35mm Film Scanner

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  1. probe1957

    probe1957 TPF Noob!

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    Hi all,

    Am a newby here and can't seem to find the answer to my question. Please forgive me if it has been asked before and I am just too boneheaded to find the thread.

    I am looking to buy a 35mm film scanner. Have about half settled on the Minolta Scan Dual IV, but I have a question first. What the heck is DPI and what practical effect would it have for me? I mean, $260 for this one at 3200 dpi vs about $1000 for a Canon at 4000 dpi.

    Any help and advice is much appreciated.
     
  2. voodoocat

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    There are a few threads that deal with negative scanners in this forum...

    But the extra 800 dpi is definately not worth an extra $700. The dynamic range on the minolta is as high as scanners get and 3200 dpi is more than enough resolution to make large prints.
     
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    You might also consider the Nikon Coolscan V ED. I believe it runs about $500 and is a 4000 dpi (dots per inch) scanner. Very easy to install and use and the software is excellent.
     
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    I really appreciate the responses. The Canon I was considering is the FS4000 but really not interested in spending more money if the difference is miniscule.

    Again, thanks for your time.
     

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