Nikon Super Coolscan 9000-ED Multi-Format Film Scanner with IEEE-1394 Firewire Interface.

Nikon

About Nikon

Engineered to meet the exacting standards of imaging professionals, the SUPER COOLSCAN 9000 ED is designed to handle a broad range of film formats such as 35mm, 120/220, 16mm, 6 x 7, 6 x 9 film, electron microscope and more. True 4,000 dpi optical resolution, 16-bit A/D conversion of the input signal and a 16-bit output combine to deliver brilliant, color-true images.

Users in fields such as advertising and studio photography who regularly work with 120/220 format films will value the SUPER COOLSCAN 9000 ED's versatility and superior scan quality. Photo enthusiasts who own medium-format cameras will also appreciate this high-performance, high-quality scanner.

A true optical resolution of 4,000 dpi and 16-bit A/D conversion allow the SUPER COOLSCAN 9000 ED to produce images of incredible overall quality, and a broader dynamic range helps reveal the details concealed within the darker portions of a scene. Multi-sample scan capability of as many as 16 passes ensures faithful reproduction with smoother gradation. Newly developed high-quality 3-line CCD sensors contribute to high image quality, as well as fast scanning (35mm: 40 seconds; 6 x 9: 185 seconds).

Driving the unmatched performance of the SUPER COOLSCAN 9000 ED are Nikon's exclusive core technologies. Scanner Nikkor ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass lens elements offer superior edge-to-edge sharpness, definition and contrast, and superb color fidelity. The scanner also employs Nikon's proprietary rod dispersion LED illumination no maintenance, no warmup time, and no risk of heat-related damage to films.

For consistently accurate representation of color on monitors and prints, the SUPER COOLSCAN 9000 ED features the Nikon Color Management System (Nikon CMS). The ability to manipulate color data in multiple RGB color spaces results in extremely high precision. These technologies form the backbone of a premier optical system that produces images of amazing quality.

The SUPER COOLSCAN 9000 ED also features unparalleled image restoration capabilities. 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 a newly added component, Digital DEE (Dynamic Exposure Extender).

The SUPER COOLSCAN 9000 ED's exclusive Digital ICE Professional is now also compatible with Kodachrome film. For brightness and color saturation adjustment that's one-touch simple, Scan Image Enhancer is also on board.

All of these highly advanced features and capabilities, complemented by an IEEE 1394 interface for high-speed image transfer, come together to form the SUPER COOLSCAN 9000 ED -- the new king of the desktop film scanning realm.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Good bit depth (11),Good resolution (11),Accurate color (7),Easy to setup (5),Consistent (4)
Best Uses:
Photos and graphics (9),Digital printing (4),Home (3),Publishing (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Frequent user (3)

Nikon Features

  • Multiple film format (120/220, 35mm, etc.) scanning capability
  • 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
  • Improved rod dispersion LED technology ensures consistently accurate color reproduction and offers smoother overall image tone
  • Fast scanning (35mm: approx. 40 seconds., 6 x 9: approx. 185 seconds including image transfer to display) at 4,000 dpi
  • Newly developed high-quality 3-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 IEEE 1394 interface for high-speed image transfer
  • 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. The SUPER COOLSCAN 9000 ED's Digital ICE Professional is compatible with Kodachrome film
  • 2. Digital ROC (Reconstruction Of Color) recreates and restores faded color va lues 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
  • 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

