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Nikon Coolscan LS50 35mm Film Scanner ( 4000 dpi )

by Nikon
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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  • Basic Product Group: Scanner
  • Bluetooth: No
  • Colour Depth in Bits: 14
  • Colour depth (bits per pixel): 14
  • Document Feeder Type: Handheld, Film or Imaging Scanner
  • Feed: No Flatbed or Sheetfeed
  • Film Adapter: Yes
  • Firewire: No
  • Maximum Document Size: Handheld/Film/Image Scanner
  • Multifunctional: no
  • Parallel Interface: No
  • SCSI: No
  • Scan Resolution in dpi: 4000
  • Scanner Colour: Colour
  • Scanner Colour / Black & White: Colour
  • Scanner Function: yes (Normal Quality)
  • Scanner Resolution (dpi): 4000
  • Scanner Type: Film
  • Scanner with Film / Slide Adapter: Yes
  • Serial Interface: No
  • USB: Yes
  • USB Interface: Yes


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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 31.5 x 9.6 x 17.2 cm ; 3 Kg
  • Boxed-product Weight: 6 Kg
  • Item model number: LS50
  • ASIN: B0001JZNDE
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 1 Jan 2001
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

E-mailing images to friends and family, web page design or digital archiving interested in doing any of these things better and faster? Look no further than the COOLSCAN V ED desktop film scanner. Designed to be easy enough for first-time scanner users to operate smoothly, it provides features and image quality previously found only in more expensive scanners. Factor in a selection of accessories that allows you to scan film of different types, and the result is a cost-effective, user-friendly, high-quality digital imaging tool.

Box Contains

  • Scanner
  • Slide Mount Adapter
  • Strip Film Adapter
  • USB Cable
  • AC Cable
  • Nikon Scan 4, Nikon View 6 CD, Photoshop Elements 2 CD.


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    418 of 419 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Peak of quality for home and corporate scanning 29 May 2004
    By Martin Turner HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
    I love my Nikon digital SLR. But I also know its limitations - at 6 megapixels, it isn't quite up to some of the fine print work that I want to do, and it certainly isn't up to billboards and other big ad work.
    For the time being at least, old fashioned film still provides the ultimate in quality. Here, in the Nikon Coolscan, you have a scanner to match the best that 35mm film can offer. Well, almost. A top end Kodak lab machine will take you just a little bit further - but the price to own one is beyond the reach of most mortals.
    In terms of technical specs, this scanner turns in images which are 4000 dpi, which equates to 5500 pixels across the 35mm format. This exceeds the true resolution of almost any digital camera currently on the market (well, ok - Kodak again do something in the silly-money zone). Note that this is the scanner's optical resolution - loads of flat-bed scanners will offer you really any resolution you want, but that would be interpolated, therefore adding no more data. What's more, the Nikon turns this in at a very respectable 14 bits per channel, which is 2 bits, and therefore 4x, more than their digital SLRs. 24 bit colour, which is commonly referred to as 'true colour' is just 8 bits per channel. If you are a photographer, you will notice the difference. You'll also notice the difference once you start playing around with the image in Photoshop.
    The technical specifications, though, don't really do this equipment justice. By scanning directly from 35mm negative or transparency, you are acquiring far more data than you ever could if you scanned a print. This is partly because the image has only been through two lenses - your camera's lens and the scanner's lens - instead of three for a print - the camera, the enlarger, and the scanner.
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    140 of 141 people found the following review helpful
    In digital camera terms, this scanner is equivalent to 24 Megapixels. Not only that, but the quality of the scan is something to seen to be believed. A previous reviewer believed that a high end Kodak lab could give you the same/better scans. I think that this scanner, after a little practice selecting the right settings, will give you better scans than that. I speak from experience of previously working as a Kodak & Fuji lab technician. The film scanners found in most high street photo labs only scan at around max 8.25Mp. I have seen this scanner used when extra detail was required.
    This scanner is equipped with ICE4. It means basically that it uses a fourth CCD (in addition to the usual R,G,B CCDs) which scans the very surface of the film itself. Any data returning from the 4th CCD is subtracted from the other three- efficiently removing most dust and scratches. This scanner is equipped with what is now the fourth generation of ICE. The newer three generations enhance the scanned image to restore faded colour, grain and poor exposure. Nothing that you can't now fix with Photoshop CS/CS2 ('Hue & Saturation', 'Reduce Noise', 'Shadows & Highlights'). And for those of you with large collections of old transparencies now is the time to blow the dust off, and archive them digitally.
    At max resolution, 14 bits per channel, TIFF format, you can expect to produce 150Mb files! You will need lots of storage space, and about 3 minutes to scan each image.
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    56 of 57 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars The best 35mm film scanner I have used 29 May 2007
    By Mr. R. D. Turner TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
    I have tried a number of scanners and in each case been disappointed with the results. My cheap Epson flatbed had lots of detail but the images were fuzzy, not sharp. My Epson V700 was a wonderful scanner for my Xpan and Medium format slides but again wasn't all that sharp and I'm sure had a bit of noise reduction going on to aid sharpness. This bothered me because had I wanted noise reduction and sharpening artifacts I would have bought a digital camera!

    The Nikon Coolscan V ED is in a different league. It drags every last bit of sharpness out of my slides and negatives at 4000dpi. I reduce the resultant scans to 7x5 print size at 300DPI for printing and the resultant images are very very good. So good in fact that my second hand 10 Olympus MJU 35mm makes better pictures than my 10 megapixel Sony R1.

    People say that scanning is a solution to a dead technology (i.e. film) but it isn't. If you want a small camera then the digital offerings all have small sensors and lots of sharpening and noise reduction. I'm sure technology will catch up but for me today in 2007 there isn't a pocketable digital camera around which can do shallow depth of field and produce images as good as from a cheap film compact.
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    29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Everything I wanted from a scanner... and more 4 Oct 2007
    I have a large collection of (mostly) 35mm transparencies. Now, having gone digital, I wanted to scan the slides. I'm a perfectionist... and worried that the scans wouldn't look as good as the originals. Well, they don't... they look better! It's great to be able to make minor crops, rotations, colour tweaks, etc (and restore colour from some slightly faded slides).

    The Nikon scanner is very simple: there's just an on/off switch. Everything else is controlled from the computer. Everything just works, and I'm gobsmacked at the way the ICE technology gets rid of dust and scratches. My worries were unfounded; it's a terrific piece of kit...
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