Originally Posted by thegman
I think even a cheapish Plustek will blow away 99% of lab scans.
My experience over the past year or so is that quality of minlab scans has been getting poorer and poorer. My guess is that since film is becoming less and less common, the operators don't have the experience they did only a few years ago and it shows!
Lately, it seems that the labs that use the Fuji Frontier equipment (getting more and more rare) do a better job but sometimes blow out the highlights. I can often do a very presentable 8x10 or 8.5x11 from a Fuji lab scan.
It seems like lately the Noritsu machines have been producing "mushy" scans, and I think they OD on the ICE or whatever scratch/dust/booboo correction they use.
Yes, the 7 year old Minolta DS IV will do a much better job than most lab scans.