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Re: Opinions:Minolta Dual Scan III

Godfrey DiGiorgi
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If you are new to scanning, please review Wayne Fulton's excellent
website, <> for lots of significant information
you will need to know in order to make informed decisions on scanners
and scanning techniques.

The Scan Dual III is a 2820ppi scanner. It will produce a 2665x3997
pixel scan file (10.2Mpixel) from a full-frame 35mm negative or slide.
This will allow printing a 9x13" image-size enlargement at 300ppi or a
12x18" image-size enlargement at 220ppi. That's enough resolution for
most people's print needs and far more than you need for on-screen and
web display pictures.

The Scan Dual III is a very good scanner at a quite modest price
(sub-$300 from B&H). It does not have some of the more sophisticated
scanners' features, like scratch and dust removal.

Other choices:
The Nikon Coolscan IV ED is about double the money, a slightly higher
resolution (2900ppi) and includes dust and scratch removal. It's a
better made scanner. The Canon FS4000U is a higher resolution film
scanner (4000ppi) with the other features of the Nikon but not quite
the same build quality, at just a little more money nowadays. Nikon
also makes a competing 4000ppi unit at a bit more money (and quality).

There is also a new Minolta 5400 ppi film scanner on the market, but I
have not seen much output from it yet and do not know what it's quality
is like.


In article <bgq710$r66cq$(E-Mail Removed)>, Larry R
Harrison Jr <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:

> Someone in an earlier thread of mine (where I asked for opinions on the
> Kodak DX3600 vs Nikon Coolpix 2500) suggested maybe for trying out digital I
> should possibly try out that scanner.
> Understand: I'm completely new to digital, although my computer literacy and
> proficiency is VERY high (I've built computers, and I design Access
> databases for a living). That said, I'm new to this arena.
> Thing is, what kind of resolution am I looking to get with such a scanner?
> One side of mine would love to scan my negatives & slides but only if the
> digital copy is every bit as good as the original negative or slide. My gut
> instinct tells me that either (a) no such technology exists or (b) if it
> does, it's outrageously expensive.
> So, how good results would one get from that scanner? Could a quality
> negative or slide (say, a Velvia 50 or Sensia 100 slide--or a 100-speed
> print film negative) be enlargeable to 11x14 with pro-caliber results? Is
> this particular machine obselete by any chance?
> Thoughts?

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