5000 but with the 5000 do you have to have those accessories (auto slide
    feeder and the roll film adapter)?

    Any information on these and the other slide scanner would be a great help.

    I use a macintosh computer.

    Thank You


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    lee mcp, Sep 20, 2004
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    Rob Novak Guest

    I've got the Minolta Scan Elite 5400, and it's a nice piece of kit.
    Provided that you're not looking to do medium-format film or APS, it
    provides an excellent price for a very competent unit.

    Good luck finding a CS5000. All of the new Nikon film scanner models
    are on back-order, and have been for almost two months. You might be
    able to lay your hands on one if you're willing to buy grey-market
    with no warranty and no support. All of the major suppliers have
    stopped even giving delivery estimates on these units. Go Nikon!

    I would have preferred the Nikon myself (though I was looking at the
    CS-V), mostly due to the fact that it uses LED rather than
    cold-cathode flourescent illumination and the full suite of ICE tools.
    The DiMAGE 5400, however, produces really nice scans at higher
    resolution, has equivalents to ICE GEM and ROC, and has a higher
    contrast range than the Nikons.
    Rob Novak, Sep 20, 2004
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    lee mcp Guest

    I will be scanning slides and 35mm film strips. Anything else I figure I
    can scan on my Epson 1640SU.
    Could Nikon be bringing out a new model and is clearing the shelves
    first? Grey market not for me.
    The DiMage 5400 has "firewire and USB interface for fast data transfer".
    Anyone know how fast?

    Thanks for your help,

    lee mcp, Sep 21, 2004
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    Rob Novak Guest

    The CS5000-ED *is* the new model.
    USB 2.0 high-speed is a smidge faster than firewire, but for all
    intents and purposes they're equivalent here. Scanning without ICE, a
    36-exposure roll of slide film takes me about an hour to scan at a
    resolution good enough for prints. With ICE, I'm more bound by CPU
    than anything, as I'm currently working with an older computer
    (desperately in need of an upgrade), so I can't give you an accurate
    estimate there.
    Rob Novak, Sep 21, 2004
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    Abdulsharraf Guest

    I have a sony UY-S90 and it's very nice

    Abdulsharraf, Sep 21, 2004
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    lee mcp Guest

    I guess I should have figured that out by it's position on the catalog
    page. (G) Thanks!
    That speed is encouraging.

    I am almost done with scanning in all my fathers old family photos. When
    finished with them I will start scanning all his slides, make a slide
    show of everything and eventually, put them on a CD or DVD for
    distribution to my family. Haven't worked the how of that out yet.

    A good many of us are strapped with the limitations of an old computer.
    I have plenty of memory but Photoshop slows my computer down to a crawl
    most of the time.

    Thanks for the help!

    lee mcp, Sep 22, 2004
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    lee mcp Guest

    I just Googled the Sony UY-S90 and while it looks like a great scanner
    it is probably too much scanner for my needs. I also doubt that the
    software that comes with that scanner would work on OS10.3. I don't
    believe that Sony is too into Macintosh users anyway because I still
    can't find the software that goes with the Sony DSC-F828. When I
    purchased the camera the software was only a promise.

    Thanks for your help.


    lee mcp, Sep 22, 2004
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