Nikon CoolScan IV ED is an improved updated version of the venerable
Nikon CoolScan 2000
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if you intend to enlarge 35mm slides to large format size
(with a wide format inkjet printer such as Epson or Hewlett-Packard
DesignJet), then you need about 3000 or 3500 dpi. We use the
Creo EverSmart Supreme to enlarge 35mm slides to 48 x 36
inches. The results are good enough to display in a museum (we know
since there are two museums
on our university campus).
if you don't have $45,000 for the Creo Supreme, and are just
starting out, the Nikon CoolScan IV ED is a good unit to
practice with. We have used several earlier models of Nikon scanners.
The only thing we would recommend is to be sure to get SilverFast
scanner software, available from LaserSoft Imaging, www.lasersoft-imaging.com.
Their e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org.
the CoolScan III (LS-30). Dynamic range of 3.0 is nowhere
near enough. It's better to get the newer technology with the IV
ED. The Nikon
Super CoolScan 2000 is okay. This is the model we bought
many years ago. But it's always best to go with the latest technology,
so we recommend the IV ED as worth the extra investment, though
if you are serious, you really need the 4000
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