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Minolta introduce their next generation multi format scanner.

Minolta introduce their next generation multi format scanner. - 

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Film Scanners

The Dimge Scan Multi Pro has a maximum input resolution of 4800dpi and 16-bit A/D conversion making it an all round scanner that's a perfect imaging tool for professional photographers, studios, designers, artists, printers, medical researchers and R&D institutions. Minolta say the scanner can transform 35mm format and medium-format (120/220) negatives and transparencies into professional quality digital images effortlessly. The optional Multi format Set can be used to scan non-standard sources and sizes such as 16mm film, TEM (Transmission Electron Microscope) film, microfilm in aperture cards and microscope slides.

Its 4.8D dynamic range is among the highest in its class and helps to preserve subtle tones and details from the shadows to the highlights. The driver software allows high quality, flexible, simple scanning and is supported by Applied Science Fiction's Digital ICE3 technology that minimises surface defects, restores colour and reduces grain. The software can be used as a Photoshop plug-in for Macintosh, TWAIN driver for Windows, or a stand-alone utility for both. Transferring the huge image files to the computer is quick and easy with the supplied IEEE 1394 (FireWire) and Ultra SCSI cables.

Main Features
Maximum input resolution of 4800dpi

The input resolution of 4800dpi means that 35mm photographers' can produce fine exhibition quality printouts. With a pixel count over 33 million, an A3 size output can retain a resolution of over 400dpi. The 4800dpi input resolution is also available with medium-format film. To achieve this it interpolates in the main scanning direction to produce 169 million pixels with a 6x9cm images, giving an output well over A2 size with a resolution of over 600dpi. For commercial photo and design studios, this resolution allows an image to be cropped while retaining the resolution needed for professional work. The scanner's core component, a 7260 pixel, 3-line colour CCD, is enhanced by the inclusion of a dual focal length lens system.

Capturing colour and details from highlights to shadows
The 16-bit input can handle 65,536 gradations per colour channel, 16 times greater than the Dimge Scan Multi II's performance. The 4.8 dynamic range ensures shadow and highlight details are retained. The Dimge Scan Multi PRO's 16-bit output preserves the details of the original scan.
   Professional image quality depends on the ability to retain the subtlety and detail of the original image. Whether for creative or scientific use, retention of detail determines the value of an image. Minolta claim the Multi PRO can reproduce the fine gradations and details not only in the mid-tones, but also in the highlights and shadows.

Optional Multi Format Set covers various film formats
The Dimge Scan Multi Pro can scan 35mm and medium-format (120/220) films with the supplied film holders, but the optional Multi Format Set enables scanning special size film sizes include TEM (Transmission Electron Microscope) film, microfilm in aperture cards, microscope slides, 16mm film, Minox, and 24x65mm panorama format.

Digital ICE3 - sophisticated digital enhancement tools to reduces total work time
The Dimge Scan Multi PRO is one of a few desktop film scanners that provide Digital ICE3. This is a combination of three sophisticated digital enhancement tools from Applied Science Fiction - Digital ICE (Image Correction & Enhancement), Digital ROC (Reconstruction of Colour), and Digital GEM (Grain Equalisation and Management). It saves time and money by producing professional quality images without resorting to time consuming digital retouching.
   This trio of image processing tools can be selected individually or in combination. Digital ICE significantly reduces surface defects in the film such as scratches and fingerprints; the advantage of this tool is apparent when working with enlarged images. ICE works with colour film only and is not recommended for use with Kodachrome film. Digital ROC reconstructs the colour of faded or badly exposed film, allowing photographers to preserve their film assets and protect their shooting investments. Digital GEM minimises image grain without effecting image detail, enhancing pictures from high speed film or enlargements of high resolution scans.
FireWire (IEEE 1394) and Ultra SCSI
The Dimge Scan Multi Pro has dual, high speed interfaces so large image files can be transferred with speed

Driver software that controls professional scanning
The driver software is the scanning control centre. While allowing a variety of flexible image corrections, Minolta claim the quality of the scanned images is consistently high, requiring little if any additional corrections with photo retouching software. The graphic user interface makes use of all the sophisticated functions simple. Tab partitions and graphic function buttons allow for quick, easy access.

