Nikon's Coolscan V ED
A Dedicated 4000dpi Film Scanner At A Bargain Price
Until recently, a 4000dpi
Nikon 35mm film scanner would have set you back at least $1000, but
that has changed with the introduction of the Coolscan V ED. Even at
$599 this model is absolutely loaded with advanced features such as
an ED (extra low dispersion glass) lens for superb image quality, an
improved processing algorithm for superior scans of color negatives,
an enhanced color management system, plus a comprehensive range of image
enhancing tools. Two brand-new features are available in the Nikon Scan
4 software: Digital DEE (part of Digital ICE4) and Scan Image Enhancer
for automatic brightness/color/contrast correction.
Using The Coolscan
Advanced Software Features
Digital DEE (Dynamic
Exposure Extender): Reminiscent of the Shadow/Highlight tool
in Photoshop CS, DEE was designed to recover detail from bright highlight
areas and from dark shadow areas. While no software can produce detail
that was not recorded by the film, DEE was quite useful when scanning
contrasty slides and negatives. In my estimation, the default level is
set too high for most images. I recommend starting with a moderate DEE
level (such as 25) when experimenting; increase it as required for a particular
For more information, visit Nikon's website at: www.nikonusa.com.
Peter K. Burian, a free-lancer stock photographer and long-time "Shutterbug" and "eDigitalPHOTO" contributor, is the author of a new book, "Mastering Digital Photography and Imaging" (Sybex, March 2004). Covering all aspects of the topic--the technology, equipment, and techniques--this book provides 300 pages of practical advice for photo enthusiasts.
- ExploreCams Website Reveals the Most Popular Cameras & Settings Used by Photographers
- How About These Stunning Images Captured with the New High-Speed AF-S Nikkor f/1.4E ED Lens?
- Cancer Therapist Mimics Celebrity Pics to Raise Money for Patients with These Hilarious Photos
- Wild World: Charles Glatzer on How to Stay 10 Steps Ahead as a Wildlife Photographer
- Why We Love Modern Retro-Style Cameras