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Edward Ingold , Aug 07, 2010; 11:28 p.m.

Nikon specifically states that Nikonscan will not work under Windows 7 nor any 64 bit operating system. Windows does have a free virtual window which loads XP and most XP software, but has limited access to the hardware layer. For example, you can't connect a printer to the Win 7 computer and run it in the XP window with XP drivers.

Both Vuescan and Silverfast AI are compatible with Win 7 (64), and have drivers for the Nikon scanners. That is your only option for the forseeable future.

Nikon is apparently selling scanners from current inventory, with no intention of resuming production once the supply is exhausted. LS-9000 has outlasted the others because it is expensive and relatively few people use medium format film. The decline of film's popularity and the inroads of cheap flatbed scanners, good enough for web quality and 8x10s has eroded the market beyond the tipping point.

Robert Martin , Aug 08, 2010; 11:45 a.m.

I followed instructions on this site and now my Nikon 9000 scanner is working great on a Windows 7 Professional 64 bit PC using Nikon Scan 4.0.3.
I think it may also work with Vista 64 bit, but I don't have Vista.

Brooks Gelfand , Aug 08, 2010; 05:54 p.m.

I use Nikon Scan 4.0.3 under Windows7 x64 and a Coolscan V; it will also work with a Coolscan 5000. But first you need to install VueScan.

1) Get VueScan here http://www.hamrick.com/index.html and install it.

2) Get NikonScan 4.0.3 here: http://support.nikonusa.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/61/session/L2F2LzEvc2lkL1pCT2JEWjZr#Anchor-7
Ignore the note that it is for Vista only.

3) Install NikonScan 4.0.3, but do not intall the driver. Not installing the driver is an option during the NikonScan install process. Nikon Scan will use the VueScan driver.

Walter Schroeder , Aug 09, 2010; 10:46 a.m.

Good info about the vuescan driver, but just to add this:
I hold licence for viewscan as well as Nikon and Silverfast but liked the vuescan software best with very few exceptions of film and individual images.

Ilkka Nissila , Aug 10, 2010; 07:14 a.m.

One of the reasons for the unpopularity of high-resolution scanning is the time it takes (minutes per image). To digitize 35mm film I would think a D3X and e.g. a 75mm Apo-Rodagon-D would be a good way, scanning time reduced to a fraction of a second. I guess a PB-6 and slide holder would work for this. Better lenses may exist that were made for the printing industry but they'd probably sell for thousands.

For medium format film, the problem is that its tonality would then be reduced to what a D3X can produce, also detail would be lost. The LS-9000 (with a glass carrier) is an exceptionally economical way of obtaining very good medium format scans. It's quite amazing what it can do from 6x7 black and white slides (dr5) and negatives (e.g. C-41). Unfortunately in this age people do not have the patience for scanning. A good way to make your medium format camera look bad is to try e.g. an Epson scanner on it - a D70 produces images of better quality than MF film scanned on a 4990.I am a little surprised how many settle for D70 quality scans of film shot with their their ultra-expensive medium format cameras.

I would speculate that a 40 MP Pentax with the said Rodenstock lens would be a good starting point for fast scanning of MF film. The lens is exceptionally able at around 1:1 and covers 6x7 film so you could use even bigger sensors for it. Other than that, the LS-9000 is a good alternative to those with the patience to wait for the scanner.

Personally I think when I can afford a D3X (maybe Oct '10) I will sell my Mamiya 7 and LS-9000 to someone who needs them (this camera is still used in some schools for black and white work and the scanner is excellent), and then start working on the slide / neg digitization process using the "X". Nikon Scan has quite nice colour algorithm for color negatives; the GEM algorithm works nicely on the grain and it may not be straightforward to get that kind of results incl. colour accuracy using my own code, so I will have to scan all my 6x7 color negatives before selling the scanner. Slides I believe I can do myself and I'll keep the 35mm coolscan indefinitely as I have so much 35mm film that will take years to digitize. I'm waiting to become more selective as to what is worth scanning and so reduce the load. ;-)

Charles Ma , Aug 10, 2010; 01:29 p.m.


I am curious where you learned that Nikon would update its Nikon Scan to be compatible with Win 7 64 bit? I tried to call Nikon Canada this morning to confirm this but the rep told me that Nikon haven't planned to update the software. It could be that he is not aware of what is going on in Japan or US though.

Charles Ma , Aug 10, 2010; 01:37 p.m.

The reason why I am interested in this is that I also just got a new computer with Win 7 64 bit last night and have struggled but failed to install the drivers and Nikon Scan for my Coolscan 9000. I tried at least three different approaches I found on website, a couple of them use the Scanners.info file, while the last one asked me to install Silverfast first and then Nikonscan.

In all cases, I didn't encounter any problem/error message when installing the driver. however, when I installed the Nikon Scan and tried to open it, the software just froze at the opening stage. I tried to open the Silverfast demo version and it works fine and can detect my Coolscan 9000. I didn't have time to test the scan though as I am not familiar with Silverfast at all.

Is my problem still the Driver problem? Or is it a compatibility problem between nikon scan 4.03 and Win 7?

I will try the method on Colorneg site tonight. Hopefully it would work. By the way, I use its Colorperfect software for the convert color negative scans and it is great!!!

Richard - , Aug 12, 2010; 01:45 a.m.

I can't believe that the method detailed here won't work. It works for me on Vista and Win7 x64 systems:
<A HREF="http://photo.net/digital-darkroom-forum/00Ryck">Unoffical Vista X64 driver of LS-8000ED/9000ED for Nikon Scan 4.03</A>

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