"The best scanner for 35mm"5.0 starson by kraterz
Pros: Outstanding scan quality, very robust build, ICE really works.
Cons: Slightly slower scan times compared to the LS-5000.
Summary: I replaced an older Minolta scanner with the coolscan V a few months ago. If you're scanning 35mm, the coolscans are among the best money can buy. I have a lot of Velvia, Provia-F, Kodak technical pan B&W film, Agfa APX-25 and a ton of other old and weird films to scan. I've been scanning these for the past few months. Scan results are far better than I ever expected after getting used to the low bar set by the Minolta. Not to dis the minolta but the Coolscan runs laps around it when it comes to the sheer amount of detail this baby is able to extract. As far as resolution, sharpness and detail are concerned there is simply no comparison.Update: Just started using the LS-50 with my MacBook Pro, and it works out of the box with Vuescan without installing any drivers. Scan quality is outstanding, as it was earlier.
One small gripe is about black and white film. Maybe it's the nature of the ED glass and the very high precision LED light system, but with the capture of very fine detail, this scanner seems to accentuate flaws in B&W film. Too precise and sharp maybe? However I am not complaining since the results are outstanding.
This is a very high quality scanner that is in a different league compared to those cheaper flatbeds with film scan attachments, and those cheaper Minolta and canon scanners. People often compare the Epson V750 and V700 with this, but look at a scan in full resolution and even though the Nikon has a lower real resolution, the amount of detail captured simply thrashes the Epsons.
Updated on Jun 6, 2011