Now, if we want the background to be a neutral gray, what do you suppose the display would look like. You’ll probably need to visit this screen only infrequently, to set up the defaults for how you want the software to work. I save the image for tweaking later and go on to the next scan. Or any other ideas that I’ve overlooked. As we write this, we’re still searching for our “formula” that works best for scanner reviews, but are generally settling on a format in which we step through the scanner controls in the approximate order that a user would encounter them. Slides are the least impressive and require the most editing. Assuming that DPI is adequate to scan film is wrong, because it comes down to the quality of the optical system that delivers the image to the CCD.

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Minolta released a Scan Dual IV, which scans at DPI with all the same features and software, so if it’s like the III, I’d nab it right away if you’re looking for a well-priced, well-performing film scanner.

Jim Hutchison is a hobby photographer who lives in Calgary, Canada with his wife Moira and Buddy the cat. As such, they’re more powerful than the histogram controls, but you have less feedback as to what parts of the image you’re affecting, and it’s much easier to get lost in your adjustments with them.

Konica Minolta Dimage Scan Dual Pass-Through Scanner

One odd point about saved and subsequently recalled histogram corrections though: Two nice features – something Minolta calls Pixel Polish and Auto Dust Brush – helped render an dikage and clean scan. With this review of the Dimage Scan Dual, the “personal” model in Minolta’s lineup, we complete our coverage of their scanner lineup. Prescan Window This window shown below is “home base” for the scanning process.


Minolta added a unique twist to the tone curves though, in the form of white and sczn eyedropper controls, which work in the same way as the equivalent controls on the histogram screen. The scanner does a pretty good job in auto-focus mode, so I just let the unit do its thing.

Picked off the software online and everything installed smoothly. This is a difficult equation to optimize, as the needs of “beginners” and “experts” can minollta so widely.


Color balance overall was quite good, although by default, the scanner tended to add a bit of magenta to things red and blue together. Minolta Dimage Scan-Multi Masks. We liked many aspects of Minolta’s scanning software in the past, but did find the concept of “Jobs” in the scanning setup rather confusing. Has both negative and slide holders. For some reason, this appears to be a common characteristic of strip-film holders.

Overview Discussions Photos Members Map. I can’t comment dcan colors yet because most of my work is black and white, and hand-developed. In fact, if you can find an appropriate version of Vuescan it may work with the computer you have. This window represents a merging of two windows on the earlier version of Minolta’s scanning software, and greatly improves ease of use in our opinion.

Precision Control Window This version of the control window provides much greater control over input size, output size, and resolution. The resolution is pretty good not phenomenaland it’s a slow process, but still pretty cool! We saw no evident focus deficiencies while scanning normal slides or negatives. But there is that SCSI thing to deal with. Also, you may have a minolt of photos shot under similar conditions that would all benefit from the same treatment. Includes scanner, power cord, and data cable.


Konica Minolta Dimage Scan Dual II Scanner

For those not familiar with histograms though, a brief explanation would probably be in order. Conclusion In the Dimage Scan Dual, Minolta has crafted a combination of capabilities and software features into a unit that produces good image quality with a minimum of tweaking.

The film adapter is hinged, but only to the extent that a plate flips up to expose the recess into which the film is laid. This isn’t any sort of a problem, but was different than f400 we expected the saved settings to work.

The back pressure plate then hinges back down and latches, clamping the film flat.

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The condenser optics tend to produce sharper images, but at the cost of greatly enhanced grain, while diffusion enlargers create a softer look.

Still, scanning is a PITA. You can also accurately pre-scan the entire APS film roll with the preview function present in this Konica Minolta desktop scanner.

Hmmm, don’t know quite what Dua was thinking. If you select the black eyedropper button, and then click on a point in the left-hand preview window, that point will be set as the “black” point, and the individual red, green, and blue black-point sliders will all adjust automatically to make it so.

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