My final selection of film images for this test were made up of good quality photos that had been scanned before; here I did not really expect dramatic differences in results. And, you can use Digital ICE to produce a bit raw file that is free of dirt and scratch defects. The Scan Elite II is sharp enough to capture not only the smallest details 35mm film can resolve, but grain and dust far smaller. On the other hand, we found it very easy to mangle an image by applying all sorts of corrections. Recommended RAM requirements vary depending on which functions are used. Yi M1 Mirrorless Camera Review. You never have to crop or configure multiple target areas.

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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.

You can even configure the Quick Scan button to run the Batch utility. This was easier, even more so than I have been used to in the past. In each case, the results showed fine detail and excellent tonal range and color capture.

The trick to loading a film holder is to remember that down is up, up is down, right reading is upside down. 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.


Two pre-built profiles are installed: Select either Print output or Then you select one of the four supported film types Recommended RAM requirements vary depending on which functions elie used.

We threw a very oddly colored Kodak Gold emulsion 54000 it and got a very nice conversion VueScan handled this well, too. Moving film, fixed sensor, single-pass scan Image sensor: In normal operation, you simply have to power the scanner on or off as needed.

The auction listing for this product that will end the soonest. What was most evident working with these less-than-optimum images was that the greater specification depth and new light source and optics of the scanner produced raw scan image data with much more latitude for correction and adjustment.

Konica Minolta Dimage Scan Elite 5400 II Scanner

As with any USB peripheral, you should install the software before installing the hardware. The scanner goes through an initialization stage blinking its indicator lamp before it’s ready to get to work. It also pulls out all of the detail in the darkest shadows, even in the most dense Kodachromes, which the Minolta Dimage Multi-Pro and Imacon had trouble with.

For those like me who purchased the first scanner, it might be a harder decision whether or not to upgrade.

If the original film is a bit overexposed, whatever highlight information is in the film will be recorded more completely than was possible with the previous model After configuring Master settings for the batch scan and initializing the scanner, you can scan holder after holder of images. The Batch utility is accessed through the Launch utility, which also provides access via individual buttons to the Easy Scan and Scan utilities.


It automatically detects and corrects dust, scratches, fingerprints, mildew and other blemishes on color film surfaces. The negative holder has lost a couple of frame struts.

With the software expecting something to do, gently push the holder into the scanner. No other formats need apply.

Scanner Review: Konica Minolta DiMAGE Scan Elite II

The scanner will grab the holder and feed it in to do an index scan, which shows the software what’s in the holder. Like thethe front panel is simple.

The result is that you can reproduce detail and tonal separation smoothly all across the density spectrum in the finished image. An instruction manual and a warranty card complete the kit. The other holds a six-frame strip of 35mm film.

Minolta Dimage Scan Elite 5400 II – film scanner (35 mm) – desktop – USB 2.0

Negative film isn’t always framed precisely the same, although it’s hard to see how this accommodates any deviation. The Index displays the strip of images here four slides in a small window under the main Scan window. Those have pointed feed ends, rather than the blunt ones of the II. The II gets more and better image information out of both highlights and shadows, providing much more ximage adjustment of local contrast.