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I've heard that the Minlota Dimage III is the scanner to purchase on a budget - has anyone had experience with this model, or would any recommend something else? I plan on scanning my family's 1500+ old slides (slides with the cardboard frames). Any help would be appreciated....

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    Default What's the best film scanner (for slides) for under $400?

    I've heard that the Minlota Dimage III is the scanner to purchase on a
    budget - has anyone had experience with this model, or would any recommend
    something else?

    I plan on scanning my family's 1500+ old slides (slides with the cardboard
    frames).

    Any help would be appreciated.


    Scott Guest

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    Default Re: What's the best film scanner (for slides) for under $400?

    The Dimage is really the only reasonable choice at this price ($300). Nikon
    currently has a $100 rebate on their IV which gets it to around $500; it is
    likely a better scanner and handles noise with dICE. The results from the
    previous model Dimage II are certainly acceptable for most purposes. I have
    examples at [url]http://www.yticinvestor.com/alford/ScannerTest/Default.htm[/url]
    if you are interested. I also have tests from a Nikon IV but haven't
    yzed them yet...

    If you really intend to scan 1500 slides, be ready to make a career of
    it.... at 8/hour you are looking at some 200 hours scanning....

    You can pick up the Dimage II's for under $200 on eBay.

    Cheers,

    Richard


    "Scott" <scott_newsgroupyahoo.ca> wrote in message
    news:QBzPa.9946$Ag6.807990news20.bellglobal.com.. .
    > I've heard that the Minlota Dimage III is the scanner to purchase on a
    > budget - has anyone had experience with this model, or would any recommend
    > something else?
    >
    > I plan on scanning my family's 1500+ old slides (slides with the cardboard
    > frames).
    >
    > Any help would be appreciated.
    >
    >

    ralford Guest

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    Default Re: What's the best film scanner (for slides) for under $400?

    I don't suppose you have a comparison with a dedicated film scanner? It
    would make an interesting comparison. Not sure the OP can buy a 990 and the
    rest for $400...

    rma

    <ZZfake.not> wrote in message news:3F0EE084.A6FAA6E4fake.not...
    > A film scanner was much too slow for me, so I use a Nikon CP900
    > digital camera instead. See "Slide Cope" at:
    > [url]http://www.photoprojects.net/index6.html[/url]
    > Gene
    >
    >
    >
    > Scott wrote:
    >
    > > I've heard that the Minlota Dimage III is the scanner to purchase on a
    > > budget - has anyone had experience with this model, or would any
    recommend
    > > something else?
    > >
    > > I plan on scanning my family's 1500+ old slides (slides with the
    cardboard
    > > frames).
    > >
    > > Any help would be appreciated.

    ralford Guest

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    Default Re: What's the best film scanner (for slides) for under $400?

    ralford <ralfordNOSPAM.bigfoot.com> wrote:
    >If you really intend to scan 1500 slides, be ready to make a career of
    >it.... at 8/hour you are looking at some 200 hours scanning....
    Aye. I wonder if it would be simpler, cheaper, to rent time on a 4000 with
    a slide feeder and let it run overnight a lot. Or depending on how much
    his 200 hours is worth to him, buying one and then selling it after.

    Still a huge project.
    --
    Jason O'Rourke [url]www.jor.com[/url]
    Jason O'Rourke Guest

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