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
i've had this scanner for over 6 years. Its great,
James Danforth "James Danforth", Amazon
11 August 2008
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. I had problems in the past with scan quality because I lacked computing power.
Summary: If you have both 35mm and medium format transparencies and or negatives to bring into the digital age, I heartily recommend the Nikon Super Coolscan 8000ED. Firewire equipped, it is designed to work easily with the current line of graphics capable computers. Its bundled software has worked well for me (using a MAC with OSX and Firewire) and features three special capabilities.
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...).
Medium Format Film Scanning Bang For Your Buck Best
E. Klatt, Amazon
11 August 2008
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...