trend has continued unabated since the first Shutterbug's Photography
Buyer's Guide: As the number of digital cameras has increased, the number
of scanners has decreased. My guess is that while the presence of camera-phone
manufacturers at PMA 2005 does not bode well for the future of lower end point-and-shoot
cameras, they will have no impact whatsoever on the need and number for better
film and print scanners.
Konica Minolta's DiMAGE Scan Elite 5400 II film scanner is designed for
photo enthusiasts and pros and achieves 42.
2-megapixel resolution by using a high-performance 5400dpi three-line color
CCD and uses a Film Expert Algorithm that was developed with photofinishing
technology. With a dynamic range of 4.8 it uses multi-sample scanning to reduce
Konica Minolta DiMAGE Scan Elite 5400 II
Nikon's newest Coolscan film scanners feature a Nikkor ED lens, low-heat
LED light source, and Digital ICE4 Advanced. The pricey ($1999.95) Super Coolscan
9000 ED can handle film from 16mm to medium format and has an optical resolution
of 4000dpi. It will make as many as 16 passes to ensure smooth gradation of
color and detail. The scanner has a three-line CCD sensor and a scanning rate
of 40 seconds for 35mm film via a FireWire connection to your computer. The
Coolscan V ED is an affordable ($599.95) film scanner for first-time scanner
users yet produces scans at close to 22-megapixel resolution. With an optical
resolution of 4000dpi and a USB 2.0 interface the Coolscan V ED scans an image
in 38 seconds. Nikon's Super Coolscan 5000 ED delivers 35mm scans at 20
seconds per image and at a 4000dpi optical resolution. Priced at $1099.95, it's
aimed at professional photographers, web developers, and photofinishers.
Nikon Super Coolscan 9000
Epson's Perfection 4990 Photo scanner has a 4.0 D-max and offers 4800x9600dpi
resolution. My favorite feature is the large built-in transparency unit for
35mm, medium, and large format film that lets you scan an entire contact sheet
at one time. I also like the LED embedded in the scanner lid that shows film
scanning progress and makes me feel like (another Baltimore native) David Hasselhoff
talking to KIT. There's Kodak's Digital ICE technology to remove
dust and scratches. Yet all this costs less than $450, making it the best buy
in the flat-bed/film genre.
Canon's PIXMA MP760 (who thinks of these names, Frodo?) Photo All-In-One
lets you make prints directly from slides or negatives, includes card slots
for direct digital photo printing, and features an LCD screen for viewing images.
Besides prints, users can also scan and make copies at home or in the office
for just $299.99.
Optimized for digital and traditional photography, Epson's Stylus Photo
RX620 is an excellent photo solution for scrapbookers. It features six-color
printing and full-featured photo-quality scanning capability for prints, slides,
or negatives, including built-in color restoration capabilities. The Stylus
Photo RX620 has a 2.5" color LCD, USB host port, PictBridge camera connection,
and seven-in-one media card slot.
addresses can be found on page 176.