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Nikon Coolscan V ED + SilverFast Ai Studio 8

demonstration device

Delivery time: 
2-5 days (in stock)
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Nikon Coolscan V ED + SilverFast Ai Studio 8

The Nikon Coolscan V ED is a high-value film scanner, which produces excellent scans in a short time. As you can read in our test report the scanner provides an extremely good image quality and is very fast. The Nikon Coolscan 5 ED (also named LS-50 ED) is very robust and reliable, even after a big amount of scans. No other film scanner (except Nikon devices or Hasselblad devices) is not even almost as good as the Nikon Coolscan V ED. The quality distance to other film scanners is considerable, as you can also see in our film scanner ranking list.
For further information, please, read our review about the Nikon CoolScan V ED.
Please, choose above, below the price information, between the SilverFast Ai Studio version and the SilverFast Archive Suite (Archive Suite = SilverFast Ai Studio + SilverFast HDR Studio). Also, please, choose above your desired targets (Kodak, Fuji, Kodachrome) for the IT-8 colour calibration. Detailed information about SilverFast and the available targets can be found on our SilverFast website. Information about SilverFast HDR can be found on our SilverFast HDR website. Information about scanner calibration can be found on our page Scanner IT-8 calibration.
Please, choose above, below the price information, if you want to order the scanner with or without Adobe® Photoshop® Elements.
This device is used, it served us as a demonstration device. The scope of delivery is that of a new device. We have cleaned and checked this scanner very carefully. A measurement of the effective resolution brought a value of 3900 ppi (nominally 4000 ppi); this value corresponds to the value of a new scanner. Thus this scanner produces the same excellent image quality like a new device.


  • Optical resolution: 4000 dpi
  • 14 Bit A/D-conversion
  • New Nikkor ED scanner lens
  • Short scanning time of only 38 seconds
  • High quality CCD sensor
  • Drect film feeding
  • New, improved image processing algorithm for scanning colour negatives
  • Fast auto focus and short prescanning time
  • Automatic optimisation of the scanned image
  • High-speed USB 2.0 interface
  • Digital ICE4 Advanced
  • Output colour depth 8 Bit or 16 Bit per colour channel
  • Density range: 4,2
  • Scan area max: 25,1 x 38,0 mm
  • Light source: 4 components LED R, G, B and Infrared (for defects on the film surface)
  • Optical layout: Lenses (ED-Lenses) / Elements 7 / 3
  • Dimensions approx. (L x H x D) 96 x 172 x 315 mm
  • Weight: approx. 3 kg

Supported film formats

  • 35mm film strips up to 6 frames length
  • Mounted 35mm slides (mount thickness: 1 mm - 3,2 mm)
  • APS-Films (with optional APS adaptor)

SilverFast 8 feature highlights

  • The new SilverFast 8 Preview Concept allows to assess the results even for complicated image optimization functions, such as iSRD and USM, at any time. A 100% zoom facilitates to properly evaluate and set the parameters of these tools.
  • The user interface of SilverFast 8 has been completely redeveloped according to current standards. The controls can be arranged flexibly and freely on the screen according to personal preferences. All major functions can be operated quickly and easily.
  • SilverFast 8 is fully capable of multitasking. For example, if several originals are to be scanned one after another, the user can already set the image optimization options for the second scan while the scanner is digitizing the first original.
  • SilverFast SCC is a tool to perform a selective color correction in a very simple manner. Selective color correction means that a single color is selected and changed specifically, but all other colors remain unchanged. A mouse click in the preview window easily selects the color to be changed: SilverFast's Selective Color Correction is particularly intuitive.
  • The Global Color Correction is an intuitive tool for controlling the color balance of the whole image. Particularly older images often show color casts that can be removed easily with GCC. The possibility to restrict modifications to half and quarter tones, allows effortless optimization of even those color shifts that are only visible in the very light or very shadowy image areas.
  • The WorkflowPilot is a wizard that guides the user in the correct order through all required processing steps. Depending on material and intended purpose there is a different workflow that will be worked on with the WorkflowPilot step by step.
  • SilverFast HiRePP will dramatically speed up the process of loading and working large image files.

Scope of delivery

  • Film scanner Nikon Coolscan V ED
  • SilverFast Ai Studio 8 / Archive Suite 8 according to your choice above
  • IT-8 calibration slide according to your choice above
  • Adobe® Photoshop® Elements according to your choice above
  • Slide mount adaptor MA-21
  • Strip film holder SA-21
  • USB connector cable
  • Power cable
  • Detailed user guide

System requirements

  • Windows 64-bit systems: Windows Vista, Windows 7, 8, 10
  • MAC 64-bit systems: Mac OS X from 10.7
  • 2 GHz Processor or faster (Multi-core recommended)
  • 2 GB RAM main memory (4 GB RAM recommended)
  • 2 GB free space on hard disk drive for the software file
  • Up to 20 GB free space on the main system hard disk drive for the cache
  • DVD drive or internet connection
  • Latest firmware installed on scanner device
SilverFast 8 supports Photoshop CS3 to CS6 and CC.
(Photoshop CS6 and higher on OS X are only supported if 64 bit drivers are available for the scanner.)
SilverFast 8 supports Photoshop Elements 8 to 13.
SilverFast 8 can also be installed on Windows as a TWAIN module.
Note: SilverFast 8 is Intel native software and thus it is not available for PowerPC Mac systems (Those G4-microprocessors were only produced until the End of 2005).
Recommended accessories
When working with film strips it can often happen that you accidentally touch the emulsion side of the film. The damage often is irreparable. You can avoid damages to the film material and comfortably insert film strips into the scanner or film holder by wearing fine cotton gloves.
Anti-dust spray is used to clean film material - no matter if it's mounted slides or film strips - by removing dust and fluffs with a flimsy current of air without touching the film material at all. There is no better, more comfortable and more efficient way to clean your film material.
For working with single negatives or positives we highly recommend using tweezers, because otherwise you run the risk of touching and damaging the film.
If you work with digital images - no matter if they come from a digital camera or from a film scanner - you should calibrate your screen. Without a screen calibration performed with objective criteria you run the risk of wrongly adjusting the settings of the scan or the image editing software, which makes the image look right on your screen, but will cause unnatural alienated colours on other output devices (printer, image service, new screen).
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