Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2004/10/26

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Subject: [Leica] Slighty OT - Scanner Question
From: heninger at (Wade Heninger)
Date: Tue Oct 26 14:49:55 2004

For those not interested in film scanning, don't read on.

Here is my film scanning situation:

I had an Epson 1650 flatbed scanner with transparency.  It worked ok for web
posting, but was slow as hell and took a lot of fighting with the UI to get
what I wanted.  Also, it wasnt good for printing B/W on my (then) new HP

I then upgraded to a Konica Minolta Scan Dual IV and it *is* much faster,
especially in batch mode, but I oftentimes get worse results than I got with
the Epson. At first I thought it might be my particular scanner, so I
exchanged it.  It still requires a lot of work in PS to get it to where I'm
even somewhat happy.  I've tweaked the Minolta software ad nauseum, and even
paid for Vuescan to see if I could do better. Nope.  I'm not happy with the

I really want a good film scanner so I can scan for the web and also be able
to print out up to 8x10's on occasion.  This is for B/W only.  I don't care
about color at all.  Just Tri-X, APX 100/400 and Neopan 400.

I went down to the local digital shop (Glazers in Seattle) and had a talk
with the digital salesperson.  She said that the V ED wouldn?t do well with
B/W and that she recommended the Minolta Elite 5400.  Of course they didn't
have any in stock, so I have to wait a few days.

So in the meantime, what scanners are you using for B/W and are you happy
with it?

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