Reviews and Problems with Nikon SUPER COOLSCAN 9000 ED
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Nikon Super CoolScan 9000 ED Film Scanner - 3 years in use
Flemming Lamberth, Amazon
17 May 2014
Summary: Almost 3 years ago I bought af used 9000ED at Amazon. I didn't know what to expect from a used scanner, but af at price at 3500 USD, I hoped to get some value for the money. And I have olny been pleased with the scanner. I have scanned more than 3000 negatives and slides in different film sizes. The scanresults have been better than hoped, and I can only recommend this scanner.
Summary: I bought this scanner for my new macpro (end 2013), I install two system in my macpro, mac X 10.9.2 and win8.1, but, on the mac system, I was be told the Nikon Scan 4 was for Power PC and can not install, and in the win8.1, the scanner can not be found, now, I have to use my old iMac G5(2005) to scanning the pictures, for the image, I have to say, it is excellent more than you expecting.
Summary: I shoot medium format 120 film and see this scanner supports up to 6x9 size negatives only due to the mechanical motor drive, though not the panoramic 6x12, 6x17 (FH-869S tray film holder supports up to 18cm) - which require stitching. (See page 76 of owners manual, and photo.net discussions) This is still one of the best medium format scanners available less than $10,000 and is used by almost all the major film scanning services like scancafe.com.
Summary: The scanner works well when it works. But it's very flaky. I've had to send it back 3 or 4 times to get it to work right. Also Nikon gave up on keeping up with the software for mac OS so you need to buy 3rd party soft ware to make it work. Maybe this is why B&H no longer sells it.
Summary: I don't understand why these scanners are being sold here on Amazon at such an inflated price! I own one and only paid $1995 for it 3 yrs ago. I really like this scanner but would never pay over $4,000 for one. They are good scanners but Nikon hasn't updated the firmware to work with Mac 10.6.4 and up and I have heard that they also don't work very well on PC's. It's pretty upsetting after spending so much money on something that may not work in another year.
Amazing price stability for technology that is MORE than 6years old!
Dennis Shumaker, Amazon
15 November 2009
Summary: Its amazing to me that this model, the 5000ED and the 9000ED can maintain their outrageously high price for so long! I created two attributes and gave them both 1 star: 1) Valued Technology = * If the film scanning technology was so valuable, Nikon would be replacing and upgading the electronics every 2 or 3 yrs at the most. This is a extremely OLD electronic product! Its market introduction date was Novemeber 2003 - 6 years ago!
For medium format negatives, easily better than my local pro lab
Neurasthenic "neurasthenic", Amazon
20 December 2006
Summary: I was astonished at what this scanner could do, in terms of preserving the gentle tones of my black and white negatives. My only regret is that there is no equivalent to Digital ICE for black and white. That problem is not unique to this scanner, of course. The quality of the images I get from this scanner, with 6cm x 6cm negatives from a 1970-vintage twin lens camera, trounces the images I get with a Canon 5D SLR.