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I have a 5400 that I'm considering selling, but I no longer have the lock screw so I was wondering if someone knew what type of screw it is? 

Moreover, has anyone actually shipped a 5400 without locking it down and had any problems? 

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Yes, this was the reason that I had to throw it in the bin because service wasn’t available anymore, amd it didn’t work anymore after transportation. But I found it better for silver film than Nikon for instance. 

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In theory Sony is supposed to support Minolta scanners, and they did provide some film carriers to me years ago. They <might> be able to help out.

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That’s what they told me at that time, but alas, a phonecall to Sony was to no avail

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Thanks to you both. I've had it fixed once before by Precision Camera who does Sony's repairs in the US, though they're miserable to deal with. Maybe they'll have the screw for $100!

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14 hours ago, wellfleet said:

Thanks to you both. I've had it fixed once before by Precision Camera who does Sony's repairs in the US, though they're miserable to deal with. Maybe they'll have the screw for $100!

Unfortunately, Precision no longer works on the Minolta scanners, so back to the hunt for a lock screw.

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On ‎6‎/‎28‎/‎2019 at 6:50 PM, wellfleet said:

I have a 5400 that I'm considering selling, but I no longer have the lock screw so I was wondering if someone knew what type of screw it is? 

Moreover, has anyone actually shipped a 5400 without locking it down and had any problems? 

I had a 5400 MK1 which died last year. When it broke for the first time some years ago I sent it for repair to Johnsons photopia ( I think that's right ) in the UK . They in turn had to send it to Germany where the parts were. I didn't lock it down as I wasn't aware it had to be. It came back ready to use so I assume not locked down. Johnsons no longer offer this service and so I've replaced mine with a Plustek Optic film scanner.

The Plustek scanner doesn't have the D max of the Minolta nor auto focus but as I just scan for the computer screen it does a reasonable job with colour reversal film and colour negative film and a very good job with Ilford Delta100 black and white. 

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I've abandoned the idea of selling it without the lock screw, and have found someone who'll do Hasselblad drum scans for me which are immensely superior to the 5400. And the price, well it's $12.50 per scan!!!

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Aside: For future reference, the lens in the Scan Elite 5400 has a fantastic, sharp close-up lens which is easy to remove and mount to a mirrorless camera.

 

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