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The perfect equipment to digitise and archive your old films,
This review is from: Nikon Coolscan LS50 35mm Film Scanner ( 4000 dpi ) (Accessory)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.