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Hi List: I've pretty much removed the Minolta from consideration; sort of replacing it with the Nikon CoolScan IV ED (still looking at the Canon). While the interface looks a little intimidating on the Nikon, the specs look good and it does include ROC and GEM in addition to ICE. I'm just looking for anyone on the list who owns and uses this scanner. Again, I have Windows XP, 512 RAM, and would do the scanning through Photoshop 7. The resolution for the Nikon is less than the Canon FS 4000 but I don't think this will be an issue for me. I'll be mostly making prints between 5 x 7 and 8 x 10 on Epson Heavyweight Matte paper. Some archiving on CDs. I looked at test scans on Imaging Resource's site: <http://www.imaging-resource.com/SCAN/CSIV/C4A.HTM> and they look very clean. No banding or streaking and little if any noise in the dark shadows but of course this is just one review. DMax is a tad higher than the Canon though I don't know how reliable figures for that value really are. I'm sure there are scanners with higher figures for this but frankly I'm willing to trade some shadow capture for no banding or streaking and minimal noise. The Minolta seems to have a major problem in this area - perhaps poor quality control in the manufacturing. I'm still struggling with a lot of this digital stuff (curves, profiles, and bit depth give me a headache) so any help would be appreciated greatly. Basically what I am looking for is a reliable product to scan my slides so I can then make modest-size prints. 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.