Nikon LS 30 Slide & Film Scanner

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  • Best of breed, but understand its drawbacks before buying

    Jan 20, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Automatically removes flaws, excellent color depth and range, high resolution
    Cons: Clumsy software, mediocre shadow detail, Digital ICE doesn’t work on B&W images.

    Summary: Summary Iím an amateur photographer who shoots a couple of rolls a month. Until I bought the Coolscan, I would have film developed and printed, and I would scan the 4x6s in using a flatbed scanner. I didnít like this method, though, ... read more

  • Professioanally tested scanner

    Mar 28, 2001 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: It's a workhorse, professional grade scanner
    Cons: Software is cumbersome. It's not the fastest scanner out there.

    Summary: This is a very good scanner for the money. I am a photojournalist at a newspaper and these are the scanners we use most often. For super high quality scans we use a leaf and drum scanners which both have five digit price tags. The best ... read more

  • Good midrange film scanner

    Jan 30, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Digital ICE, high resolution, simple to use, APS system
    Cons: Mediocre Dynamic Range, ok software

    Summary: The Nikon Coolscan III produces consistent and accurate scans under most normal conditions. I found that the Digital ICE was EXTREMELY useful and saved a lot of time and energy by eliminating dust and scratches in the film that otherwise would have to ... read more

  • Great Scanner

    Dec 29, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: great features
    Cons: 8bit color

    Summary: After searching every film scanner web site and reading every consumer review on the net I was about to buy a HP photosmart S20 but then I found an excellent deal on a Coolscan III . I am vary glad I went with the coolscan III. The scsi setup was a pain ... read more

  • Hocus Pocus. Turn your LS-30 into an LS-2000, almost

    Dec 12, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: It's almost the LS-2000
    Cons: It's not quite the LS-2000

    Summary: With the aid of Ed Hamrick's third party software, VueScan, www.hamrick.com, the LS-30 now has the functionality of the LS-2000, well almost. How? Well after Nikon introduced the LS-2000 they decided to market the LS-30 as a scaled-back consumer ... read more

  • Good scanner, poor software

    Dec 1, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Excellent quality scans
    Cons: Software buggy with a poor interface

    Summary: I and a group of friends just completed a trip around South West USA (I am from the UK) and between the four of us we took over 1500 pictures. As many of the photos came out well I thought it would be a good idea to put all the photos on the ... read more

  • Good scans, lousy software

    Sep 11, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: high-quality scans
    Cons: Lousy software, very slow

    Summary: I purchased the CoolScan III because I wanted to digitize 20 years of photographs. I was naive to think that this scanner could handle the numbers of pictures I wanted to scan in a reasonable time. My experience has been that to scan a single ... read more

  • Exceeded my expectations

    Aug 23, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Excellent image quality, Digital ICE is a must-have
    Cons: Pricey, requires a SCSI card to be fitted

    Summary: I had some misgivings about buying the Coolscan III. All the reviews I read said that it was overshadowed by the LS-2000; but ultimately I decided I couldn't afford to spend over $1000 on a scanner. The Coolscan III is still expensive enough, at around ... read more

  • Not all it's supposed to be

    Jun 15, 2000 by
    Not yet rated.
    Pros: high resolution, Digital ICE scratch removal
    Cons: Broke in first 3 weeks, jams often, can't scan some slides,does focus well.

    Summary: I bought this scanner to scan 5000 old family slides all taken before 1984. I've been a little disappointed generally but I have not been able to find many other options. This one might work ... read more

  • LS-200 Slide Feeder and SilverFast meet Nikon LS2000

    Feb 16, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Much better Software
    Cons: High price tag

    Summary: This is a reprint of my review at www.photodotcom.com I never believed that scanning could be that hard. To get a scan is very easy but to get a maximum out of the photograph is quite challenging. In my opinion there is far too much discussion ... read more

  • Nikon Coolscan LS2000 in my digital darkroom

    Jan 9, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Very good scanner
    Cons: High investment

    Summary: In midst of 1999 we found that digital photography and the digital darkroom (deliver for print and Web) is ready for prime-time (at least for advanced budget constrained prosumers). We bought a Nikon Coolpix 950 and photography made fun again. ... read more

  • Nikon Film Scanner

    Dec 19, 1999 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: High resolution scanning, "Ice" technology for removing scratches
    Cons: about $1000, takes time to learn all the features

    Summary: I purchased the Nikon Coolscan III (LS30) because I have an archive of 35mm underwater slides which I want to print. I am impressed with the high resolution I can get. I, initially, scanned slides in with a higher than necessary resolution and ended up ... read more

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