Review Sections Review Specs. Whitetail in the Snow. As important as better results are, I found it even as valuable that getting from a raw image to a corrected and ideally adjusted final image file was more direct and efficient. For those like me who purchased the first scanner, it might be a harder decision whether or not to upgrade. Considering the new II specs that affect performance will be most readily apparent when scanning slides, I concentrated my test work on slide images that would be more challenging, second- or third-quality cull images stored deep in my collection. In short, the scanner itself seems to outrun the software. This may make for some grain noise, however, particularly with older Ektachrome-type films, as I’ve noticed that dye deterioration from age seems to affect shadow densities most of all.

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The most important improvement was in better shadow and highlight values, with more detail and a smoother gradation of tones. For the simplest operation, you can either press the Scan button on the front panel which starts the Scan Elite’s Launcher application or run the Launcher from the computer.

Konica Minolta Dimage Scan Elite II review: Konica Minolta Dimage Scan Elite II – CNET

And, with an underexposed film image, the same 540 true of the shadows. Elkte first, launch your scanning software. And, at dpi, there is none of the grain aliasing that is a problem with lower resolution machines. On the other hand, although the new model scans black and white effectively, the film’s lower density range compared to slide film requires spreading the image values out further to fill the gamut, and then using adjustments to local contrast very carefully to obtain both good tonal separation and smooth gradations in the final image file.


Before I get into the full test I would like to mention some plug-in and Utility caveats. Be respectful, keep it civil and stay on topic. There are more icons than you can easily take in, even after becoming familiar with them.

The new II is much more streamlined in operation, providing a noticeable reduction in time getting scans done one after another. When you need them to restore faded colors, say dimafe, they’re nice to have.

Accumulated dust may never become a problem li the Scan Elite II, but from our experience, it’s helpful to be able to periodically clean a scanner’s mirrors and lenses, especially in dusty, smoggy environments. It corrects image characteristics of people, nightscapes, trees and skies. Caribou – Denali, Alaska.

This was less 500 a problem with the new II. It’s difficult to draw the line between the raw capture and the corrected file particularly in the case of negativesbut we saw some gorgeous histograms. Pusang Bubong Roof Cat.

Konica Minolta Dimage Scan Elite 5400 II Scanner

The back panel has just the one USB port and a connection for the power adapter. It’s hard to beat a box that can quickly 25 seconds scan bit channels with a dynamic range of 4. Latest Trending Photos Videos. And, I found by beginning by using Levels to optimize the gamut, and then going to Elements’ Quick Fix using the manual sliders to adjust contrast and color, I could achieve a quite refined, finished image rather easily, and even more efficiently than using the full CS version of Photoshop.


With the software expecting something to do, gently push the holder into the scanner. You may also like. Recommended RAM requirements vary depending on which functions are used. Despite the warning, we turned ellite feature on, ran some Kodachrome slides through the unit, and came up with good results.

Hard disk space requirements also leap when using more sophisticated functions.

Well, at least you don’t have to worry about portrait and dmiage orientation. The scanner ships with two plastic, hinged holders. Optionally adjust the image 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 elihe.

Unless you worked with the original you may not notice there are very beneficial improvements in the drive mechanism, internal processing, and setup process. Log in or register to post comments. Dimagf Your Portraits Look Flat?

The two scans can be auto-aligned in Photoshop and then the out-of-focus zones from each of the two scans removed. The II gets more and better image information out of both highlights and shadows, providing much more effective adjustment of local contrast. Includes items in all conditions except ‘For parts or not working. Continue to next page 01