Summary: All the good things they say about this scanner is true... Now the bad. It will NOT work on vista 64 bit and it is not supported by Nikon for this operating system. I would forgive Nikon if this were a cheep scanner but at these prices it is unforgivable.
Summary: 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.
Summary: When i first tried this scanner i was dismayed by the noises it made, but now after almost a years use and hundreds of negatives later, i am quite used to it. the quality of the scans and software is better than i had hoped for given that many of my negatives are inless than top condition given years of careless storage.
Summary: I purchased this scanner to digitize my color negatives with the intention of selling it when finished. Set up was easy. Results are good to excellent depending on negative condition. I leave ICE and scan image enhancer on all the time and the result is pretty good. Scan time is about 10 minutes per 4 pic negative with setting at medium. Average file size for jpeg is about 3.5MB.
Summary: This is a great product. Robust, well built & fast enough for the occasional slide & negative film scanner like I am. From time to time I still prefer my Nikon F100 film camera over the newer digital D300. Scanning high quality professional slide & film material easily renders about 22mpix images without noise or grain. Excellent! Just be aware that the latest Nikon Scan software is still PowerPC and not Universal.
Summary: I'd wanted to scan in my 35mm negatives for years, not only archiving all our photos onto CDs that could be stored in a fireproof safe, but organizing them as well. I estimated we had about 3000-4000 photos. My parents have thousands of slides in carousels that I would tackle after ours had been done. I am right now about 3000 photos into my project. I was way off, I think I am only a 1/3 of the way through, judging by the boxes of negatives that remain.
Summary: I was an avid photographer in the 70s and 80s and have accumulated numerous slides of my family. These slides are now starting to show signs of decay. Using the Nikon Cool Scan V has helped me to restore and retain the beauty of these slides. My only negative comment regarding this equipment is the slowness of the process. I can only scan one slide at a time and it takes roughly 45 seconds per slide. I am scanning them as TIF files and each slide is about 65 MB.
Summary: I purchased the Nikon Coolscan V to scan my many Kodachrome slides. Set-up was easy; the software took a while to learn, matter of fact, I'm still learning. I use other software to do post-scan touch-ups. Product is worth the money, the scans are incredible.
Summary: Why spend $500 for a scanner that can only do one image at a time, when you can get an Epson or Canon flatbed that will do a dozen or more, in one pass? Well, because the Coolscan makes surprisingly high quality scans whereas the flatbeds (which were never intended to scan small pieces of film) do not.
Summary: Bought the scanner to scan a collection of thousands of pictures that my dad has taken over the years. I started scanning some recent pictures without any processing and noticed immediately how many scratches were on the pictures. You can't really notice them by looking at the negatives. Enabled ICE, and it took care of the scratches. If you looked hard enough, you could barely see where the scratches were, but the overall results turned out great.