COOLSCAN IV ED (LS-40 ED)

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  1. urbanist

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    hi, im new here, so, hi again! :)
    I would like to buy a film scanner for 35 mm negative that will scan in high quality and possibly will be able to print big sizes like 50*60.
    Is this a good scanner, the seller offers it for about 500$. any opinions? Thanks.


     
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    Yes it's a good scanner. $500.00 isn't overpriced -- it's laughably overpriced. They can sell for $200.00 but they often sell for under $100.00. If that's the scanner you want then be a little patient and get one off ebay for $75.oo.

    If it is a IV ED then I believe the interface is USB. Make sure it's not a firewire interface unless you're prepared to deal with that. Many of the Nikon Coolscans are firewire.

    How will you use it? Nikon no longer supports that scanner with driver software updates (many years now). What driver/software will you use?

    50 x 60 from 35mm? Seriously?

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    well, first of all, thanks for all the responds. what the guy sent me to justify his price is this link ls40 coolscan | eBay
    saying that it comes with all the accessories.

    My goal is to scan quite a lot of 35 mm negatives, for professional use, and if necessary, so to print any size that I will desire, when 50*60 is the maximum.

    I know that nikon is no longer produce or support the scanners, but I read somewhere that todys 35 film scanners doesnt come close to theirs.

    Any opinions?

    Thanks.
     
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    No service, parts or support from Nikon on any Coolscans. Move along to something newer.
     
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    Honestly, I would get an Epson V series scanner, like a V850. Modern, supported, good software and you are not limited to dinky little 35mm negatives.

    When it comes to high-quality scans, go big or go home... The smallest I shoot for high-quality wallhangers negative-wise is 6x7, although I am as likely to whip out my 6x9 if I am REALLY wanting to blow one up big.

    35mm is a "miniature format". 120 is a "normal size" format when it comes to enlargments of any size.
     
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    That's another $90.00.

    Joe
     
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    Today's scanners do come close, more than close enough. You can buy a new Epson V200 for under $250.00. You won't have connection or software issues and you won't need to purchase 3rd party software.

    You're new here (welcome) and I don't want to offend you, but if you're really thinking of enlarging 35mm originals to 50 x 60 then the subtle distinctions in scanner performance should be meaningless to you.

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    I would also suggest a new model. Too many issues with connections, support, drivers, etc with old computer hardware. Now you could always buy both.
     
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    all right, thanks everybody.

    Jo, you said something about subtle distinctions. what do you mean by that? is the quality of the photo will be bad?
    what is the maximum size its best to print from a scanned 35 film that wouldn't make the photo look bad , i.e. with pixels?

    By the way, I have epson 4490 and the quality is ok, but I'm wondering which one will give me better results.
    So there is several scanners of epson v, like 200, 500, 600, 700, 750, 800.
    Is there a bigh difference between them?

    thanks,
    victor.
     

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