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Re: [OM] Film Scanners

Subject: Re: [OM] Film Scanners
From: Chris Barker <imagopus@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 30 Oct 2002 06:15:41 +0000

You might like to check that either has a driver for Jaguar.  I have
a Canoscan FS4000 which does not run on OSX (although Amateur
Photographer had an advert the other week showing it attached to an
iMac running OSX).  Other than that, I should go for the Scan Elite.
I had the F2900 using a SCSI interface and it worked well.

Ice cubed is great and saves a lot of time in removing dust and
scratches (on colour scans only), but it is not really the software
for the scanner: that will be Photoshop Elements v1.0, Photoshop LE
or Silverfast.  I have used Elements v1.0 and I am now on v2.0 and I
am very happy with this application.  The Scan Dimage scanners use a
plugin for Photoshop which is reasonable.  I find Vuescan (also
available for OSX) rather unwieldy, perhaps because I have not read
the instructions, and the Minolta plugin works more quickly.


At 19:30 +0000 29/10/02, Tom Murphy wrote:
Hi all,

I'm thinking of buying a film scanner. I've narrowed it down to a
Minolta Dimage Scan Elite 2 or a Nikon Coolscan 4ED. I'm tending
towards the Minolta at the moment because it is cheaper, has a
firewire interface and seems to offer all that the Nikon offers.

I have a G4 Mac running MacOS x 10.2.1 (Jaguar).

Anyone have comments, experience of either scanner? I'm particularly
interested in comparing the sharpness of the scans as the Nikon has
an ED lens where as the Minolta doesn't. Software for both seems
comparable (Digital Ice Cubed).


C M I Barker
Cambridgeshire, Great Britain.
+44 (0)7092 251126
... a nascent photo library.

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