Nikon Coolscan 900ED Film Scanner - Start Up
I'm about to start a project to edit & digitise an archive of med format trans (mostly Fujichrome, incl Xpan panoramics), Kodachrome 35mm trans and black & white negs
I have a new Coolscan 9000ED that I'm about to set up for this job.
Any recommendations from users on getting started with this:
what settings to start out with?
any do's and don'ts??
#1. "RE: Nikon Coolscan 900ED Film Scanner - Start Up" | In response to Reply # 0fe2_bill Registered since 29th Jan 2009Thu 29-Oct-09 04:09 AM
Learn to love the "Tool Palette." You're bound to want to change some of those things. Like:
The default scan bit depth is 8 bits, which has always struck me as really weird. You probably want to kick that up to 16 to capture all the data the scanner can extract.
Digital ICE is controversial. I always use it; some people never use it. See if you can tell the difference. This is an academic issue with Kodachrome because you can *not* use Digital ICE with Kodachrome.
Try using one pass, two passes, and so on. I usually use 2 because I can't see a difference beyond that, but maybe you can.
Batch scanning can be your friend (click multiple frame numbers in the main window). It can take a really long time to scan a set of frames, so you can use that to let the scanner run for a long time while you do something else.
I use the Nikon Scan software that comes with it and scan straight to 16-bit TIFF files. Photoshop reads those just fine, and that gives you a way to keep a file of unaltered data from the scanner.
Allow lots of experimental runs to familiarize yourself with the scanner. I don't know if it's just me, but Nikon Scan seems to have its quirks and I'm still figuring it out.
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#2. "RE: Nikon Coolscan 900ED Film Scanner - Start Up" | In response to Reply # 1PeterMacC Registered since 27th May 2008Wed 18-Nov-09 12:37 PM
>Digital ICE is controversial. I always use it; some people
>never use it. See if you can tell the difference. This is an
>academic issue with Kodachrome because you can *not* use
>Digital ICE with Kodachrome.
You most certainly can with the 9000. Works just fine. The 9000 was designed to be more Kodachrome compatible than the other Nikon Scanners.