Braun Multimag Slide Scanner 4000 for 35mm Transparencies, with Digital Ice Technology, USB & Firewire Interface, for Mac & Windows. - now includes now includes SilverFast Ai IT8 Software

Braun

About Braun

Braun MULTIMAG SlideScan 4000... Slide-Magazine-Scanner with automatic and time-saving scanning from slide magazine with a capacity of 100 slides and Digital ICE Technology. Compatible with Braun/CS/Universal and LKM Magazines.

No large-scale and manual inserting of single slide. The easy and fast way for high quality scanning of slides format 24x36mm for archival on CD, projection with digital-projectors, viewing on PC or TV, sending the images by e-mail, printing at home or exposure the images on professional lab on high quality photo-paper. The data-transfer by USB 2.0 and FireWire connection will be very fast.

The Braun MULTIMAG SlideScan 4000 features:
• Digital ICE: Hardware based Dust-and Scratch removal with infrared sensors and automatically Software correction.
• Digital ROC: Color Restoration; Image Quality will be restored.
• Digital GEM: Grain Management; minimize grain to restore the image's sharpness.

Note: Only the optional GEPE Slide tray should be used with paper/cardboard slide mounts. You can also use them with glass or plastic mounts. The other trays (Braun Etc.) work fine with glass and plastic mounts.

Summary of Customer Reviews

(8)
Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Accurate color (5),Good bit depth (5),Easy to setup (4),Good resolution (4)
Best Uses:
Photos and graphics (4)
Reviewer Profile:
Frequent user (4)

Braun Features

  • Automatically and time-saving scanning as many as of 100 slides directly from the magazine
  • Takes various types of slide magazines
  • High quality scan of slides of format 24x36 mm for:
    @@ archival on CD
    @@ projection with digital-projectors
    @@ viewing on PC or TV
    @@ sending the images by e-mail
  • No large-scale and manual inserting of single slide
  • Fast data-transfer by USB 2.0 and FireWire connection
  • Efficient preparing after scanning with professional desktop publishing software (like Adobe Photoshop)
  • Features Digital ICE: Hardware based Dust-and Scratch removal with infrared sensors and automatically Software correction
  • Features Digital ROC: Color Restoration; Image Quality will be restored
  • Features Digital GEM: Grain Management; minimize grain to restore the image's sharpness

Braun Specifications

Scanning Type
35 mm mounted slides, batch scanning mode of up to 100 slides (automatic) with 6magazine systems
Image Sensor
Linear Array Color CCD
Scanning Modes
48 Bits
Optical Resolution
3600 dpi x 3600 dpi
Lamp
Cold Cathode Fluorescent Lamp
Scanning Preview
approx. 15 seconds
Scanning Speed
(Ice off) Color Scan for 1800 dpi targets: 60 sec.
Color Scan for 3600 dpi targets: 1 min. 20 sec.
Maximum Scanning Area
37.5mm x 37.5mm (H x W)
Focus
Auto Focus; Manual Focus
Dynamic Range
3.4 Dmax
Batch Scanning
Directly from tray
Interface
IEEE 1394 (FireWire) / USB 2.0
Output Connector
2 x 6-pin IEEE 1394 (FireWire) connectors & 1x USB 2.0 connector
Viewer
Slide Viewer with backlight to examine slide
Slide Editor
Single slide editor with one-touch button and soft-break
One touch button
For one touch scanning
Movement Key
Forward & Backward Magazine Control
Anti-crush System
ABS-clutch to avoid slide damage
Sleeping Mode
1 hour
Dimensions
12" x 11.4" x 4.9" / 300x290x125mm (LxWxH)
Weight
6.4 lbs
System Requirements: PC
IBM Pentium III or higher with at least 256MB RAM (512MB RAM recommended) and Microsoft Windows 2000 or later
System Requirements: Mac
Mac: OS X 10.1.5 or higher
Mfr #
034508
SKU
IMTBSS4000

Reviews about this item

Review Snapshot®

 
3.1

(based on 8 reviews)

71%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

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    (2)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Spoke too soon

This is an amendment to the last review. As it turns the problem with my scanner was actually in my operating system. I had to finally clean out my pc and reinstall windows xp because of other problems. Before I had only tried reinstalling the scanner software and photoshop to no effect. Now the scanner works like new and I'm back in business. I can only guess as to what might cause problems, using the machine constantly without breaks between batches, accidentally scanning beyond the capacit...

