Reviews and Problems with Nikon SUPER COOLSCAN 8000 ED (LS-8000 ED)
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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 little research, you begin to realize that even though the 9000 solved the few problems the 8000 has, those problems are minor and always ready for a simple work around that can...
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. Let's face it--there is simply nothing besides the 8000 between the Epsons at around $700 and the 9000 at $4000 used or $6000 new (if you can even find one...).
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. I shoot 6 x 7 slide film, often with very contrasty images and every time I get a scan that I can use to get a perfect print.
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. But as the latest generation, the 9000, climbs past $4000 and even $6000, expect the 8000's value to rise as well. I wouldn't be surprised to see the 8000's price climb above $2000 fairly soon.
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 9000's price is now skyrocketing out of sight.
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. There is an easy fix - take off the hinged holders and substitute a thin piece of frosted glass to fit within the negative holding rails. Place your negative on the holder, convex side up, and cover with the glass.
Pros: Scanning quality
Cons: 120 format film holder, NikonScan4 software.