Media
Negatives and positives, in color and monochrome
35mm slides
1 - 5 slides with mounts 1.0 - 3.2mm thick, 49 - 50.8mm wide
35mm film strips
1 - 2 strips of 1 - 6 frames; up to 3 frames of 24 x 48mm or 24 x 65mm panorama film can be scanned with optional 120/220 FILM ROTATING HOLDER WITH GLASS FH-869GR
Medium-format film 4 frames (6 x 4.5), 1 - 3 frames (6 x 6), or 1 - 2 frames (6 x 7, 6 x 8, or 6 x 9)
Medium-format slides Slides with mounts 1.0 - 3.2mm thick can be scanned with optional 120/220 MOUNTED FILM HOLDER FH-869M
16mm film 1 - 3 strips of 1 - 20 frames can be scanned with optional 16mm FILM HOLDER FH-816
Preparates (slide glass for microscope)
Preparates (slide glass for microscope) 1 - 3 prepared slides (26 x 76mm, 0.8 - 2mm thick) can be scanned with optional MEDICAL SLIDE HOLDER FH-8G1
Aperture /Scan range/Effective Aperture
FH-835S 25.4 x 37.5mm / 4,000 x 5,904
FH-835M 37.5 x 25.6mm / 5,905 x 4,032
FH-869S, FH-869G 6 x 4.5: 56.9 x 42.5mm / 8,964 x 6,696
6 x 6: 56.9 x 56.9mm / 8,964 x 8,964
6 x 7: 56.9 x 70.0mm / 8,964 x 11,016
6 x 8: 56.9 x 77.5mm / 8,964 x 12,204
6 x 9: 56.9 x 83.7mm / 8,964 x 13,176
5.9 x 8.2: 56.9 x 83.7mm / 8,964 x 13,176
FH-816 15.0 x 21.48mm / 2,362 x 3,384
FH-8G1 46.02 x 24.0mm / 7,248x 3,780
Scanning system
Fixed optical, movable media, parallel single-pass scanning system
Light source
R, G, B and Infrared (IR) LEDs; light source with rod disperser and light output slot
Image sensor
10,000-pixel, three-line monochrome 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
4.8
Output
Full color or greyscale at 8 or 16 bits per channel
Focus
Auto and manual; autofocusing point selectable
Interface
IEEE 1394
Power requirements
100-240V AC, 50/60Hz
Operating environment
Temperature 10 - 35°C (50 - 95°F)
Relative humidity 20 - 60%
Dimensions
249 x 498.5 x 202 mm (9.8 x 19.6 x 8.0 in.) (W x H x D)
Weight (approx.)
9kg (19.8 lbs)
Orientation
Horizontal or vertical (with SF-210: horizontal only; with SA-30: vertical only)
Scanning time
(time to complete preview or scan when no options selected)
35mm slide (with FH-835M) Preview: 13 seconds Scan*: 40 seconds
120/220 slide (with FH-869S) Preview: 38 seconds Scan*: 185 seconds *Includes time required to display the scanned image
Other
Nikon Scan 4 System Requirements Windows CPU Pentium® 300MHz or faster OS Windows® 98SE, Windows® Me,Windows® 2000 Professional, Windows® XP Home Edition, Windows® XP Professional pre-installed model RAM* 128MB or more(512MB or more recommended)Hard disk** 40MB required for installation (200MB recommended),with an a dditional 200MB of free disk space available while Nikon Scan is running Display 800 x 600 with 16-bit colors (full color recommended)Interface USB Built-in USUSB 1.1 ports,USB 2.0
Note
IEEE 1394: OHCI-compliant IEEE 1394 interface required. Others CD-ROM drive required for installation:Macintosh CPU Power PC G3 or later (G4 or later recommended) OS Mac® OS 9 (9.1 or later),Mac® OS X (10.1.5 or later) RAM* Mac® OS 9: 64MB or more (256MB or more recommended) Mac® OS X: 128MB or more (512MB or more recommended)Hard disk** 70MB required for installation(200MB recommended),with an additional 200MB (Mac® OS 9) or 550MB (Mac® OS X)of free disk space a vailable while Scan is running

Reviews about this item

Review Snapshot®

 
3.6

(based on 25 reviews)

60%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Lack of support for MACOSX

First of all, DO NOT buy VueScan software. It is terrible, and the owner/developer does not do customer support. I have had multi nightmares trying to get this software to work. Despite one poster's claim that the 9000 scanner works perfectly with MAC OS 10.6.5, it simply does not. Nikon does not support it. The best solution is to set up a separate scanning station with a computer loaded with OS 10.4. That software works with the 8000 & 9000 scanners.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good hardware but software for MacOS stinks

The hardware is well designed and provides very good quality scans. I have used it with both Windows XP and MacOS 10.5 (Leopard). This product requires a fairly powerful processor to work well. WIndows XP is not good for memory intensive tasks such as scanning. MacOS is much better for image editing and manipulation in general. The problem is that Nikon has been very slow to release updated versions of the Nikon Scan software for the MacOS 10.5 and 10.6. The product description in the sales m...

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The hardware is well designed and provides very good quality scans. I have used it with both Windows XP and MacOS 10.5 (Leopard). This product requires a fairly powerful processor to work well. WIndows XP is not good for memory intensive tasks such as scanning. MacOS is much better for image editing and manipulation in general. The problem is that Nikon has been very slow to release updated versions of the Nikon Scan software for the MacOS 10.5 and 10.6. The product description in the sales materials say that it is compatible with Mac OS 10.5 and 10.6. However, if you look at the technical support site, it is listed as incompatible with MacOS 10.5 and 10.6. I have called Nikon a number of times and been unable to get an estimated release date for updated Nikon Scan software. If Nikon were to release updated software for MacOS 10.6 I would probably give this product either 4 or 5 stars (assuming it worked). So my overall recommendation is to wait until Nikon releases updated software for MacOS 10.6 before purchasing this scanner.

