Which scanner?

Discussion in 'Scanners' started by Rox-off, Aug 16, 2005.

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    Rox-off Guest

    I'm still looking for a decent film scanner, but there are very few local
    suppliers who keep this sort of thing on hand, so I guess I am going to be
    importing from B&H (in about a month or two's time).

    I am looking at two models, the Nikon Coolscan V ED which retails there
    for $549.95 and the Konica-Minolta Scan Dual IV which retails for a mere
    $229.95.

    Obviously these are two different classes of machine, but what I would
    like to know is what, if any, major differences I will see in terms of
    imae quality from the two items. According to the info at B&H the Minolta
    seems to have a slightly wider dynamic range and it also scans in about
    half the time. The Nikon has more resolution and seemingly a lot more
    software features.

    I know nothing about scanning and I don't really want to embark on a
    massive learning curve. What I do want is a scanner that will give me good
    enough quality for me to archive my many negative strips and slides
    digitally at minimum expense and effort. I guess what I'm asking is if the
    Nikon really is worth nearly twice the price of the K-M?
     
    Rox-off, Aug 16, 2005
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    Draco Guest

    In a word, Yes. I had the Konica-Minolta and it was fine for web
    posting and small prints. But anything larger than 8 x 10 and it fell
    apart. Plus after using it for a hour it shut down due to heat from the
    lamps. Nikon uses LED's and can give you a big as you want file. To do
    everything from web postings to 30 x 40. Up to you for what you want
    to do.

    Draco


    Getting even isn't good enough.
     
    Draco, Aug 16, 2005
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    Joseph Kewfi Guest

    Plus after using it for a hour it shut down due to heat from the lamps.

    You must have had a faulty unit, you should have had it replaced.
     
    Joseph Kewfi, Aug 16, 2005
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    Joseph Kewfi Guest

    I know nothing about scanning and I don't really want to embark on a
    I was in the exact same position at the start of the year. I went with the
    Minolta basically because I didn't want to "get into" scanning in massive
    way or I didn't know if I could adapt my temperament to it, its hugely time
    consuming when you have thousands and thousands of images to get through. I
    just wanted to archive to a reasonable quality standard my negs and slides
    on to dvd. I don't know what other people talk about when they say they have
    big problems with this scanner, I haven't had any real problem, not with the
    software or hardware and I've used it for hours on end. The one thing I will
    say is, those that don't install the scanner software correctly first time,
    seem to have endless problems thereafter, just read the manual ! Also if you
    have a spare PC to connect the scanner to I would recommend doing that
    because this scanner likes to have the processor's full attention, it does
    not like multi-tasking and can throw up odd errors like the usb losing
    connection after long periods, I use my laptop at night with this scanner,
    as I don't need the laptop at night for anything else it works fine, I also
    make use of vuescan with this unit, it has more options than the included
    Minolta software, although that is perfectly adequate. Finally I would say,
    if your negs and slides are in mainly good clean condition you can forgo the
    digital ICE, I store the scanner when I'm not using it in an air tight zip
    lock bag, because I read before I bought it, that it suffers from dust
    contamination when sitting in a dusty environment, like my office! I can't
    say I'm unhappy with this scanner for what I paid for it, it performs to
    expectation and the output quality suits my needs.
     
    Joseph Kewfi, Aug 16, 2005
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    Alan Browne Guest

    Sounds faulty. I have scan sessions running for hours with 28°C room
    temperatures. No prob (DSE 5400) which has slightly higher res than the
    Nikons.

    30 x 40? From 35mm? Not to picky, eh?
     
    Alan Browne, Aug 17, 2005
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    Rox-off Guest

    Thanks J. I think that pretty much wraps it up for me. I just have a
    couple other questions:

    1. The guys at B&H said I would have to buy a voltage converter for this
    unit if I was going to be using it on our 240V A/C system. Does it not
    have a voltage selector switch somewhere near the power supply?

    2. I use mainly the following films; Fuji Superia 100 & 200, Kodak
    T-CN400, Velvia and Provia. Any issues with them and this scanner?

    TIA
     
    Rox-off, Aug 17, 2005
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    Joseph Kewfi Guest

    1. The guys at B&H said I would have to buy a voltage converter for this
    1. The European model does not have a voltage selector on it, I haven't seen
    the North American version to compare.
    Isn't South Africa on the same power requirements as West Europe?

    2. You should not have any problems with those films. I have used the
    scanner with E6,C41,Chromogenics,and silverhalide mono films without any
    issue that simple software tweaks couldn't fix. The only issue I have yet to
    crack with this scanner is how to scan Agfa Scala shot at 1600ISO in
    available light evening time, the results are extremely contrasty and I
    haven't been able to get the exposure looking quite right, on the other hand
    Scala shot at 200/400ISO during the daytime scans very well.
     
    Joseph Kewfi, Aug 17, 2005
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    Rox-off Guest

    We use 240V at 50Hz if that means anything to anyone. I don't know what
    Europe is on.
    Super! I have just ordered one and should be receiving it from
    (surprise-surprise) a local supplier who isn't ripping me off. Comes with
    a voltage regulator adaptor.

    Thanks once again for the input - much appreciated.
     
    Rox-off, Aug 18, 2005
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    Joseph Kewfi Guest

    We use 240V at 50Hz if that means anything to anyone.

    Same as UK & Ireland.
     
    Joseph Kewfi, Aug 18, 2005
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    Joseph Kewfi Guest

    Super! I have just ordered one and should be receiving it from
    If you're at all confused about the install process, just ask. The
    instructions are a little convoluted and may need reading more than once.
     
    Joseph Kewfi, Aug 18, 2005
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