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Remember... Film? Scanner info.
Robert Hanashiro, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | | Posted: 7:37 PM on 08.19.14
->> Has anyone had an success in getting a Nikon scanner repaired in the last few years?

Nikon no longer repairs their film scanners, which I assume is because they've been discontinued for some time and parts are no longer available?

Failing getting a Nikon CoolScan repaired, does anyone have a recommendation for a replacement? I'd like to scan some 35mm chromes and a number of medium format.
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Jim Colburn, Photographer
Omaha | NE | USA | Posted: 8:52 PM on 08.19.14
->> After selling my Coolscan 5000 on Ebay for an absurd price I replaced it with one of these for around $400.

Plustek OpticFilm 8200i Ai Film Scanner
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http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/883631-REG/Plustek_783064365338_Optic...)

It does an excellent job with negs and slides and includes Silverfast 8 software. It will work with Vuescan if that's what you're used to.

The reason it's so cheap is that it's just the mechanics (and optics). The computer handles all of the thinking, unlike the Nikon scanners which were heavy with imbedded software. It works at about the same speed as a Coolscan 5000.
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David Seelig, Photographer
Hailey | ID | USA | Posted: 11:32 PM on 08.19.14
->> Last year Nikon in Long Island fixed my coolsacn 5000
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Phil Hawkins, Photographer
Fresno | ca | usa | Posted: 2:19 AM on 08.20.14
->> Whatever you get look at the D-Max value and Dynamic Range. WAY too many film scanners have great resolution but really bad noise. Dynamic range values are hard to find but these two values are the most important considerations in a serious scanner. Plus, you get what you pay for. Anything below $250 in a scanner is not worth wasting your money. If it were me and these were serious images I'd just have them drum scanned by a service. There's a bunch of them in LA.
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Frank Niemeir, Photographer
Woodstock | GA | usa | Posted: 8:51 AM on 08.20.14
->> I got a Wolverine F2D for around $80 that does an adequate job on some scans, but I have also heard of people just using a light box and a macro lens and then in Photoshop inverting the image.
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Craig Fritz, Photographer
Albuquerque | NM | USA | Posted: 11:40 AM on 08.20.14
->> In the last year I had a Coolscan 9000 repaired by Nikon in NY. It was not however through NPS. Also, while I have not used it, many people I know have sung the praises of the Epson V750 flatbed scanner as a budget option. Another option, that I picked up cheap, is a Imacon Precision II. It has a serial connection, but if you can get your hand on a Serial/Firewire convertor (remember those), the software can be downloaded from Hasselblad's website. Oh, the software runs on 10.6.8 (mac) at the most. Good luck!
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Robert Longhitano, Photographer, Photo Editor
Philadelphia | PA | USA | Posted: 12:31 PM on 08.20.14
->> Bert, I gave up on film scanners. Can't get them fixed and they're to expensive to buy used. Like Craig mentioned, I use the Epson V750 with VueScan to scan film. You can also use the fluid Mount if you need to get the best quality on a "keeper"
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James Broome, Photographer
Tampa | FL | US | Posted: 4:01 PM on 08.20.14
->> Is using a service out of the question?

http://www.scancafe.com
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Jim Colburn, Photographer
Omaha | NE | USA | Posted: 7:24 PM on 08.20.14
->> Scansafe's website says, "...all our scanning includes a raft of image corrections...".

Nope.
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Ian L. Sitren, Photographer
Palm Springs | CA | USA | Posted: 8:21 PM on 08.20.14
->> Regarding Scansafe and others… I would never use a service that turns around and ships my irreplaceable originals to some place in India or anywhere else. And I do not care how many they have done successfully.

I do believe there is one service that does bulk scanning in house in Torrance. I would look at them.
http://www.scandigital.com
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Michael Chen, Photographer, Assistant
Saratoga | CA | USA | Posted: 5:30 PM on 08.21.14
->> Epson V750 and Silverfast. I've been impressed with the usability and reliability of the more recent versions of Silverfast compared to before.
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Peter Read Miller, Photographer
Manhattan Beach | CA | USA | Posted: 1:51 PM on 08.29.14
->> Has anybody used Scandigital? They are local for me and thus very attractive. Their pricing looks good too.
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Phil Hawkins, Photographer
Fresno | ca | usa | Posted: 2:43 PM on 08.29.14
->> Peter, I would say if it's local, that would be your first choice. Go in and ask to see the scanner, ask about it's specs, and better yet, if they do drum scans. I'd always retain a local service over on-line or distant. LA has no shortage of scanning labs. Talking to then will also give you a feel for their attitude; a bad attitude when asking about scanner specs is a sure sign they care nothing for your images.
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Robert Seale, Photographer
Houston | TX | USA | Posted: 4:57 PM on 08.29.14
->> Does anyone make a scanner with current connectivity standards (USB 3,etc)....my last Nikon scanner was SCSI.
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Craig Fritz, Photographer
Albuquerque | NM | USA | Posted: 11:54 AM on 08.30.14
->> These are great scanners, and boy do pay for it. Firewire connection by the way. http://www.hasselbladusa.com/products/scanners.aspx
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