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Hi List: I am in the market for a film scanner (my first) and have narrowed my choices down to two - the Canon FS 4000 and the Minolta Scan Elite II, both of which are in my price range. I am running a Pentium 4 with 512MB ram, 40GB HD, and Win XP Home Edition. I would use the scanner mostly for slides, not negatives. While the Minolta appears to have user-friendly software and apparently can be used as a stand-alone product as well as through Photoshop, I am concerned about a banding or streaking problem that some reviewers have reported, especially in the shadows. I do a fair amount of low-light photography and while I realize that this type of image is probably difficult for any scanner, the banding or streaking issue has me worried. Any thoughts? I am leaning toward the Canon, partly because of the higher imput res, partly because it appears to be a very sharp scanner, but most especially because I saw no reports of banding or streaking with this unit. I don't see that you can use this as a stand-alone scanner but I think I have enough memory to scan through Photoshop (I have version 7), at least for the size files I'll mostly be working with. The printer I am currently using is the Epson C80, their heavy-weight matte paper, with the image size somewhere between 5 x 7 and 8 x 10. And making prints is mostly what I want to do (but archiving too, via a CD burner). Canon's website doesn't mention XP but I assume this scanner is compatible with XP. Am I wrong? Bottom line: would the Canon be a better choice for me, given what I want to do? Any downside to this choice? I'm still pretty new to this digital stuff (though not to photography itself) so please forgive me if the above sounds naive or uninformed. I really could use some help on this. Feel free to email me privately if you wish. Richard ===== Richard Martin specializes in Cityscape and Waterscape stock photography as well as Children's Portraiture. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org __________________________________________________ Do You Yahoo!? LAUNCH - Your Yahoo! Music Experience http://launch.yahoo.com - Turn off HTML mail features. Keep quoted material short. Use accurate subject lines. http://www.leben.com/lists for list instructions.