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



on 5/22/02 6:03 PM, Douglas P. Rousso at doug@rousso.net 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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I think you might be pretty happy with the Minolta Scan Dual II at about
$400, unless you think Digital ICE would be of great value to you.  The USB
is hassle free.  I did have one problem with mine, but it was covered free
of charge.  You can get excellent quality 8x10.

Berry

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