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Old November 27th 03, 04:17 AM
Pygmi
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I have Minolta DiMage 5400 and I'm quite pleased with it,
EXCEPT for the two things:

1. Major problems scanning blue sky from color slide (8 bit scans).
No problems for example with black, which was my major concern.
Haven't really done anything else than slide scans so far...

2. Speed, which does not exist. Because of speed related problems
I have so far limited my experiments to 2700 dpi/8 bit. But later when
I start "serious" work with the device, thinks need to change!
I ONCE tried 5400dpi/16 bit with ICE with multisampling; I left the
device scanning over night, and it was not ready in the morning!
Had to cancel it, which was not that easy...
OK, I admit that I use ICE often...have to check what Minolta really
claims the scan times to be with ICE...

My system has Win2000Pro, AthlonXP1400, 768 MB RAM
Minolta is connected to USB2, which really works as high speed USB2.
I have tested the port with USB2 CF reader.

These should be enough, right?

Anyone else having these problems.
As this is my first film scanner, I'm not sure what to expect with the
blue...
I could try to get some samples to web. As I don't have my own pages
at the moment this might take some time though...

As I told, otherwise I'm quite pleased with the device.
And batch scan helps a bit with the speed problems....

Pygmi


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Old November 27th 03, 07:40 PM
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You don't say which software you're using with the scanner. If you're
not using Vuescan, download a copy from www.hamrick.com. You can try a
demo version for free.


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Old November 27th 03, 07:44 PM
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1. Major problems scanning blue sky from color slide (8 bit scans).
No problems for example with black, which was my major concern.
Haven't really done anything else than slide scans so far...

Hi, I've scanned loads of different blue skies no problem .... what do you
mean by major problem?

2. Speed, which does not exist. Because of speed related problems
I have so far limited my experiments to 2700 dpi/8 bit. But later when
I start "serious" work with the device, thinks need to change!
I ONCE tried 5400dpi/16 bit with ICE with multisampling; I left the
device scanning over night, and it was not ready in the morning!
Had to cancel it, which was not that easy...
OK, I admit that I use ICE often...have to check what Minolta really
claims the scan times to be with ICE...

Sounds not right .... multisample scans with ICE do take at least an hour,
but why bother, I and several in this group report there is no discernible
benefit; if anyone can show a good benefit of spending that time, then let's
hear about
Typical normal exposed slide on ICE at 5400 +16 bit depth should not take
more than about ten minutes ... but scan time seems to vary depending on
slide characteristics

your machine spec. similar to mine though I use XP ... I wonder whether 2000
gets the best from USB?



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Old November 28th 03, 03:10 AM
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In article , Pygmi
wrote:

I've been using the Minolta SW that came with the scanner.
So what real improvement can I expect from Vuescan?
-Speed?
-Image quality?


It seems reasonable to try different software to see if that solves
your problem.


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Old November 28th 03, 02:38 PM
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Just asked, because there are zillions of SW products; there is no sense
to try them if there is no good reason to believe in them beforehand.

Anyway, I've heard so much nice thinks about Vuescan, that
maybe i'll give it a try anyway...



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In article , Pygmi
wrote:

I've been using the Minolta SW that came with the scanner.
So what real improvement can I expect from Vuescan?
-Speed?
-Image quality?


It seems reasonable to try different software to see if that solves
your problem.


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Old November 30th 03, 05:17 PM
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"Tom BORG" wrote in message
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Hi, I've scanned loads of different blue skies no problem .... what do you
mean by major problem?

I'm quite sensitive to noise. And blue skies I have scanned are not
plain blue have substantial amount of noise. Fortunately easy to get rid
of with SW like NeatImage, but not for free naturally.
I expected to have less noise.

2. Speed, which does not exist. Because of speed related problems
I have so far limited my experiments to 2700 dpi/8 bit. But later when
I start "serious" work with the device, thinks need to change!
I ONCE tried 5400dpi/16 bit with ICE with multisampling; I left the
device scanning over night, and it was not ready in the morning!
Had to cancel it, which was not that easy...
OK, I admit that I use ICE often...have to check what Minolta really
claims the scan times to be with ICE...

Sounds not right .... multisample scans with ICE do take at least an hour,
but why bother, I and several in this group report there is no discernible
benefit; if anyone can show a good benefit of spending that time, then

let's
hear about

I believe this is true. I just wanted to test the differnce myself and was a
BIT
suprised how much time this takes...
I was also quite sure, that this can't be normal. Well I'll just to thing
the possible
sources for the problem and do some tests...

Typical normal exposed slide on ICE at 5400 +16 bit depth should not take
more than about ten minutes ... but scan time seems to vary depending on
slide characteristics

your machine spec. similar to mine though I use XP ... I wonder whether

2000
gets the best from USB?

I can't be the USB, I have tested the USB2 port with CF card and it reads
128 MB card in about 7 sec....


 




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