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Minolta Dimage Elite 5400
Old 09-04-2003, 04:14 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Anyone familiar with this scanner? If so, any comments pro, con or comparison to the Nikon 4000?

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Re: Minolta Dimage Elite 5400
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Andy,

I have used both units and my personal pref. is the Nikon 4000. They both do a great job at scan quality on the native scan, but the Nikon Software has quite a few more features in it and the Nikon unit has the built in ICE (which works quite well). Additionally the Nikon unit has more film handling features (mounted, unmounted, strip) bundled with it. The downside to all that fun is the Nikon unit is of course more expensive.

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Old 09-04-2003, 02:37 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks Tim, you're just the guy I need! In my read of the Minolta at Minolta 5400 it also does mounted, unmounted and film strips. Actually it can do 4 mounted slides in one pass as opposed to the Nikon which requires the slide feeder accessory (which can do 50 of course). Also, the Minolta says it has ICE, as well as a grain reducer. My main concern is the quality of the scans side by side - did you do any direct, same resolution scans? I mean, having a 5400dpi 100mb file available would be great. One of my new calendars was scanned on the Nikon 8000 (all 35mm film) which is the same as the 4000 (as far as 35mm goes), and we were all impressed with how good the final product looks, even without drum scans. If the Minolta truly gives bigger sharp files, and at a cheaper price, why not? Another thing I noticed in the Minolta webpage is that it doesn't have curves, only levels controls. Did you find this to be a problem? Also, can you set the dpi to exactly what you wanted, or are you limited to divisions of 5400? And is the scanning software function as a standalone or a PS plug-in?

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Andy,

Sorry to say that we are not talking about the same unit. I'm afraid that my Minolta information is more out of date than I was aware.

I looked at the site that you had linked and reviewed the specs. My general impression from looking at the software screen shots is that the Nikon Scan software has much greater control over the image (the curves feature is definitely a plus).

On the other hand it may be hard to ignore the resolution of the Minolta. I guess one thought that goes through my head is "scan on the Minolta and use other software for correction issues".

Let me know what you end up doing and how you come out.

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