You might do well to look at the LS-30 Nikon. Since it's being replaced,
very good deals are becoming available on it, and it includes the infared
channel for "ICE" and I have seen refurbished units for $499, although I
have no experience with them. And right out of the box, it does incredible
scans. Since I'm an amateur like you, getting a additional 5 years of
warranty coverage for only $100 was very important to me. Plus, with Vuescan
($40), the results are very good for the price. I'm not sure how much more I
would have had to spend to get significantly better scans, but it would
reach the point of diminishing returns.
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> Subject: 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 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?
>  http://www.epinions.com/cmd-review-3639-26302547-3A1F27FF-prod5
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