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Any late breaking news on scanners?
Old 11-03-2003, 10:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I've been putting off the purchase of a scanner til now and would like to hear pros/cons of the under $1000.00 35mm units. I've heard too that Nikon may be bringing out a successor to the 4000. Anyone else heard that?

I need good quality and ease of use (who doesn't?) since I think one more software learning curve will just about break my back!

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Re: Any late breaking news on scanners?
Old 11-04-2003, 06:03 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Yes, I to heard that Nikon will be coming out with a new scanner. At last week's Photo Plus Expo in NYC while passing by the Nikon both I heard one of their tech reps make mention of the new LS5000 to a few expo attendees. I am sorry that I didn't stop to learn more about it.
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Epson Perfection 3200
Old 11-04-2003, 08:43 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Check out this scanner. Less than $400!

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Re: Any late breaking news on scanners?
Old 11-04-2003, 10:20 AM   #4 (permalink)
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microtek has a new 120 trans scanner...about 1700.00 and 4000dpi
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Re: Any late breaking news on scanners?
Old 11-08-2003, 03:05 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I had a Nikon 4000 for about a week, and before I could install it, a friend tried it out and bought it off me and took it to his home in Thailand. He liked it a lot, and is a very seasoned photographer, graphic designer, and photoshop genius. And he like it a lot. The reason I bought it in the first place (to replace my Nikon LS-30) was because it has the same specs as the Nikon 8000, except it doesn't do 120mm film, and my new Bikini Gold calendar, was scanned on a friend's Nikon 8000 (it was a last-minute necessity, we would normally do drum scans).

OK, so now I'm back in the scanner market too, and would either get another 4000 (although he tells me it is VERY difficult to use properly) or wait for the 5000, or I've been looking into the new Minolta Elite 5400. As in, 5400 dpi! I've seen only a couple imcomplete reviews of it, but they like it. It sells for about $850 at B&H. It seems BTW, that one of the problems with these hi-res desktop scanners is they're so sharp, you see all the grain and dust on your slides, so using their various auto-cleaing utilites is a must.

You might to check these sights for review info (lots of other reviews here too):
http://www.robgalbraith.com/bins/index.asp
http://www.photo-i.co.uk/
http://www.dpreview.com/

As for the Epson 3200, I have seen it, and was considering it primarily for traditional flat-bed scanning (which isn't all that big a deal to me) and scanning 120mm film (since I already had a 35mm film scanner). It is a great scanner, and I have seen unbelievable blow-ups from 120mm film done on its predecessor, the 2450. I put off the purchase because neither of those things turned out to be that critical for me now, and I just don'think it is up to the quality of a dedicated film scanner for 35mm film.

I'll be curious to know what you decide.

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Re: Any late breaking news on scanners?
Old 11-08-2003, 05:20 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Re: Any late breaking news on scanners?
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I have the Epson 3200 with Silverfast, and I'm still figuring out how to get good scans from 35mm slide film. The initial scans I've made have virtually no shadow detail (don't know if attempting to scan Velvia and Astia 100F have anything to do with it).

In my experience, the Nikon LS-4000 produced worse scans than the older LS-2000. The resolution was higher, but there was no shadow detail, and Nikon's implementation of color management was buggy (it clipped dynamic range and produced greyish shadows).
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Re: Any late breaking news on scanners?
Old 11-27-2003, 01:31 AM   #8 (permalink)
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FYI, no one I know would use the 3200 for serious 35mm scans, when there are real film scanners out there. I was looking at it only for print and 120mm trannies. I've never used either the 2000 or 4000, but I can honestly tell you that the pickiest SOB photographer/retoucher/art director person I know, loves it. He admits the learning curve is very steep, and he's had problems with dust and grain (remember its really sharp) but likes it nonetheless. Maybe it just takes practice, I don't know. You could visit the APA Digital Forum and see if anyone there had better answers, also some of the other websites I mentioned.

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