I have a Minolta 2,800dpi scaner that's just not cutting it anymore. It doesn't have ICE, and the scans are grainy due to the interference patterns produced by the lower resolution. It also doesn't have the dynamic range for dense film.
I want to think about buying a new scanner (probably will have to be used due to budget anyway). And I need help deciding between the Minolta 5400dpi model and the Nikon VED or 4000ED models.
I shoot all types of film, including black and white, Velvia, Kodachrome, and negative film.
Is the extra resolution of the Minolta necessarily a benefit? What about other aspects of these scanners? How about operating system compatability?
minolta is out of business, therefore support is non existent. i have a nikon 8000 and find it works great for all my needs and probable future needs. i have scanned a few kodachrome w/o problem. mostly scan fuji also w/o problem. the 8000 can bach scan which might save time, also will do medium format, has a better scan led. you can find them used at a reasonable price.
I've decided to keep my Minolta 5400 II scanner. Right now, there's no driver for it to operate on my newly upgraded Mac G5 with OS 10.5.1 - Leopard. I did contact Lasersoft about this yesterday and they quickly replied that there will soon be an updated SilverFast Ai driver available that will give new life to my Minolta 5400 II on my Mac OSX 10.5.
Other than making it compatible with Vista, does anyone know whether Nikons new NikonScan driver has any benefits for those of us sticking with XP?
Have I been happy with my V ED? i cannot compare it with the Minolta 5400 so my comments are of limited usefulness to you. But yes, the V ED is a very competent and well built piece of kit. Noisey in operation which you need to relax with, because the burps and buzzes and knocks can be disconcerting at first, but does an excellent job.
Sadly the same thing cannot be said of NikonScan. It's not robust! Falls over at the slightest excuse. In major need of an update that it's unlikely ever to see. I have recently downloaded the trial of Vuescan and am still playing with that as an option. I've made no decisions one way or the other as yet.
The software problem is not in my opinion a deal breaker, because, as you've read - there are alternatives available.
According to Nikon's web site the 4.0.3 version of NikonScan only adds Vista capability and can only be used with Vista PCs. So for now we are not seeing any improvements in the functionality of NikonScan.
Several years ago I changed to Silverfast and have been very pleased with its performance. Like Vuescan, there is a trial version available.