Accurate Scanning
Minolta's new autofocusing system, employs film grain so low contrast images can also be focused accurately. The standard autofocus mode quickly focuses on the centre of the image and produces razor sharp scans. The Point AF mode is able to focus accurately on any point in the film area. Images can also be manually focused or defocused using a slider bar.
   Image processing gives additional control over image sharpness. If the original film image is soft, edges and details can be sharpened using the new unsharp mask, which produces subtle yet striking micro-image edge enhancement without affecting smooth gradations.
   Multi sample scanning delivers virtually noise free images, giving smooth and natural results. 2, 4, 8, or 16 samples can be taken. Multi sample scans reduce random noise by averaging the sampled images.
   The Dimge Scan Multi Pro's reproduction performance with negative film is advanced over the Multi II's. It automatically adjusts to the density range of the scanned negative to optimise the reproduction. For example, negatives with a large density range, such as pictures with backlit subjects, are controlled so that the highlight area retains detail rather than being washed out. Colour images with a dominant colour are analysed to preserve the original appearance of the scene.
   Advanced colour matching ensures that the colours in the scanned image are very close to the original film. In combination with photo-retouching applications featuring colour management systems, scanned images retain virtually the same colours when used with different monitors and operating systems. This is essential for fine colour control. The colour matching system is compatible with all common monitors: sRGB, Apple RGB, SMPTE-C, PAL/SECAM, NTSC, etc.

Flexible Image Correction
The AE Area Lock allows users to adjust the exposure of the film by selecting an area on the image, which is then used to calculate a new exposure. Colour tools allow flexible correction with RGB colour balance or the hue, saturation and lightness correction palette. The tone curve and histogram is laid out in one window for quick and easy access. Fine adjustments can be made to a specific colour on the selective colour correction palette.
   During correction, images can be temporarily saved with a click of the snap shot icon. Users can jump back and forth between the thumbnails to compare changes made to the image and chose the best result. The image correction job function saves a specific correction setting, which can be recalled and applied to other images. With pre/post correction comparison, users can compare before and after images of corrections.

Automated scanning procedures increase productivity
The Dimge Scan Multi Pro substantially automates the whole scanning procedure. Users set up the scanner with the custom wizard. With the click of a mouse, the custom wizard can start the pre-scan, crop the image to the holder frame, apply Digital ICE3, activate the image correction job function, carry out the final scanning and eject the holder. Custom wizard can control the continuous scanning of 35mm film; the Multi Pro can scan four mounted slides or a six frame filmstrip at one time.

The scanner will be available from the end of September for 2300. 

Dimge Scan Multi Pro full specifications

Usable films:
35mm film Colour/B&W, Negative/positive
Medium-format film (120/220): 6x4.5cm, 6x6cm, 6x7cm,  6x8cm, 6x9cm
Usable films with optional Multi Format Set:
24x65mm panorama format
16mm film
Minox film
TEM film 5.9x8.15 cm, 5.9x16.3cm, 8.3x10.2cm, 8.2x11.8cm
Microfilm in aperture cards Film frame: 3.55x4.85cm or smaller
Card size: 8.25x18.7cm or smaller
Microscope slides

Optical resolution (main-scanning direction x feed direction):
35mm film: 4800x4800dpi
Medium-format film (120/220): 3200x4800dpi

Maximum input resolution (main-scanning direction x feed direction):
35mm: 4800x 4800dpi
Medium format film (120/220): 4800 (by interpolation)x4800dpi

Scan size:
35mm film: 25.02x37.08mm
Medium-format film (120/220): 
6x4.5cm: 56.58x42.67mm
6x6cm: 56.58x56.58mm
6x7cm: 56.58x70.10mm
6x8cm: 56.58x77.15mm
6x9cm: 56.58x83.82mm
Multi format 35mm: 25.02x83.82mm
Multiformat 6x9cm: 56.58x83.82mm

Maximum input pixels (at 4800dpi):

35mm film: 4728x7008
Medium-format film (120/220): 
6x4.5cm: 10,692x8064
6x6cm: 10,692x10,692
6x7cm: 10,692x13,248
6x8cm: 10,692x14,580
6x9cm: 10,692x15,840
Multi-format 35mm: 4728x15,840
Multi-format 6x9cm: 10,692x15,840

Scan method: Fixed film, moving sensor, 1 pass scan

Sensor type: 3-line colour CCD

Number of pixels: 7260 pixels per line

Filter: RGB primary colour filter

Scan time: Approximate time with positive film, 4800dpi input resolution, 8-bit output colour depth, no Digital ICE3, no cropping, no autoexposure, no colour matching:

Macintosh:    Pre-Scan  Final Scan  Index Scan (6 frames)
35mm film:    10s 50s 35s
6x9cm film 15s 250s -

System environment: CPU: PowerPC G4 533 MHz, RAM: 1.5Gb, Hard disk space: 35Gb, Operating system: Mac OS 9.1, Application: Adobe Photoshop 6.0, Memory allocated to application: 1.2Gb, Interface: FireWire (IEEE 1394) as standard

Windows:    Pre-Scan  Final Scan  Index Scan (6 frames)
35mm film:    9s 45s 30s
6x9cm film 13s 230s -

