Mikephotos From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 2923 posts, RR: 55 Posted (12 years 11 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2442 times:
My current scanner (Photosmart-SCSI version) has had it and it's time to upgrade. I have been looking into new slide (film) scanners for under $1000. I was pretty much set on the Canoscan PS2710 ($479) since the Nikon Coolscan III (LS-30) has been reported to scan Kodachrome poorly. Now, looks like Nikon has come out with some new scanners which puts my buying on hold. I think the new Coolscan IV ED is something to consider, at a list price of approx. $895.
Thomasphoto60 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3779 posts, RR: 24 Reply 1, posted (12 years 11 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2311 times:
Actully the 4000 ED looks rather impressive I have been looking at the Poloroid 4000.
Excuse my ignorance but I am curious if the IEEE 1394 interface they refer to is firewire ? or SCSI ? I have been hoping that someone would manfacture a film scanner with a 'firewire' interface as I really have no desire to attach a SCSI card to my new MAC (when I get it).
Mikephotos From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 2923 posts, RR: 55 Reply 8, posted (12 years 11 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2284 times:
Yeah, I can afford a $1,100 scanner but it's not worth it for me right now. I mainly do scans only for a.net, my website and printing family pics. All my publishing work is done with original chromes. Maybe if I start doing more stock work I'll pickup the new Super Coolscan 8000, but for now the new Coolscan IV ED would be perfect. The stock guys I do work with have a fleet of LS-2000 and love them.
Ckw From UK - England, joined Aug 2010, 659 posts, RR: 17 Reply 10, posted (12 years 11 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2271 times:
Mikephoto suggests that the LS30 does a poor job on Kodachrome - not the case in my experience - it handles Kodachrome as well as any other emulsion I've tried. What doesn't work is the infrared based ICE dust/scratch removal - this is due to the way Kodachome fims are constructed, and any IR based dust removal system would have the same problems. On the LS30 ICE can be switched off - many people prefer not to use this anyway, though I find it very useful.
Ckw From UK - England, joined Aug 2010, 659 posts, RR: 17 Reply 12, posted (12 years 11 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2262 times:
ICE scans on Kodachrome look fine - the dust simply isn't removed - for some reason the IR scan can't differentiate between dust/scratch and Kodachrome emulsion, so has no effect. Using ICE has no visual effect on Kodachrome, but since an ICE scan takes a little longer than a normal scan, I usually turn it off.
Just been studying the specs for the new Nikon scanners. I just have to have that new 4000!
Dsmav8r From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 579 posts, RR: 7 Reply 14, posted (12 years 11 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2269 times:
I recently retired my Photosmart as well, in favor of the Minolta Scan Dual... Needless to say, I am VERY impressed with this scanner, especially for the money. I was originally going to get a Polaroid Sprintscan 35, but I couldn't justify spending the extra $$$ for it.
There are of course much better scanners out there for under $1k, but I don't know how much money you want to spend.
If you can afford it, go with the Nikon (the supplied software is awesome), if not, go with the Minolta... Then you will have an extra $400 to put towards that backup body.
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Mikephotos From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 2923 posts, RR: 55 Reply 15, posted (12 years 11 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2255 times:
I have no acutal proof that the LS-30 poorly scans Kodachome, but heard from 2 different people on a.net that it does. I was aware of the ICE problem, which didn't really bother me. However, from looking at your photos on a.net, looks like K64 turns out fine. If it weren't for the new scanners, I'd reconsider the LS-30.
Ckw From UK - England, joined Aug 2010, 659 posts, RR: 17 Reply 16, posted (12 years 11 months 18 hours ago) and read 2242 times:
Actually, few of my pics on A.net are K64 - I prefer Fuji for air stuff, but I do use it a lot for people and nature. If you hang on for a few months you may be able to get an LS-30 real cheap as there's bound to be some serious discounting and a flood of 2nd hand models!
Propfreak From Switzerland, joined Mar 2000, 157 posts, RR: 9 Reply 17, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 2221 times:
I use the LS-30 and haven't really had any problems with colors or otherwise (especially together with Silverfast).
Also, I did use the scratch/dust-removal with Kodachrome and didn't experience any problems either (but in this case you can't use the Silverfast-software). I noticed that the colors weren't all that brilliant when I used the Nikon-software delivered with the scanner.
Ckw From UK - England, joined Aug 2010, 659 posts, RR: 17 Reply 18, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 2218 times:
Olav, have you tried downloading the Nikonscan updates from their website? I found they improved matters considerably, with results comparable to Silverfast (though not with the same level of control/manipulation)