What's the best film scanner (for slides) for under $400?

Discussion in 'Scanners' started by Scott, Jul 11, 2003.

  1. Scott

    Scott Guest

    I've heard that the Minlota Dimage III is the scanner to purchase on a
    budget - has anyone had experience with this model, or would any recommend
    something else?

    I plan on scanning my family's 1500+ old slides (slides with the cardboard

    Any help would be appreciated.
    Scott, Jul 11, 2003
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  2. Scott

    ralford Guest

    The Dimage is really the only reasonable choice at this price ($300). Nikon
    currently has a $100 rebate on their IV which gets it to around $500; it is
    likely a better scanner and handles noise with dICE. The results from the
    previous model Dimage II are certainly acceptable for most purposes. I have
    examples at http://www.analyticinvestor.com/alford/ScannerTest/Default.htm
    if you are interested. I also have tests from a Nikon IV but haven't
    analyzed them yet...

    If you really intend to scan 1500 slides, be ready to make a career of
    it.... at 8/hour you are looking at some 200 hours scanning....

    You can pick up the Dimage II's for under $200 on eBay.


    ralford, Jul 11, 2003
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  3. Scott

    ralford Guest

    I don't suppose you have a comparison with a dedicated film scanner? It
    would make an interesting comparison. Not sure the OP can buy a 990 and the
    rest for $400...

    ralford, Jul 11, 2003
  4. Aye. I wonder if it would be simpler, cheaper, to rent time on a 4000 with
    a slide feeder and let it run overnight a lot. Or depending on how much
    his 200 hours is worth to him, buying one and then selling it after.

    Still a huge project.
    Jason O'Rourke, Jul 11, 2003
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