I was wondering, if a scanned negative/positive by a consumer film scanner(sub$1.5K), like the Minolta Dimage ($600+) and the Canon FS4000 would have a higher detail level than say, a Canon 1Ds ?
I have not used such film scanners before, so I'm curious. Will I get clean images without dust, and details matching at least a 10D ? Such scanners can easily scan up to 20megapixels, but megapixel is one thing, the scanner lense quality and the issue of dust problems is another thing.
My Canon F5000 flatbed with film adapter can scan at 2400DPI on negatives, but there is no point going above 600DPI or even 300DPI because no extra details can be resolve due to the limited sharpness of the scanner. What you get at 1200DPI is a huge image that is very soft, and lots of dust traces which takes lots of time to edit away.
Kenrockwell, an internet site suggested that quality film scanners cost in the region of $20K upwards, but of course its beyond my reach until someone decides to sponser me. He claims that such scanners resolve much much better than any DSLR can achieve. I was wondering if consumer film scanners do match the image quality of a DSLR, in terms of detail, no external artifects(dust etc) and resolution (this I have no doubt).
THe current crop of DSLR does not seem to be capable of blowing up larger than A3, and have trouble achieving 300DPI at A3 size.
Please comment, focusing on the main issue that I am addressing. I understand that DSLRs are capable of producing beautiful A3 images.