System environment: CPU: Pentium IV 1.5GHz, Hard disk space: 19Gb, Operating system: Windows 2000 Professional, Application: Adobe Photoshop 6.0, Memory allocated to application: 800Mb, Interface: Adaptec AFW-4300
Multi-sample scanning: 2x, 4x, 8x, 16x, Off

Continuous scan: 35mm film holder: 6 frames (max.) Slide Mount Holder: 4 frames (max.)
A/D conversion: 16-bits

Output data:  8-bits, 16-bits (per colour channel)

Dynamic range: 4.8D

PC interface: Ultra SCSI: D-sub half pitch 50pin x2
IEEE 1394: IEEE 1394 6pin x2

Focus: Autofocus (Point AF available), Manual focus

Light source: 3 wave fluorescent lamp

Power requirements: Voltage: 100-240V AC
Frequency: 50/60Hz

Dimensions: 168(W) x 128(H) x 377(D) mm

Weight (Scanning unit only): 4 kg (approx.)

Standard accessories: 

  • 35mm film Holder FH-P1
  • Slide Mount Holder SH-P1
  • Universal Holder UH-P1
  • Standard Attachment HA-P1
  • Glassless Attachment HA-P2
  • Film Mask Set FM-P1 (6x4.5, 6x6, 6x7, 6x8, 6x9 medium-format masks)
  • SCSI Cable SC-P1
  • IEEE1394 Cable FC-P1
  • CD-ROM for DiMAGE Scan Multi PRO

Optional accessories: 

  • Multi Format Set (Multi Format Attachment HS-P1,
  • Multi Format Mask FM-P2, Pins PI-1)

System Requirements
Macintosh - FireWire (IEEE 1394)
Apple Macintosh with a Firewire (IEEE 1394) port as standard interface
CPU: PowerPC G3 or later (PowerPC G4 is recommended for scanning with ICE, ROC, GEM, and 16-bit output.)
Operating system: Mac OS 8.6 - 9.1
A minimum of 64Mb free memory in addition to the requirements for the Mac OS and applications (256Mb or more for scanning with ICE, ROC, GEM, and 16-bit output. 512Mb or more is recommended.)
Hard disk space: 
20Mb for installation. 4 times or more the size of the image is required for scanning. An average medium-format 6x9cm image at 4800dpi, with 8-bit output, and without the use of Digital ICE, ROC or GEM is approximately 500Mb. The required space will be approximately 2Gb.
1024x768 pixels or greater with 32,000 colours or more is
recommended. A monitor with 640x480 pixels can also be used.
Photoshop plug-in driver software has been fully tested for use with Adobe Photoshop ver. 5.0.2, 5.5, 6, and 5.0LE. ColorSync profile is included in the CD-ROM for Dimage Scan Multi Pro.

Macintosh - Ultra SCSI As above with following variations
Computer: Apple Macintosh models
CPU: PowerPC 604 or later (PowerPC G3 or later for scanning with ICE, ROC, GEM, and 16-bit output. PowerPC G4 is recommended.)
Recommended SCSI board: 
Adaptec PowerDomain 2940UW, 2940U2W, 2930U, 29160N

PC/AT - IEEE 1394
IBM PC/AT compatible models
Intel Pentium II or later. Pentium III or later is recommended.
Operating system: Windows 2000 Professional or Windows Me
Memory: A minimum of 96Mb of RAM (256Mb or more for scanning with ROC, GEM, and 16-bit output. 512Mb or more is recommended.)
Hard disk space: 20Mb for installation
4 times or more the size of the image is required for scanning. An average medium-format 6x9cm image at 4800dpi, with 8-bit output, and without the use of Digital ICE, ROC or GEM is approximately 500 Mb. The required space will be approximately 2Gb.
1024x768 pixels or greater with 16-bit high colours or more is
recommended. A monitor with 640x480 pixels can also be used.
Recommended IEEE1394 interface:
Adaptec AFW-4300 OHCI-compliant IEEE 1394 port as standard interface.

Other: Adobe Photoshop ver. 4.0.1, 5.0.2, 5.5, 6, 5.0LE, PaintShop Pro 7, and Corel Photo-Paint 9 have been fully tested for use with the TWAIN driver software.

PC/AT - Ultra SCSI As above with following variations.
Computer: IBM PC/AT Compatible models.
CPU: Intel Pentium 166MHz processor or later (Pentium II or later for scanning with ROC, GEM, and 16-bit output. Pentium III or later is recommended.)
Operating system: 
Windows 98, Windows 98 Second Edition, Windows 2000 Professional, Windows Me, or Windows NT 4.0.
Recommended SCSI board: Adaptec SCSI Card 19160, SCSI Card 29160, SCSI Card 29160N.

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