The times recorded above were measured with a mixture of the Adobe Photoshop plug-in driver and Minolta’s standalone scanning utility. Conclusion Minolta’s film scanners are marked by good user interface design IMHO , strong specs, and excellent optics. Digital ICE works by observing how infrared light is transmitted through the film’s emulsion, using the resulting scan information to create a “defect channel” showing where the dust and scratches are. The filmstrip holder can accommodate strips of 35mm film up to six frames in length, and the slide holder up to four slides. This flatbed also does film up to about 58mm wide. Three slider adjustment bars at the top of the window correct the Hue, Saturation, and Lightness, with the amount of change reported numerically on the right side of each bar. Along the top of the screen are several control buttons and pulldown menus, while the bottom of the screen is divided into a preview area and utility window.

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The very odd thing Oi discovered about the Dimage Scan Elite’s performance was that it was much faster scanning slide film color positives than color negatives. Amending the above standard boilerplate paragraph, this particular scan appears to have PPI or better of actual information.

Is it a big difference between Minolta Dimage Elite II and Elite 5400 scanners?

This makes it very easy to adjust the focus back and forth until you find the optimum point. Note that adding a subtractive color darkens the image, rather than lightening it as with the additive primary colors. You can draw a freehand curve by clicking on the Freehand Curve tool the pencil button to the right of the Tone Curves graphwhich converts the cursor into a pencil draw tool.

Colours appear accurate and noise levels are very low. Index Tab The Index tab lets you view thumbnail prescans of each individual image in the 35mm or optional APS film adapters.


Digital GEM reduces the appearance of film grain in images.

Konica Minolta Dimage Scan Elite II Scanner

The input and output values of the image are listed at the bottom right side of the histogram, and a slider bar allows you to adjust the shadow, midtone, and highlight points. Still, all minolha factors being equal, I’d pick a 16 bit scanner over a 12 bit one any day of the week. I was somewhat surprised by the sharpness of its scans, given that it uses a diffuse, fluorescent light source, which I’d always associated with slightly softer-looking scans.

As noted in the text below, this is an unusually severe example of film damage though: AF performance is otherwise good, except in low light where hunting can lead to missed shots. The file is just four times the size on disk.

Not sure that I chose the correct topic, but can’t find eliye closer idmage the question I have. I can’t say that I’ve seen really poor performance from my FS when scanning negatives. We have a Scan Elite II and have been using it for five months scanning historic slides and negatives for a book we are publishing. I like the way this control panel combines the tone curve and histogram controls into a single interface, yet keeps them separate so you can see what you’re doing.

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Under optimal circumstances, it can completely remove scratches, dust, and fingerprints from a slide or negative, while leaving the underlying image virtually untouched.

I’m planing to buy a scanner for 35mm film. Another scanner to consider is the Canon FSUS if you can get one with all the accessories since they’re relatively inexpensive. By using our service, you agree to our use of cookies. Their XA model has a very similar design.

Looking through these features and comparing them to costlier scanners such as the Nikon Coolscan IV ED and Canon Canoscan FS it is clear, on paper at iii, this is an excellent scanner.


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I usually test my scanners with an Edmonds Scientific glass plate with the USAF resolution chart metal deposited on it. The Nikon Z7 is slated as a mirrorless equivalent to the D, but it can’t subject track with the same reliability as its DSLR counterpart.

I’ve found that this diffuse illumination source produces somewhat “softer” scans than some other scanners. The scanner is an Epson V I haven’t applied any sharpening, except what Photoshop itself adds when downsizing the first image from the ppi size to a web size here.

A series of tabs above the preview area and utility window provide access to controls for different stages of the scanning process, and include Index, Prescan, Image Correction, and Digital GEM headings.

It appears to work well enough for random dust specks, but less so in situations where the film is actually damaged. No sharpening applied here.

The one exception to this was the custom input and output resolutions aren’t handled as well as on some other scanners, but this is more of a personal niggle than a flaw. I usually let the scanner do its AF as part of the preview scan of a frame, turning it off for the main scan itself.

Although appearing a rather plain device on the surface, it contains some advanced features more commonly seen on scanners costing several hundred pounds more.

To my eye though, it seemed that the Dimage Scan Elite II produced noticeably sharper results than its predecessor. I’ve got a Firewire card in both my desktop and for my laptop.