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LS-2000 Super CoolScan Film Scanner


Nikon

Categories: Reviews: Equipment : Digital Accessories : Scanners : Film Scanners

The LS-2000 Super CoolScan Film Scanner

Specs:
Single-pass scanning - which means your scans are quick. You can do super high-res multi-pass scans that get as big as 56MB, as well, but these can take hours.
* 36-bit color output - means you can get a wide array of shades and tonal values; 24-bit can be more contrasty.
* 2700 optical resolution - means you can capture 2700 pixels of information per inch.
* Hot-swappable film adapters - means that, while the scanner is plugged in and powered on, you can switch between 35mm slides, negatives, and APS film types.
* 3.6 dynamic range - which is a great range; you will get dark darks and white whites and a nearly infinite range of shades in between. No banding!
* Digital ICE - Nikon's automatic dust and scratch removal system
* SCSI interface - fast connection to your computer.


4 Reviews  

Average Rating: 4 out of 5

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Rating: 5 out of 5
You should know beforehand that I had very low expectations of anything from Nikon's electronic imaging department before I used this scanner. As a reseller of their previous scanners, I consistently saw units being sent back due to faulty design and terrible technical support.

You should know this because, after using the LS2000, my faith in Nikon has been restored.

A lot has changed in the past few years at Nikon and this scanner proves it. Exceptionally great scans can be captured with this fantastic device from 35mm slides and negatives, as well as APS. The Digital Ice technology amazed me with its ability to remove dust and scratches at the touch of a button. Hours of retouching time could now be spent playing basketball or surfing the Web.

The scans achieved from this were comparable to scans from a $50,000 - $200,000 drum scanner. Learn more at BetterPhoto's Nikon LS-2000 Super Coolscan Scanner Scenario.

Bottom line: if you need an inexpensive but high-quality tool to digitize images from 35mm (or APS), this is the scanner of choice.

7/5/2000
 
Jim Miotke
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Rating: 5 out of 5
A recommendation:
If you really want to make things easy on yourself, buy Lasersoft's Silverware software to go with this scanner. With this add-on, you will get awesome color balance at the touch of a button.

I don't highly recommend the Auto Slide Adapter due to the fact that it jammed a lot during testing. You can get it to work if you use the same kind of slide mounts all the time.

7/5/2000
 


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Rating: 1.5 out of 5
I could not get a driver for my Windows 2000. I do not get any help to import it from Adobe Photoshop 6
 
doug Nelson
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member since: 6/14/2001
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Rating: 4.5 out of 5
This one is a best buy these days, having been superceded by the LS-4000. The max ppi scan, 2700, is fine for a 300 ppi 8 x 12 image.

I find it works best scanning at the full 2700, in 12-bit depth. Do your brightness/contrast and color balance in Photoshop BEFORE you change to 8-bit color.

This scanner will help you learn exposure. When you get a murky scan, your neg or slide REALLY IS underexposed. Scan at the 16-times setting, resolution and bit depth as above, tweak as best you can, and watch your exposures next time. There's no need to use the 16x scan unless you have really sense slides.

I usually leave the digital ICE on, as it save a lot of retouch time.

If you have Norton anti-virus, turn it off before you use the Coolscan 2000. Nikon's help line (24/7!) solved some very bizarre problems with this bit of advice.

 

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