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During this interim period donations and continued membership are greatly appreciated while we transition to our new space.

Nikon Super Coolscan 5000 film scanner

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Film Scanner
Model Nikon Super Coolscan 5000
Sub-category Darkroom
Status Good working order
Last updated 21 August 2016 16:41:12
Training requirement no
ACnode no
Owner Brent
Location Darkroom

The Darkroom group has a high-quality film scanner which works with negative/slide film (35mm only).

The scanner is kept in a cardboard box under the enlarger bench. The box has all the necessary cables (power, USB), the original manuals and software CDs, and even a few test negatives & slides if you'd like to experiment before scanning your own film.

You have 2 options if you want to use the scanner:

  • Buy your own copy of VueScan for your laptop, which is a good idea if you're going to do a lot of scanning and want to use your laptop with other old scanners which are no longer supported in recent versions of Windows or Mac OS X
  • Use the laptop that comes in the same box with the scanner - follow the instructions stuck on the laptop to log in and use VueScan which is installed on this laptop (and bring your own USB storage as wifi doesn't work too well!)

Some scanning tips:

  • By default, the resolution setting on Vuescan is set to 'Auto', which seems to produce around 5MP images. If you set it to 4000dpi, you can get around 20MP.
  • If you're scanning film strips, they need to be up to 6 frames long. Just insert the strip in the slot until you feel that the scanner is pulling it in. From this point onwards, the film feed is controlled by the scanner software. Don't try to pull the film out, you will damage your film and/or the scanner. Use the Eject option in VueScan to get your film out.
  • You can use the Batch Scan > List option in Vuescan to let the scanner automatically feed through and scan up to 6 frames at a time, without you having to click 'scan' for each one
  • If the frames on your strip of negatives aren't evenly spaced (e.g. if you have a lomo-style camera with manual winding), you will have to experiment with the "Offset" setting in Vuescan to get the scanner to feed the film to the right position
  • If you want to experiment with exposure later in Photoshop/Lightroom etc., best to set the VueScan output to TIF/DNG with 24 bits

You can read the full scanner manual for more information.