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1. From : Jay (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Url : http://
Date : 09:39 AM Saturday 12 February, 2005
Dan, Do a word search here on our site on film scanners, past discussed. Nikon has the contract for the latest autodust removal program releases, and uses a different illuminance source than Konica-Minolta. These present other tradeoffs than price alone. A test revealing differences between the two, via a cited web review on an extensive gear user test site, was past posted. These were strictly the 35mm scanners, not going up to 6CM, but each of the same technology. Both companies are supposed to release other more advanced direct filmscan units this spring, also past discussed on our site. --Jay2. From : Dan (email@example.com)
Url : http://
Date : 05:21 AM Saturday 12 February, 2005
Corrections and Additional Information:
Konica Minolta DiMage Scan Scan Elite resolution:
35mm scan (stated on specs.)= 5232 x 7800 pixels (40MP);
ACTUAL SENSOR= 5300 pixels per line, 3-line RGB CCD
Konica Minolta DiMage Scan Multi PRO resolution:
4800 dpi (interpolated);
35mm scan = 4728 x 7008 pixels (33MP);
6x9 scan = 10692 x 15840 pixels (169MP);
ACTUAL SENSOR= 7260 pixels per line, 3-line RGB CCD.
So optically if the 7260 pixels are across 56.58mm (their spec.), straight scans must be about 128 pixels per mm:
35mm scan = 3210 x 4736 (15MP);
6 x 9 scan = 7260 x 10730 (18MP).
Nikon Coolscan V ED and 5000 ED Resolution:
4000 dpi (pixels per inch);
35mm scan (appr.)= 3876 x 5512 (21MP);
ACTUAL SENSOR: 3964 pixel/line, 2-line (5000 ED) linear CCD (Coolscan V ED is single line).
Nikon Coolscan 9000 ED Resolution:
4000 dpi true optical resoulution (pixels per inch);
35mm scan (appr./calc.)= 3876 x 5512 (21MP)
6 x 9 scan (appr./calc.)= 8819 x 13230 (116MP)
ACTUAL SENSOR: 10,000 pixel, 3-line monochrome linear CCD
Also, all but the Nikon Coolscan V ED are 16 bit and will do multi-sample scanning up to 16x. My target resolutions will probably be 12 to 20 Megapixels, so I think all imagers will work. Do you think I need to worry about higher resolution scans? So based on specs, I think the choice is either the Dimage Elite for max resolution and low price, Nikon 5000 ED for speed and convenience, or the Nikon 9000 ED for medium format. Any opinions? Dan3. From : Dan (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Url : http://
Date : 04:25 AM Saturday 12 February, 2005
I did more research for scanners. I did not like the Epson scanners: flatbed only.
Found the following options to be the best:
Konica Minolta DiMage Elite (35mm; $560),
Konica Minolta DiMage Multi PRO (35mm & 6cm; $1600),
Nikon Coolscan V ED (35mm, $600),
Nikon 5000 ED (35mm w/roll load, $1500),
Nikon 9000 ED (35mm & 6cm; $2000).
I am leaning toward the Nikon 9000 ED so I can do both 35mm and 6cm. Does anyone think I am wasting my money? The work will pay for it, but eats into the profits. If I go 35mm, I would like the 5000 ED so I can batch capture to save time. But it costs money to save time. Even though the resolution of the Minoltas are higher (5400dpi vs. 4000dpi), I believe 4000 dpi is good enough for my LX resolution. Thoughts on this? Dan4. From : AB (email@example.com)
Url : http://
Date : 04:20 PM Friday 11 February, 2005
I had this problem with the 500 4.5 despite using a big heavy Manfrotto (Bogen) and the 500 has a tripod bush. I found it was less springy simply resting the lens on a beanbag on the tripod head but of course you can't do long exposures. The springyness tends to ruin shots in the 1/125 - 1/15 region, the beanbag damps it enough for use down to 1/30th or so. AB5. From : Jay (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Url : http://
Date : 03:14 PM Friday 11 February, 2005
Jorge, Again, look under camera support and tripods under our site word search feature. Which 300MM lens? Is it the M* or A* Pentax? If you are insistent on your existing tripod, a weight can be suspended from all three legs, mid-length, or from the fulcrum convergent under head point. The lens may still sway, it may not. Another help is to place one's body weight down on the tripod, and/or tripod and secure camera, or use the reverse beanbag technique. This is to get your shot locked, put a beanbag on the camera top and bear down a bit on it while using a remote to fire off shots. I use large ball heads, and the other techniques discussed long ago on this site. These included: using a reasonable diameter plastic drain pipe with two Vs cut in opposite sides of the circle, one slightly lower than the other, wide enough to carry your long lens; using a car hood with a jacket or beanbag supporting the camera; and using certain body prop techniques against stationary objects along with a monopod. Search, read, and try. --Jay6. From : Jorge (email@example.com)
Url : http://
Date : 05:14 AM Friday 11 February, 2005
All, HAVE LX with 300mm lens (no tripod collar) on tripod. When on it, lens is very springy and bounces for a while before settling. Soon as I touch tripod, everything bounces again!. Any ideas how to stabilze it. tripod is Gitzo 1228. thank you, Jorge7. From : William D. Tallman (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Url : http://
Date : 02:59 PM Thursday 10 February, 2005
Thanks to Michael for his comments!! Think I'll check out Colorado next. Bill Tallman
8. From : Mico (email@example.com)
Url : http://
Date : 07:54 AM Thursday 10 February, 2005
Christopher, "sticku mirror" is mostly related to the camera age and "terms and conditions" of storage and use. As far as I know, same rubber dampers were used on all LX cameras. So, do not bother thinking about this for at least 10 years. I still have one LX, from 1991, with factory installed dampers and it is 100% fit.
