Mac World 2001: In a major re-vamp of their film scanner range for 2001, Nikon today introduced no less than three new film scanners. The Super Coolscan 4000 ED for 35mm at 14-bits per channel, 4000 dpi (can be fitted with a roll auto-feeder). The Super Coolscan 8000 ED multi-format at 14-bits per channel, 4000 dpi and the entry level Coolscan IV ED at 12-bits per channel, 2900 dpi.

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Super Coolscan 4000 & Coolscan IV Super Coolscan 8000
Super Coolscan 8000 & Film Loaders Super Coolscan 4000 & film roll feeder
Super Coolscan 4000 & film roll feeder Film roll feeder (for Super Coolscan 4000)

Nikon Announces Powerful New Scanner Range for 2001

Nikon Europe is proud to announce a new range of desktop film scanners for availability later this year. The range comprises of three models that all feature Nikon's own solid-state LED-based illumination system known worldwide for stability and colour accuracy. Building on the established success of the revolutionary image-recovery system "Digital Ice", these three scanners are the first to incorporate two more software miracles from the same stable - "Digital GEM" and "Digital ROC" - that will reduce film grain and return, damaged and faded film to as-new condition.

All three scanners break further new ground with the incorporation of a Nikkor Scanner ED lens within their optical systems. Nikkor ED glass lenses are normally reserved for professional SLR lenses and brings exceptional optical performance and clarity to desktop scanning. Following Nikon's philosophy of Total Image Quality, the optical system of these new scanners can now be of the same quality as the lens that took the original image. Combined with a new high-stability precision mechanism to support scanning at up to 4000 dpi on two models and 2900 dpi on the entry model, Nikon have once again raised the standard of excellence to continue their dominance of the desktop film scanner market.

In terms of ease of use and versatility, each scanner offers something new to its' own target market. For the photo-enthusiast who is looking for a bridge from film to the world of digital imaging, the Coolscan IV ED connects simply and quickly to PC and Macs computers by USB and offers scanning of transparency and negative film in 35mm and APS formats at 2900 dpi and 12-bit resolution.

For the professional user, the productive Super Coolscan 4000 ED will deliver a 14-bit per channel image at 4000 dpi, accommodating 35mm, APS film and with optional adapters, uncut rolls of 35 mm film (up to 40 exposures) or batches of up to 50 slides in an auto-feeder. Digital ICE, ROC and GEM (known under the collective name of "ICE3" ) are, of course, included and literally give this new scanner the "power to restore the past".

High scanning speeds have been maintained in spite of the impressive data payload delivered per slide (approx 127MB at full resolution) and the natural interface choice of IEEE1394 gives rapid trouble-free connection to both Macintosh and PC computers.

The top end of the New Nikon range is crowned by the versatile Super Coolscan 8000 ED, a new multi-format scanner that boasts the ability to scan medium format, 35mm, panorama, 16mm and medical slides at 4000 dpi and 14 bit resolution. Capable of delivering files of well over 700MB from a single image, this compact desktop model now breaches the territory formerly reserved for drum scanners whilst bringing a new high-quality, high-performance solution to a multiple of professional and industrial situations. The rapid and easy to use IEEE1394 interface, Digital ICE3, compact footprint and competitive pricing confirms that this scanner will permit service bureaux to extend their portfolio and will also bring the possibility of in-house multi-format scanning to many new users.

Digital ICE, Digital ROC and Digital GEM are trademarks of ASF Technologies. All other trademarks respected. The SuperCoolscan 4000 ED and 8000 ED are supplied with an IEEE1394 interface card for Windows 2000/ME/SE and Macintosh computers.

