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Nikon Super Coolscan 8000 ED Film Scanner

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  • Scans 35mm, 120/220, 16mm, electron microscope and prepared microscope slides
  • True 4,000 dpi optical resolution, 48-bit color
  • Large diameter Nikkor ED high-resolution lens
  • LED technology avoids costly recalibrations and light-source replacements
  • IEEE-1394 Firewire interface; PC and Mac compatible
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Product Description

Product Description

An external film scanner with a 4,000 dpi optical resolution / Scans 120/220 up to 6x9, 35mm, 16mm, & microscope slide / Firewire

From the Manufacturer

The SUPER COOLSCAN 8000 ED is a top-of-the-line scanner that is capable of rapidly scanning a variety of film formats, such as 35mm, 120/220, 16mm, slide glass, and even electron microscope--at true 4,000-dpi optical resolution. Its 14-bit A/D conversion input and 16-bit output deliver excellent color reproduction.

The SUPER COOLSCAN 8000 ED is the ultimate film scanner for professional photographers, designers, and other discriminating users who demand high accuracy, resolution and vivid color. It employs a technologically advanced, large-diameter SCANNER NIKKOR ED lens which features ED (extra-low dispersion) glass elements that reduce chromatic aberration. This lens also minimizes image distortion and delivers sharp images.

Complementing this revolutionary new lens in boosting overall image quality are a high-performance custom CCD, a new scene analysis function for auto correction of tone and color, and exclusive rod dispersion LED technology that is gentle to film. These elements together comprise a highly advanced optical system that provides superb image quality.

The SUPER COOLSCAN 8000 ED also features Digital ICE3 (cubed), a new digital image correction function developed by Applied Science Fiction, Inc. It consists of Digital ICE (Image Correction & Enhancement), Digital ROC (Reconstruction of Color), and Digital GEM (Grain Equalization & Management).

With the IEEE1394 interface, high-speed data transfer can be achieved. An IEEE1394 board and cable are included in the package for users who do not have the interface.


  • 4,000-dpi true optical-resolution scanning, 14-bit A/D converter incorporating 16-/8-bit output for vivid images
  • Multiple film format scanning (120/220, 35mm [135], 16mm, etc.)
  • Customized 10,000-pixel 3-line monochrome linear CCD
  • Newly developed custom CCD reduces image noise and provides clear resolution
  • Proprietary LED technology ensures consistently accurate color reproduction
  • Dispersed lighting, resulting in smoother picture grain
  • Exclusive SCANNER NIKKOR ED high-resolution/high-performance lens (14 elements in six groups including six ED glass elements) for reduced color aberration and minimized image distortion
  • New scene analysis function, featuring intelligent tone and color auto-correction, enables quality reproduction of even orange-tinted negative film Multi-sample scanning (2/4/8/16 times; selectable) for images virtually free of noise
  • Quick AF & Quick Preview
  • High-speed IEEE1394 interface (IEEE1394 board and cable included in the package for users who do not have the interface)
  • Improved Color Management System accuracy
  • Digital ICE3 automatic correction function
  • Digital ICE (Image Correction & Enhancement) removes dust, scratches and finger prints from scanned images
  • Digital ROC (Reconstruction of Color) restores faded images to true, brilliant color by determining ideal color tone for each image
  • Digital GEM (Grain Equalization & Management) equalizes image grain resulting in a smoother overall image

Product Details

  • Item Weight: 29.2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 31 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B00006IS3O
  • Item model number: LS8000ED
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 22, 2002

