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.
Thanks for sharing this John. I will give this a try tomorrow. Currently I have an old Windows XP computer that I kept around just for scanning slides with my Coolscan 5000 because I figured the software would never run on my newer Windows 7 computer.
FYI; Laser Soft Imaging (SilverFast Software) sells a scanning software solution that supports all of the Nikon film scanners that is a decent product. (http://www.silverfast.com/show/scanners-nikon/en.html). You should contact them a see about being a rep…:-)
I have the same scanner, the Nikon Super Coolscan 4000 and ran into the same problem when upgrading computer operating software some years ago.
I ended up using VueScan Scanner Software which is compatible with all current operating systems including Mac.
I actually did this when I first upgraded to Windows 7, some time ago. Thought I would mention this option since I recently received an email query about scanning.
Plustek makes a number of film scanners. I don’t know how they compare to the Coolscans since I never owned one. When I stated to look, they were already long gone.
So everyone, what modern day film scanner do you recommend for all my old slides with my super fast Windows 8.1 machine? I’m afraid that I may have exceeded my technology upgrades far beyond my ancient slides product!
I recently sold all my digital gear and went with leica m6 for 35mm and a mamiya 7 for 120-film. The film scanner I bought is called Plustek Opticfilm 120 and I must say that it is excellent. There is a long thread on rangefinderforum.com with discussions and scan samples.