Two color strips below the slider bars report the pre- and post-adjustment color mapping. Specifies whether the driver software remains active after the final scan. Mac OS versions 8. While I’d like a little more control in some areas, the software overall strikes an excellent balance between power and ease of use, and is one of my favorite scanning packages. Digital ICE works very well for both dust and emulsion defects. The shot above shows an applied histogram correction and a tone curve move. Still, all other factors being equal, I’d pick a bit scanner over a bit one any day of the week.

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The buttons across the top of the preview area again change, and from right to left perform the following functions: Yes, I am using it with Windows 7 and get reasonable scan out of my old film strip.

eual All of the reviews gave glowing remarks on its ease of use, software, and picture quality. Below this row of menus and buttons, a row of icon buttons provides access to several scanner functions. Answered on Jan 29, Given the very low resolution of the index scans, there’s really no need for focusing on each frame, and the time this takes is appreciable. I can say even at this early date though, that the Dimage Scan Dual III’s performance and image quality is very impressive, particularly in light of it’s very low projected street pricing.

Still, for novices, it’ll get you in the ballpark more times than not, and the excellent “variations” adjustment tool makes it easy for beginners to get decent-looking scans without having to take a course in color science first.


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This item doesn’t belong on this page. I have only one disappointment: The main screen is divided into sections. If you do things right, the noise level decreases in proportion to the square root of the number of samples you’re averaging across.

Preferences Menu Clicking on the Preferences button in the preview window brings up the Preferences window, which lets you set a variety of scanning parameters. In my testing, Pixel Polish seemed to work very well with images that had a pure af-284 somewhere within the frame that the scanner could use as a reference point.

Preview scan accuracy was quite good, and I appreciated the fact that the effects of even fairly major tonal adjustments were pretty faithfully reproduced in the preview window, without necessitating another prescan.

Minolta Dimage Scan Dual III

If you wish to do batch scanning, use the utility. I’ve found that this diffuse illumination source produces somewhat “softer” scans than some other scanners. Here’s a table with timings from some of the scans I did. When you insert a holder into the scanner, it slides easily until it reaches a click-detent. In common with other Minolta scanners I’ve tested, the DSD-III uses a ac-2840 fluorescent light source, producing strong spectral peaks in the red, green, and blue portions of the spectrum.

As opposed to the CCD moving while the film remains stationary. I was less thrilled though, that the view in the prescan window didn’t match the final appearance of the images when I opened them in Photoshop.

Two sets of pressure bars on either side of each slot diage the slide in place, automatically adjusting for a variety of slide mount thicknesses.


On the Dimage Scan Dual III, you can specify an exact point on the film you want it to adjust for, or the part of the film you want to base the manual adjustment on. The Dimage Scan Elite II accommodates such situations with the aforementioned option of specifying the point of focus.

Though several higher-end scanners including Minolta’s own Dimage Scan Multi Pro offer scanning resolutions as high as 4, dpi, the Dimage Scan Dual III’s 2,dpi resolution is excellent for 35mm film, offering the ability to create very high quality digital prints. At a setting of “High,” much more dust is removed, but tiny details in the images themselves could be lost.

Easy Scan Utility Included as a separate, standalone application, the Easy Scan utility runs almost like a typical “Wizard” application on a PC, guiding you step-by-step through the scanning process.

The following checkboxes and settings are available: User interface accommodates both beginners and experienced users.

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This thread is locked. The DSD-III uses a “live feedback” system that I found to work quite well, at least when given a nice contrasty chunk of image to work with.

Flips the image on a vertical axis. This is my favorite way to quickly deal with color casts and poor tonal rendition. Posted on Feb 21, Be the first to answer. Instructs the scanner to perform an autofocus prior to the scan and prescan.