I am gearing up to scan some 5000 35mm Kodachrome slides. I would like to have good quality scans, but it is also very important to not have the process take too much babysitting. That is, I need it to be as automated as possible. I have read numerous reviews on scanners which talk about quality, but they rarely talk about speed or easy of use for production. In particular I am worried about having to tweak the scanner controls for each slide or having post-scanning tweaking of photos taking up a lot of time.
Here is a list of the scanners I am considering. I really need info on which of these solutions would be the most time efficient. I am not a pro and am not looking for perfection in the scans, but would like the best first pass quality I can get.
1. Epson Perfection V700
2. Microtek ScanMaker i900
3. Canoscan 8600F
4. Nikon Coolscan V ED
5. Nikon Super Coolscan 5000 with 50 slide automated loader
The flatbed scanners scan more than one (4-12) slides at a time, although the Nikon dedicated scanners seem to be quicker per slide from the specs. What would be least time intensive solution?
Most of these slides are not going to be blown up to large format prints so resolution may not be as important, but I would like to capture the color and contrast in the slides without a lot of tweaking on a slide by slide basis.
Price is not too big of a deal since I plan on reselling the scanner when I am finished.
Any advice? I appreciate any input I can get. Thanks!