Nikon Super Coolscan 5000-ED 35mm Film Scanner with USB 2.0 Interface.


About Nikon

Designed for use by imaging professionals, the SUPER COOLSCAN 5000 ED offers 135/IX240 film scanning at an amazing 20 seconds per image (including image transfer to display) at 4,000 dpi true optical resolution. Highly accurate color reproduction and representation of detail are made possible by the 16-bit A/D converter and 16-bit output channel.

The SUPER COOLSCAN 5000 ED targets primarily business users such as professional photographers and photo finishers, who require superb image quality and high-speed scanning capability. Private users of 135/IX240 format cameras advanced amateur SLR photographers, for example -- will welcome the scanner's speed and image quality.

Users who deal with numerous slide mounts and uncut film rolls will appreciate the increased ease of use and productivity afforded by optional accessories like the SLIDE FEEDER SF-210 and ROLL FILM ADAPTER SA-30. The SUPER COOLSCAN 5000 ED offers the performance and efficiency to make it the ideal digital archiving solution.

The scanner's 16-bit A/D input conversion enables a significantly broader dynamic range. It also works with the 16-bit output and the Multi-sample scanning feature to reveal details hidden in shadowy and highlighted portions of a scene, while virtually eliminating noise.

Super-fast 20-second scanning and enhanced image quality are supported by newly developed high-quality 2-line CCD sensors. At the heart of the SUPER COOLSCAN 5000 ED's excellent performance are Nikon's exclusive core technologies. The scanner incorporates Scanner Nikkor ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass lens elements for superior edge-to-edge sharpness, definition and contrast, as well as outstanding color fidelity. The employment of LED illumination enables the stable, precise provision of light with no risk of heat-related damage to films.

Furthermore, the LED requires neither maintenance nor warmup time. And for consistently accurate representation of color on displays and prints, the SUPER COOLSCAN 5000 ED features the Nikon Color Management System (Nikon CMS). Color data can be manipulated in multiple RGB color spaces, for unprecedented accuracy. These core technologies are what set Nikon COOLSCAN series scanners apart from the rest.

By simply attaching the optional ROLL FILM ADAPTER SA-30 to the SUPER COOLSCAN 5000 ED, batch-scanning of uncut film rolls comprising up to 40 frames becomes possible. The optional SLIDE FEEDER SF-210 lets you scan up to 50 mounted slides, giving you time-efficient, high-quality scanning capability.

The SUPER COOLSCAN 5000 ED also features unparalleled image restoration functions. Digital ICE4 Advanced, the newly upgraded digital image correction technology, consists of Digital ICE (Image Correction & Enhancement), Digital ROC (Reconstruction Of Color), Digital GEM (Grain Equalization & Management), and the brand-new Digital DEE (Dynamic Exposure Extender).

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Good resolution (11),Good bit depth (10),Accurate thumbnails (5),Consistent (5),Accurate color (4),Easy to setup (3)
Slow (4)
Best Uses:
Photos and graphics (8),Digital printing (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Frequent user (8),Great graphics (3)

Nikon Features

  • 4,000-dpi true optical-resolution scanning, 16-bit A/D converter featuring 16-/8-bit output for crisp, color-true images
  • Exclusive Scanner Nikkor ED high-performance lens elements for reduced color aberration and minimized image distortion
  • Proprietary LED illumination technology ensures consistently accurate color reproduction
  • Amazingly fast scanning (approx. 20 seconds including image transfer to display) at 4,000 dpi
  • Newly-developed, high-quality 2-line CCD sensor
  • Improved image processing algorithm for significant boost in scan quality of color negative film
  • Multi-sample scanning capability of up to 16 passes for faithful reproduction and smoother gradation
  • Quick AF & Quick Preview enhance operability and convenience
  • High-speed USB 2.0 interface for fast, easy image transfer
  • Compatible with various film formats (35mm [135], IX240, etc.)
  • Enhanced Color Management System for higher precision, in compliance with ICC (International Color Consortium) version 4 standards.
  • Digital ICE4 Advanced automatic correction function 1. Digital ICE (Image Correction & Enhancement) removes dust, scratches and fingerprints from scanned images
  • 2. Digital ROC (Reconstruction Of Color) recreates and restores faded color values for vivid, faithfully rendered images
  • 3. Digital GEM (Grain Equalization & Management) equalizes image grain for sharp, clear images with no clumping or graininess
  • 4. Digital DEE (Dynamic Exposure Extender) helps reveal details lost in shadows and highlights
  • New Scan Image Enhancer for one-touch image correction
  • Optional SLIDE FEEDER SF-210 for up to 50 mounted slides
  • Optional ROLL FILM ADAPTER SA-30 for uncut film rolls of up to 40 frames
  • Layout-free design lets users position the scanner vertically or horizontally to best meet their individual requirements
  • Driver software Nikon Scan 4 features an intuitive GUI (Graphical User Interface) that enables easy, comprehensive scanner control
  • Easy Scanning Guide CD-ROM helps users setup and operate the scanner
  • Nikon View Software for simplified viewing and archiving of scanned images

