Easy to use
by Sunee on 1/8/2007
My scanner was really easy to get going for the first time. They have a quick start guide that helps. I was up and running in no time. It's great looking at the old slides and even greater saving the pictures for everyone in the future.
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Finally, a worthwhile negative scanner!
by Patrick F. on 6/22/2007
I've been toying with the idea of buying one of these for about a year or so. I purchased a Minolta negative scanner about 4 years ago, and was so discusted with the results, I packed it up and returned it the next day. I then thought that it wasn't possible to get good results scanning a small 35mm negative.
I am a professional photographer and although I switched over to digital many years ago, I still have an archive of thousands of negatives. Many of them are very valuble images. I was always very careful in taking care of them. They are stored in the best conditions to preserve them, however, I was shocked to find how they have still deteriorated over a short period of time. I decided that if I wanted to preserve them, I needed to do something more. So, I started to read everything I could about the Nikon Coolscanners. The reviews I came across were mostly positive, mixed with a few "whiney"---"I hate this thing" type reviews. (I've come to believe that these type of reviews are probably generated by either a bored child, or a person that typically whines about anything and everything.)
I decided to order one. Although it was a challenge to find it in stock, I finally got one. I have to say, it really is a great piece of photographic equipment! There is a little bit of tweaking that you have to do with the software to get it to your preferences, but once you do.....the scans are stunning. There were a few images that I had, that came out even better than what the photolabs originally generated. It's been fun to watch these images come alive again with even more brilliance. Sometimes, taking them into Photoshop to add a bit more punch! The included software interface could use a bit more thought in it's design, but overall, it does work well and does the job it's supposed to.
I've read reviews that silver based B&W negatives were a problem, but again, after tweaking....I've been able to generate beautiful images from them as well. To get the most from this scanner, it's best if you have an understanding of how the different aspects of photography and digital printing work. There's much more to it than shoving a negative into a machine and getting a "Pretty Picture".
I was a bit hesitant that Nikon might be updating, since it's a bit overdue for a new model to come out. But even if they do update....there isn't much they could improve (except maybe the speed). It already does an amazing job. The speed is slow if you sit and watch it. But if you watch paint dry, you can complain about how slow that is too. Photo professionals who used to make their own color prints in a darkroom can remember how long it took to print and process an image, only to find out that you need to try again and again because the color was bad. I'll gladly sit and wait the couple minutes for a scan anytime, over doing chemical printing again. To sum it all up, if you've been thinking about getting one....go ahead! It's worth every penny. I've noticed that several manufacterers have been dropping out of the dedicated 35mm scanner line. I'm guessing as time goes on, the need for them is less and less and it's not feasable for them to mass produce them anymore. Nikon is one of the last manufacturers that make a quality machine. I wanted to make sure I had one in case they stop production too.
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