When you insert a holder into the scanner, it slides easily until it reaches a click-detent. Below the curve are adjustment sliders for Brightness, Contrast, and Red, Green, and Blue color balance corrections. The Smooth Curves button, on the left side of the pencil button, smoothes out any points on the curve. It autofocuses for the first prescan of any frame, but after that will generally not refocus for subsequent prescans of the same frame. Above we mention that per Minolta, Windows Pro is the only operating system that can be used with the scanner. These are very useful features, in that we’ve sometimes seen scanner autofocus systems outfoxed by low-contrast, or poorly-focused originals.

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At this resolution level, Digital ICE can correct most, but not all of the defects. The scanning software insisted on being the front window no matter what, meaning that we couldn’t follow our scsn practice of working on other things while the scans were under way. The window can be moved anywhere over the preview image, allowing you to see the effects of any changes made.

The condenser optics tend to produce more contrasty images, but at the cost of diimage enhanced film grain, while diffusion enlargers create a softer look. The “Display Limit” checkbox activates an indicator of the maximum level for each adjustment. A slider bar at the top of the preview area adjusts the amount of Digital GEM applied, with values from zero to The Dimage Scan Multi Pro accommodates such situations with the aforementioned option of specifying the point of focus.

You can also type a numeric value into these text boxes. While the Digital ICE and ROC features don’t provide any adjustments in the scanner software, other than the ability pr activate and deactivate them, Digital GEM allows you to control the intensity of the effect according to the amount of grain in the image. One thing that we felt to be a major defect of the scanning software, at least on the Macintosh platform, is that it isn’t at all graceful about letting you dlmage other things on the machine while the scans are proceeding.


The xcan two pulldown menus set the film type and size, the first step in the scanning process. The Dimage Scan Multi Pro, by contrast, goes the adjustable-focus route, offering both automatic and manual focusing options. We’ve seen some software packages that only show the changes relative to the mylti change you made.

What really blew us away though, was when we happened to try a dpi scan using Minolta’s Photoshop plug-in, rather than the standalone application we’d used in all our other time trials.

The sluggish performance of the Dimage Scan Multi Pro bothered us for quite a while, particularly as our numbers were so far at odds with Minolta’s own specs for the unit.

See each listing for international shipping options and costs. We see the Dimage Scan Multi Pro fitting the needs of users ranging from well-heeled photo enthusiasts, to businesses and professional photographers looking for top performance on a budget.

Once connected to the computer, the Dimage Scan Multi Pro is controlled through an excellent software interface that we’ll describe in greater detail po. Part of the issue may have been that we were testing at the dpi maximum resolution, which on the Multi Dimzge involves interpolation up from the device’s native dpi. Unsharp Mask Tool The Dimage Scan Multi Pro offers an in-depth Unsharp Mask tool, which can be particularly useful for images that will be going directly into printed publications.

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Below these menus and buttons, a row of icon buttons provide access to several scanner functions. When the scan is complete, the cropped portion appears in the other preview window, allowing you to check on the GEM effect. Digital GEM reduces the appearance of film grain in images. Minolta Dimage Scan Multi Pro. A good analogy for those old darkroom aficionados out there would be the difference sscan condenser and diffusion enlargers: The larger preview image is then displayed in the preview window.


On medium format, it’s still no slouch, at dpi, but isn’t quite up to the dpi of some models. In each case, a number of small thumbnails are displayed onscreen, with the central image showing the effect of any currently-selected image adjustments, and muli surrounding thumbnails sacn a range of possible adjustments. We were initially dismayed by the long scanning times for medium-format film on the Mac platform, but subsequently discovered that scanning from within Photoshop turned the unit into a real speed demon, and that Minolta’s software utility was much more efficient under Windows XP.

Comparing times with other scanners we’ve tested, we see that the scan times pto comparable resolution range from about the same to nearly twice as long. Plugging the Multi Pro back into the G4 Mac to try a dpi scan, we were surprised to measure a time of only 8 minutes 14 seconds, stilla pretty fast time for such a large scan.

Overall, we were very impressed with xcan Dimage Scan Multi Pro.

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Working on the elderly PowerMac G3, where we did all the actual test scanning, we noticed two things. The second minor design tweak that we really appreciated was the provision of finger holes on either side of the film strip, at both ends of the holder.

The following checkboxes and settings are available:.

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