Most of the cull images I began my testing with did not require such large color corrections; for the most part the issues with them had to do with overexposure and underexposure and “unfortunate” lighting. This is a problem with most negatives and older mounted slides, and is, obviously the reason drum scanners and Imacons bend film to counteract its curling. Hard disk space requirements also leap when using more sophisticated functions. The back panel has just the one USB port and a connection for the power adapter. Scanner used consistently with VueScan not included with excellent results as the software bundled is antiquated.

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The negative holder has lost a couple of frame struts.

Konica Minolta USB 1. We generally prefer not to use the manufacturer’s scanning software, opting instead for VueScan or SilverFast. However, with very grainy black and white or the high-speed, grainy Kodachromeit is less effective. As I mentioned at the outset, I began with a selection of film images which were really culls, images I had never used in the past because they were overexposed or underexposed, contained unacceptable color casts due to processing and other errors, or were made in lighting conditions that produced undesirable image color and contrast.

The glass reflects the scanner light. Show More Show Less. Digital GEM for film grain management to analyse film emulsion patterns and reduce graininess while preserving image quality, color and sharpness. So my advice would be if you need the best in a dedicated 35mm film scanner, this new Konica Minolta offering is as good as it gets, at least for a while.


The software will fit the needs of most photographers, whether beginners or experienced pros. Probably its biggest drawback, though, is its lack of versatility. Batch Scan Utility handles large volume scanning with less work, making the scanning workflow more efficient by enabling continuous scanning at a user-set resolution, exposure and with pre-determined corrections applied.

It automatically detects and corrects dust, scratches, fingerprints, mildew and other blemishes on color film surfaces. But what made the famous hasn’t been tampered with: Also included is a USB cable, the AC adapter for power and a reset tool so you won’t have to unbend a paper clip to close the scanner door.

In addition, I should add that when scanning Kodachrome or silver-based black and white film to a high-bit raw file you must turn Digital ICE off in the Konica Minolta Utility.

We’ve been running version 1.

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Initially I chose to adjust, color correct, and edit these raw files using Adobe’s Photoshop Elements 3. You aren’t likely to see this if you are scanning for small output.

It will be upside down as you load the holder.

There must be a special trade school somewhere on a lost continent that teaches film holder engineering. Protruding from the bottom of the face plate is the Manual Focus dial.


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Konica Minolta Dimage Scan Elite 5400 II Scanner

The negative holder has a single latch. The final fix was in Photoshop to correct the perspective distortion so the barn did not look like it was falling over backward.

So if you’re unhappy with your scan, change your settings and try it again.

They could have sat on their laurels for at least another year, I’m sure. Two pre-built profiles are installed: And the differences between the two models are noteworthy.

Hard disk space requirements also leap when using more sophisticated functions. I used an experimental black and white reversal formula to process the film to black and white positive slides.

However, I didn’t think twice about it being a good move and sent Konica Minolta a check dimagd than return the scanner.

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Recommended RAM requirements vary depending on which functions are used. The II ships with several proprietary scanning applications, which we did test. We can’t guarantee the Logitech M mouse will boost your productivity, but at this price Easy Scan startup screen reminds you to insert the holder