Reviewed by 25 customers

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Don't give up on it!

By

from San Luis Obispo, CA, USA

It's a shame that Nikon abandoned this great product. But, despite what others have reported, this scanner can still be totally functional without Nikon software. I use this Coolscan 9000 very successfully with the latest version of VueScan and Mac OSX 10.8 Mountain Lion; every feature works perfectly. This scanner is one of the best film scanners ever made. It does take some learned skill to get the best out of it. (Doesn't almost everything?) VueScan is easy to use and learn and mates perfectly with this scanner. The 9000 can dig things out of your slide or transparency that you never knew existed. The resulting prints from these files are gorgeous. If you can't find a new one, eBay usually has a few on auction

 
5.0

Go with Quality

By

from Naperville, IL  -  Graphics Professional

1. The unit is fairly large 2. Is not silent in scan mode 3. Does not batch mode scans

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Rarely works

By

from Undisclosed

While the product does good scanning, I've spent countless hours trying to get it to work. The Nikon Scan 4 software rarely recoginizes the device, and so it can't be used. I've been through nearly every trouble-shooting suggestion and nothing sticks. A very expensive piece of credenza-ware.

(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Windows 7

By

from Illinois

I have been using Nikon products for 30 years, and I love my coolscan 9000, but I cannot believe that Nikon has not updated the drivers for such an expensive scanner. Why would I want to keep buying new scanner just because they outlast my computer, thats a good thing. I am also having the same trouible trouible with my Canon flatbed scanner. If Windows is changing, these organizations need to also keep up. Epson was the only one that had updated drivers for my printers to work with Windows 7, may just have to look to them for my future scanners.

 
5.0

The best of the best

By

from Los Angeles, CA.  -  Frequent User

Easily the best 35mm and medium format scanner for home use, it fixed some of the minor problems of the 8000. A pity Nikon discontinued it. The only issue is Nikon's lack of support for new operating systems and 64-bit, but there are work-arounds available so mine runs well on WIN 7 64-bit.

(16 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great images, but ...

By

from Durango, CO

When I was running Mac OS 10.4, this seemingly flawless scanner was producing exquisite images for very large, fine art prints. Then, I took the leap to OS 10.5.6 and was stunned that this great scanner was now completely and utterly unusable. After owning and enjoying my Nikon cameras since my first Photomic FTN in 1969, I don't understand why Nikon has opted out of the driver upgrades for such an expensive albeit terrific scanner. I have since loaned it to a friend who still works with OS10.4 and needs to scan his medium format film. Hopefully, someone at Nikon will, again, recognize and appreciate their customer base of loyal professionals.

(11 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Why did Nikon quit on this?

By

from LA, CA

Sad to say, Nikon quit making the LS9000 scanner because it was an invisible speck in their profit picture. Good for them, bad for me. This scanner was amazing. It worked well with VueScan on Mac OS, after Nikon announced it wasn't upgrading to Mac OS 10.4 [another straw in the wind]. I'd used the Nikon Software with the LS2000, and liked it well enough. The 4000dpi RGB preview scan of a 6x6cm neg was easily 120+mb. Only rarely would I bother making a "real" scan. It was that good. I found out the hard way that the LS9000 was discontinued after inadvertently damaging it. 9000's were selling for big money, and 8000s were right behind. Good luck!

 
4.0

Worth the Wait

By

from Los Altos, CA  -  Frequent User

Works with Mac OS X 10.5.8 but crashes frequently. Very slow with 35mm slides - 10 to 12 minutes per slide Build quality questionable - power cord connection is sometimes intermittant

(25 of 35 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Lack of support for MACOSX

By

from Santa Fe, NM

First of all, DO NOT buy VueScan software. It is terrible, and the owner/developer does not do customer support. I have had multi nightmares trying to get this software to work. Despite one poster's claim that the 9000 scanner works perfectly with MAC OS 10.6.5, it simply does not. Nikon does not support it. The best solution is to set up a separate scanning station with a computer loaded with OS 10.4. That software works with the 8000 & 9000 scanners.

(27 of 33 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Windows 7

By

from Fresno, CA

Too bad Nikon did not keep up with the professional photography industry and create a driver for Windows 7 both 32 & 64-bit. Very expensive film scanner and not being able to use it with Windows 7, which is the current MS OS installed on new PCs. For this reason I would not recommend this film scanner nor will I ever purchase another Nikon product as Nikon can not be trusted to keep up with industry changes.

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