Price When Reviewed: 2000
Pros: Very versatile high-res film scanner with Digital ICE4. Can handle all formats from miniature to 6-x-7cm, with optional holders.
Cons: Only supplies 35mm and 120/220 film holders, with other formats charged at silly prices. Grain reduction doesn’t work on small formats.
This is the priciest film scanner in Nikon’s range, but it’s easily the most versatile. It can handle practically every roll film format you’re ever likely to encounter, from 6-x-7cm film down to old 16mm/110 strips, plus electron microscope and medical slides. The only popular format it can’t handle is APS film.
It’s supplied with film mounting holders for 120/220 strips (for 6-x6, 6-x-7 and 6-x-9cm) and 35mm strips and slides. However, you have to purchase the miniature holders separately and these are expensive – the 16mm holder is £399 and the medical slide holder is £105. These are incredibly high prices for a few pieces of plastic and metal. But, if you need to digitize small film formats, this scanner is one of the few that can do it unless you use a more expensive professional pre-press model.
Super CoolScan 9000 ED is related to the Super CoolScan 5000 ED 35mm and APS scanner (reviewed here), with similar 4,000dpi resolution, 4.8D dynamic range, 8-/16-bit output and the Digital ICE4 dust and grain reduction and colour restoration system. A large diameter Nikon ED (extra-low dispersion) lens is used to handle the range of formats.