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Re: filmscanners: Beginner's question on which scanner to chose

In a message dated 02/11/2001 10:22:30 PM Eastern Standard Time, 
artistic@ampsc.com writes:

<< Vuescan only costs $40 US.  The LS-30 is 
 selling in a refurbished model for $500 US right now, as Nikon is about 
 to release a new series of scanners.  The only problem reported in any 
 regularity with the Nikon scanners is stepper motor failures and jagged 
 edges when using Nikons software.  The advantage is the ICE system which 
 does a good job of cleaning up dust, dirt and scratches, which can take 
 a lot of time to fix by hand in Photoshop.
 The other two scanners with ICE features are the Minolta Elite (also out 
 of the budget) and the new Acer 2740, which is within that budget, but 
 still getting some bugs worked out.  All these are SCSI interfaced scanners.
 Also in this price range are the Canon FS 2710 (NOT the FS 2700), also 
 SCSI, but lacking the digital ICE dust and scratch cleaner, and the 
 Minolta Dimage Scan Dual II, which also doesn't have digital ICE, and 
 used the USB interface, but has otherwise been reported to be excellent 
 and has had a price drop placing it at about $400 US.  I consider it a 
 "best value" in today's current market due to its resolution (over 2800 
 dpi) and reasonable dynamic range, motorized feed, and ability to work 
 with multi-scan in Vuescan. >>

If the Nikon LS30 price drops (due to newer models) near the range of the 
Minolta Scan Dual II or Canon 2710 is it the general consensus of this list 
that the LS30 is the better scanner?  And if so, is the reason solely the ICE 



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