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The Nikon CoolScan 2000 slide scanner is a good choice for transferring 35mm slides to digital format.

Dr. Hellmuth with slide scanner (jpeg)
Dr. Hellmuth holding the Nikon Coolscan 2000
No matter how many digital cameras you have today, what about all those old 35mm slides?

We have tested a number of dedicated slide scanners. The low-end models that cost about $800 are okay for using the resulting images on the web, but are not adequate for desktop publishing. For desktop publishing (brochures, flyers, posters, etc) you want to be sure to get 2700 true optical dpi.

Nikon makes the unit which seems to have won the most Best Buy citations. It has an auto-feeder which holds 50 slides (fed one by one). For an alternative manner of batch-scanning 40 slides simultaneously, see box of links at the bottom of this page.

Now you can get a superior slide scanning software from LaserSoft Imaging.

This is their SilverFast. The user interface is more friendly and the software allows you to do many more improvements to your slides.

close up of slide scanner (jpeg)
Nikon LS-1000 with Auto Slide Feeder SF 100.








What is the best way to store your scanned images?
CD-R or CD-RW ? Now you can have both in a single unit, 8x CD-R, 4x CD-RW, 24x read.
DVD-RAM, 5.2 GB per disk (2.6 GB per side), disks under $60, DVD-RAM burner/readers for under $800. Why is this a good storage solution and where can you buy these?

Reviews of a professional flatbed scanner, the Fuji C-550 Lanovia, on

Showing actual 3-D objects (rabbits) and then showing the resulting scan.

Scanning 40 35mm slides all at once.

Comparing a 3-D object scanned with a 1200 dpi scanner and the Fuji 5000 dpi scanner. The Fuji is large enough to scan an object up to 45 cm long. Here we show how this scanner handles a large 3-D object, a carved wooden effigy of a jaguar.
Enlargement of a scan of a native Mexican handicraft to reveal the full detail in depth of focus that the Fuji C-550 Lanovia can achieve (horse). Two especially beautiful scans done with the Fuji scanner, on the bottom of this page of all the internal links to this site. Scans of architectural history (Missouri Ozarks) done with Fuji scanner. Bottom of the page.
Scanning 4x5 chromes with the Fuji results in ability to enlarge small details to poster size (jade). General discussion of the Fuji Lanovia flatbed scanner. Mention of the drum scanners which Fujifilm also makes.

now being prepared, FLAAR reports by the Senior Review Editor on flatbed scanners for prepress, photo archives, and museums. Additional reports evaluate what scanner(s) are best for digitizing your slides and photos for digital printing, especially fine art giclee. 

Review by Nicholas Hellmuth, FLAAR Digital Imaging Technology Center

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