not bad, but not great
I've had the dimage scan elite 5400-II for 3 weeks now, and I've been using it to scan color and b/w negatives. Initial setup was not as easy as I would have hoped - the instructions were a little misleading in some areas (says not to start the software until the scanner light stops blinking, but the scanner light won't stop blinking until you start the software), and I had to find a USB port that the scanner "liked" before it would work (seemed to "want to work" but would then stall after starting to scan and never recover). The drive mechanism that moves the negative cart in and out of the scanner frequently gets jammed and makes a "chattering" sound - if I catch it in time and wiggle the cart, scanning will continue - otherwise I have to cycle the power on the scanner and restart the software before I can continue scanning. The software tools that came with the scanner are pretty straightforward and do what they're supposed to do. Image enhancement (ICE, etc) seems to work very well, but requires quite a bit of processor time, which slows scanning considerably. With a P4-2.4GHz and 512mb ram, I average 2mins/pic at 8 megapixel resolution (not max res) with digital ICE on but all other enhancers off. When you add in loading&unloading, it ends up taking about 45-55mins to scan a 24exp roll of film. Processor usage shows 100% when scanning is in progress. With digital ICE off, that drops to about 25-30mins, and the rate is apparently limited by my USB port (processor usage ~20%).
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