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

Douglas P. Rousso wrote:

> 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...

I tried 2 Minolta Elite IIs and both had red channel banding and some "lazy" 
pixels in
the deep shadows .  Potentially it is an excellent scanner (which is why I gave 
it a
second chance) but its dynamic range is effectively limited by these CCD issues.

This was several months ago.  It is possible that the situation has changed now 
considering that the original Elite and Scan Dual II both has similar problems, 
wouldn't bank on it.  The issues really only become apparent on very dense 
slides.  I'm
sure there are many satisfied owners - if they are only scanning negatives, 
chances are
they would never see much of a problem.

Al Bond

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