Nikon Super Coolscan 4000 ED

Major Features

  • 4,000-dpi true optical-resolution scanning, 14-bit A/D converter incorporating 16-/8-bit output for vivid images
  • Exclusive SCANNER NIKKOR ED high-resolution/high-performance lens (7 elements in 4 groups including 3 ED glass elements) for reduced color aberration and minimized image distortion
  • Newly developed custom CCD reduces image noise and provides clear resolution
  • Proprietary LED technology ensures consistently accurate color reproduction
  • Fast scanning at 4,000 dpi (approx. 38 sec. including image transfer to display)
  • New scene analysis function, featuring intelligent tone and color auto-correction, enables quality reproduction of even orange-tinted negative film
  • Quick AF & Quick Preview
  • High-speed IEEE1394 interface (IEEE1394 board and cable included for users who do not have the interface)
  • Compatible with various film formats (35mm [135], IX240, etc.)
  • Slide-scanning capability of up to 50 slides (with optional SLIDE FEEDER SF-200[S] attached)
  • Roll film-scanning capability (with optional ROLL FILM ADAPTER SA-30 attached)
  • Multi-sample scanning (2/4/8/16 times; selectable) for images virtually free of noise
  • 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
Film type 35mm (125) / IX240 film, slide glass for microscope
Reading resolution 4,000 dpi
Film adapters and holders STRIP FILM ADAPTER SA-21 (2 to 6 frames)
SLIDE MOUNT ADAPTER MA-20(S)
STRIP FILM HOLDER FH-3 (1 to 6 frames)
ROLL FILM ADAPTER SA-30 (2 to 40 frames) (optional)
IX240 FILM ADAPTER IA-20(S) (15/25/40 frames) (optional)
SLIDE FEEDER SF-200(S) (1 to 50 frames) (optional)
MEDICAL SLIDE HOLDER FH-G1 (for slide glass) (optional)
STRIP FILM ADAPTER SA-21 (2 to 6 frames)
SLIDE MOUNT ADAPTER MA-20(S)
STRIP FILM HOLDER FH-3 (1 to 6 frames)
ROLL FILM ADAPTER SA-30 (2 to 40 frames) (optional)
IX240 FILM ADAPTER IA-20(S) (15/25/40 frames) (optional)
SLIDE FEEDER SF-200(S) (1 to 50 frames) (optional)
MEDICAL SLIDE HOLDER FH-G1 (for slide glass) (optional)
Scanning area (max) 25.1 x 38mm (3,946 x 5,959 pixels)
Effective area (Size/Pixels) SA-21: 23.3 x 36.0mm (3,654 x 5,646)
MA-20(S): 25.1 x 36.8mm* (3,946 x 5,782)
FH-3: 24.0 x 36.0mm (3,762 x 5,646)
SA-30: 23.3 x 36.0mm (3,654 x 5,646)
IA-20(S): 16.1 x 26.9mm (2,525 x 4,219)
SF-200(S): 25.1 x 36.8mm* (3,946 x 5,782)
FH-G1: 22.9 x 35.0mm (3,591 x 5,488)
* Actual effective size depends on slide mount aperture size.
Illumination R, G, B, and D-LED array
Imaging optics SCANNER NIKKOR ED lens (7 elements in 4 groups including 3 ED glass elements)
Focusing Autofocus and Manual focus
Scan time Approx. 38 sec. at 4,000 dpi (35mm), 16-bit output (typical scan time with display, Windows, CMS off)
Density range 4.2D
Thumbnail scanning and batch scanning 35mm (135) strip film: 2 to 6 frames
IX240 film cartridge: 15/25/40 frames
35mm (135) strip film (with SA-30): 2 to 40 frames
35mm (135) mount film (with SF-200[S]): 1 to 50 frames
A/D Conversion 14 bits
Output data 16 bits, 8 bits per color channel (user selectable)
Digital ICE3 Digital ICE™, Digital ROC™, Digital GEM™
Multi-sample scanning 2, 4, 8, 16 times (user selectable)
Color Management System Built-in
Interface IEEE1394 (6-pin)
Dimensions 93 x 169 x 315mm (3.7 x 6.6 x 12.4 in.)
Weight Approx. 3kg (6.6 lbs.)
Accessories included* STRIP FILM ADAPTER SA-21,
SLIDE MOUNT ADAPTER MA-20(S),
STRIP FILM HOLDER FH-3,
IEEE1394 board, IEEE1394 cable (6 pin-6 pin),
Nikon Scan 3 Driver Software,
AC power cord, Manual
US Retail price US$1,695 (expected availability March 2001)

* Accessories may differ depending on country or region.