Nikon Specifications

Negatives and positives, in color and monochrome
35mm slides
Slides with mounts 1.0 - 3.2mm thick, 49 - 50.8mm wide; optional SLIDE FEEDER SF-210 can be used to scan up to 50 slides with mounts 1.5mm thick
35mm film strips
2 - 6 frames (2 - 40 frames with optional ROLL FILM ADAPTER SA-30); strips of 1 - 6 frames can be scanned with optional STRIP FILM HOLDER FH-3
APS (IX240) film
Slides with mounts 1.0 - 3.2mm thick can be scanned with optional 120/220 MOUNTED FILM HOLDER FH-869M
Preparates (slide glass for microscope)
Prepared slides (26 x 76mm, 0.8 - 1.5 mm thick) can be scanned with optional MEDICAL SLIDE HOLDER FH-G1
Aperture /Scan range/Effective Aperture
MA-21, SF-210 25.1 x 36.8mm / 3,946 x 5,782 pixels / Same as slide mount
- SA-21, SA-30 25.1 x 38.0mm / 3,946 x 5,959 pixels / 23.4 x 36.0mm
- IA-20 (S) 18.6 x 28.4mm / 2,916 x 4,453 pixels / 16.1 x 27.4mm -
Scanning system
Fixed film, movable plane single-pass optical scanning system
Light source
R, G, B and Infrared (IR) LEDs
Image sensor
3,964-pixel, two-line linear CCD image sensor
Color separation
Performed by RGB LEDs
Optical resolution
Up to 4,000 pixels per inch
A/D conversion
16 bits per color
Density range
Full color or greyscale at 8 or 16 bits per channel
Auto and manual; autofocusing point selectable
USB 2.0
Power requirements
100-240V AC, 50/60Hz
Operating environment
Temperature 10 - 35°C (50 - 95°F)
Relative humidity 20 - 60%
96 x 172 x 315mm (3.8 x 6.8 x 12.4 in.) (W x H x D)
Weight (approx.)
3kg (6.6 lbs)
Horizontal or vertical (with SF-210: horizontal only; with SA-30: vertical only)
Scanning time
Scanning time Preview: 11 seconds
Scan*: 20 seconds
(time to complete preview or scan when no options selected) *Includes time required to display the scanned image
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Reviews about this item

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Most Liked Positive Review


So good !

I scanned all my old slides and negatives and the results were so amazing that I decided to try film again... image quality is out of this world !


Most Liked Negative Review


NOT compatible with Mac

This product does not work properly with Intel Macs nor Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard. Nikon has been aware of this issue for more than two years and has not updated the software. This is one of the best (hardware) slide scanners available, but the product is ruined for Mac users by ineffective Nikon software. If you own an Intel Mac and/or run Mac OS X Leopard, DO NOT buy this product unless you have a Windows PC you can use. Research this issue on the web and on Nikons own support site before mak...

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This product does not work properly with Intel Macs nor Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard. Nikon has been aware of this issue for more than two years and has not updated the software. This is one of the best (hardware) slide scanners available, but the product is ruined for Mac users by ineffective Nikon software. If you own an Intel Mac and/or run Mac OS X Leopard, DO NOT buy this product unless you have a Windows PC you can use. Research this issue on the web and on Nikons own support site before making your purchase!

Reviewed by 21 customers


Great scanner.


from Lompoc, CA, USA

I scanned over 7000 34mm slides with this scanner and got great results. I wish Nikon would continue making this scanner. I am sure there is still a great demand for it.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Fantastic. As good as the old drum scanners in the trade shops


from Detroit, MI, USA

Love the quality of this scanner. Arguably as good as it gets.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Nikon Coolscan produces truly magnificent scanned images.


from Undisclosed

Really great scanner, I have a used Nikon scanners for years and truly regret not having purchased the 5000, I wish that Nikon would continue manufacturing this model or come up with a newer version surely record numbers would be sold.


Scanner is as advertised.


from Phoenix Az  -  Frequent User

Scanning old shots that I have not seen in 50 years. Personal photos mostly.


Poor Customer Service


from North Carolina  -  Frequent User

I have a large library of slides and negatives and purchased this scanner for that purpose. When I upgraded to Windows 7, I was forced to buy third party software because Nikon does not intend to support Windows 7.


Expensive but most likely valuable


from washington dc  -  Graphics Professional

I still have to use this machine for a while to really get my arms around its usefulness.


Good scans with problems feeding slides.


from Minnesota  -  Frequent User

The scanner itself does a very good job, can provide very high resolution scans, and is the reason for the high rating. There are two areas of concern. One is the automatic slide feeder. It jams very, very easily. This leads to problems with the software. With a problem, there are lots of resets on the software since it doesn't automatically pick up where it left off. Summary, good scans, bad feeder, poor user interface.


Great Slide Scanner up to a point


from Nashville Tn.  -  Frequent User

I was really pleased with results, my only complaint is Nikon's lack of support for this product, I had to boot-leg a driver for this scanner to get it to work in Windows 7

(15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)


Can't beat it IMO


from Panama City Beach, FL

When I was building my first custom PC system back in the early 1990's, I installed a Coolscan 2000 in one of the slots on my computer. For its time, it was good for what I needed it for. Finally, several years ago, I upgraded to the Super CoolScan 5000 ED. While it does not come with the ability to slide into my computer tower, it runs rings around what the 2000 was able to do. More capabilies, higher resolution, etc., made this buy (off eBay) one of the smartest things I have done. Even though I was shooting mostly digital at the time, I have more than two decades of b&w negative and Kodachrome film in my files. The scans from this scanner have prompted my return to film using a couple of rangefinder cameras. It is a shame that Nikon has gotten away from film scanners but I understand the reasons. I am noticing, however, that the amount of film being used by young and old photographers seems to be on the rise. Maybe, Nikon will reconsider their decision and reenter the film scanning market.

(12 of 13 customers found this review helpful)


My second "digital camera"


from Paris, France

I bought a Coolscan IV (the one that scans at 2,900 dpi) in February 2001, and liked it so much that I replaced it with the Coolscan 5000 ED, which scans at 4,000 dpi. I like this scanner so much that I put off buying a digital reflex until December 2008. I'll still keep it forever because it does it does such a good job of scanning the negatives and slides I took over the decades. It's too bad Nikon stopped selling it. Be sure to snap up this scanner right away if you have more than a small amount of negatives and slides in your archives!

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