This webpage contains a limited review of the Minolta Scan Elite 5400 film scanner. I have no intention of doing a full review of it, but only bits and pieces that relates to how I use it.
This is probably the last 35mm film scanner you need! 5400 dpi; 100% of the frame; high dynamic range; ICE; grain dissolver; manual focusing; batch scanning; in short, everything you need! And it's affordable! (US$900 at B&H)
Note: this is what I told myself for the Minolta Scan Multi Pro. It scans at 4800 dpi. I didn't get it because it is very expensive (US$2800 at B&H), and initial reviews said it gave grainy scans. However, it is the last film scanner you need if you scan medium format -- each 16-bit image is almost 1-GB at 3200 dpi!
How does the Scan Elite 5400 perform? You be the judge. The following sections are available:
The body is metal, so it is very good at dissipating heat, and it does not get hot.
2 Theoretical. Actual lp/mm is lower due to imperfect scanning: lens optics, scanner DOF, CCD dynamic range and image contrast. However, one thing is for sure: this is the maximum resolution that the scanner can pick up. It is not possible to benchmark a lens that exceeds this resolution. It is still possible to test other aspects of the lens, such as the lens contrast.
With this film scanner, it is time to redefine my scanning procedure. I have a Scan Elite II and used to scan raw using Vuescan. Then I scan the images through Vuescan again to get the positives. After that, I downsize them using Photoshop. As you can see, this is a lot of work and lately I have been thinking if this is why I seldom scan anymore.
Thus, I am going to simplify the steps to scan straight to positive. No more raw scan for me. While I lose some control, I realize that I seldom make use of the raw scan anyway.
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