Nikon are introducing three film scanners to replace existing models over the coming months. The 35mm Coolscan IV ED and Super Coolscan 4000 ED have taken over from the current LS-30 and LS-2000 and the Super Coolscan 8000 ED will supersede the existing LS-4500AF medium-format film scanner in May.
All three machines are superior to their predecessors in several ways, but it's the incorporation of Digital ICE technology that really sets this range apart. ICE is an acronym for Image Correction and Enhancement, a sophisticated system that reads the surface of the film being scanned to detect any defects such as fingerprints and scratches and automatically removes them. The scanners also feature Digital ROC (Restoration of Colour) and Digital GEM (Grain Equalisation and Management), which use the film grain to restore the original colour, exposure and clarity, and at the same time reduce any noise.
What all this means in practice is that near perfect scans can be achieved without the need for technical expertise or time-consuming post-scan retouching.
The Coolscan IV ED offers resolution to 2900dpi, 36-bit colour, USB connectivity, and costs 650. The LS-2000 features resolution to 4000dpi, 42-bit colour, a FireWire interface, 50-slide batch-scanning unattended (with an optional accessory), and sells for 1300.
The Super CoolScan 8000 ED, meanwhile, not only allows you to scan all medium-format sizes at 4000dpi, it also lets you digitise 35mm, 16mm and panoramic slides at the same resolution, and is capable of delivering files well over 700Mb from a single image. www.nikon.co.uk