Nikon CoolScan V LS-50 ED Film Scanner

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  • 4,000 dpi optical resolution, 4.2 density
  • 14-bit A/D conversion, 8 or 16-bit output
  • Scan speeds as fast as 38 seconds
  • Digital ICE4 Advanced suite of image correction technologies
  • Its USB interface, PC and Mac compatible

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A high-performance dedicated film scanner from Nikon, the CoolScan V 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 linear CCD image sensor and 14-bit A/D input (8-/16-bit output) provide true-to-life, brilliant results.

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A high-performance dedicated film scanner from Nikon, the CoolScan V 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 linear CCD image sensor and 14-bit A/D input (8-/16-bit output) provide true-to-life, brilliant results.

Nikon's own LED illumination technology ensures accurate color with no warm-up time or risk of heat damage. Scan times are as fast as 38 seconds including image transfer to display, and as fast as 14 seconds in preview mode. Automatic color/contrast compensation helps you achieve accurate results, while the ICE4 advanced digital image correction suite of technologies 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 CoolScan V 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 CoolScan V ED also comes backed with a one year limited warranty.

What's in the Box
Scanner, CD-ROM, strip film adapter SA-21, slide feeder MA-21, instructions

From the Manufacturer

An economical, friendly, high-performance film scanner, the Coolscan V ED is easy to operate. Its Scanner-Nikkor ED glass lens offers a true optical resolution of 4,000 dpi, and the 14-bit A/D input conversion allows it to produce scans a level of quality previously only available with higher-priced models. In addition, Nikon's exclusive LED technology provides accurate color consistently throughout the life of the scanner. Its scan speed is also amazingly fast—only 38 seconds (including image transfer to display). New Digital ICE4 Advanced turns back time with it's image restoration capabilities and the improved Nikon Scan 4 offers Scan Image Enhancer for automatic color/contrast compensation.

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Manufacturer Nikon Brand Nikon Item Weight 6 pounds Product Dimensions 4 x 13 x 7 inches Item model number 9239 Is Discontinued By Manufacturer No Manufacturer Part Number 9239

Technical Specification

Specification Sheet [PDF ]

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ASIN B0001DYTVW

This is an excellent scanner for converting my old collection of film photography to digital format. When my older Nikon scanner (SCSI interface) died, this was the newest Nikon scanner I could find, with USB interface. However, the scan software is still too old to work effectively with 64-bit Windows 10 Pro. One can work around this problem with available VueScan software as an alternative to NikonScan software, which I have tried, or one can use older but still useful OS's such as 32-bit Windows Vista Business, which I do on an old but reliable Sony notebook computer. In spite of its age, this scanner is an excellent piece of equipment for processing strip film and 35mm slides to digital content.

It's not fast, but the quality and ease of scanning color slides and negatives is very good and the results are just spectacular. It's very good at getting a good quality scan from less than great slides and negatives. There are a few negatives, though not enough to make me regret my purchase.

1) Inadequate documentation (John Shaw's scanning article online was very helpful)
2) Most of the special scanning features (DEE, ICE, GEM) don't work with Black and white and you have to figure out how to create your own black and white settings so that you can just specify them once when scanning a negative strip or else you go crazy setting all the buttons and you get posterized black and white.
3)Without ICE in black and white (which doesn't work with the infrared tech they use) you have to have really clean negatives or spend a lot of time spotting. And even when you get good scans, it scans in color so you have to futz with color balance on every negative.
4) You have to cut the sprocket holes on the sides of the first negative so that there aren't any open sprocket holes or else it causes the scanner to error out and you have to open it up to get your negatives.
5) The software crashes occasionally (about 1-2 times per evening) on a modern Core 2 Duo iMac.

So though black and white is a problem, it's not negative enough to detract from a truly great piece of hardware.

After researching the best way to scan APS film, I purchased a Coolscan V scanner from Amazon and IA-20(S) APS adapter from Adorama thru the Amazon site. I never really found any reviews concerning scanning APS film, so I stuck with the scanner that had the best reviews and bought the APS adapter to go with it.

I found that these units were bid up on auction sites to within fifty dollars of the price of a new unit. My plan is to scan all of my film, then sell the scanner and adapter.

The film scans are beautiful! Much better than scans of the prints and much quicker and simpler. The software has many nice tools, especially Digital Ice, which eliminates all dust and spots with no apparent effect on the scan quality.

This is an excellent way to scan APS films, which are much easier to scan than 35mm strips. You just put the roll in the adapter. You click one button in the Nikon Scan software and it displays all 25 or 40 thumbnails in a minute or two. Since I had around 100 APS rolls to scan, I set up the defaults so that it would automatically have the normal parameters set when I scanned APS films. Then I just had to rotate the images to the correct orientation, select all of the thumbnails and hit the scan button in the software. It asks about the file name structure and the folder they will go into, and presents a few other options, then it spends about an hour to scan a roll of 25. I go do something else during that time. I haven't had any computer crashes during scanning, even while browsing or running other software on my computer (a low-end 2004 Sony VAIO desktop) simultaneously.

You can preview all of the frames and adjust all of the scan parameters for each individual shot before the final scan. I found this to only be useful on films with mostly dark shots. It takes about 15-20 minutes to preview a roll of 25. It is time-consuming to correct each shot. If there are only a few dark shots on a roll, then I preview and fix the ones I am sure will need additional software cleanup. Then I scan the whole roll. After scanning, I reopen the files, perform auto contrast on most shots, make any other adjustments, then resave them. Very efficient.

The APS adapter worked flawlessly for me for about 3 weeks, scanning about 55 APS films, mostly with 25 exposures but a few were 40-exposure rolls. Then it failed. I have returned the adapter to Nikon for warranty service. See my review of the adapter under "Nikon Coolscan IV APS Film Adapter"

There are a couple things they should add for simpler APS scanning:

1. A reader for the APS film's embedded magnetic strip. Inclusion of the date as data was one of the advantages of APS film. This data could be used to adjust the file date or included as part of the filename. This would make sorting easier.

2. A "Select All" button for easier selection of a whole roll.

Nikon Coolscan V is an excellent scanning system for APS film as well as 35mm.