I had managed not to realize that Nikon has discontinued their slide scanners. Does anyone know of a source that still has them in stock? How about a source of good recent used or properly refurbished ones? Is anybody else still making a quality dedicated film scanner?
My old Minolta is still rumbling along, but cannot last forever, and I still have several thousand slides from the last 35 years to deal with...
I have a V700. I find it very workable for web scans, but not quite as good as my old Minolta for serious work. I was quite shocked to find that Nikon discontinued the 5000. I had assumed that after 60 years of Kodachrome there would always be a market for a professional quality film scanner...
I received my Epson V750 about 3 weeks ago. I jumped right into scanning slides to test it. After I downloaded the newest version of Silverfast (cannot remember which version) I have made alot of progress. I am very pleased with the results. I have gone through about 24 Kodachrome slides that are about 25 yrs old. I scanned at 2400 dpi. If you purchase this model be sure to update the Silverfast software that comes with it.
Nikon still lists the Coolscan 9000 as being available. However, availability seems to be a problem. On ebay the Coolscan 5000s are going for ridiculously high prices. If I did not need to scan any format other than 35mm, I would be inclined to try to find a Coolscan 4000 in excellent condition. They are selling on ebay for 1/2 or less the cost of the 5000. The difference between the 4000 and the 5000 is very small (I think the only difference is that the 5000 has a slightly better dmax rating). I use a 4000 and am very pleased with it.
I am a newbie so please take this into account. It looks like even a “mint condition” CS 4000 is going for over a grand. I bit the bullet and bought a barely used CS V for under a grand ( $999.99 Ha Ha)
The thing seems to work fine and does look barely used but I do not like using equipment that I did not buy new or was used by someone who knew how to take care of it.
Due to health reasons I too apparently missed Nikon’s bailing out of the scanner market. I am not sure if they put out the word ahead of time, but if they did not, I am annoyed.
I have been a faithful Nikon customer for a long time but it seems it does not work both ways. I know Nikon was almost the last camera company to bail out of the scanner market but was the market that bad? I don’t think people are lined up outside camera stores to purchase lenses for over 7 G, but they still make them.