Regarding LX 2000 improvements, it should be identical to the latest regular LX series, aside luxury details and finish. M.9. From : Jay (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Url : http://
Date : 09:41 AM Tuesday 08 February, 2005
Chris, It is once again clear that our word search feature, on the guestbook site, is your best option to answer your inquiry. All models, and websites which cover the differences have been written about in detail in the past. I, in particular, gave a then-complete list of websites covering the LX, and related lenses. Others will probably write with their pet historical websites. Our host site too has some information, visually, and with words, on the changes. Some sites actually have photo sections of the bodies with the minor differences in late model LXs. Early to late LX changes show some greater differences: like the additional meter switch, the raised collar on the shutter guard, the changes in the dot pattern on the shutter curtain, and, of course, the cosmetic differences in body metals and finishes. The ISO dials have some cosmetic and range differences (early to late models). Further, the three chrome A series lenses of the latter 90's were designed with the LX 2000 in mind, as a nice collector's package. These lenses are among the very highest performing Pentax ever produced. Kept pristine, the whole system will go up in value. --Jay10. From : Christopher E. (email@example.com)PAGE | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 21 | 22 | 23 | 24 | 25 | 26 | 27 | 28 | 29 | 30 | 31 | 32 | 33 | 34 | 35 | 36 | 37 | 38 | 39 | 40 | 41 | 42 | 43 | 44 | 45 | 46 | 47 | 48 | 49 | 50 | 51 | 52 | 53 | 54 | 55 | 56 | 57 | 58 | 59 | 60 | 61 | 62 | 63 | 64 | 65 | 66 | 67 | 68 | 69 | 70 | 71 | 72 | 73 74 | 75 | 76 | 77 | 78 | 79 | 80 | 81 | 82 | 83 | 84 | 85 | 86 | 87 | 88 | 89 | 90 | 91 | 92 | 93 | 94 | 95 | 96 | 97 | 98 | 99 | 100 | 101 | 102 | 103 | 104 | 105 | 106 | 107 | 108 | 109 | 110 | 111 | 112 | 113 | 114 | 115 | 116 | 117 | 118 | 119 | 120 | 121 | 122 | 123 | 124 | 125 | 126 | 127 | 128 | 129 | 130 | 131 | 132 | 133 | 134 | 135 | 136 | 137 | 138 | 139 | 140 | 141 | 142 | 143 | 144 | 145 | 146 | 147 | 148 | 149 | 150 | 151 | 152 | 153 | 154 | 155 | 156 | 157 | 158 | 159 | 160 | 161 | 162 | 163 | 164 | 165 | 166 | 167 | 168 | 169 | 170 | 171 | 172 | 173 | 174 | 175 | 176 | 177 | 178 | 179 | 180 | 181 | 182 | 183 | 184 | 185 | 186 | 187 | 188 | 189 | 190 | 191 | 192 | 193 | 194 | 195 | 196 | 197 | 198 | 199 | 200 | 201 | 202 | 203 | 204 | 205 | 206 | 207 | 208 | 209 | 210 | 211 | 212 | 213 | 214 | 215 | 216 | 217
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Date : 06:43 AM Tuesday 08 February, 2005
I was fortunate to acquire a LX 2000 last year, a very beautiful camera. Does anybody know if there were there design changes or improvements involved? Specifically, have the "sticky mirror" problems been addressed? What are the differences between regular and late Pentax LX's? Thanks!!
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