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This is an amendment to the last review. As it turns the problem with my scanner was actually in my operating system. I had to finally clean out my pc and reinstall windows xp because of other problems. Before I had only tried reinstalling the scanner software and photoshop to no effect. Now the scanner works like new and I'm back in business. I can only guess as to what might cause problems, using the machine constantly without breaks between batches, accidentally scanning beyond the capacity of the hard drive, dust build up inside? I would be gentle with the software. It is not bullet proof. I now restart the scanner and software between batches. This needs to be done if for example you tell it to scan 23 slides. The prescanning features are rudimentary and pretty much a waste of time. I make adjustments later in photoshop. Scans at 3600dpi, 16 bit duplicate the colors well but you end up with huge files. Jpegs at 1800dpi show a bluish cast and are underexposed. It takes 3.8 minutes per scan at 3600dpi, 16bit with only ICE turned on.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not a quality machine

1. The operating instructions are inadequate. Requires trial and error operations.2. Machine frequently jambs while processing 35mm slides that are in excellent condition.3. Quality is very poor. After processing about two dozen slides the color of the slides broke down and every slide had a overriding red colorl[...]

Reviewed by 8 customers

 
4.0

Excellent, not superior, multiscanner

By

from NJ  -  Frequent User

Overall, excellent, but not a superior product. It appears to be the only decently made batch 35 mm slide scanner available new. The 50 slide tray supplied is useless. Suggest buying the regular 100 slide scanner and only the one for thicker slides, if you have many. Cons: Expensive,some jams, some miss-feeds, occasional color bars. Software is fair. Pros:I scanned several thousand slides successfully,with great results. Suggest scanning all slides with same, vertical or horizontal, orientation, then rotate them in computer. ICE technology works great.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Peice of [*]

By

from San Antonio  -  Graphics Professional

Worked several weekends trying to get a full magazine to go without jamming. did it once of 20+ tries. Jams were hard to clear.

(17 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Not a quality machine

By

from Vienna, WV  -  Casual User

1. The operating instructions are inadequate. Requires trial and error operations.2. Machine frequently jambs while processing 35mm slides that are in excellent condition.3. Quality is very poor. After processing about two dozen slides the color of the slides broke down and every slide had a overriding red colorl[...]

(12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Spoke too soon

By

from San Francisco  -  Frequent User

This is an amendment to the last review. As it turns the problem with my scanner was actually in my operating system. I had to finally clean out my pc and reinstall windows xp because of other problems. Before I had only tried reinstalling the scanner software and photoshop to no effect. Now the scanner works like new and I'm back in business. I can only guess as to what might cause problems, using the machine constantly without breaks between batches, accidentally scanning beyond the capacity of the hard drive, dust build up inside? I would be gentle with the software. It is not bullet proof. I now restart the scanner and software between batches. This needs to be done if for example you tell it to scan 23 slides. The prescanning features are rudimentary and pretty much a waste of time. I make adjustments later in photoshop. Scans at 3600dpi, 16 bit duplicate the colors well but you end up with huge files. Jpegs at 1800dpi show a bluish cast and are underexposed. It takes 3.8 minutes per scan at 3600dpi, 16bit with only ICE turned on.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Excellent machine until it breaks down

By

from San Francisco  -  Frequent User

After using the machine extensively, I became quite happy with it until it failed to function properly, half images, frames with colored streaks, skipped frames. The software compared favorably to silverfast (the high end after market software) for high resolution scans. The feeder never really jammed, loaded 50 in the morning and another 50 before going to bed. The ICE featured worked and I could not detect any degradation of the image at high magnification. I got 2,500 nice 80mb scans from the unit. The question is did I just get a bad machine? The only other batch scanner is the Nikon product which has reputation for jamming. How much is your time worth?

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

300 slides later

By

from Bozeman, Montana  -  Frequent User

The unit is sturdy and reliable. The ICE dust removing software is incredible! I wish it had better auto color and brightness correction software. It is slow but that hardly matters since you can load 100 slides and walk away. Well sort of walk away. Depending on the condition of the slide frames it does jam occasionally. The one big improvement I would like to see is to have the carrosell sit flat and work more like a traditional carosell. Then it probably would jam much less. We use it to batch scan customers' family slides in order to put them on DVDs. Being able to scan 100 slides while my employee does other things is invaluable -- even if they do have to attend to a jam or 2 every so often. Finally the images are good but not excellent. I would like to see a bit more sharpness/contrast and more saturated color. But so far, no customer complaints. In summery, this scanner is great to do large numbers of slides for undemanding applications where cost controll (automation) is important. I would buy it again for this application. We have done several thousand slides with it with no mechanical problems. It works.

