The new CoolScan IV ED offers a few more dpi (now 2,900) and a full version of Altamira Genuine Fractals.

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The Nikon CoolScan IV ED is an improved updated version of the venerable Nikon CoolScan 2000

I believe Altamira Genuine Fractals was recently purchased by the company that makes Mr. SID.

However 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).

But 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, Their e-mail is

Avoid 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 ED.

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