Slide scanners

Discussion in 'Scanners' started by Grant Dixon, Jan 4, 2004.

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    Grant Dixon Guest

    I am tossing the idea around of scanning my own slides instead of farming
    the job out. Has anyone have any experience with the Minolta DiMAGE Scan
    Elite 5400 and /or the CoolScan V ED? I would appreciate all comments
    regarding your experience and opinions.


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    Grant Dixon, Jan 4, 2004
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    Tony Spadaro Guest

    After wasting 350 dollars and 3 months getting my Nikon scanner
    "repaired" -- it now focuses again but takes 3 times as long as before to
    scan, and frequently crashes -- and then spending another 400 for a flatbed
    scanner to do my contact scans because I don't wish to waste an hour and a
    half of my time doing 500 dpi contact scans of 36 exposure rolls of film. I
    seriously dis-recommend the Nikon. They didn't even answer my complaint
    after the last time I got it back - making them arrogant as well as
    Tony Spadaro, Jan 4, 2004
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  3. What settings for that 90 second scan time? I can scan a slide with
    my Nikon LS-2000 in about 60 seconds -- with the "right" settings.
    But with the settings I need to get optimal scans of a lot of my
    actual slides, it takes more than 15 minutes.
    David Dyer-Bennet, Jan 4, 2004
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    Andre Denis Guest

    I can give you some comments on my experiences using an Epson Perfection
    1250. Pentium 2 266mh, 256megs ram using the Epson Software

    Scanning slides with this model is a slow process due to the optional slide
    scanner set-up only providing for one slide at a time. Other later more
    expensive models have a multiple slide scanning option.

    At first I looked at my inventory of slides and thought this was going to
    be a never-ending job. It did take quite a bit of time, but it was very
    enjoyable and nostalgic viewing what amounts to a little bit of your life
    story one at a time on the screen. So, it all depends on your attitude
    when scanning. The quality will entirely depend on how good your slides
    have been kept over time. You will find that some of them will have
    problems that you didn't know existed until you scan them. Others will
    surprise you at how well they come out.

    The default slide settings on my scanner take about one minute each for
    300dpi. (before any other tweaking you might want to do) I don't know if
    this will increase in time if you use a multiple slide scanner.

    Andre Denis, Jan 4, 2004
  5. SNIP
    They are probably, I get slightly better times on a FireWire interface,
    straight full 5400ppi scans. If you add the Grain Dissolver, times more
    than double because of longer exposure time, and ICE theoretically doubles
    the exposure time once more. However, because ICE is very processor
    intensive, the processor speed is the deciding factor hoe much loner ICE
    really takes. Adding multiple scans of course adds to the total scan time,
    in proportin to the number of averaged scans.

    One should also not forget that a 5400ppi scan provides 82% more data
    (bytes) than a 4000ppi scan, and 300% more data (so 4x as much) than a
    2700ppi scan. This requires a fast interface for the best timing results.

    Bart van der Wolf, Jan 5, 2004
  6. ICE shouldn't double exposure time, it should add 33% (a fourth
    channel on top of the existing 3), and that's compatible with the
    times I measure on my LS-2000. And I don't find it very processor

    Is the "Grain Dissolver" GEM, or something else? Again, that's
    something I'd really *love*; my old work is all on grainy film, and
    I've always hated grain. I've run the GEM trial plugin, and Neat
    Image and stuff, and haven't found anything I wanted to buy badly
    enough yet.

    My LS-2000 is SCSI interface, I think it transfers data as fast as the
    scanner can provide it.
    And makes those puny little archive CDs look even *smaller*, yes. :)
    David Dyer-Bennet, Jan 5, 2004
  7. The Minolta implementation is different from the LS2000 one. The LS2000
    just adds a fourth (IR) exposure for the single line CCD. The Minolta
    scans an RGB image with a tri-linear CCD, and a second scan with an
    RGB+IR, and the difference equals the IR exposure alone.

    I also have both the LS2000 and the SE5400, and believe me that my
    processor usage goes to max when processing the Minolta ICE implementation
    as the data comes in line by line. That probably takes some pressure off
    of the interface.
    The Grain Dissolver is a lightsource diffuser, which works fine for
    reducing the graininess, even for silver based Black and White film.
    Yes, two or three full res scans (with 64-bit or 48-bit raw data from
    VueScan or Minolta scan software) per CDR.

    Bart van der Wolf, Jan 5, 2004
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