I am scanning a collection of KodaChrome slides with a Nikon CoolScan 5000 scanner. I have been very disappointed with the colors produced from the scanner.
I have previously tried to scan slides with (inexpensive) flat-bed scanners before, but the colors always came out dull, muted, and not looking much like the original slide at all. I chalked that up to the inexpensive scanner.
I bought this more expensive, dedicated slide scanner with the expectation that the scanned image would roughly reflect the original material. While the contrast and resolution of the scan are good the colors are still very muted and dull. I have to increase the saturation after the scan to make the colors resemble the colors in the slide when viewed with the naked eye. I was expecting much better from a semi-pro scanner.
Is this typical for this scanner (or scanning slides in general)? Would calibration to an IT8 target vastly improve the results? (this would entail ditching the Nikon Scan software with Digital ICE since it does not allow for calibration)
I want the scan to reflect the original material as closely as possible. Any ideas?
I can post some pictures of scans if that would help.