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    Default Is it recommended to buy the same brand of film scanner as your film SLR?

    Yes/No?

    Any logical reasoning?

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    Quote Originally Posted by behyx
    Yes/No?

    Any logical reasoning?
    Absolutely yes! I'd even suggest that your wear the same brand t-shirt when you do your scanning. The Zen-ness of it all is simply unbelievable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kahheng
    Absolutely yes! I'd even suggest that your wear the same brand t-shirt when you do your scanning. The Zen-ness of it all is simply unbelievable.
    Eh, i simply don't understand why this have to do with Zen.

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    No. I use mainly Nikon SLR systems but have a Minolta Film Scanner... and I'm perfectly happy with it. I chosed the Minolta over Nikon CoolScans because at that time only the Minolta had both USB and Firewire connections for use on my pc and laptop while the Nikon did either one or the other, not both. Bottom-line... Choose the scanner that best suit your needs and requirements.

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    behyx, answer is, No.

    why? because the machines don't just accept film of only their own brand, for good reason

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    If the answer is yes, I'll like to see how the answer is justified...

    The brand of the scanner has got absoutely nothing to do with the brand of the camera you're using. Why such a question in the first place?

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    Quote Originally Posted by behyx
    Yes/No?

    Any logical reasoning?
    Nope.

    Look at it this way, the film scanners in photo labs are not manufactured by Canon, Nikon, Minolta etc. Nuff said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MoriMori
    Nope.

    Look at it this way, the film scanners in photo labs are not manufactured by Canon, Nikon, Minolta etc. Nuff said.
    Hehe...how about Fujifilm?
    The only thing they don't produce their own is the lens...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ah Pao
    Hehe...how about Fujifilm?
    The only thing they don't produce their own is the lens...
    Erm... how about Fujinon lenses?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sehsuan
    Erm... how about Fujinon lenses?
    Oh yah...forgot about that...
    I was thinking of the S2 Pro...Nikon lens...

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    no problem

    for a while, you scared me, Ah Pao

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ah Pao
    Hehe...how about Fujifilm?
    The only thing they don't produce their own is the lens...
    There's always the Fujifilm Frontier 340, 350, 370 etc Digital Minilabs.

    To answer in a marketing way, "Yes. The film scanner is optimised for the optics of the camera/lenses of the same brand so they give you the optimal output."

    Technically, no. Use whatever scanner that best suits your needs and budget. Just because you are using a Nikon camera does not mean you must have a Nikon scanner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by behyx
    Yes/No?

    Any logical reasoning?
    NO.

    Film Scanners are like any other peripheral, they are designed to operated to a given specification and a given manufacturing cost which along with marketing targets a given market sector.

    In the end go with the scanner you like the most, not the one that is always the same brand as your camera.
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    ok thanks so much!

    so actually Nikon scanners seems not bad after doing some brief homework on the net. So which should i go for? the coolscan III/IV/V or 4000/5000 series?

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    Quote Originally Posted by behyx
    ok thanks so much!

    so actually Nikon scanners seems not bad after doing some brief homework on the net. So which should i go for? the coolscan III/IV/V or 4000/5000 series?
    Coolscan III has long been discontinued, I think likewise for Coolscan IV and 4000. They have been replaced by Coolscan 5/5000 @ ~$1300/2600 or thereabouts.

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    Erm... the question is pretty similar to:
    "Do you use only Sony AA alkaline battries on your Sony Discman?"

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