Nikon has announced three new film scanners: the CoolScan IV ED, the Super CoolScan 4000 ED and the Super CoolScan 8000 ED. The first two are 35mm scanners and will ship in March, while the last is multiple format (120/220, 35mm, etc) and will ship in May.
The CoolScan IV ED uses a high-quality Nikkor ED lens (seven elements in four configurations) and scans at 2,900dpi in 36-bit colour. It offers a density range of 3.6 and connects to Windows and Mac OS PCs through a USB cable. It costs £649.99 including VAT.
According to Nikon, the scanner is also the first to use Applied Science Fiction’s Digital ICE cubed technology. This includes three image enhancement tools that are built into the scanner: Digital ICE, Digital ROC and Digital GEM. Digital ICE removes defects such as scratches and dust by scanning the surface of the film to spot these imperfections and then compensating for them. Digital ROC rebuilds colour in old negatives by removing colour casting, even in negatives decades old. Digital GEM removes grain clutter by automatically identifying film grain and compensating for it.
The Super CoolScan 4000 ED also uses the Digital ICE cubed technology and a Nikkor ED lens (seven elements in four configurations). It can scan at 4,000dpi in 42-bit colour, offers a density range of 4.2 and connects to Windows and Mac OS PCs through a FireWire cable. It costs £1,299.99 including VAT and ships with a multi-platform FireWire PCI card.
A roll-film adapter will also be made available for the 4000 ED shortly after its launch in March. This will allow rolls of up to 40 prints to be scanned in a single batch and can pre-scan rolls – allowing users to then go back and select individual prints to be scanned at full resolution.
The SuperCoolScan 8000 ED takes most of the same features as the 4000 ED and applies them to a multi-format scanner (120/220, 35mm, etc). It offers Digital ICE cubed technology and a Nikkor ED lens (though 14 elements in six configurations). It scans at 4,000dpi in 42-bit colour, offers a density range of 4.2 and connects to Windows and Mac OS PCs through a FireWire cable. It also offers ICC-based colour profiling. Pricing is not set, but will be under £3,000 according to Nikon, and the scanner also ships with a PCI FireWire card.