The main control panel, showing an image preview. DJI Ronin-S gimbal stabilization system. Once an option is selected, the lower drop-down menu becomes active, to turn the function on or off, or set appropriate parameters. Nikon Scan will ask you where to store the images and what to call them. Also, it appears that this function applies to the preview mode as well, drastically slowing preview scans.

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Rather than repeating all of that here, we’ll just refer you over there for the scoop. This option lets the scan window stay up after the scan.

The only issue with certain devices has been the need to install the ASPI drivers. As you might imagine, the wealth of coolsca means there’s a bit of a learning curve to traverse to become comfortable with this product, and to effectively make use of all its capabilities. We regret not being able to cover it in greater detail here, but frankly it’s beyond the scope of even one of our reviews!

A few devices used the parallel port instead, but this was never a great solution because all data transfers had to be done byte by byte using the CPU. The Nikon manual cautions against attempting to feed film strips that are curved side-to-side across the narrow dimension of the film by more than a couple of millimeters.

Presumably, you’ve set the exposure prior to this point, and don’t want the scanner to mess with it again. colscan

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DJI Ronin-S gimbal stabilization system. I’ll be 86 when I’m finished. This is not to say that we didn’t spend a lot of time tweaking the scanner controls and re-scanning to achieve the final result!


This tends to “fool” scanners’ autoexposure settings, producing artificially dark scans, as did the LS The LS produces a clean, sharp, finely detailed, full frame 24x36mmdigital image greater than 10 megapixels h x w and nearly 58 Mband 36 bit true color depth 12 bits per RGB channel. This button lets you do this. Its only function is to select from multiple scanners, and to determine which scanner should be used as the default unit.

We have to say that this is one of the most truly useful innovations we’ve seen to date in scanner technology, capable of saving literally hours of retouching for each damaged image it recovers! This is an coklscan familiar to us from Photoshop, and is our preferred method of making tonal adjustments in images.

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Even the unaltered image shows excellent color accuracy, tonal range, and saturation. Despite the inconvenience this introduces to the workflow, and the longer time it takes to perform a scan with the function enabled, the results are well worth it for very dark slides: In the screenshot at left, it says “CleanImage”. The LS is a SCSI-connected device, a virtual necessity due to the enormous amounts of data it’s capable of generating. Also, there is likely significant accumulation of dusty coolxcan on the mirrors, condenser lenses, light source, and the scanner lens.

Skip to main content. The problem with this approach is it may show unacceptable results for an otherwise perfectly usable scanner. Note that the two sets of number shown on the RGB readouts correspond to the values before and after the current tonal correction is applied.

Bear with us though, the details are well worth exploring! We were surprised by how far we could push the analog gain without losing highlight detail in this slide, where the clouds and sun-baked sand are nearly transparent on the original. Note though, that the scan time increases greatly when any of the special features are engaged, such as color management, Digital ICE, or multi-sample scanning.

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The tendency is to focus on severe damage of the sort we’ve shown here, but in practice, you’re much more likely to encounter random dust specks that require tedious “spotting” to clean up. To support batch scanning, you can enter a number in the “Feed Images” text box, representing the number of slides to be scanned with the current scan settings when the scan button is pressed.

When it comes right down to it, for the next year or two until “Firewire” becomes commonSCSI is really the only choice for interfacing a scanner with the power of the LS In practice, we felt there was little difference between the 1x and 4x, but the 16x seemed to significantly improve noise in the shadows. Batch scan stops on error – If you’re scanning a filmstrip, an APS roll with the optional APS adapteror a batch of slides in the optional slide-feeder, you can choose to have the scanner coo,scan whenever an error is encountered.

Overall, we found this target to be a tour de force of the LS’s capabilities, producing excellent results from an extraordinarily lx-2000 subject. We didn’t explicitly set up a test for frame coverage by scanners, but our WG shot goes right to the edges of the 35mm frame, and we found that the LS covers all that and then some.