Other than the issue of shadow detail, the two units do indeed appear to behave much the same. In general, density is the most significant specification for a scanner. This JPEG expands into a 9. Note that this slide has more dynamic range than the Coolscan III could capture—the slope at the right of the detail shot is blown out to white, the bottom of the full scan shows that the shadows went completely to black. Get VueScan , which still supports this scanner]. Color balance, curves, levels, white point selection, histogram display, and all the other expected controls are all thankfully straightforward, and Photoshop users will find them familiar, despite the unusual control styles.
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Accordingly, we have no sample to show you from the LS for this picture. It’s not a toy, and you won’t be disappointed with cooolscan performance. Get VueScanwhich still supports this scanner].
Was hoping to get my slides scanned into the computer and distributed on CD to the family but was in for a real disappointment. There’s only one way to find out, right?
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Transfer data from 35mm film negatives and slides easily onto this Nikon film scanner, whether in color or monochrome. To our chagrin, we discovered that a hard drive crash coolscaan out our only copy of this scan, AFTER we’d returned the test unit to Nikon!
Why can’t I find these in the Kindle Nook, Apple store? In general, density is the most significant specification for a scanner. We do recall its performance as being very similar to that of the LS though including the excellent job the Digital ICE technology did of cleaning-up the tiny white specks evident in this image with most scanners.
It takes a bit of staring at the various controls before you realize that you generally only have to change one value on this panel, the one labeled “res” which is really the DPI value you want, assuming you having fiddled with any of the other adjustments on this panel.
A quick trip to the calculator suggested that the Coolscan III would be easily capable of 36MB scans, and perhaps larger. With the Coolscan you get a slide mount adapter and a strip film adapter. Unfortunately, this is a one-at-a-time issue, meaning that you sometimes have to slide multiple panels in and out to get your settings the way you want them.
Silverfast allows you make calls like this and set up profiles that can be applied with pop-ups. You’ll achieve better results more consistently, though I’ll warn you that the learning curve in getting to that point is a bit steep. Worth checking out if you can find a good condition used model at a reasonable price.
A bit more time coolscna spent on making controls ciolscan in and out of “docking bays” and making chrome and drop-shadow buttons than was put into making the software self-evident. The question on my mind was, would these scans be usable for professional work? Otherwise the device looks undamaged and was well packaged.
We actually “tweaked” with this one a fair bit, to properly balance the color, and eliminate the color cast from the shadows as well as the highlights.
This tends to “fool” scanners’ autoexposure settings, producing artificially dark scans, as did the LS We didn’t explicitly set up a test coooscan frame coverage by scanners, but our WG coolsacn goes right to the edges of the 35mm frame, and we found that the LS covers all that and then some.
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On my Windows machine, for example, I have several older versions of Photoshop installed. All that sounds harder than it is. At the full dpi, I’m usually back in Photoshop with my image in a little over a minute from the time I opened the plug-in the actual scan is about 30 seconds, but I’m usually performing a prescan and sometimes setting one of the controls a bit differently. Our thinking is that the additional diffraction introduced by the glass in the optical path, slightly separated the red, green, and blue light paths.
While the default scan 96k did an excellent job of capturing the full tonal range of the subject, with superior color saturation to boot, it is a little dark overall.
Subscribe to RSS feed. Or, Return to the Imaging Resource home page. Note that this slide has more dynamic range than the Coolscan III could capture—the slope at the right of the detail shot is blown out to white, the bottom of the full scan shows that the shadows went completely to black.
Get your colored images cleaned up with the CleanImage feature of this Nikon slide scanner. The final result k has excellent color purity and saturation, and a good tonal range, although we lost some of the deepest shadows in the course of our playing around.