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[filmscanners] SS4000+ vs Minolta Dual II/Elite II (was Finally, I can talk about the SS4000+ (LONG))

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  • Subject: [filmscanners] SS4000+ vs Minolta Dual II/Elite II (was Finally, I can talk about the SS4000+ (LONG))
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  • Date: Mon, 11 Feb 2002 00:08:12 -0000
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Hi Art,

> I've not been ignoring or sidestepping your issue

I've never known you to ignore a request pitched in your direction and I
didn't expect you to start now :)

> After reading your query, I spent numerous hours fooling around
> within both Vuescan, and Insight and Minolta's driver software, and then
> looking at results under different conditions.

And I appreciate this - I knew you had experienced similar problems to
the ones I had with my Elite and now the Elite II so you seem best
placed to comment.

> The second problem, and probably the biggest problem with the Minolta
> Dual II, is the Blue channel.  It has poor dynamic range.

> The Minolta Dual II has
> a harsh blue channel.  It posterizes the middle tones and shadows with
> yellow.  Basically, it can't handle the full dynamic range the other two
> channels carry.  Looking at just the blue channel in greyscale, the
> higher middle tones and highlights seem relatively smooth, but the lower
> middle tones and shadows are a mess.

Now this is interesting.  From what I can see, both the Elite and the Elite
II suffer from this as well.  Since I had nothing to compare it with, I had
assumed this was something all scanners suffered from.  I'll post an
some examples on the web when I've had a chance to examine this -
and the other points you raised as well - more fully.

Again, many thanks for your willingness to share your experiences and
conclusions with the list.

Al Bond

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