How much would a good used Nikon ED5000 slide scanner be worth?

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by Peter, Jun 29, 2009.

  1. Peter

    Peter Guest

    I bought one of these, with the bulk feeder, to scan in a few thousand

    It paid for itself on that one job but I now want to sell it.

    Obviously there is Ebay but this is a fairly pricey and specialised
    item. I think the lot cost about £1500.

    Does anybody have any better ideas?
    Peter, Jun 29, 2009
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  2. Hi Peter

    I am afraid i can't help you much with a value on your

    but I was rather hoping that as you have actually used this unit
    extensively you might be able to pass on some information about it! -
    Rather than the twaddle that some spotty faced oik who has never seen
    one outside of its box let alone actually used one would spout when asked!

    I have a big digitisation project coming up at work and am trying to
    persuade the bean counters that we should invest in a decent slide
    scanner and bulk feed unit.

    How did you get on with it? I assume that you ran it with the software
    supplied (I assume that Nikon actually supply scanning software!)rather
    than via Photoshop. I take it that the Nikon app scans and then saves
    files as it goes rather than trying to leave them all open within
    Photoshop or CS. Is the scanning ap any good?

    Any problems with the bulk feed mechanism. I guess that any slightly dog
    eared kodachromes will have to be remounted into plastic, but how does
    it cope with ultra thin Leitz mounts and old GAF mounts that are as
    thick as paving slabs? Did you run any glass mounted slides through it?
    Or slides with sticky labels that are lifting at the corners etc?

    Did you find any 'gotchas' - those less than endearing short comings in
    the software, scanner design or functionality that you only find out
    once you start using it in anger?

    Any pointers would be much appreciated - and good luck with findig a
    buyer. :eek:)



    PS - remove THE.OBVIOUS to reply off group!
    Dudley Simons, Jun 29, 2009
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  3. Peter

    Rob Guest

    What do you have to digitise are they only 35mm slides and what do your
    require as the end result?

    As a slide scanner may not be the answer.

    Rob, Jun 29, 2009

  4. I take it you mean digitising the slides by shooting them with a camera?

    I have a Bowens Illumitran which I have used in the past to digitize
    slides very successfully with a Nikon D2X.


    Dudley Simons, Jun 29, 2009
  5. Peter

    Rob Guest

    Thats what I use, results are satisfactory, quick to use, small file
    size etc.

    Slides or tranny stuff that's for critical use are scanned.

    But for most yes just copy them with the Bowens with the bulbs.

    Very rarely does the scanner get used.

    Rob, Jun 29, 2009
  6. Peter

    Peter Guest

    The software is Nikon's own and can save to BMP, TIFF, Jpeg etc. It is
    clunky but works. Loads of options for things like dust removal (does
    a double scan) and enhancement which I never used.

    I scanned the lot into uncompressed TIFFs, about 80MB each, and then
    batch-reduced them in Photoshop into ~ 7MB Jpegs - simply because I
    *hope* that PS does a better job of it than any other software out
    there. It is certainly practically impossible to see a difference with
    the naked eye, at 100% zoom.
    I didn't have problems with any slides, 1970s onwards. Damaged ones
    won't work, sure, but I didn't have any of those. I did scan glass
    mounted ones too. The feeder takes about 50 at a time.

    I think if you will have problems then it might be with the very thin
    paper ones. But for me everything worked.
    The software is a bit odd in the way it works but once you suss it, it
    just runs and runs.

    The quality is stunning - as good as the film itself ever managed.

    I am uploading some images here

    One of these, file3012.jpg, was used to compare the ED5000 against
    another Nikon scanner costing about £5000 and neither myself nor the
    shop could see any difference.
    Well, mine will be for sale; looking for about £500 :) In original
    packaging, with cables, software, etc.

    I was quoted a min of 50p each for commercial scanning, and one firm
    wanted £10 each!

    My email is above but replace o with 0 and 0 with o.
    Peter, Jun 29, 2009

  7. Hi Peter

    Well thats pretty much what I had hoped to hear - would have been
    interested to know how well the dust removal system worked and how much
    longer it took. We have an old Monolta which does a multiple scan dust
    removal thang. It works reasonably well but takes forever to do one scan.


    Dudley Simons, Jun 30, 2009
  8. Peter

    Peter Guest

    If you've got a bulk feeder, it doesn't matter how long a scan takes.
    Just stick 50 slides in there and go off and do something else.
    Peter, Jun 30, 2009
  9. Hi Peter

    exactly, I'd be happy to hook the scanner upto a spare pc and just leave
    it to chunter away to itself. The scan times would be particularily
    long as I need to get some fairly hefty files from the slides.

    I am hoping that the dust removal would give good results and not just
    look like its been done with photoshop dust and scratches filter applied
    to a whole image. Some of the slides are not entirely dissimilar to a
    shag pile carpet and from previous experience I know that even once they
    have been given a quick blow there will be a fair bit of cack that is
    well and truly stuck on or embedded in the emulsion.

    What I really want is to be able to get a straight scan and a 'repaired'
    scan. I really don't like the idea of not having a straight version of
    the scan. Do you know if it looks as though this is possible in the
    software? I guess this is really a question for a techie at Nikon - if
    they still have any :eek:(


    Dudley Simons, Jun 30, 2009
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