The Super Coolscan 5000 ED scanner is loaded with features and benefits designed for a wide range of users, including Applied Science Fiction's Digital ICE4 Advanced technology, Nikon's exclusive Scan Image Enhancer and other one-button-simple solutions. Coolscan scanners can help small or large businesses to streamline their operations and increase productivity while giving home users and hobbyists an affordable solution to revitalize, restore and save precious family memories. Despite the the way digital is dominating today's photography and printing markets, there are still an enormous amount of film images as well as a need for creating high-quality, versatile hi-resolution digital files. In American homes, literally millions of negatives and slides holding precious family memories are wasting away in shoeboxes and attics. A Nikon film scanner is an incredibly useful tool to help unlock the potential of an image and use the advantages of digital to bring that image to life.
Greater Efficiency, Increased Profits - The Super Coolscan 5000 ED is designed with the needs of imaging professionals in mind, delivering 135/IX240 film scanning at an amazing 20 seconds per image (including image transfer to display) - at 4,000 dpi optical resolution. This, combined with a 16-bit A/D converter and 16-bit output channel, gives pros the speed and power they need to truly affect the scope of their business.
The Super Coolscan 5000 ED is targeted primarily to small and medium-sized business users including professional photographers, web developers and photo finishers, who demand the highest standard of image quality and ultra high- speed scanning capability. The Super Coolscan 5000 ED achieves incredible scan speeds of 20-seconds by utilizing a newly developed high-quality 2-line CCD sensor.
In addition to speed, the scanner also offers a number of time-saving accessories including the redesigned Slide Feeder (SF-210) and Roll Film Adapter (SA-30) to accommodate a variety of slide mounts and uncut film. The Super Coolscan 5000 ED combines superior performance and efficiency to make it the perfect digital archiving solution for business users.
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Comments about Nikon Nikon Super Coolscan 5000 ED Scanner:
I use a digital camera exclusively for all of my photos now, but I needed to convert several years worth of film based photos. Most of these are on APS cartridges, but some are on 35mm.
The scanner is a pretty solid performer. There are some reviews that indicate that the bit depth is probably sacrificed when using the software enhancements (digital ice, etc) and this is probably true. However these features can be disabled. I routinely make 2 scans, one with all the enhancements saved to a high quality JPG file and the second with multi-sampling and no processing saved to an NEF RAW format file - as an archival, as close to the original as possible. The NEF could be processed with professional grade software to get the optimizations without loosing bit depth.
The scanner comes standard with a 35 mm negative holder (2-6 exposures at a time) and a slide holder (1 at a time). The unit also has a removable panel in the rear to accommodate a 'take up reel' to allow roll processing of uncut 35mm negatives in a roll. Options include a slide carousel for batch scanning of slides and an APS adapter that allows you to scan an entire roll of APS film in batch mode.
So far I've scanned just over 3 dozen APS cartiges - twice each. The APS adapter just gave out on me - and now does not feed the film from the cartridge. I have quite a few more APS cartiges and will probably buy another APS adapter and keep going. The APS adapter has a 1 year warrantee that I may check into, but it may be more trouble than it is worth (they usually are).
The performance of the scanner is great, I just wish the APS adapter has lasted longer. I also wish the APS adapter had been included standard. I would have much rather had that than the slide adapter.