Nilkon Super Coolscan 8000 ED specifications

Major Features

  • 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 CCD
  • Newly developed custom CCD reduces image noise and provides clear resolution
  • Proprietary LED technology ensures consistently accurate color reproduction
  • The LED and lens together cause dispersed lighting, resulting in smoother picture grain
  • Exclusive SCANNER NIKKOR ED high-resolution/high-performance lens (14 elements in 6 groups
  • Including 6 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
Film type Medium format (120/220), 35mm (135), 35mm panorama, 16mm, Electron Microscope, slide glass for microscope
Reading resolution 4,000 dpi
Film holders 35mm STRIP FILM HOLDER FH-835S
35mm MOUNTED FILM HOLDER FH-835M
120/220 STRIP FILM HOLDER FH-869S
120/220 MOUNTED FILM HOLDER FH-869M (optional)
120/220 STRIP FILM HOLDER WITH GLASS FH-869G (optional)
120/220 FILM ROTATED HOLDER WITH GLASS FH-869GR (optional)
16mm FILM HOLDER FH-816 (optional)
MEDICAL SLIDE HOLDER FH-8G1 (optional)
Scanning area (max) 63.5 x 88mm (10,000 x 13,860 pixels)
Effective area (Size/Pixels) FH-835S:
    37.5 x 25.6mm (5,905 x 4,032)
FH-835M:
    25.4 x 37.5mm (4,000 x 5,904)
FH-869S/FH-869G:
   (6 x 4.5) 56.9 x 42.5mm (8,964 x 6,696)
   (6 x 6) 56.9 x 56.9mm (8,964 x 8,964)
   (6 x 7) 56.9 x 70.0mm (8,964 x 11,016)
   (6 x 8) 56.9 x 77.5mm (8,964 x 12,204)
   (6 x 9) 56.9 x 83.7mm (8,964 x 13,176)
   (Electron Microscope)
      56.9 x 83.7mm (8,964 x 13,176)
FH-869GR:
   (6 x 4.5) 60.3 x 45.0mm (9,496 x 7,092)
   (6 x 6) 61.6 x 61.7mm (9,700 x 9,720)
   (6 x 7) 62.8 x 74.5mm (9,889 x 11,736)
   (6 x 8) 63.4 x 80.0mm (9,984 x 12,600)
   (6 x 9) 63.5 x 88.0mm (10,000 x 13,860)
   (Electron Microscope)
      56.9 x 83.7mm (8,964 x 13,176)
   (35mm panoramic 24 x 58)
      31.0 x 61.7mm (4,876 x 9,720)
   (35mm panoramic 24 x 65)
      31.6 x 68.8mm (4,972 x 10,836)
FH-869M:
   (6 x 4.5, 6 x 6)
      56.9 x 56.9mm (8,964 x 8,964)
   (6 x 6, 6 x 7, 6 x 9)
      56.9 x 83.7mm (8,964 x 13,176))
FH-816:
    15.0 x 21.5mm (2,362 x 3,384)
FH-8G1:
    46.0 x 24.0mm (7,248 x 3,780)
Illumination R, G, B, and D-LED array
Imaging optics SCANNER NIKKOR ED lens (14 elements in 6 groups including 6 ED glass elements)
Focusing Autofocus and Manual focus
Density range 4.2D
Thumbnail scanning and batch scanning 35mm strip film: 1 to 12 frames (2 strips)
35mm mount film: 1 to 5 frames
120/220 strip film (6 x 4.5 size): 1 to 4 frames
120/220 mount film: 1 to 2 frames
16mm film: 1 to 60 frames (3 strips)
A/D Conversion 14 bits
Output data 16 bits, 8 bits per color channel (user selectable)
Digital ICE3 Digital ICE™, Digital ROC™, Digital GEM™
Multi-sample scanning 2, 4, 8, 16 times (user selectable)
Color Management System Built-in
Interface IEEE1394 (6-pin)
Dimensions 245 x 200 x 485mm (9.6 x 7.9 x 19.1 in.)
Weight Approx. 9kg (19.8 lbs.)
Accessories included* 35mm STRIP FILM HOLDER FH-835S,
35mm MOUNTED FILM HOLDER FH-835M,
120/220 STRIP FILM HOLDER FH-869S,
IEEE1394 board, IEEE1394 cable (6 pin-6 pin),
Nikon Scan 3 Driver Software,
AC power cord, Manual
US Retail price US$2,995 (expected availability April 2001)

