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Re: filmscanners: Nikon Coolscan 4000ED Review

Here are some conclusions regarding Nikon ED 4000. and 3 weeks try out.

Sharpness, resolution:
There is a problem with the film holders and flatness of the film. No film 
are exactly flat,  and ED 4000 overall  sharpness are not good  because of 
curved film.. If the auto focus or manual focus are selected in the middle 
of the picture there is a excellent sharpness there
but not out in the corner. With a test slide in a glass frame the sharpness  
is excellent all over the picture.  It looks like the scanner lens are to 
open in aperture and lacking depth of field.
( There is the same problem with LS2000  sharpness and film holders.)
What  is the benefit of 4000 ppi scanner when the scanner not are giving 
a100% sharp picture?????   (  test your own film scanner by mowing the 
selected  focus area from the middle and out 2/3 against the side or corner 
of the film)  Scan and compare the sharpness in the middle and corner of the 
2 pictures.

2. Regarding colors:
Neutral in colors and free from noise.   The software NikonScan 3.0 are not 
optimized yet.
Slow in scanning, slow in transferring data to the disk, and do not work 
well with Photoshop 6.0 as a plugin.  ( MAC)
All the new features in NikoScan 3.0 as ROC. GEM. are working well but are 
also very slow.

3 Nikon ED4000 and NikonScan 3.0  will be a very good  scanner combination 
when everything is optimized and the problem with curved film in the film 
holders and depht of field are solved.

Hope you understand my Swedish English

Mikael Risedal
Lund Sweden

>From: Collin Ong <collin@pcocd2.intel.com>
>Reply-To: filmscanners@halftone.co.uk
>To: filmscanners@halftone.co.uk
>Subject: filmscanners: Nikon Coolscan 4000ED Review
>Date: Wed, 28 Mar 2001 17:40:37 -0800 (PST)
>The review is not an experienced user of filmscanners so he spends most of
>his words running down the features and tech of the scanner instead of
>the stuff people on this list would want to know, like grain aliasing,
>resolution, noise, etc.  He also focuses alot on the ASF technologies and
>provides some good examples of ICE and ROC restoration of some really bad

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