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Nikon SF-210 Slide Feeder

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  • The SF-210 is a slide feeder for Super COOLSCAN 5000 ED and Super COOLSCAN 4000 ED Nikon film scanners
  • The SF-210, which can hold up to fifty mounts 1.5mm in thickness, automates the scanning of consecutive 35mm slides
  • Can be inserted while the scanner is on and connected to a computer
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  • Product Dimensions: 40.6 x 17.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.3 Kg
  • Item model number: SF-210
  • ASIN: B0001AVVRA
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 6 Mar. 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 396,040 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

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Nikon SF-210 Auto Slide Feeder for LS5000


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A real boon if you have a lot of slides to scan, this attachment for the LS-5000 scanner works pretty well and saves hours. Setting up is simple - you just slot it into the front of the scanner, which has to be lying in the horizontal position. It takes 50 slides and there is a slightly fiddly adjustment for thickness of mount - so it's best not to mix thin and thick in the same batch.

It worked faultlessly with plastic mounts but old card mounts quite often got stuck - this is a pain because resetting the scanner scrambles the Nikonscan software so you have to quit and restart. I finally figured out the problem - the inner edge of the mount of the slide being loaded catches on the opposite inner edge of the next slide: this is caused by slight splaying of the mounts. A solution which worked most of the time is to put a smooth rectangular object, about 1 x 1 x 4 cm (I used a handy artist's graphite block) upright between the sprung slide pusher and the last slide, on the side away from the scanner. This asymmetric pressure flares the stack of slides on the far side so they don't catch.

The scan software otherwise works fairly well and saves the images in a numbered series. You have to make any decisions in the scan options before you start a batch as you cannot change them between slides - if necessary you have to cancel the series, often quit & restart the software and start again, remembering to choose the right number to continue saving the images.

In summary, a few glitches but well worth the hassle as it's such a brilliant scanner.

Jonathan Charles ([...]
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Instalation easy. Instructions good. Could have had a marking on the product as to which way the glossy side of the slide was to be presented. Occasional misfeed, but ony when scanning mixed thickness slides. On single style slide no problems, assuming you set it up OK. I can load the casette and get on with other things. None of this failing once you leave it alone. Tackling the job magnificently.
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74 of 74 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars works for me :-) 17 Jan. 2006
By Chris B - Published on Amazon.com
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When I bought the SF-210, I was fully prepared to hate it. The only thing I would hate more was to sit there and feed the scanner slide after slide after slide. (I had a big project for which I had to scan many slides.)

So I DID buy the SF-210 in spite of all the negative reviews because it is the only slide feeder for the coolscan. I actually read the manual and took some time adjusting the "feeder adjustment plate." I found that as long as I only scanned cardboard slides in good shape, it worked well. I also went ahead and built up the upper edge with some tape like another reviewer recommended (=where the slides to be scanned are resting). The occasional plastic slide I fed manually. Once I had this "after-market improvement" done, it went great.

The manual warns not to use slides with labels on them - all my slides are labeled. It still worked, although I did make sure that no sticky corners were showing. Also, I used the settings one reviewer suggested and tweaked all batch scans to a DEE of 25, ICE on, and Unsharp Mask off.

Maybe I was just lucky, but the project is done and the SF-210 worked well. I admit that the whole thing feels wobbly and the magazine cover is ridiculously flimsy. The reason why I think it is worth only 3 stars is this: I paid $400 for a flimsy tool, which could have been better designed. In this price range I should not have to build up the upper edge with tape (thereby preventing a second slide getting dragged into the feeder).
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great scanner after a bit of fiddling 8 Sept. 2007
By W. Gipson - Published on Amazon.com
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After reading several reviews I was skeptical about this product because of the reports of frequent jamming, but it is the only system available for digitizing a gozillion slides. I found several fixes and used a paper clip to extend the origin of the slide feed compression spring. It was an easy fix after unscrewing a few (7 to be exact) screws. Here's the link for the fix I used:

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After that fix it worked well. HOWEVER there is a slide depth adjustment that needs to be paid attention to. Each of my carousels of slides had slightly different widths (I'm talking about fractions of millimeters) so I had to pay attention to the depth adjustment to not pull 2 slides at once. Also you need to be careful about orienting the slides horizontally.
Having said that and after a brief modification as well as a bit of a steep but brief learning curve, the slide feeder and the LC5000 scanner work well together. I have not as yet scanned a 50 slide batch, but so far a batch of 25 has worked well.
It is a pain in the butt that one has to modify a $450 product to get it to work right, but when it works, it is an immense time saver.
I do like the Nikon Scan 4.0.2 software that came with the scanner. There are a good number of image format options from which to choose. I do additional post work in Photoshop after the software digitizes the images.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars BIG Time Saver ! 25 Jan. 2007
By J. Harrington - Published on Amazon.com
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If you have lots of slides to scan, you'll need this device for your Nikon 5000 or 4000 scanner. I operate a slide scanning business and these feeders, coupled to the Nikon scanners are the backbone of my business.

The SF210 auto-loader, (I own two and will soon buy a third,) saves TONS of time, over loading each slide by hand. The advantage being, you can load in 50+ slides and then occupy your time with other tasks. Come back later and the scans are done. Read on...

IMPORTANT NOTE: The machine does have a some issues and sometimes needs babysitting, depending on the type and condition of the slide mounts.

The biggest issue, stoppage, as the ingoing slide hangs on the one behind it, can be mostly overcome with a simple fix, which I've outlined with a photo and description, in the Digital Darkroom Forum on [...]

If you have a volume 35MM slide scanning project, and you have the Nikon 5000 ED or 4000ED scanner, buy this machine.

Be aware that most 35MM slide scan image files, from ANY scanner, will need post-scan enhancements look their best.

Each feeder I own has done THOUSANDS of cycles, MANY thousands. Niether feeder has ever needed repair. Very reliable.

Go for it! Your time is valuable!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It sort of works 9 Aug. 2007
By Bill S. - Published on Amazon.com
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This thing is buggy, but 's better than the alternative of hand feeding a large number of slides.
Don' buy if you think you are going to put in 50 slides, flip it on and walk away. it will stop on about every 10th slide, jam up, and youll have to go through a process of extracting the slide, and restarting the software.
Reaally ashame that Nikon hasn't figure out to manufacture something that is more failsafe. I can think of lots of simple improvements that would make it work better.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not great 18 Oct. 2008
By G. Leman - Published on Amazon.com
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Through no fault of the SF-210, some slides (mostly thinner cardboard type)will catch on each other's film window as they slide past each other. It worked better on the plastic sleeve slides. I seldom had a group of 50 slides that went entirely through without a jam and I did about 2000 scans. I believe the SF-210 could have been designed to prevent the slides from catching on each other but it would be a more expensive piece of equipment if that were the case. The software requires you to restart it if a jam occurs, (that was frustrating). There are definitely improvements needed on the software. Having said all this, I don't think there is a better product on the market for the average home user, and overall I'm pleased with the scan quality of the slides. The experience I had with this product was good, but not great.
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