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filmscanners: Thoughts on Minolta Dimage Scan Dual II?

I'm probably getting a film scanner next month.  I've tentatively settled
on the Minolta Dimage Scan Dual II.  I just thought I'd check in with this
list on this particular scanner, to see how well it's been received.

My application is scanning 35mm negatives, mostly color.  What I like
about the Dimage is:

 1) its price -- I really don't want to go much over $500.  I'm an
amateur, and can't justify a whole lot more than this.  As a benchmark,
the B&H price on this scanner is $460;

 2) the USB connection.  I've had good luck with USB, and will probably be
replacing my PC sometime within the next year, and I expect to have a
shortage of slots for a SCSI adapter -- so I'm trying to move away from

An alternative scanner I'd identified was the Canon FS2710.  The price is
the same neighborhood ($480 at B&H), but it's SCSI.

I note that a review of the Minolta on Epinions[1] complains about a dark
streak showing up on scans, and I think I've seen some other comments to
that effect.  Is that a common problem?

[1] http://www.epinions.com/cmd-review-3639-26302547-3A1F27FF-prod5

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