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Old Jan 31, 2006, 7:25 PM   #1
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I need a scanner that is capable of scanning 35mm negs, so that I can print them at A3+ size. I already have a an Epson Perfection 4990 scanner but I find the A3 prints I make are just not sharp enough and no amount of fiddling around with the Epson Scan Utility or Photoshop makes any difference. Am I right in thinking that a dedicated film scanner would do a better job or am I just asking too much of a scannned 35mm neg?

I have been looking at the Konica Minolta Dimage 5400 II but as Minolta have now gone bust they are now impossible to get, I have really tried!! Is there anything else I should consider and if so what (Nikon Super Coolscan 5000ED perhaps)?
Any advice will be greatly appreciated.
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Old Feb 6, 2006, 7:51 PM   #2
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I just bought a Nikon 5000ED a few weeks back. Have scanned about 500 negs so far and am astounded by the quality. Digital ICE is a must - you'd be amazed at the dust on negatives that appear to be clean. I debated the purchase for months, but eventually jumped in and bought it.

Cons: The Nikon software is terrible. Whoever designed it/wrote it has been living under a rock for quite a while. I could think of about 50 improvements to the UI alone. That said, it does the job.

Pros: Excellent quality scans - to get better, you'll need to look at a drum scanner. Speed is pretty good too. Digital ICE4 is fantastic at removing dust specs and light scratches.
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