I chose cor55′s review of the Nikon Super Coolscan 8000 ED film scanner as a Featured User Review because that film scanner gets great reviews and I wanted to highlight film scanners as a must-have accessory for serious film photographers. The Coolscan 9000 has replaced the Nikon Super Coolscan 8000 but if you read the user reviews you’ll see the 8000 actually appears to be more popular.
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Featured Review: Nikon Super Coolscan 8000 ED
by cor55 (Expert)
|Price Paid: $1200.00 from ebay
Review Date: February 15, 2011
Used product for: More than 1 year
Overall Rating: 5 of 5
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. Yes, there is a lot of work in getting a print that matches a slide, but this is what you have to do, what photographers have always had to do.
The film holder works well, you dip a cotton bud in alchol, run it along the rubber on the grooves, then it will grip the film and you can pull it tight and flat. No problem. One of the clips broke off, so I used screws to pull the holder down onto the film. works fine.
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