Yesterday I had to scan a Velvia slide from my files. Yes, for those of you don’t remember the “old” days, there was a thing called “film” which had to be digitalized before you could use Photoshop on the image. A film scanner was the answer. But, a dedicated 35mm film scanner (rather than a flatbed scanner with a film holder) is now quite a rare beast. I’m not sure such a thing is even manufactured any more. I have a long discontinued Nikon Coolscan 4000, which is certainly adequate for magazine-sized reproduction. The problem, however, is getting the scanner to work with any current computer operating system.
I’m running Windows 7 64-bit on both desktop and laptop machines, but Nikon scanner software was written many years before this OS. I guess I could have kept an old computer around, but no thanks, I don’t want to do that. So how have I been able to use my scanner — infrequently though I do — along with Nikon Scan software on my current machines? Ah, Google to the rescue. Type in “how to use a Nikon scanner with Windows 7 64” and this link appears (there are other links but this is the one I used):
Follow the directions, and all is well. Don’t have Nikon Scan software? It’s still available for download directly from Nikon’s website.