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How Is The Minolta Dimage Scan Dual II?  
User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11151 posts, RR: 59
Posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 4101 times:

I am considering buying this scanner sometime soon possibly. To those who have had experience with it, how is it?

Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

Regards


"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
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User currently offlineMDL_777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 267 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 4023 times:

It's a good scanner for the money. I just got mine last Friday, and I've been extremely happy with it so far. The scanning software that comes with it, however, is not what I would call "user-friendly." If you do wind up getting this scanner, you would be better off downloading Vuescan (it's only about $40USD) - it is much more intiutive and easier to use.

User currently offlineAer Lingus From Ireland, joined May 2000, 1543 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 4020 times:

Very good for the price. If ya plan to scan negatives you'll be disappointed with most films. Its superb at slides, very easy to scan them. The scanning software is perfect if not a bit difficult to get used to using but once you do its fine. Vuescan = Te Lazy Man's Tool Big grin Big grin

If you want examples just look at my pictures since October/November 2001. The link is in my profile

Martin


User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 19
Reply 3, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 4021 times:

Scanning from negs is quite possible. I've had good scans from Fuji NPH, Reala and even older Superia and Kodak Gold negs.
Neg scans will on average be more noisy (screeners will call it grain, but it's not, it's noise) than scans from slides but with tools like despeckle used selectively you can remove most of it (the noise is mainly in light blue and grey in the sky for some reason).

Most of my pictures are scanned using a Scan Dual II and Vuescan, with postprocessing in PS LE (supplied with the scanner) or Paintshop Pro 7.



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User currently offlineMDL_777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 267 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 4004 times:

I've actually had good results scanning from negatives using Kodak Supra film - you have to play with the levels more than with a slide, though. I find that with slides I have to make virtually no color adjustments.

User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11151 posts, RR: 59
Reply 5, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 3996 times:

Most of my pictures have been taken with Reala. However, the reason why I want to get a film scanner is because I want to go to the next level, slides. So I will mostly be using it for slides.

Hopefully I can scan my current Reala negatives fine though.

Regards



"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
User currently offlineSkymonster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 3985 times:

Good scanner... Every single one of my pics on the site is scanned with it. Loads of past comments on it in this forum - search the forum for the last year or so and you'll turn up loads. One thing... its noisy - loads of whirring and shaking! Big grin

Andy


User currently offlineRichie777 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2001, 16 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 3972 times:

I agree with the comments made by Jwenting and AerLingus concerning scanning negatives. I was shooting Reala but recently experimented with slides (Provia 100F) which led to significant reductions in noise from the scans made with the Scan Dual II. In addition, I have found that negative scans require more work post-scan with Photoshop (or equivalent). Nevertheless I have been impressed by the quality of the Scan Dual II.

Rich


User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11151 posts, RR: 59
Reply 8, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 3959 times:

Well currently I've been shooting Reala. I'm going to the next step, slides.

However, I do have many shots taken on Reala, and a couple on Kodak Gold 100 when I was first starting. What do you all suggest I do when I edit my photos after the scan?

I currently have PaintShop Pro 7, and the Scan Dual II comes with Photoshop LE. What general step(s) do you recommend I take to improve the quality and reduce noise? Either way, I'll be moving on to slides from now on, so I won't have to worry so much about the quality issue.

Thanks for the feedback.

Regards



"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
User currently offlineRichie777 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2001, 16 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 3952 times:

Generally I have found that my Reala scans have a reddish cast to them. Hence I change colour balance and sometimes brightness/contrast as required. Then I use unsharp mask with a typical setting of 100% (sometimes more), 0.5 radius, 10. Resize down to 1024x768 and then save as a JPEG with the minimal compression you can (image quality 9 will suffice in Photoshop). I do not use the despeckle option.

However, some of the scans still have unacceptable noise levels and usually end up in the recycle bin even though the print version looks good! Scanning slides seems to be a much better option in terms of quality and consistency. This produces noticeably less noise on the scans.

Hope this helps.

Rich.


User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11151 posts, RR: 59
Reply 10, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 3948 times:

Richie777,

Thanks for your reply.

Regards



"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11151 posts, RR: 59
Reply 11, posted (11 years 9 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 3926 times:

I thought I'd let you know that I ordered the Scan Dual II and should be here hopefully in a few days.  Smile

I got it for $370 which is a good price.

I also got a 58MM UV SMC filter for my 2 lenses.

I also put in 2 Sensia 100 rolls since B&H sells them for dirt cheap. Only $2.69!

Up until now, I've been shooting Reala. So I'm moving onto slides now. After Sensia 100 will be Provia 100F.

Thanks for everyones help.

Regards



"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
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