Minolta Elite 5400 - Tips and Tricks

Discussion in 'Digital Darkroom' started by og, Nov 3, 2003.

  1. og

    og

    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).
     
  2. Olivier,

    Do you have the link to download the latest version of the 5400? I looked but could not find it.

    Did you already install this update and if so is it working ok?

    Mark
     
  3. You can get the update from here. The Minolta site just says its a bug fix release, no other details are provided.
     
  4. og

    og

    Mark B., Costas: I installed the English version over my French one (it first uninstalls the previous version), and it's running fine. The only change I noticed is that '1350dpi' and lower (index included) are really faster (about 2x).
     
  5. og

    og

    Here is a very interesting site dealing with editing & scanning (Elite 5400) - lot of visual comparisons. The 16 bits issue, and the Minolta Fixes are really informative.
     
  6. Yesterday I tried two different techniques: scanning with ICE and without. I realised some lose in terms of sharpness with ICE, while the image without ICE was amazingly sharp, though I did`nt use USM. But I got black spots on the scan that I couldn`t find on the slide with a 10xloupe. What`s that??? Help! The spots weren`t on the scan when I used ICE.
    Another question: I scanned with a resolution of 2700 dpi. Is there a lot of improvement when scanning with 5400 dpi?
     
  7. Franz,

    >>I realised some lose in terms of sharpness with ICE, while the image without ICE was amazingly sharp, though I did`nt use USM.i>

    As has been discussed, ICE turns on Grain Dissolver which diffuses the otherwise highly collimated light source. That accounts for the softening of the grain. Most likely, the difference would be invisible when printed at 300 dpi.

    >>But I got black spots on the scan that I couldn`t find on the slide with a 10xloupe. What`s that??? Help! The spots weren`t on the scan when I used ICE.i>

    It depends on the size of the spots in pixels. You would need a much stronger loupe than 10x to show something that is even four pixels across in a 2700 ppi scan. My guess is that it's only microscopic dust, resolved by the scanner and that ICE effectively removes. Other than increased scan speed, I can see no practical reason to turn off ICE and GD. I learned to love diffused light sources in the darkroom. Spotting a silver or RA4 print with dyes makes child's play of spotting in Photoshop

    >>Another question: I scanned with a resolution of 2700 dpi. Is there a lot of improvement when scanning with 5400 dpi?i>

    For large prints, absolutely. For any other purpose, I scan at the resolution that is closest to my print size at 300 dpi or for screen display at 1350.

    BTW, my 5400 failed after only five weeks of use and less than a few dozen scans. It's now being serviced for a stuck film holder. I've read a lot of complaints that seem hardware related and that makes me think this model might be a lemon.
     
  8. og

    og

    Please note that I have started a new thread about 'Workflows and tips' on www.photo-i.co.uk, where users of the Minolta Elite 5400 are very active.
     
  9. Does the DiMage 5400 updated software support OSX 10.3+ (Panther)? or will I have
    to get Lasersoft from SilverFast?
    http://www.silverfast.com/highlights/en.html
     
  10. og

    og

    Yes, check here.
     

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