Summary: The Nikon Coolscan 5000 ED is the best scanner for 35mm I have ever tested. The slide feeder SF-210 is a must and highly recommended, but not a bargain for its price. Unfortunatley Nikon has all its coolscan scanners discontinued. It's still quick and reliable, even after thousands of scans. The Nikon Service does still service the scanners. The used prices at ebay for the Coolscan have risen in the last months to about double the new price.
Summary: Fine product. It captures more far more detail than my previous scanner, an Epson V500. I am using it to scan years of negatives and slides into digital form, and I only want to do it once. This is the right machine for the job.
Awesome scanner. Delivers everytime. Cost has always been prohibitive.
10 December 2011
Summary: I have been after a Nikon Coolscan for a long time. I shied away from them when they were available new as they were quite expensive. Now they are discontinued the price for a secondhand unit is as much as old retail and the demand, if anything, has risen. That said, I decided to jump in as I wanted to have access to the best quality scan available to convert my slides and negatives into digital format.
Easy to use, excellent output, worth every penny and more
10 July 2011
Summary: Extensive research pointed to this product. After making several attempts over a period of a year I managed to buy this discontinued item. It is everything I expected. Digitizing memories of family that have left us is why I purchased this scanner. I've been able to recover pictures that originally would've never made it into a photo album due to poor quality. Easy to use, excellent output, worth every penny.
Summary: This device is as advertised. It does a great job of scanning in detail, and the optional settings provide the opportunity to tailor the image according to the situation - too bright, too dark, wrong ASA film used, etc. I have scanned only slides at this point, but plan to use it for 35mm negatives as well as other size negatives. Overall, I am pleased with this purchase.
Summary: For those like me who put off the purchase of a good slide scanner, it is too late. Nikon quit making both the Coolscan 5000 and 9000 a couple of years ago and the only alternative is a less desirable flat bed scanner. However, good scanners are still available on Ebay, but for an price up to three times the original. They are worth it. I chose the Coolscan 5000 because it appears to be more directly set up for slides while the 9000 handles a variety of formats.