Hello All, I'm wondering if anyone out there can offer me advice on which 35mm Nikon Coolscan to go for. There is the '5000' or the 'V'. Nikon claim true 4000dpi for each. A difference of 38 seconds to 20 seconds in scan time is not an issue. The 'V' is 14 bit, the '5000' is 16 bit. In the real world what kind of difference would this make as I intend to scan transparency film for printing upto 16x24 and the same for black & white film.
I have the Coolscan V and am pleased with its performance. For my use the 16 bit scanning of the 5000 does not provide any advantage. With either scanner you should be able to achieve high quality scans. However, consistent good results at 16 x 20 are highly dependent on having exceptional high quality negatives or slides to begin with, plus your mastering of the scanning software and the post processing software you use, i.e., Photoshop, etc.
The plus points of the Coolscan 5000 over the Coolscan V are: Faster scans 16 bit vs. 14 bit color depth Ability to perform batch scans (with extra cost accessories)
On the negative side the Coolscan V is significantly more costly.
Unless you need high production scanning, you would probably be satisfied with the Coolscan V.
Both models use the same scanning software. Be prepared for a lot of trial and error and a steep learning curve to master film scanning.
The other difference is (I believe) that the 5000 will multiscan - that is take several exposures for each stop of the scan head; the V must back up and scan again, increasing the chance of a misalignment between passes.
This is only a big issue if you are plumbing for a lot of shadow detail.
I find Vuescan much better than Nikonscan because Vuescan scans only once and allows you to experiment with all of the filters/color balance, etc. Nikonscan requires you to rescan each time you make a change. (Vuescan is also rock solid on a Mac and understands multicore processors - I see a small speed improvement.)
Shoot me an e-mail if you would like document that gives screen shots for what I find to be a nice batch workflow. Basically you just shove in a slide and press eject when the noise stops - very fast and easy.
"The other difference is (I believe) that the 5000 will multiscan - that is take several exposures for each stop of the scan head; the V must back up and scan again, increasing the chance of a misalignment between passes".
As a long time user of the V ED I never realised I could "back up and scan again". How do I go about asking NikonScan to do this?
Hello everybody I'm new to this forum and fairly new to scanning. I have a Coolscan V and Vuescan and would like to have a go at doing a multi-pass but can't find it on the input menu. Vuescan shows the source as LS-50. If I switch to my ancient flatbed scanner then I see the Multi-pass option 1-16 passes but not with the Coolscan. I am using Vuescan Standard Edition (8.5.11) on Windows XP. Hope somebody knows about this! Hope they'll tell me!
Well I've found my own answer. Because I had set my autosave, autoscan autorepeat etc on the input tab to fit in with my own workflow, and hadn't ever used multi-passing, it was no longer shown as an option, not even a default 'number of passes = 1'. so to find it I had to click on default settings, which lost all my other settings but Number of passes appeared.