Nikon Coolscan 5000 ED

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by Norman & Nancy Perry, Mar 4, 2004.

  1. I am considering purchasing the Nikon Coolscan 5000 ED with the Slide
    feeder. Does anyone have experience with this scanner? I would like any
    information you can provide such as recommendations, pros, cons or comments.
    Thanks, Norm.
    Norman & Nancy Perry, Mar 4, 2004
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  2. The following is my own opinion based on a couple of relatively
    short, but intense sessions with the LS 5000 ED.

    I had the opportunity to use one a while back for a short time and
    I've been using my own for several weeks now for almost 8 hours a day
    and like it.
    There are several of those "yah, buts" in there though and it may take
    a while until you get everything configured the way you like.

    The slide feeder (SF-210) works very well, but like all slide feeders
    and projectors it does jam on occasion depending on the slides. With
    paper mounts, make sure the edges (inside and out and both faces) are
    smooth and have no raised edges. Even rubbing them flap with the back
    of a fingernail seems to do wonders.

    Plastic slide mounts have a similar problem, but it can't be fixed
    using the finger nail approach, or even a hammer for that matter.
    (I've been tempted) I have two variations of plastic mounts and have
    found that if the lip on the one edge is toward the operator (front of
    the machine) they feed fine, but with the lip away from the operator
    the thing jams frequently. That has resulted in a number of boxes
    having to be fed in upside down, but rotation in software easily takes
    care of that.

    There is a "gap adjustment", or gate for the slides. With this set
    properly it gives a gap of about 1 1/2 times the thickness of a slide.
    With this set properly the slides that jam tend to do so by either
    catching a "burr", or lip on the next slide (If you are fast you can
    release it and it will continue to feed), or something similar happens
    in the "take up tray" for the slides that have been scanned. This one
    can jumble up the slides, but it easily fixed.

    The Nikon Scan software (there is an update on the web) works well as
    long as things are going smoothly. IF the feeder jams, it gets
    confused. At that point it's easier to just shut down the program and
    restart it which takes less time than even pulling out the jammed

    There is also an update for Nikon View as well as the entire program
    available on the Nikon site.

    Using Windows XP Pro, I've had to use the Program Manager to shut down
    Nikon Scan a number of times after running the program for a while.
    It uses a *lot* of resources and when working with 50 to 60 meg files
    it can sometimes go out to lunch while it's thinking for a while.
    Some operations just take patience.

    You need lots of computing horsepower to run any of the high
    resolution scanners. That means a fast processor, lots of RAM and
    lots of hard drive space.

    I have the LS 5000 ED set up on an Athlon 2.8 Gig XP Plus with one Gig
    of RAM and 380 Gig of HD space. I have a second computer configured
    similarly to use as temporary back up. Once processed, images are
    saved on DVDs and CDs.

    I did have a half gig of RAM, but when post processing images scanned
    in at 4000 dpi the system was page file swapping at 1.6 gigs. Going
    to one gig of RAM dropped the post processing from over five minutes
    to about 30 seconds or less. I do have the Grain Removal (ROC) set to
    level 3. The color correction for faded slides works well, but I do
    it manually when the bulk feeder is in operation. It can be a bit too
    harsh when used on slides that do not need it, or if set too drastic.
    The effects of post processing seem to vary considerably with the
    scanning resolution.

    I now do all scanning at the full resolution of 4000 dpi which
    produces an image file of roughly 55 to 56 megs. . All manipulation is
    done on the full size file. I usually crop first, then go from there
    with color correction and what ever else is needed and resize the file
    as the last operation before saving.

    I save most files at either 2000 or 2400 dpi, still in TIFF with the
    occasional one saved at the full 4000 dpi.
    If you are through with the manipulation I see no reason not to save
    them as JPGs although I have not been using that format. (YMMV)

    All in all, I like the LS 5000 ED and the SF-210. I can not imagine
    doing much slide scanning without the SF-210. The software could
    still use some work but the results are good. With good slide mounts I
    can fill the SF-210 and come back in an hour. With older slide mounts
    I need to watch it. It works very well using film strips be they
    positive or negative. Turn Digital ICE off when using B & W
    negatives. Digital ICE is not very effective on Kodachrome slides,
    but it varies from batch to batch. It still seems to help some. They
    tell you this in the manual.

    Were I going to do it again, I would not hesitate to purchase another.

    Roger Halstead (K8RI & ARRL life member)
    (N833R, S# CD-2 Worlds oldest Debonair)
    Roger Halstead, Mar 4, 2004
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