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Nikon Super CoolScan 5000 ED Film Scanner
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Product Description

NIKON CoolScan 5000 ED -- Designed for imaging professionals and serious hobbyists, this sophisticated unit offers 35mm (135) & IX240 (APS) film scanning at an amazing 20 seconds per image (including image transfer to display) -- at 4,000 dpi true optical resolution. A 16-bit A/D converter & 16-bit output channel ensure highly accurate color reproduction and representation of detail. Scan Image Enhancer function auto-adjusts brightness & color saturation Digital ICE4 Advanced suite includes - Digital ICE removes surface dust & scratches without altering image composition Digital ROC rebuilds & restores deteriorated color values Digital GEM reduces film grain effects Digital DEE reveals details hidden in shadow or highlights Dimensions - 6.8H 3.8W x 12.4D; weighs 6.6 pounds OS compatibility - Windows 98SE+, Mac OS 9.1+, OS X (10.1.5+)

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 medical slide holder). The Scanner-Nikkor ED glass lens offers a 4,000 dpi optical resolution, while the 3,964-pixel, two-line linear CCD image sensor and 16-bit per color A/D input (8-/16-bit output) provide true-to-life, brilliant results.

Nikon's own LED illumination technology ensures accurate color separation with no warm-up time or risk of heat damage. Scan times are as fast as 20 seconds including image transfer to display, and as fast as 11 seconds in preview mode. Automatic color/contrast compensation helps you achieve accurate results, while the ICE4 advanced digital image correction suite of technologies--including digital ICE, digital ROC, digital GEM, and digital DEE--helps to restore old slides to their original glory. Additionally, the included Nikon Scan 4 software provides a comprehensive and easy-to-use interface for managing your scans.

The Super Coolscan 5000 ED has a convenient, plug-and-play USB interface, while one-touch scan and preview buttons will have you scanning film in no time. PC and Mac compatible, the Super Coolscan 5000 ED also comes backed with a one-year limited warranty.

More Features:

Scan Image Enhancer
Nikkor ED glass lens
Scan Image Enhancer provides one-touch image correction. Automatic brightness and color saturation adjustments with no complicated control settings make it easy to produce images with optimal contrast. Scanner Nikkor ED glass lens greatly reduces chromatic aberration and image distortion, and delivers sharp images.

What's in the Box
Scanner, power cord, USB cable, MA-21 slide mount adapter, SA-21 strip film adapter, software CD-ROM (Nikonview, Nikon Scan 4), Nikon User's Guide, one-year Nikon U.S.A. limited warranty information

  • 4,000 dpi optical resolution, 4.8 density
  • 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
  • USB interface, PC and Mac compatible

Customer Reviews:

  • Fantastic, great for Slides!
    I am glad I waited to purchase this scanner; it's an updated version with Digital Ice 4, and for A LOT less than the previous model.

    I also purchased the automated Slide feeder with this, and it is nothing short of a miracle! The Digital ROC and Digital ICE is unbelievable with old slides, particularly Kodachromes. There are plenty of customizable enhancement settings to keep me busy for a long time.

    I use this for business; this scanner will pay for itself with one bulk slide scanning order.

    Love it, love it!...more info

  • Best 35mm film scanner under $50,000
    The previous generation (CS IV and CS 4000) were hard to top, but Nikon did it yet again. Scans are smooth and gorgeous, color accuracy (provided your monitor is calibrated) is unrivaled and the updated ICE4 including DEE are a blessing. In fact the scans are so good that I have started to prefer CS5000 scans from well exposed Fuji Provia 100F or Astia 100F slides than images from a 6MP DSLR. Hard to believe but thats true.

    Did I mention scanning speed ? I timed a 4000 DPI scan with digital ICE turned off, on a P4 2.6Ghz with 1 GB ram and USB2. It took 17 seconds from begining to end (excluding autofocus and auto exposure). Thats right. Actually three seconds faster than Nikon's claim of 20 sec. Beat that Minolta.

    IMO the next step up can only be a $50K HowTek drum scanner ;)...more info

  • New Life for Old Slides (and Negatives)
    I can't add much to the many positive reviews for this scanner. I can say that old slides and negatives that I shot in the seventies never looked so good. Back in the day I worked in a professional photo lab. One of my jobs was making 4x5 inter negatives from slides for large blow ups. It was state of the art at the time and allowed very good 16" x 20" and acceptable 30" x 40" prints. I stil have some of those inter-negs and prints and I can tell you that a digital scan from the Nikon 5000 processed thru Photoshop and printed on a large format ink jet printer are better than any wet process I have seen. Even my B&W TriX negatives have improved with age (and digital scanning). I can place a quality 8x10 from 1972 side by side with an ink jet print from the same negative scanned with the 5000 and the new print reveals more detail and tonal range than I could ever achieve in the darkroom. ...more info
  • Great Scanner... use different software
    I've used both the CoolScan III and the Coolscan 5000ED, unless you're selling pictures the III does just fine. I found Hamrick Software Nikon didn't update the software for the LS-30 to work with Vista. It makes a good scanner great, so would highly suggest the additional expense and not even waste your time using the OEM software....more info
  • An outstanding scanner and a pleasure to use!
    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 left.

    I can recommend this scanner without reservation. It is a phenomenal piece of equipment....more info
  • Beware of Nikon Super CoolScan Slide Feeder
    We purchased a Super Coolscan 5000 ED with SF-210 slide feeders, hoping to scan my parents' thousands of Kodak slides. The Super Coolscan worked flawlessly on single slides, but the SF-210 slide feeder simply could not scan more than 2 slides without jamming.

    The instruction manual does say that the feeder basically works only with Fuji compatible slide mounts, and warns of problems with Kodak and other mounts - but it's buried in the middle of the manual and you don't find out until you've purchased the producdt. I have been unable to find those restrictions mentioned anywhere inthe literature. At nearly $400 per feeder, I would expect it to work - or at least have the sales literature mention its limitations.

    I complained to Nikon, but never even received an email response. I will never buy a Nikon product again....more info
  • Don't count on future support for Nikon scanners
    My review deals with all Nikon scanners based on my experiences with the Nikon LS-4000 ED scanner and Nikon's lack of commitment in the very area that once made them the first choice for professional and serious amateur photographers. We spent several thousand dollars on a scanner that, although being a recent product, will not work on Mac OS X Leopard or Windows Vista, even though Nikon claims to support both. The Nikon Scan app that supposedly works with our systems will not recognize the scanner and the 4.0.2 updater for that software falsely reports a successful installation when in fact it leaves the former version untouched. We've practically begged Nikon for help and have been told that, in effect, they can't continue to support "older" products and they're sorry they can't help us. They're not the only ones who are sorry -- I deeply regret the huge amount of money I've invested in Nikon gear. If you are considering the purchase of any Nikon scanner, I suggest taking a very careful look at competitors and their reputation for supporting what they sell. If this was a 20 year old product I could be more understanding.

    To all the 5000 ED owners who have written favorable reviews I would only say that I once felt the same way about the 4000 ED and I sincerely hope you don't run into this same support nightmare in the future....more info
  • Completely satisfied
    I originally purchased the Coolscan V. Once I realized how long each scan was going to take, it was clear that the bulk loader (SF-210) was mandatory. I returned the V and ordered this version. I really have no complaints. My collection of almost 3,500 slide is now almost scanned. Some of the images created (especially if you give individual attention to the slide) are simply breath taking. I did a great deal of research and I believe this is the best option for digitalizing your old slide collection. Like others, I was dissappointed in the included software; otherwise this would have been a five star review. Once I got used to it (on Vista), I really didn't have that many problems though....more info