Reviews and Problems with Nikon SUPER COOLSCAN 8000 ED (LS-8000 ED)
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i've had this scanner for over 6 years. Its great,
James Danforth, Amazon
24 June 2014
Summary: I paid a lot less than current prices for this...I think my cost was around $2K. At today's price I would not buy it new. I'd spend the money on a great Nikon digital cam or Canon, etc. I've scanned dozens of rolls of 120 film with it.
Medium Format Film Scanning Bang For Your Buck Best
E. Klatt, Amazon
2 February 2012
Summary: . This review was written for Ebay in 2008. With it's successor going for twice as much on the used market (when it can be found) and Nikon's shipping schedule as inconsistent as it can be just when your looking for the newer LS-9000, the 8000ED becomes a real alternative, especially when, with a...
Summary: When Nikon discontinued the 9000 scanner, the price shot into the stratosphere. So what's serious film photographer supposed to do now? At less than half the price of the 9000, the 8000 does almost the same job, though a little slower.
Summary: Many reviewers slam this product for the film holder, the lines in the dark areas, and no detail in the highlights, but they do not understand the principles of scanning and perhaps of photography in general.
Pros: High quality scans, Easy to use software
Cons: if any, its an older model, so parts and service may be hard to come by.
Summary: Even as I write this review in January, 2011, the Nikon Coolscan 8000 ED is still the best (probably the only) value for high-quality scans outside of expensive drum scans. Despite being years out of production, large, noisy, and slow, it still beats everything else for the money.
Pros: -Top-quality scans, -dust and scratches less noticeable than flatbed, -excellent color and contrast with a minimum of post-processing, -professional build quality, -firewire for speedy transfer, -uses standard cables for power, firewire, -MUCH cheaper than anything like it (but not for long). The...
Cons: -out of production, unlikely repair by Nikon, -expensive, though still a fraction of what a 9000 now goes for, -software unsupported by Nikon (other option exist, though), -large, though footprint is no bigger than a flatbed
Summary: This is a great product. While it is capable of great scans - I've done 35mm slides, 35mm negs, and (mostly) 6x7 negs and slides- it needs help. Several other reviews have mentioned the problems with the 120 neg holder.
Pros: Scanning quality
Cons: 120 format film holder, NikonScan4 software.