Nikon Super CoolScan 5000 ED Film Scanner

Nikon Super CoolScan 5000 ED Film Scanner

Nikon Super CoolScan 5000 ED Film Scanner

  • It has 4,000 dpi optical resolution, 4.8 density
  • It has 16-bit A/D conversion, 8 or 16-bit output
  • Preview scans in 11 seconds, full scans as fast as 20 seconds
  • Digital ICE4 Advanced suite of image correction technologies
  • Its USB interface, PC and Mac compatible

A high-performance dedicated film scanner designed for imaging professionals, the Super Coolscan 5000 ED offers high-quality scanning of 35mm slides, 35mm film strips, APS film (with optional IX240 film adapter), and prepared slides (with optional me

List Price: $ 1,199.95

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  1. 395 of 398 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    An outstanding scanner and a pleasure to use!, May 24, 2004
    JanSobieski (United States of America) –

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    First of all, let me say I am a neophyte when it comes to scanning. My mother passed away recently and I wanted to go through my father’s 20,000 slides and scan the best ones before they, as many before them, disappeared into the hands of one of my 7 other siblings never to be found again.

    After culling my father’s slides I ended up with about 1000 I wanted to scan. After culling my own slides I ended up with another 250 slides. Additionally, I had about 250 slides from my grandfather slides And after that I decided to go through my color negative collection and scan the best of those as well. A daunting project! But honestly well worth the effort.

    Most of my father’s slides are Kodachrome. Much has been written about the inability of this scanner to scan Kodachrome slides and said about ICE4 not working with Kodachrome. Well, I have some good news The ICE4 does work extremely well for the most part. However, with Kodachrome slides it does produce minor artifacts in about 5 percent of the slides. I scanned with ICE (not ICE4) always on and then rescanned if I encountered unacceptable artifacts. I did notice that the scanner ICE feature was more likely to be stumped by old Kodachrome slides where subjects were wearing shirts with stripes.

    The GEM ROC and DEE (the other stalwarts of the ICE4 other than ICE itself) work on Kodachrome slides as well, but I found that the results were unpredictable and that I could achieve better results myself in Photoshop far more quickly. The GEM ROC and DEE features simply took too long and slowed down the scanning unacceptably. The results, for me, were not worth the additional scanning time. So I never used these features. But the “enhance” feature on the scanner I used nearly 100% of the time with great results – much better than the GEM ROC and DEE features.

    The scanner is fast and does produce wonderful wonderful detailed scans, easily demonstrating the grain in the transparancies at 3000 and 4000 dpi. The Kodachrome slides were a challenge to the Dynamic Range of the scanner, but I believe that most of the detail in the shadows that is there was extracted. With dark slides I used the VERY useful gain feature turning it all the way up to 2 in the really dark slides. Unfortunately, Kodachrome, with all of its many attributes, does have substantial downsides including a very narrow exposure latitude and shadow detail is simply lacking. I think the scanner accurately reproduced the information including the colors on the Kodachrome slides, with perhaps a slight bluish cast noticed in some cases.

    It wasn’t until I was finished scanning all of the culled slides that I undertook to scan my select color negatives. And this scanner really came into its own scanning color negatives. Don’t even TRY to scan color negatives without ICE because the results are unbelievably bad. Even pristine negatives have scratches and dust that magically are erased by the ICE feature. What a godsend. The scanned color negatives were just beautiful with very accurate color rendition. But immediately I noticed much more grain in the color negatives (Royal Gold and Fuji Superia Gold) than in the scanned slides.

    One note unrelated to the scanner itself. Until you’ve used a digital scanner to scan your color negatives you can’t begin to realize how far superior Kodachrome, Provia, and Ektachrome slides are to color negatives insofar as capturing detail. Even the best color negatives have much more grain that Kodachrome. And the difference in color negatives is substantial too.

    The included Nikon software worked fantastic for me. I downloaded a copy of VueScan which according to many reviews is superior to the Nikon software and found that for me the Nikon software was easier to work with and produced superior results.

    The software did cause my computer to crash occasionally which was an aggravation, but a minor one when considered against its many attributes.

    Setup Summary: I scanned at a 8 bit color depth (to reduce file size to 55MB and because I could not see a difference between 8 and 16 bit depth in the old slides) and 4000 pixels per inch with the scan enhancer turned on and the Digital ICE turned on. I did not use GEM ROC and DEE because of inconsistent results. I turned up the gain as necessary for dark slides and turned it down for light slides. Gain adjustments were only necessary on about 15 – 20% of the slides. The only two variables that I used once I was set up and running were gain adjustment and type of film or slide. All other adjustments were made in PS IF necessary. The scan at these settings took 90 seconds.

    Setting up the Nikon Scan window was a little tricky too. I placed the tool palette in the far upper right corner of the window with the scan window placed under it to the right. The image window occupied the largest portion space to the…

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  2. 10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Mac users beware…, January 3, 2009
    Evan Jacobs (Los Angeles, CA) –

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    I’ve owned this scanner for several years. I did quite a bit of research when I purchased it and felt that it was the best value for the money at the time. I’m not aware of any new negative scanners coming onto the market in the past few years that would change that assessment.

    I also have an Epson Perfection V500 Photo Scanner which I use for large format negatives. I’ve tried it for 35mm and I can tell you that the Nikon delivers superior results – no question.

    I scan color slides as well as color & b+w negatives. The results are good with all of them. The scans are not as good as professional drum scans, but from a cost-per-scan standpoint this is the way to go. The main difference is edge focus which isn’t perfect with the Nikon.

    For my old 35mm color negs (which are generally from an old point and shoot) this scanner (along with the NikonScan software) does a great job. The software dust removal does a great job as well.

    For my fine art 35mm b+w negatives it delivers good quality, high resolution scans. The dust removal software doesn’t work on B+w however, so there’s always some post clean-up involved.

    I’m a Mac user and I have to warn you all that Nikon’s included software just doesn’t work on an Intel Mac. They seem completely uninterested in helping their Mac users and I have found the whole situation quite frustrating. However, I have had good, consistent success running NikonScan on Windows via Parallels. It seems crazy but it works pretty well. Sure it’s inconvenient but after all the crashing in OSX I just gave up.

    Nikon’s support sucks so pray that you don’t have a problem. I did and it took forever to get it handled. Still, since then my scanner has worked like a trooper.

    I’ve demo’d other plugins like Silverfast but I don’t like them very much so I use NikonScan in Windows.

    I’ve often considered selling this scanner and getting something else, but I haven’t found a better tool in this price range.

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