Nikon Coolscan update

Update: RobertWhite lists the Coolscan 9000 ED as discontinued.

In response to the numerous questions I received from readers about the Nikon Coolscan series in the past few months:

  • In their recent newsletter Grays of Westminster wrote: "Most Nikon Coolscans have been discontinued"
  • Nikon Germany lists the Coolscan IV, V, 4000 and 5000 in their archive section - they do not have any scanner listed as a current model.
  • Nikon Japan lists all but the Coolscan 9000 ED model as discontinued.
  • Nikon USA still lists the Coolscan 9000 ED as a current model.
  • None of the major retailers currently has any Coolscan products in stock (B&H, Adorama, Amazon has some in stock with 1-2 months shipping estimate):

The future of the Coolscan line is not clear - maybe, just like the Nikon SLR film cameras, the 9000 model will be the last version and Nikon will continue to make it in limited quantities. I have not received a single hint about a potential new Coolscan products.

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  • Ren


    Well, that explains the recent increase in used 9000s on eBay of late.

  • dan

    Bad news. Means the price of them will only go up. My school’s Coolscan Vs are up the creak completely. Overuse I guess. I hope they can buy new ones before it’s too late.

    • PHB

      Might be worth finding out if Nikon has sold the technology on to any other company. Unless demand is absolutely zero, the technology is going to continue to have at least some value.

      There is certainly going to be continuing interest in scanning slides, even if everyone stops using film completely. It is just a pity that commercial services are so ridiculously expensive. 30 cents a slide is $10 per roll. That is a lot to pay someone for slapping them into an automated feeder and pressing a button. (If they need to do any more then they are doing it wrong, all I want is unmodified raw scans).

      I have 3000 negatives the photographers took at our wedding, I am not paying $1000 to scan them when I can do the job myself in a few hours. [And yes, I do have the copyrights, no way would I hire any photographer who didn’t assign me the rights for any task and provide me with the negatives.]

      • zzddrr

        PHB, I 100% agree with you.

        I have tons of negatives that I want to scan by myself and can’t buy a Coolpix because there isn’t any

  • marten

    “…maybe, just like the Nikon SLR film cameras, the 9000 model will be the last version and Nikon will continue to make it in limited quantities….”

    – is it really sure? have they stated smth on F6?
    because i would love to see what would F7 be like.
    (my F3 is starting to show signs of “wear”)

    • Banned

      You know, film was only a technology and it’s now going away, like all technologies. It’s time to move on and accept the change. I know it’s hard for some older people because film, unlike many technologies, has been around for a while. But wanting to buy an F7 is like wanting to fly a propeller plane when jets are everywhere, it makes you sound like a snob.

      • gravity84

        That’s not true at all. Film is just as viable of an artistic medium as digital. Each have their strengths and weaknesses, basically it’s a convenience vs quality scale. There are still no affordable digital solutions for any real film format, save APS. All medium formats are ridiculously priced when considered alongside the cost of film and processing, and large formats, aside from scanning backs, which are useless in the field, digital can’t touch.

        BTW turboprops are still being used by commercial airlines, they are far from obsolete, they are more efficient for shorter traveling distances than jet engines.

      • dan

        lol i troll u

        • Anonymous

          if film is obsolete than so is a paint brush…and this is coming from a die hard digital person who used to own a darkroom.

          • Worminator

            Well and good, but would you bet on a F7? No.

  • Maybe that’s why my Coolscan V is up to 975 euros (from a 345 euros start price) on with SIX days STILL to go!

  • Brett

    Well, I’ll still be scanning 000s of Kodachrome slides in the coming years and if better Nikon scanners are available, I’ll almost assuredly be buying. I’d like to see faster scans and transfers (USB 3.0?), higher than 4000 dpi resolutions (I did tests back a decade ago and came to that conclusion) and hopefully, better use with Kodachrome than with current Coolscans. I know others who’d buy as well.

    And if they completely discontinue, I’ll have to drum scan at considerably higher cost *sigh*.

  • Anonymous

    Too bad because with my Coolscan I get hot scans.

  • dr jay tee

    It’s a pity that coolscans are discontinued and no new models are coming.
    After 8 years at digital photography, I came back to film and now enjoying that enormously!! Of course, D700 is my main body but sometimes taking F100 and all new great lenses (24-70 , 50/1.4G, 70-200VR and 17-35) with tri-x , velvia and coolscanV, you can make excellent results!!!
    Now I’m considering if I should go for coolscan9000 and Mamiya6 or 7 🙂
    After all digital years, traditional film photography is really FUN when having so great Nikon lenses and scanners available!!!

    • The invisible man

      And I though I was the only one doing that !

  • Anonymous

    No much alternative nowadays… except for some Reflecta models.

