Nikon Coolscan V ED Film Scanner - 9239

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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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For the past six years I have been using flatbed scanners from HP with a Negatives/Transparencies Adapter to scan negatives. I have not been satisfied with their performance -- tonal range was low (optical density is not even listed in their specs), resolution (2400 dpi) not exactly great, poor quality glass leading to all sorts of loss in detail. These scanners are not really designed to scan negatives... After extensive review of the available scanners I decided to follow the consensus -- and buy the Nikon V ED Coolscan. I have a Dell Dimension desktop (4 years old) with a cheap after-market USB 2.0 card running Win XP SP2. Installation was a breeze -- no problems of any kind. So far I have never used the TWAIN interface from within Photoshop CS (my image manipulation s/w). Instead I have scanned about 50 color negatives using the stand-alone Nikon application. Nikon's software has a number of options/features that are applied either during the scanning process or after-the-fact. I ran different tests with underexposed negatives; pictures taken with flash; pictures of people; landscape photographs, etc. The setup that works best for me is to turn Digital ICE (normal) On and to set the GEM (grain equalization) equal to 1 (I always use 100 ISO film). All other features work -- but if you have Photoshop, it is best to scan your negatives with as few features turned on during the scanning process, and to then process your saved file with Photoshop further (if needed) as a separate step. In that way if you don't like the changes you made at step 2, you can always go back to the original scan and re-do them. People have written that Digital ICE should always be ON -- and I more or less have come to the same conclusion. People have also written that scan time with Digital ICE, GEM, etc ON drastically increases scan time per negative -- and that is also true (typical scan time at 8 bit with the aforementioned setup is about 3.5 min). The quality of the scans is EXCEPTIONAL -- no question about that. It is significanly better than scans I got from RitzPix's "hi-res" scans of negatives. Of course, there isn't any comparison between Nikon's Coolscan V and HP's scanners. The software is fairly robust -- there are some glitches but not many. The scanner comes with a printed manual (fairly useless) and the "real" manual on CD. Do yourselves a favor: print and read the "real" manual from the CD before you start scanning... A word of advice: The most expensive scanner in the world can't fix your cheap/uncalibrated monitor: Your scans may look bad because of a bad/uncalibrated monitor, and not because of the scanner. If you plan to do image editing or scan negatives in order to ultimately send them for printing on photographic paper or a hi-res/quality Inkjet printer, save yourselves a lot of time and frustration by calibrating your monitor (buy and use Eye2 from GretagMacbeth/Pantone) BEFORE you start scanning your negatives.

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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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Product Overview

An economical, friendly, high-performance film scanner, the COOLSCAN V ED is designed to be easy to operate, even for first-time scanner users.

Users who wish to print out images of films of scanned images or attach them to email, and also those who are involved in, or wish to begin, archiving of old and new films in digital image form -- as well as personal or business web-page designers -- will find the COOLSCAN V ED both simple to operate and long on quality.

Specifications

Manufacturer Nikon
Mfg Part# 9239
SKU 10360806
UPC 018208092390
UPC 14 00018208092390
Links
Product Guide Click Here for the Nikon Store
Features
USB Yes
Product Type Film Scanner
Manufacturer Part Number 9239
Manufacturer Nikon Corporation
Product Model V ED
Product Name Coolscan V ED Film Scanner
Product Line COOLSCAN
Brand Name Nikon
Package Contents Nikon Coolscan V EDSlide Mount AdapterStrip Film Adapter
Weight (Approximate) 6.60 lb
Height 6.8"
Width 3.8"
Depth 12.4"
Media Size 1" x 1.50"
Color Depth 42-bit
Scan Color Color
Maximum Color Scan Speed (ppm) 1.579
Maximum Color Scan Speed (sec) 38
Limited Warranty 1 Year
Tech Specs
USB Yes
Product Type Film Scanner
Manufacturer Part Number 9239
Manufacturer Website Address www.nikon.com
Manufacturer Nikon Corporation
Product Model V
Product Name Coolscan V ED Film Scanner
Product Line Coolscan
Brand Name Nikon
Additional Information Scan Speed: Time to complete preview or scan when no options are selected Includes time required to display the scanned image. Media: Negative and positives, in color and monochrome 35mm slides: Slides with mounts 1.0-3.2mm thick, 49-50.8mm wide 35mm film strips: 2-6 frames; strips of 1-6 frames can be scanned APS (IX240) film: Cartridges of 15, 25, and 40 frames can be scanned Slide Glass for microscopes: Prepared slides (26x76mm, 0.8-1.5mm thick) can be scanned Aperture/Scan range (pixels): MA-21: 25.1 x 36.8mm/3,946 x 5,782 pixels/Same as slide mount SA-21: 25.1 x 38.0mm/3,946 x 5,959 pixels/23.4 x 36.0mm IA-20(s): 18.6 x 28.4mm/2,915 x 4,453 pixels/16.1 x 27.4mm Light Source: R, G, B, and Infrared (IR) LEDs Image sensor: 3,964-pixel linear CCD image sensor Color separation: Performed by RGB LEDs A/D conversion: 16 bits per color Output: Full color or greyscale at 8 or 16 bits per channel Focus: Auto and manual; autofocusing point selectable Digital ICE4 Advanced: Digital ICE4 Advanced comprises four cutting-edge image-correction components which help ensure superior image quality and operational efficiency. Digital ICE (Image Correction & Enhancement): Digital ICE removes defects or scratches on the surface of the film with out losing any details or any other elements of the original image* Digital ROC (Restoration Of Color): Digital ROC brings faded color of old films or slides back to life. Enjoy vibrant,faithfully rendered images. Digital GEM (Grain Equalization & Management): Digital GEM reduces the effects of film grain.The resulting images are sharp,clear and devoid of grain clumping or graininess. Digital DEE (Dynamic Exposure Extender): Digital DEE helps reveal details hidden in shadows and highlights. It compensates for both underexposure and overexposure. * Not compatible with non-chromogenic black & white film
Package Contents Nikon Coolscan V ED Slide Mount Adapter Strip Film Adapter
Platform Support PC / Mac
Weight (Approximate) 6.60 lb
Height 6.80"
Width 3.80"
Depth 12.40"
Input Voltage 240 V AC
Power Source AC Supply
Image Sensor CCD
Media Size 1" x 1.50"
Scanning Modes Simplex
Transparency Adapter Yes
Color Depth 42-bit
Media Type 35mm Film
Scan Color Color
Maximum Color Scan Speed (ppm) 1.579
Maximum Color Scan Speed (sec) 38
Standard Warranty 1 Year Limited
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