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[filmscanners] Re: scanner for a lot of slides
Tomek Zakrzewski wrote
> >My first choice would be Nikon LS-IVED but I don't know how fast it is and I
> >suspect that the shallow depth of field would cause too much trouble with
> >old slides.
> >I don't know Minolta, Acer or Umax scanners - would any of them be your
I know that you will already know this since you have an LS-4000 but I'll say
If you have lots of slides to scan, one negative aspect of the Nikon is that
can only hold one slide at a time: some of the other makes have slide holders
4 slides and enable you to batch scan them. Get a second holder and you can
production line going. I remember an SS4000 owner saying that they used 2
their scanner and 2 separate networked PCs - one PC just to batch scan the
save them to disk and the other PC for any Photoshop adjustments needed.
> Currently we're using Microtek 3600. It takes one minute for one scan but
> two things several things are unacceptable with it: no ICE, it sharpens
> images even when sharpening is switched off and it show banding on scans
> from dark slides which are made slightly brighter. The dmax is also to low.
I would hesitate to recommend the Minolta Elite II: I tried 2 units which both
because of red channel banding and other CCD anomalies in the very deep
shadows. If it
wasn't for these issues, the Elite II would have a pretty impressive Dmax.
has been some suggestion that the Minolta scanners do some sharpening as
scans from other brands apparently seem less grainy and show less artifacts. I
able to try them with the Firewire connection as I only have USB on my PC but
seemed quite slow, especially compared with the previous version of the Elite.
plus side, though, I didn't find any DOF issues with them.
>From memory the Umax is just a rebadged Acer (or rather Benq which is the new
Acer). Considering its price, most people seem pretty happy with the Acer.
perspective, though, it has a disadvantage that it has to make a separate IR
ICE is switched on and I think this adds very considerably to the scan times.
with Acer/Benq/Umax's ability to batch scan, I suspect the Nikon would be
faster if you
intend to leave ICE on permanently.
Unfortunately, none of the current batch of entry level scanners have
need: ICE, good Dmax, low digital noise, clean shadows and even CCD response,
fast scanning speed and batch scanning facilities! I would suggest you
of these is really key to your needs and work from there.
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