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Minolta’s film scanner line is overall marked by good user interface design IMHO , strong specs, and excellent optics, at generally competitive prices. When using manual focus, a black and white “thermometer bar” graphic appears in the focus window. For instance, if you’re wanting to double-check a particularly severe tonal or color correction. It’s a very good product. A set of directions instruct you to load the film, choose the film type, select an image, make any automatic adjustments, pick a usage which determines the scan resolution , and finally, scan the image. Using this interface, even complete beginners can achieve pleasing results, since most everyone can at least tell whether they like one image more than another.

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In duzl experience though, USM is such a multivariate function, and frequently so subject-dependent that a preview option is almost mandatory. At a setting of “High,” much more dust is removed, but tiny details in the images themselves could be lost. All scanning times were very fast, in the upper echelon of performance among sooftware I’ve tested, regardless of price.

Saved job files show up in the far left column of the Correction tab, with a scroll bar so that you can zip through various settings and determine the one you would like to apply.

Compatible with numerous operating systems, you can conveniently work with this Konica Minolta film scanner. Index scan, 6 frames, “Speed” preference Index scan, 6 frames, “Quality” preference. An optional APS adapter is sold separately. Nonetheless, this is a very approachable interface that can get you “in the ballpark” quite quickly, with no detailed knowledge of color theory.

Minolta Dimage Scan Dual III Film Scanner Review

From left to right, their functions are as follows: A set of directions instruct you to load the film, choose the film type, select an image, make kinolta automatic adjustments, pick a usage which determines the scan resolutionand finally, scan the image.


Despite my wish-list for the control, it’s a very useful one as it stands, although it will take many users a bit of fiddling to become familiar with its operation. This thread is locked. The top slider bar controls the amount of the effect, from zero xual percent.

So far VueScan has proven to be faster and easier to use — but the scan results have been very poor compared to what I minolga with the original Dimage Scan Dual software. Still, for novices, it’ll get you in spftware ballpark more times than not, and the excellent sofhware adjustment tool makes it easy for beginners to get decent-looking scans without having to take a course in color science first.

The Tone Curves and Histogram window “floats” above the preview area, meaning you can move it anywhere on the screen. You first place the media to be scanned into a holder, then insert the holder into the scanner. The filmstrip holder can accommodate strips of 35mm film up to six frames in length, and the slide holder up to four slides. Dimage Scan Utility When you need more control over the scanning parameters than that afforded by the Easy Scan utility, the normal Dimage Scan utility can be used standalone, or as a plug-in to Adobe Photoshop and Elements.

If I have time, I’d like to go back to the Mac, and see how this issue of prescan accuracy plays out there. At the bottom of the softwwre are the Auto Setting which tells the software to analyze the histograms and make its best guess as to the proper correction and Reset buttons.

I was less thrilled though, softaare the view in the prescan window didn’t match the final appearance of the images when I opened them in Photoshop. One edge of the holder has four open slots, where you can slip in individual slides.


This is the tricky part of this control, in that the adjustments are made in subtractive color space CMYKrather than the RGB additive color space most photographers and computer graphics users will be familiar with. If the preview image is shown less than full-frame, this button expands it to fit the full display area. This model is easier to get a good deal as some didn’t know there is fix for win7. It’s a bit slow, but jii slides with alot of dark shadow detail, it can’t be beat see canon photo.

Konica Minolta Dimage Scan Dual III Scanner

As powerful as it is though, I’d like to see it extended in two ways. Minokta shot above shows an applied histogram correction and a tone curve move.

That is, the noise should drop in half when you average four samples together, or by three quarters when you average 16 samples. Rotates the selected image 90 degrees counterclockwise. Spftware 8 X 10 printout of the scan on my HP was stunning. The Selective Color Adjustment tool separates the color region into six groups Red, Green, Blue, Cyan, Magenta, and Yellowletting you adjust minoltaa the colors in the image that fall within the specified color ranges.

Automatically sizes thumbnails to the utility window size. If you wish to do batch scanning, use the utility.