I have a couple of slide/film scanners that work very well but they are SCSI scanners and would like to use them on my newer MACs. Does anyone have any experience with specific cable adapters. Some of them say they are only for SCSI hard drives etc. and most are very expensive, some cost more than a new scanner. Has anyone found a reasonable way to use their SCSI devices on USB or Firewire capable computers? Thanks in advance.
I went through the same drill with my PC. I needed Windows 7 64 bit for critical applications, but that cost me use of my Umax and Minolta SCSI scanners. My solution was setting up my PC as dual boot (Windows 7 or Windows XP). I boot into XP when I need to scan. Don't know if there is a similar option in the Mac world.
When I got a low end Windows 7 PC for office use I bought a SCSI to USB adapter for my old Minolta Dimage scanner. Seems to work fine: I can't remember the details of drivers, but price was over $100 I believe. I hardly use it and can really not justify the expense, it's just that I hate to have good but unusable hardware lying around.
I guess it will be necessary to keep my old G4 Mac and hope it continues to function. I'm with David as I hate to have unusable equipment around. I am in the process of converting much of my film to digital and assembled a self made copier for my D300 and that works pretty well, but for specific slides I'd like a little better quality scan. The scanners I have are a Polaroid 4000 which makes excellent scans, wish it had IDE and a Scanwit 2740. David, if you ever find the brand of your adapter, give me a shout. I know from scanning the internet that not all of them work with scanners. Thanks all for your responses.
Beemer2 I use the small extension ring on the Nikon with a 55mm 3.5 Micro Nikkor. This will allow you to get smaller and larger than 1:1 on the APS-C format. The rest is a bit jury rigged because of what I had on hand. I have a Canon slide scanner with a bellows connection to the lens to prevent stray light from entering, which is great because you can use the 52mm adapter to screw into the Micro Nikkor and then on to the slide duplicator. The rest is a bit hokey but works fine. The camera is attached by Arca Swiss type mount onto a macro focusing rail, upside down (i.e. a locking plate is attached where the focusing rail is normally mounted to a tripod. I built an adapter that allows me to attach the Canon slide scanner onto the end of the rail aligned with the lens. You can now move the camera back and forth accurately on the focusing rail to control the size of the image and you use the lens focusing to focus the slide or negative in the slide mount (This particular slide mount has an attachment for rolls of 35mm film to slide through.) I then expose the whole thing with a flash shining onto the diffusing plate of the slide duplicator. If the slide is sharp, the digitized image from the Nikon D300 can be easily converted to 11x14's with some photoshoping/lightroom. As I said if I need larger enlargements and can't do it in this manner I am relying on my old SCSI Polaroid 4000 scanner hooked up to an old G4 tower. This is what started this whole thread, i.e. adapting the scanner to a newer computer. If you send me your email, I could send you a photo of this setup.
Kay, the SCSI - USB adapter I have is a RATOC U2SCX, by Ratoc Systems Inc. It seems to work fine with Windows 7 and Minolta Dimage II scanner. SCSI connectors come in two flavours - big and fat or long and lean. Something to do with the number of connectors they have I believe. I needed an adapter to connect, but it was available from the same firm. Best of luck,
Fri 10-Feb-12 08:36 PM | edited Sun 12-Feb-12 02:59 AM by Spinosaurus
Thanks David, That's what I would have guessed. Those adapters are now in the $250 range and really push my cost effective buttons. I am presently reconciled to keeping my G4 MAC tower to run the scanners and see what transpires down the road. BTW I posted a picture of my slide duplicating set up in my Gallery and an example of the copy of a Kodachrome slide copied.