Slide Scanner Purchase

Mon Dec 25, 2000 3:29 pm

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!
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RE: Slide Scanner Purchase

Mon Dec 25, 2000 5:29 pm

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..

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RE: Slide Scanner Purchase

Tue Dec 26, 2000 2:05 am

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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RE: Slide Scanner Purchase

Tue Dec 26, 2000 9:07 am

I use the S20 and can recommend it. I suggest going to ZDnet to find the best price. I got mine from
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RE: Slide Scanner Purchase

Tue Dec 26, 2000 9:40 am

i have the minolta scan dual and i absolutely love it!!! scans great and a lot of cool features...i would recommend it!

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RE: Slide Scanner Purchase

Wed Jan 03, 2001 1:05 pm

Has anyone have or tried a Canon Canoscan model D660U print/slide scanner?

Features includes:
Flatbed color and monochrome scanning

600 x 1200 dpi optical resolution for prints

1200 x 1200 dpi optical resolution for 35mm film scanning

Built-in 35mm film adapter for negatives and slides

USB interface for easy-to-install connectivity

42-bit scanning for over 4 trillion possible colors

PC or Mac compatible

Is that a good scanner or is the resolution low for prints? I am looking for a good print scanner or a slide scanner at a affordable cost. How much is the minolta scan dual scanner cost?

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RE: Slide Scanner Purchase

Thu Jan 04, 2001 9:18 am

I paid $435.00 for my Minolta Dual scan from I just ordered it last week and it's been sent out via UPS---hope to get it tomorrow.
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RE: Slide Scanner Purchase

Thu Jan 04, 2001 9:33 pm

I got my Minolta Dimage Dual Scan II the other day. It's straight forward to install, hence the USB connection.

I'm only getting used to this new "toy" at the moment, but so far the results look quite okay for a 400$-500$ scanner.

The software that comes along is pretty easy to use and within a few couple of hours you should be able to master the program and scanner completely.

I've only done 35mm negative scan until now, so I don't know how well it handles slides and APS.


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RE: Slide Scanner Purchase

Thu Jan 04, 2001 11:23 pm

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.

An excellent resource which helped me get the most out of my scanner is:

This is a great mailing list/discussion group devoted to film scanning. If you can subscribe to the digest rather than the individual e-mails since the volume is quite high.

Info on Vuescan is found at

The author of the program reads the filmscanners mailing list daily and is very responsive for technical support unlike Minolta  


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