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?
Thanks very much,
Andy Pearlman Studio