Speedybob From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (14 years 5 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1590 times:
I want to purchase a slide scanner sometime in the next month. I want one that uses USB so that would mean the Minolta Scan Dual II or the HP Photosmart S20. Anyone out there use these two scanners and what are your impressions of the quality, speed, ease of use, etc. Thanks!
BO__einG From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 2771 posts, RR: 18
Reply 1, posted (14 years 5 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 1532 times:
I have the S20..,
I just got it fer Xmas, so I don;t recommend you go deep yet..
I seem to find it alright.. For 750 Canadianbucks., Its worth it,, Good connection ..nice interface and i like the way the quality comes out of.. AirNikon once tole me of a Minolta he used. I think Minoltas are better but more pricy..But anyways..
Dsmav8r From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 579 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (14 years 5 months 4 days ago) and read 1525 times:
I just recently purchased a Minolta Scan Dual II to replace my S20. I actually paid $50 less for the Minolta, yet it is obviously a superior scanner compared to the S20. It has a lot of features that the S20 lacks (focusing, higher dpi scanning, FILM/SLIDE CARRIAGE, multiple scan passes, faster scanning, etc...).
The S20 is dated technology, I would either get the Minolta, or wait until HP comes out with an upgraded version.
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Bodobodo From Canada, joined May 2000, 553 posts, RR: 11
Reply 8, posted (14 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1471 times:
I have had my Minolta Scan Dual II since August and I love it. It's very easy to set up. I have had some small problems with the Minolta software, however, so you may consider checking out Vuescan which is a very flexible scanning program that supports it and a large number of other film scanners and flatbeds. It does a great job on negatives and is pretty close to matching what the Minolta software gives you for slides. If you check some older threads on scanning you will see Vuescan mentioned a few times. The Scan Dual II has some advantages over the original Scan Dual. It can batch scan (4 slides or 6 negatives in a row), has a higher Dmax (essentially meaning you can get more detail out of shadows and dark slides), and has a higher maximum resolution.