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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful By D. A. Lindsay on October 28, 2002
If you have both 35mm and medium format transparencies and or negatives to bring into the digital age, I heartily recommend the Nikon Super Coolscan 8000ED. Firewire equipped, it is designed to work easily with the current line of graphics capable computers. Its bundled software has worked well for me (using a MAC with OSX and Firewire) and features three special capabilities. (1) Digital ICE3 will gently remove scratches and dust saving you hours of retouching (it doesn't work well with Kodachrome and black and white silver based emulsions). (2) ROC will restore colors to faded slides. It really works! (3) GEM gives you the ability to affect grain appearance. For the highest resolution imaging (4000DPI) the process takes some time. You also need to make sure that you have a fairly up to date computer. Some serious computing is going on here and with file sizes in the hundreds of Megabytes, you can't run this with your TRS-80. I run the Nikon Scan 3 software separately from PhotoShop 7 so that I can run one while working with the other. Otherwise while it's scanning, it will lock up your PS from use. It comes with a myriad of trays which work generally quite well but it cannot handle stack loaders. This is strictly a one strip at a time scanner. After all, these are some serious file sizes. While expensive, the 8000ED is approaching the quality of a drum scanner without the mess and the expense. For most work this is truly going to deliver.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By SFC on March 26, 2011
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When Nikon discontinued the 9000 scanner, the price shot into the stratosphere. So what's serious film photographer supposed to do now? At less than half the price of the 9000, the 8000 does almost the same job, though a little slower. Let's face it--there is simply nothing besides the 8000 between the Epsons at around $700 and the 9000 at $4000 used or $6000 new (if you can even find one...).

Yes, the 8000 is a little long in the tooth, and most units are at least 10 years old. It's a little slow, a little noisy, and has a few quirks that need to be worked around. But if you shoot MF film and want the highest possible resolution and can't afford $40 for a single drum scan, the 8000 will do it. Sharpness compared to an Epson flatbed (I own the V500) is noticeably better, and the 8000 is resolving grain that the Epson cannot. What else is better compared to an Epson? For one thing, the Nikon, supposedly due to its light source, picks up far less dust and scratches on the film. And Digital ICE is more effective. Color in general is better--sometimes it seems the Epson only guesses at what colors my negative are. If you need to print big, the Epsons simply aren't suitable. And there's no point in using fine lenses (I have a Mamiya 6 system) unless you can get a good scan. I had no idea my lenses were so sharp until I started using the 8000. Surface detail on objects suddenly appears, and other fine details invisible to the Epson.

The 8000 does have its quirks, however, and they are well-known and discussed on the internet. The first is that while the holders are generally excellent and heavy-duty (they put the Epson film holders to shame), the standard MF may not get the best sharpness from 120 film due to the difficulty of holding the film flat.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By James Danforth on June 24, 2014
I paid a lot less than current prices for this...I think my cost was around $2K. At today's price
I would not buy it new. I'd spend the money on a great Nikon digital cam or Canon, etc.

I've scanned dozens of rolls of 120 film with it. I had problems in the past with scan quality because
I lacked computing power. Recently, using 120 film, Silverfast AI8 Studio and a new Mac Pro
this scanner (and the silverfast sw) produces mind blowing quality when printed ( i use an Epson 4900
and Canson High gloss paper). Silverfast is very good,
I especially like its ability to manage colors well and amazingly good at cleaning dust spots
from the image. Also, Thank god Apple provides a firewire 400 to thunderbolt adapter :-)

The scans are easily saved as PSD files. I can honestly say that for me, the Coolscan 8000
produces digital color and black/white images with Silverfast AI8 that are as good as the native digital files I produce
with my 50 megapixel Hasselblad camera. With Fuji 50, I'd say the film and scan results in better colors
than the 50MP Hasselblad CFV-50. Don't get me wrong though, I believe the CFV-50 is fantastic, but harder to
work with than film, because its resolution is so fine, far better than the human eye, that its not as
forgiving of any vibration, whereas film seems more forgiving. I simply never hand hold a shot with the
digital back, but I still can do so with a film back in place.

Its common to be able to use the Coolscan 8000 to produce files that can be printed at 8 x 10 and 450dpi.
These are RAZOR sharp images, which I like...i do use PS CS6 to finalize images...

Its so good, I am continuing to use film as well as digital.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E. Klatt on February 2, 2012
This review was written for Ebay in 2008.

With it's successor going for twice as much on the used market (when it can be found) and Nikon's shipping schedule as inconsistent as it can be just when your looking for the newer LS-9000, the 8000ED becomes a real alternative, especially when, with a little research, you begin to realize that even though the 9000 solved the few problems the 8000 has, those problems are minor and always ready for a simple work around that can result in scans to be proud of, even if the process might become somewhat lengthened. In the end it's about image quality; color, contrast and resolution along with a basis for beautiful output. At today's used price, the Coolscan LS-8000ED is more than hard to beat. The gratification your film should engender as it moves to be seen in the digital world will come well within reach with the 8000ED.
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