I hope that this thread will become usefull to Elite 5400 users. If you have an interesting information or a good workflow you would like to share, your post is much welcome. For the Minolta's software: - Newest version is 1.1.2 (Firmware upgrade to 1.09) - available in Europe. - Oversampling: When you set a Resolution of '2700dpi' or lower, you get an oversampling of 2x2 (ie: '2700dpi' will make a real 5400dpi Scan, which is then reduced in size by 2 in both directions). Your '2700dpi' Image will be better than a 4 x Multi-Scan made at 2700dpi (with Vuescan for example), for only twice a single-scan time (side note: I didn't see any improvement with 4 x Multi-Scanning for Color Negatives). - Exposure & Clipping: Some Color Negatives may get clipped (shadows/highlights - check Exposure Tab). In this situation, my preferred solution is to scan as 'Color Negatives' with 16-bits Linear (auto-exposure on): You will get a RAW file that you need to (1)Invert, then (2)Change Gamma from 1.0 to your default gamma (2.2 for Windows). You can also scan as a 'Color positive' to adjust Exposure directly. - The Grain Dissolver is efficient to reduce grain (+PepperGrain, defects...). You may want to check information on the Scanhancer, on which Minolta based its own Grain Dissolver. - ICE does a really great job at removing dust and scratches: corrections are hardly noticeable and it doesn't soften the Image. I consider than ICE is much more efficient than Vuescan's IR(light). - You should use Auto-Focus on your High-Res Scans (change the focus point, if you have some problem. The GD may improve the usefull DoF as well). - When you use ICE, the real minimum resolution is set to 2700dpi. This is why index Scans at '675dpi' with GD&ICE are much slower than what they should. In the latest version 1.1.2, Minolta has reduced Exposure of CCD a lot for '1350dpi' and lower, in order to increase speed. - With Color Management On, the ICM Profile chosen is taken into account and modify your picture, however the Profile is not tagged in the file (ie: not recognised). You may want to use ImageMagick to embed the Profile in a batch process. - The most CPU intensive Scan is for a '5400'/'2700'dpi Scan, NO GD, NO ICE. For other configurations (GD/ICE/Negatives...), 1500Mhz should be enough. RAM: You have plenty with 512Mb to scan at 5400dpi. Editing is another story (I would recommend 512Mb for 2700dpi / >1.5Gb for 5400dpi). Olivier PS: Some of those findings have already been posted in a more detailled way, with pictures (Exposure, Focus&GD&ICE and Oversampling). I hope that this summary will be more helpfull (If you want to discuss intensively those points, please post in the detailled linked threads. Thank you).