In the end I lashed out on the Minolta Dimage Elite. I have thousands of slides and negs (not all planes
) that I really need to save decent digital versions of, so I decided to make a bigger investment in a higher-spec scanner.
I feel like I'm still learning how to use the scanner & get the best results. So far my workflow is as follows:
Clean slide as best I can (just a blower brush)
Scan at highest resolution & colour depth (takes time & produces big
Use the Minolta option Digital Ice - cleans up scratches, dust, etc. on slide.
Adjust colours if necessary.
Save as TIF file.
Open in Photoshop Elements (came with scanner).
Level as required.
Crop as required.
Resize to 1024 wide (still deciding if 1024 or 1280 width is best, personally I dont like having to scroll to see a photo).
Fine tune colour as required.
Sharpen as required (varies from shot to shot).
Save as jpeg (best quality, min compression).
So far the Digital Ice has dome a very good job of cleaning up any minor blemishes. I haven't needed to use Photoshop to do any fixing yet.
At the moment it's taking me something like 1 hour to get a jpeg image that I think is up to a.net standards. I will do some more playing with scanning at lower resolution & colours to see if I can speed the process up.
Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana!