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Scanners and Software
Paul Spinelli, Photographer
Long Beach | CA | USA | Posted: 9:04 PM on 03.22.11
->> I'm scanning a bunch of old 35mm color slides, mostly Kodachrome and Fujichrome. I've been using a Nikon 5000 ED Super Coolscan but I'm not entirely happy with the quality or the speed. Being a Mac guy, I tried pairing the same scanner with VueScan software. Unfortunately, the results are even less acceptable than the Nikon scanner with Nikon software. The problems are focus, grain, and speed. Increase one of these and the others suffer. Is anyone out there an expert with Nikon scanners and/or VueScan...and interested in helping out? Would gladly pay. Alternatively, I may just try ScanCafe or one of the other outsource options. Just not sure which is best and affordable without shipping outside the good old USA.
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Chris Salata, Student/Intern, Photographer
Chicago | IL | USA | Posted: 12:00 AM on 03.23.11
->> Paul,

It's pretty expensive and a bit unintuitive but I have had great results with Silver Fast. You can download a demo here:
http://www.silverfast.com/product/Nikon/436/en.html. Multi-sampling and multi-exposure are worth playing around with, especially if you are having issues with grain, although they will severely increase scanning time.

Best of luck.
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Andrew Nelles, Photographer
Chicago | IL | usa | Posted: 12:20 AM on 03.23.11
->> +1 for Silverfast. It's great but pricey.

I personally scan with a 5000ED also and actually have been quite happy with the NikonScan software.
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Paul Spinelli, Photographer
Long Beach | CA | USA | Posted: 4:34 PM on 03.30.11
->> Thanks Chris and Andrew. I'll try the demo and see how it works. Funny how it looks so simple to use in the online video. Was the learning curve a beast?
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Chris Salata, Student/Intern, Photographer
Chicago | IL | USA | Posted: 6:32 PM on 03.30.11
->> The learning curve wasn't too bad. Honestly I think their website, while filled with a lot of very useful information, is an abysmal mess which makes the software seem much more complicated than it actually is. The hardest part is learning the interface which is somewhat obtuse. Once you have that down, it's not too bad.
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David Seelig, Photographer
Hailey | ID | USA | Posted: 7:00 PM on 03.30.11
->> Paul I ahv both a 5000 and a 9000 the 9000 is much better with koachrome then the 5000. Silverfast is faster then nikonscan.
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