Nikon discontinues last film scanner

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Bruce, Dec 22, 2010.

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    Bruce Guest

    Nikon has finally discontinued the Coolscan 9000ED. This brings an
    end to the Coolscan range which formerly consisted of the Coolscan V
    and Coolscan 5000ED for APS and 35mm film scanning, plus the 9000ED
    for 35mm and medium format film.

    There will be no further manufacture of Nikon film scanners.
    Bruce, Dec 22, 2010
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    Dang, that's a shame. Nikon arguably had the best consumer scanners for
    film, and there are still plenty of pros who use them. I know a Natty
    Geo guy who has assistants who do nothing but sit on a computer all day
    scanning his 20 year backlog of slides with a Coolscan.

    Sucks too, because this will drive the cost of getting used/refurb
    Coolscan units up.

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  3. How are we supposed to scan our negatives, short of buying a used one
    on eBay?
    Edward A. Falk, Dec 22, 2010
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    Mike Guest

    Not really Nikon's problem! The only person I know who still uses film
    is my gramps who has had a darkroom in his bathroom since 1947. He uses
    a digital camera mainly but takes B&W pics from time to time with an old

    Simply not enough demand from old fogeys and self styled artists to
    interest a major company. I dare say if demand is still sufficient
    someone will continue to make them for the consumer market and here in
    the UK some specialist photographic stores will scan negatives and
    prints for you.

    Mike, Dec 22, 2010
  5. Well, what about those with pre-existing piles of slides needing to be
    scanned? You seem to think that these will somehow magically disappear
    once scanners are discontinued.

    Comment on quaint Usenet customs, from Usenet:

    To me, the *plonk...* reminds me of the old man at the public hearing
    who stands to make his point, then removes his hearing aid as a sign
    that he is not going to hear any rebuttals.
    David Nebenzahl, Dec 22, 2010
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    Eric Stevens Guest

    Eric Stevens, Dec 22, 2010
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    Noons Guest

    Bruce wrote,on my timestamp of 22/12/2010 11:09 AM:

    Welcome to last month's news...
    Noons, Dec 22, 2010
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    Noons Guest

    bugbear wrote,on my timestamp of 22/12/2010 8:34 PM:
    psst: check the prices for 2nd hand Nikon scanners in ebay...
    Noons, Dec 22, 2010
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    Noons Guest

    Edward A. Falk wrote,on my timestamp of 22/12/2010 2:29 PM:
    Epson V700 is a reasonable alternative, althoug nowhere in the same class.
    Noons, Dec 22, 2010
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    Bruce Guest

    Primefilm and especially Plustek make reasonably good quality 35mm
    film scanners. There are several cheap Chinese junk models sold under
    multiple brands.
    Bruce, Dec 22, 2010
  11. Eventually it will cost you $25 to get a roll done. $5 for processing, and
    $20 for postage to India where it will be processed.

    Geoffrey S. Mendelson, Dec 22, 2010
  12. They never made cameras bigger than 35mm, but they made enlarging, process and
    general photography lenses for much bigger cameras.

    They also made the lenses for the original Bronica cameras (6x6).

    Geoffrey S. Mendelson, Dec 22, 2010
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    Does Silverfast work as well? That's a pretty decent piece of scanning

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    Ryan McGinnis, Dec 22, 2010
  14. Edward A. Falk, Dec 22, 2010
  15. Very fine. That's what I use it for. Of course the infra-red dust
    detection magic doesn't work with silver negs, but the scanning itself
    works fine. The intensity depth (density?) of the scanner seems wider
    than the shots that I take/develop, so I haven't had any issues with
    having to do two passes to get the whole dynamic range of the shot. A
    friend with one of the 35mm Nikon scanners has complained about that
    problem. Also: being able to scan 24 frames at a time is a nice time

    Andrew Reilly, Dec 22, 2010
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    tony cooper Guest

    I have a Dimage Scan Elite dedicated slide scanner up on the closet
    shelf. I meant to sell it after I completed scanning my slides, but
    forgot about it.
    tony cooper, Dec 22, 2010
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    dickr2 Guest

    Bill Graham wrote:
    Somewhat related is the "slide duplicator" I used 20 years ago. It attached
    to the camera with a T mount. I used it to get prints from slides.
    Load the camera with print film, insert a slide in the end of the duplicator,
    point the camera at a bright light source, and bingo ... it kind of worked,
    but only to duplicate slides on print or slide film.
    dickr2, Dec 23, 2010
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    peter Guest

    peter, Dec 23, 2010
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    Noons Guest

    Problem is the increased contrast and the "hardness" of the light
    I'm starting to get acceptable results using a slide viewing box as
    the light source, with AN glass on top of the slide strip and then the
    whole lot in a copy stand with a dslr and a macro lens attached to
    it. The very soft light of the view box takes care of most of the
    scratches and dirt. The only problem is excessive contrast in some
    nutcase slides.

    With colour and b&w negatives I just can't get a dslr to take a
    sufficiently large dynamic range shot to cope with the reversal
    process in an editor. I suspect I'll have to use filters to get rid
    of the "orange" mask and then things might work out there, as well.

    But given both my coolscan V and 9000 don't have any signs of giving
    up on me (touch wood), I'm well set for the predictable future in
    terms of good scanners. Something else will come along soon that will
    replace these. The Pacific range is quite good for 35mm and the Epsons
    works fine with MF.
    Noons, Dec 23, 2010
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    Eric Stevens Guest

    I've never made a direct comparison of the Epson V700 with another
    slide scanner but I have found that I can scan right down to the grain
    level on older slides. More recent slides seem to have a finer grain.
    I've never felt the need to go below 3200 dpi.

    It also handles negative film very well and produces colour positives.

    It came with built in ICE and also had another version of ICE bundled
    with it.

    Eric Stevens
    Eric Stevens, Dec 23, 2010
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