I’ve found that this diffuse illumination source produces somewhat “softer” scans than some other scanners. While I’d like a little more control in some areas, the software overall strikes an excellent balance between power and ease of use, and is one of my favorite scanning packages. This speeds workflow quite a bit. Here’s what the Easy Scan utility’s user interface looks like:. Options are 2, 4, or 8 samples, or Off. Activating Color Matching lets you match the output of the scan to a specific device, such as a monitor or printer. In common with other Minolta scanners I’ve tested, the DSD-III uses a special fluorescent light source, producing strong spectral peaks in the red, green, and blue portions of the spectrum.

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Minolta Dimage Scan Dual III

This is much less useful in my opinion, I prefer to see the reference back to the original, as shown here. Loads any previously saved image correction settings files, and applies corrections to the selected image.

Auto Dust Dul diminishes the effect of dust particles on the film’s surface that refuse to be removed by cleaning cloths and brushes. Along the top of the screen are several control buttons and pulldown menus, while the bottom of the screen is divided into a preview area and utility window.

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Reapplies the previously undone adjustment. Locks the exposure for the preview image shown, allowing you to scan multiple images in the same film strip with the same exposure. It’s still possible to get yourself “lost in the woods” though, since it can be difficult to judge color and tone accurately from small thumbnails like this.


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At a setting of “High,” much more dust is removed, but tiny details in the images themselves could be lost. Maybe that was a big deal back when it was made but nowadays nearly every photo-editing program comes with better software.

Handy, can save scanning time. The buttons across the top of the preview area again change, and from right to left perform the following functions: Also constructed of heavy plastic, the slide holder features a single-unit design, similar to the holder used on the original Dimage Scan Elite.

That is, to a very narrow range of colors around the one selected, or to a broader range of hues. Time consuming to use but worth it. While I’d like a little more control in some areas, the software overall strikes an excellent balance between power and ease of use, and is one of my favorite scanning packages.

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It’s also one though, that qf-2840 some knowledge of how color works in order to use it successfully. High performance at an amazingly low price.

In my experience though, USM is such a multivariate function, and frequently so subject-dependent that a preview option is almost mandatory. The scanner apparently always focuses prior to the prescan, so a second focusing may not be necessary prior to the scan itself. The window can be moved anywhere over the preview image, so you can see the effects of any changes made.

Set the degree of dust-removal processing via the “Retouching Level” setting in the Preferences panel. You only really need it for extremely dense pieces of film a good thing too, because it drastically slows the scanning processbut it does indeed make a difference for those “impossible” slides. Saves all image correction settings as a “job.


A final conclusion will have to await a complete analysis of my test scans, but the early results are very promising. This desktop scanner comes with USB 2. Index scan, 6 frames, “Speed” preference Index scan, 6 frames, “Quality” preference. The following checkboxes and settings are available:.

I’ve seen some software packages that only show the changes relative to the last change you made. It’s also ideal for novices confused by the myriad options advanced scanning applications offer for resolution and image adjustment. Flips the image on a horizontal axis. The black bar shows a measure of how good the focus currently is, while the white bar shows the highest level that’s been reached since you opened the window.

There are other “nerd buttons” to play with as well, including a barrage of image manipulation options such as histograms, color balance, etc. If you do things right, the noise level decreases in proportion to the square root of the number of samples you’re averaging across.

Prescan Tab Clicking on the Prescan button activates the scanner to create a larger prescan dimagr of the selected image, and automatically opens sdan Prescan window.

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