* Accessories may differ depending on country or region.

Nikon Coolscan IV ED specifications


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Major Features

  • 2,900 dpi true optical resolution scanning, 12-bit A/D converter incorporating 16-/8-bit output for vivid images
  • Exclusive SCANNER NIKKOR ED high-resolution/high-performance optics (7 elements in 4 groups including 3 ED glass elements) for reduced color aberration and minimized image distortion
  • Newly developed custom CCD reduces image noise, and provides clear resolution
  • Proprietary LED technology ensures consistently accurate color reproduction
  • Fast 42-sec. scanning at 2,900 dpi (including image transfer to display)
  • New scene analysis function, featuring intelligent tone and color auto-correction, enables fine reproduction of even orange-tinged negative film
  • Quick AF & Quick Preview
  • Various film formats (35mm [135], IX240, etc.)
  • Easy-to-connect USB 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
Film type 35mm (125) / IX240 film, slide glass for microscope
Reading resolution 2,900 dpi
Film adapters and holders STRIP FILM ADAPTER SA-21 (2 to 6 frames)
SLIDE MOUNT ADAPTER MA-20(S)
STRIP FILM HOLDER FH-3 (1 to 6 frames)
IX240 FILM ADAPTER IA-20(S) (15/25/40 frames) (optional)
MEDICAL SLIDE HOLDER FH-G1 (for slide glass) (optional)
Scanning area (max) 25.1 x 38.0mm (2,870 x 4,332 pixels)
Effective area (Size/Pixels) SA-21: 23.3 x 36.0mm (2,657 x 4,104)
MA-20(S): 25.1 x 36.8mm* (2,870 x 4,203)
FH-3: 24.0 x 36.0mm (2,736 x 4,104)
IA-20(S): 16.1 x 26.9mm (1,836 x 3,067)
FH-G1: 22.9 x 35.0mm (2,610 x 3,989)
* Actual effective size depends on slide mount aperture size.
Illumination R, G, B, and D-LED array
Imaging optics SCANNER NIKKOR ED lens (7 elements in 4 groups including 3 ED glass elements)
Focusing Autofocus and Manual focus
Scan time Approx. 42 sec. at 2,900 dpi (35mm), 8-bit output (typical scan time with display, Windows, CMS off)
Density range 3.6D
Thumbnail scanning and batch scanning 35mm (135) strip film: 2 to 6 frames
IX240 film cartridge: 15/25/40 frames (optional)
A/D Conversion 12 bits
Output data 16 bits, 8 bits per color channel (user selectable)
Digital ICE3 Digital ICE™, Digital ROC™, Digital GEM™
Color Management System Built-in
Interface USB 1.1
Dimensions 93 x 169 x 315mm (3.7 x 6.6 x 12.4 in.)
Weight Approx. 3kg (6.6 lbs.)
Accessories included* SLIDE MOUNT ADAPTER MA-20(S),
STRIP FILM ADAPTER SA-21,
STRIP FILM HOLDER FH-3,
USB cable, Nikon Scan 3 Driver Software,
Power cord, Manual
Photoshop 5.0 LE (Adobe Systems Inc.)
US Retail price US$895 (expected availability March 2001)

* Accessories may differ depending on country or region.