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Thank You For This Great Machine

By

from Toronto, Canada

May 24, 2007After a month's neophyte learning curve and evaluation I can finally say that all things considered I am very happy with my German Braun MultiMag Slidescan 4000 that I purchased [...] in April 2007. Downside: The manual is very poor for a neophyte - Example: 24bit colour depth is indicated as a drop-down choice but no where in the manual does it say one has to choose 8bit to get 24bit colour depth (8bits for each Primary Colour - RGB - Red, Green, Blue 3x8=24); ICE/ROC/GEM and Digital Noise are not what the ads claim. ICE and GEM would unpredictably remove the wrong things, fuzzing the quality, and ROC would often result in weird colours. I ultimately decided to keep them turned off, except for when really needed; I could never get the Round 100 slide tray (Mfr 160649) to function properly, it repeatedly jumped up and down in the machine and slides would jam and basically scared me that damage might result; Scanning times for 720 DPI to 3600 DPI are at least 3 1/2 times longer than scans for 72 DPI to 600 DPI; The very few times a slide jammed using the included 50 slide tray, the transport arm continued trying to 'transport' the slide instead of stopping, contrary to what I'd been told, so I have to be in the room with the machine while it scans to turn the machine off if a slide jams; There is no scanner-stop button, one has to turn the machine off in the event of a jam, and then wait thru the re-start-up time again.Upside: The Braun 50-slide tray that comes with the machine, Mfr # 150589, SKU # IMTBT502, works perfectly for slides up to 2mm thick; Out of several thousand slides scanned so far I have had only 4 jams, and those I suspect were my fault; The machine seems to me to be very well engineered and solidly built, I am confident at this time it will continue to function well for a very long time; My target is Slides-to-DVD, and I found that 600 DPI at 43 seconds scan-per-slide without ICE, GEM, ROC, nor Digital Noise Reduction, the perfect setting for almost all of my needs, and still, it is good to know I can scan up to 3600 DPI and use those other tools also if I ever need to; There are probably trillions and trillions of 35mm slides people want scanned on to DVD. Because of this Braun Scanner I can now scan as many slides as I care to cope with.My very first customer has 12,000 slides for me to scan, and, I expect to soon need to purchase more Braun MultiMag 4000 SlideScanners to keep up with the jobs.

(9 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Needed a bulk slide scanner

By

from San Francisco

I am a novice when it comes to digital photography. But I do have 30,000 slides, 25% of which I would like to scan and have instantly available on the computer. The second reason is to archive the photos to hedge against the fading of the slides. For that many slides I obviously needed a bulk scanner. I waited for a year and couldn't find any decent reviews on this machine so decided to take the risk and buy it. My initial impressions are it takes longer than you think loading the slides, dusting etc. A scan at 3600dpi takes a hair over 3 minutes each. The machine vibrates and make a groaning sound which makes me wonder whats going on inside(does this affect the scan?). Slide jamming hasn't been a problem even with warped cardboard mounts. It is better to scan to files than to the editor photoshop elements3. In case of crashes then you will have the saved scans. The one problem I am encountering is the unstable software. Sometimes the scanner will freeze up, most often the counter isn't accurate and scans fewer slides. To guarantee a good series of scans you must restart the unit and occasionally reboot the computer. In the owners manual there is no telephone or address for tech support - "Contact your dealer". I might post another review in a few months when I get some extensive use out of it.

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Questions about this item:

Charles G  How do I get the larger -100 slide tray for this unit. I just bought one and it came with only a 50 slide unit. Also, is there someone there that I can ask simple questions about the scanner. It seems to only do every other slide for me - although yesterday it did each one. Is there some switch that I need to throw, or button i need to pick.??? Thanks.
KEPKO J  I think I bought the slide trays from Adorama. The 100 trays are circular. I am not sure why it is scanning every other slide. There is just about no help in setting this thing up. Once I got it going it does great! I remember I had to restart the scanner and unplug it for 30 seconds to eliminat some problems. Good luck!
Charles G  KEPKO.... interesting... the picture that is attached to this email, and the one on the website have a different a 100 slide magazine - flat for the scanner. There must be a source for these somewhere? Please advise. Thanks. C

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