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[filmscanners] Re: Which is better - Canon, Nikon,Minolta - Please advise...


Regarding the Minolta Elite II or Minolta Dual II, sometimes people only
pay attention after they have been poked in both eyes, one at a time. ;-)

Multiscanning doesn't fix or improve resolution problems, although it
may improve shadow information and lessen noise.

If you are planning on sticking with 8x10" or smaller final images (and
no additional cropping to make it actually a larger image then cropped
down in size) resolution is not a major issue and 2700 dpi or so is
adequate, but some grain aliasing will likely occur.

In regard to interface, firewire is fastest, followed by USB 2.0, SCSI
(II), USB 1.1 and a number of Parallel methods, but the speed of the
scanner itself may be the limiting factor, in which case most scanners
in the 2700 dpi range probably don't much benefit from anything faster
than USB 1.1 or SCSI-II anyway.


Douglas P. Rousso wrote:

> Hi All,
> I'm in the market for a film scanner. I will primarily scan 35mm color negs
> and aps film. I've narrowed my choice to the Nikon FS40 (IV ED), Canon
> FS4000 and the Minolta Dimage Scan Elite II. I do not intend to print
> anything higher than 8x10 with a majority of my scans going to 5x7 and the
> web.  I've read the archives here and found each has its issues. I've also
> read all the postings about the Polaroid SS4000 and SS4000+. In the US, I
> can't seem to find the older SS4000, but the SS4000+ is about $1200.00us. A
> bit too much for my budget. Although I've not seen any comlaints about this
> scanner! WOW.
> Here's the details;
> If I went with the canon, I'd have to buy a SCSI-II card for another 40-50
> bucks and have no other SCSI requirements. In fact, firewire is the way to
> go! but the FS4000 doesn't support IEEE1394 (firewire). I have not yet been
> swayed that DPI is the only messure of a good scanner and from what I can
> tell, multisampling more than makes up for the higher dpi scanners (at a
> speed penalty). From all the reviews I've read, all three scanners perform
> well although
> the canon is slow even when SCSI connected. The older Minolta elite actually
> beat the FS4000 in the following review at Macworld
> http://www.macworld.com/2001/10/reviews/filmscanners.html
> Software is not an issue because all are supported in VueScan. What to do?
> I've read through this entire group and seem to find many other groups as
> well who have expressed the same issues you all discuss, grinding noises,
> streaks, dark noise, color correction probs, etc. I'd really like an fair
> opinion from any of you who have experience with other vendor's scanners.
> I'm leaning way over toward the Minolta right now mostly because its
> firewire. I noticed that there have not been any recent postings about the
> elite II and am wondering if Minolta has managed to cleanup their production
> line and are now producing quality hardware...
> Any thoughts are greatly appreciated....

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