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Re: filmscanners: Best value sure thing scanner...
Kurt: If you are only going to be scanning 35mm cut negs or slides, the Minolta
Elite is a great scanner... I was going to buy a Nikon Coolscan LS2000, but my
pro store (pictureline in Salt Lake City) recommended the Minolta, and they
as well... I use the Minolta software, it is user friendly, you get a SCSI card
the scanner, it is a fairly easy install (you do need to be careful about the
the SCSI) and the scanner has digital ICE which virtually eliminates my
dust... It will give you a 2820 DPI file, which translates to an image of about
9 or so at 300 DPI output, maybe a little larger... I do a TWAIN import direct
PShop (I bring the negs in as 16 bit linear files and invert in PShop), and the
fiule size is a little over 50 megs... The scanner is quiet, reliable and gives
sharp images with a full tonal range... anyway, that's my 2 centavos...
"Kurt Simpson (Dual Sport News)" wrote:
> There are a number of important factors you need to provide for anyone
> to give you a reasonable analysis of what will be good value for you.
> 1) What platform are you using
> 2) Does your system support SCSI or USB or Firewire? (Firewire isn't an
> issue yet with film scanners, but will be soon)
> I have both SCSI and USB...haven't used Firewire yet but I imagine it
> 3) What type of films are you using? Color or B&W, transparency or neg,
> mixture of above? What speed films (grain aliasing might be an issue).
> I can choose as all of the images are used in printing a magazine for
> enthusiasts. Currently we use Fuji Provia or Sensei at ASA 100 even though we
> the magazine in BW. We use 35mm but suffer on cover shots as we don't have
> room for cropping...I have 21/4 x 21/4 but haven't used it yet...
> 4) Do you care more about speed of scan or quality, or must you have both?
> Quality only...
> 5) COST! How much do you want to spend... a major factor when speaking
> about value.
> Less than $2,000
> 6) Do you shoot panoramic images (non-standard 35mm frame sizes)
> 7) What do you like or hate about your current scanner?
> Dust...lack of definition in the shadows
> 8) Do you tend to spend a lot of time fixing dust spots, dirt and scratches?
> Time is something I don't have a lot of but the spots, dirt and scratches
> 9) Do you scan many faded/older color images?
> Seldom but occasionally the only photos available are of poor/older quality
> All these facts will enter into which unit would best fit your needs.
> Otherwise, its a bit of mindreading.
> Thank you Art
> Kurt Simpson wrote:
> > You know I've spent a lot of time lurking on this list and I wonder if the
> > experts could give a bit of a gift to those of us who are beginners but want
> > to put our feet down on solid ground with a good purchase choice. I have an
> > HP S20xi Photosmart that is on the blink and ready for replacement. Is there
> > any consensus on the list concerning a very solid well-priced unit or units?
> > Perhaps one that benefits very well from Vuescan ?
> > Thanks,
> > Kurt Simpson
> > Editor
> > Dual Sport News
> > I've been holding out for the new Nikons but am wondering after hearing of
> > the focus problems on the most recent models...