I've been testing my Minolta Scan Dual IV with color negatives. For slides it works fine and I am satisfied (not much shadow detail but one can't expect too much from a slide). With negatives though it is a complete junk. Ok, not a complete junk but very inadequate when dealing with shadow detail. Comparing it to Fuji's Frontier scan, I realize that Frontier preserve the shadow detail...even if it doesn't show in your monitor, but ajusting levels and using shadows/highlight function gives you a lot of shadow information that didn't show up at first place. Also those scans don't have their histogram clipped. It's like Frontier scans the maximum shadow and highlight detail it can and "compresses" the tonal range in a more contrasty final image, but still possible to extract that shadow detail. In the other hand, Minolta Dimage seems not to compress the tonal range but to choose, to select one part of it and transfer into the final image. The result is that the histogram is always clipped and the shadows or the highlights can not be extracted. While experimenting I tried to scan the negative as positive film and the result preserves the whole tonal range, not clipping the histogram, but the result is a very bizarre and mis-colored image. So it seems that the hardware is capable of scanning the whole tonal range (scanning as positive could show that) but the software simply can't deal with it when scanning as negative film. Finally my question: Is there a software solution to this problem? Does any company makes another software for this scanner that would result in better negative scans? What is your experience with that? I am really dissapointed that the original software is so terrible. Cheers.