The metal case of the original has been replaced by a white plastic box that can stand up without assistance. You can also contact the company at Darlington Ave. Connect the power adapter to the scanner, plug it in, cable the scanner to your computer avoiding any USB hubs and, with your computer running, turn on the scanner’s power switch. Slide Scanner Good product, easy to use. We’ve been running version 1. My final selection of film images for this test were made up of good quality photos that had been scanned before; here I did not really expect dramatic differences in results.

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Minolta DiMAGE Scan Elite II – for better Scans, buy SilverFast Scanner Software

Select the dimagd to scan The scanner ships with two plastic, hinged holders. But for archiving your film images, less correction goes a long way. Pusang Bubong Roof Cat. This may make for some grain noise, however, particularly with older Diamge films, as I’ve noticed that dye deterioration from age seems to affect shadow densities most of all. Vuescan software allows IT8 profiling, and works on systems newer than XP, which neither Lasersoft Silverfast nor the Minolta software do.

The final fix was in Photoshop to correct the 54400 distortion so the barn did not look like it was falling over backward. The Launcher provides access to all three scanning utilities, defines the Quick Scan button and accesses a fourth application Three scanner software applications are also included: But our enthusiasm was tempered when we learned the included di,age could not actually calibrate the scanner.


Load four slides emulsion down so they appear right reading and close the holder. The spring-loaded dust door keeps dust and grime from settling on the scanner’s mirrors and lenses when the scanner is idle. That includes the Pixel Polish option, which automates the basic brightness, contrast, and saturation settings, and Kodak’s Digital ICE4, a quartet of technologies that remove dust and scratches, restore faded colors, adjust highlights and shadows, and reduce grain.

Those have pointed feed ends, rather than the blunt ones of the II. The two scans can be auto-aligned in Photoshop and then the out-of-focus zones from each of the two scans removed.

Konica Minolta Dimage Scan Elite 5400 II Scanner

It automatically detects and corrects dust, scratches, fingerprints, mildew and other blemishes on color film surfaces. Well, at least you don’t have to worry about portrait and landscape orientation.

Though most film scanners accept film facing either direction, the II requires that the film face emulsion-side down. The Bottom Line The Dimage Scan Elite II is a good choice for photographers who need to generate high-quality digital images from 35mm slides and negatives.

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I also noticed in the mid values tonal gradation was smoother with shapes more clearly distinguished and variations in subject color more faithfully and richly reproduced. To load the holder into the scanner, observe the Up arrow embossed near the feed end. These include not having the ability to profile the scanner rendering the colors less accurately a nd slightly duller and very minor banding that is only visible at very high magnification.


Paper mounts can be between Fortunately, the DiMAGE Scan Utility is easy and effective to set up and use to output raw high-bit scan files, including batch processing.

Hard disk space requirements also leap when using more sophisticated functions. Most relevant reviews See all 7 reviews. This was easier, even more so than I have been used to in the past.

It will be upside down as you load the holder. On the other hand, although the new model scans black and white effectively, the film’s lower density range compared to slide film requires spreading the image values out further to fill the gamut, and then using adjustments to local contrast very carefully to obtain both good tonal separation and smooth gradations in the final image dimagee. Don Johnson never scanned so well.

Moving film, fixed sensor, single-pass scan Image sensor: From a Kodacolor Gold negative. The result is that you can reproduce detail and tonal separation smoothly all across the density spectrum in the finished image. Anyway, after making a raw scan and opening the file in SilverFast HDR I was able to correct for the excessive blue and restore a balance of color to render the natural colors of the scene to near normal.

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