I have the Minolta Scan Dual II and while it is a very good scanner for the money I am getting rid of it soon. There are three major issues:
1) No Digital ICE – I am sick and tired of meticulously cleaning slides and then still having to manually remove dust from the scanned image.
2) Noise – grrrr…. whrrr…click … pop… whrrr… grrrrr .. etc
3) Quality – Had to send it back for repair three times. First time because it would stop scanning for no reason, second & third times because the bulb blew. The first two were under warranty and the last one was on me ($90+). They won’t sell you the bulb so you have no choice.
So, onto eBay this scanner will go and in comes a Nikon Coolscan IV… it’s a Nikon, it’s under $1000 US ($900), it’s a Nikon, it has Digital ICE, it’s a Nikon, it has USB, it’s a Nikon, it does pretty fast scans, etc. oh, and did I mention that it’s a Nikon
BTW, the Coolscan IV is 2900 dpi. You only need a 4000 dpi scanner if you are going to make large prints greater than 8x12.