Nikon 5000 vs Minolta 5400
I asked my self the same question a few weeks. I had the Minolta 5400 (v1) which is a good scanner but with problems with the field of depth in the corners even with framed negatives. And on top of this it terrible slow!
So asked my self buying the "Nikon 5000" or the "V ED" and decide finally for the 5000 as it pretty fast (double to V ED) and its 16bits. I've read some messages here that the 5000 is not the best one for B&W, but I have to say it a great scanner which gives you access to lots of accessories. And the color scanns are superb.
I think it's worth the money !
Zeiss Ikon - 35mm/f2 Biogon, 50mm/f2 Planar
Canon 30D - 50mm/f2, 17-40mm/f4, 40-200mm/f4