What's replacing the Nikon LS-8000 ?

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by Steve, Oct 8, 2003.

  1. Steve

    Steve Guest

    I've been trying to buy a Nikon CoolScan LS-8000 here in France, without
    luck. Now I've been told by one (reputable) supplier that the LS-8000 is no
    longer available from Nikon France and that a new model is due out in
    November. Does anyone know anything about this? It's going to be a pain if
    the new model is seriously more expensive than the LS-8000 because I've
    budgeted very carefully for this... :-(
    Steve, Oct 8, 2003
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  2. Steve

    Steve Guest

    Well I tried the UK, but the prices were much higher. Maybe I'll try
    Germany. So far I haven't found a single supplier in France with an LS-8000
    in stock.

    I also tried contacting Nikon in the UK and France and got two very
    different answers. The reply from the UK was that there are no plans to
    replace the LS-8000. The reply from Nikon France was that 'en effet' the
    LS-8000 will be replaced at the end of October ! This suggests to me that
    the UK people know that it's going to be replaced but that the information
    is still embargoed.
    Steve, Oct 10, 2003
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  3. Steve

    Steve Guest

    I'm starting to suspect that the LS-8000 is being replaced by the - wait
    for it - LS-8000 ! Nikon may be coming out with a slightly refreshed or
    updated model, which is why the Brits said "there are no plans to replace
    the LS-8000" while the French said it's 'in effect' going to be replaced.
    So I'll give it a couple of weeks and try again.
    Steve, Oct 18, 2003
  4. SNIP
    "En effect" in French translates to "indeed" in English.

    So Nikon France apparently said it will indeed be replaced. Let's see which
    subsidiary is the better informed one (or honors the information embargo).

    Bart van der Wolf, Oct 19, 2003
  5. Steve

    Steve Guest

    Not necessarily. 'Bien sur' is more often used for 'indeed'. In context,
    'en effet' here translates literally to 'in effect', which fits with my
    reading fo the situation.
    Well, indeed. If the French turn out to be right I'll be extremely pissed
    off with the UK people. As a journalist of 22 years I'm aware of why people
    impose embargoes on product launch info, but this would be a pointlessly
    dogmatic following of the rules. If the LS-8000 is just be refreshed then
    it's hardly earth-shattering news and letting one potential customer know
    that he should hang on for a month or so before buying wouldn't be doing
    Nikon any harm. Yet, if I'd followed the UK guy's advice, I might have
    bought a model that was about to become, 'en effet', obsolete.
    Steve, Oct 20, 2003
  6. Steve

    Steve Guest

    Well, what do you know, the French were right. Welcome the new Nikon
    scanners, LS-50, LS-5000 and the LS-8000 replacement, the LS-9000.
    Steve, Oct 29, 2003
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