  • Ren

    And MF or LF film with a good scan will still blow digital out of the water. Pretty ignorant to say that people who shoot film can’t let go. It’s a viable and some would still argue a more effective choice.

    • Anonymous

      just because someone can argue a point doesn’t make it true

  • iamnomad

    Our Visual Resource Center here at Stanford has a library of nearly 400,000 slides, they make use of their Nikon CoolScanners on a daily basis. The Curator has been told by several reliable Nikon sources that she should buy used scanners whenever she finds them because Nikon will not be producing CoolScans anymore. Period.

  • twoomy

    So what alternatives are out there for a comparable slide scanner? I can’t believe that Nikon would be dropping a well-respected line like that. But they have done other weird things like testing high-res D700x cameras for two years and not releasing any of them. So looks like the more people want product, the less they want to deliver.

    • zzddrr

      Agree with you twoomy, it’s like does not make products that people actually want to buy. I’ve been on a hunt for finding one since last year November and could not get hold of one (coolscan).

      What else is out there?

      I know quite few people who have tons of films that they want to scan. The irony is that many used Nikon slrs and now you cannot even order one. I mean, what would it take for Nikon to learn from Dell the made to order concept. In that case people would pay in advance and no real risk for Nikon. i don’t get it. It’s like these new Nikon execs that have big mouth no longer like money. Or maybe these execs ar Nikon mixed the two product lines and instead of getting rid of the COOLpix they got rid of the COOLscan.

      But seriously, can anyone recommend a good scanner that is in par with the Coolscan?

  • Sandpiper

    This is not good news. I have an LS-2000 here that I would like to upgrade so I can get some good slide scans. Talked to a guy with an model 5000 for sale on craigslist last week, but it sold the day after it was posted. Another things I need to be watching for, it seems.

  • I’ve read some positive reviews of the Epson scanners. Anyone here ever used one? Epson may be a good option.

  • Alex

    A CoolScan that can do movie film would be good. That can do all 8, 16 and 35 formats (As well as still slides and film strips), compiling the scanned film in to a digital movie format like Raw, MOV, AVI, with multiple options on codecs, color sampling, resolutions (up to 4K), and a way to capture and sync the audio to the movie file. Am I asking for too much as always?

  • Richard

    Nikon have allowed their scanners to slip into obsolescence in terms of their dpi scanning ability and such. How about an update?

    Why doesn’t Sony resurrect old Minolta DiMAGE Scan Elite 5400? Give it a refresh for up-to-date chips/sensor and software and they would sell a bunch of them. They were “priced right”.

    There is a market “out there” for a product that has the right capabilities to show what is on the film and reasonably priced.

  • The invisible man

    Guys, keep your Nikon scanners, soon they will worth alot !

  • Update: RobertWhite lists the Coolscan 9000 ED as discontinued:

  • Anonymous

    More and more types of film are discontinued – and so are the cameras using it. It’s just logical that scanners vanish as well. In theory it doesn’t make much sense to use film to achieve a digital result in the end anyway.

    What bothers me is, that we see changes of technology sometimes before they lead to the better. (Speaking of photography) it started with the crappy AF of the first generation, that nevertheless led to the loss of Non-AF-SLRs, lenses an even entire systems such as Leica R, OM, Contax. I sold the whole lot of my 1st generation Nikkor-AFs just after a year. Just sooo disappointing. I kept the F4-bodies and went “forward” to the good old Ai and Ais-Lenses.

    The film vs. digital issue is just the same. NOW you can say that digital leads to the same quality as film used to do. But the market annoyingly started shifting way earlier … without acceptable res and IQ, with new and smaller formats (DX) and with a lot of lenses still missing and without FF-cameras.

    It all seemed pretty disorientated to me.

    But today it looks as if we are finally getting there. Just gimme a 700X and I will not miss scanning at all. As for chemicals and lab-work – it somehow belongs into the age of industrialization, not into a modern world. I still do a bit of MF scanning and am pleased with the results delivered by Epson perfection V750 Pro. As for printing. I like my Photo R 2400 (A3+) and its ultrachrome K3 ink. My next printer definitely is the Stylus Pro 3880(A2+).
    To all the ones who still feel the need for scanning, check the Epson. You might find it pleasing and affordable too.

  • Anonymous

    the problem is that still there are tons of films that are waiting for scanning.

    • Anonymous

      I admit it: neither is the epson the right solution for tons (or miles) of film, nor would a D700X help you to digitalize an existing archive . . .

  • Valadice

    Hmmm, I thought everyone knew it was gonna get discontinued. November/early December were the last orders Nikon took for the scanners.

  • Johnny

    Nikon Sweden says that the Coolscans are not sold in Europe due to EU-enviroment rules. Maby lead in some components.

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