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Product Roundup: Pro Scanners
Studio Photography takes a look at today's top pro scanners

The SUPER COOLSCAN 5000 ED is designed with the needs of imaging professionals in mind, delivering 135/IX240 film scanning at an amazing 20 seconds per image—including image transfer to display, at 4,000-dpi optical resolution. This, combined with a 16-bit A/D converter and 16-bit output channel, gives pros the speed and power they need to truly affect the scope of their business. In addition to speed, the scanner also offers a number of time-saving accessories, including the redesigned Slide Feeder (SF-210) and Roll Film Adapter (SA-30) to accommodate a variety of slide mounts and uncut film.
The SUPER COOLSCAN 9000 ED (above) is the ultimate film-scanning solution for serious imaging professionals, designed to handle a broad range of film formats such as 35mm, 120/220, 16mm, 6x7, and 6x9 film, electron microscope, and more. The scanner outputs a true optical resolution of 4,000 dpi, while 16-bit A/D conversion allows the SUPER COOLSCAN 9000 ED to produce images of incredible overall quality. Multisample scan capability of as many as 16 passes ensures faithful reproduction with smoother gradation of color and detail. This scanner employs a newly developed 3-line CCD sensor, which contributes to unmatched image quality, as well as fast scanning (35mm: 40 seconds; 6x9: 185 seconds). The SUPER COOLSCAN 9000 ED employs an IEEE 1394 interface to quickly manage extremely large file transfers. The SUPER COOLSCAN 9000 ED’s exclusive Digital ICE Professional is now also compatible with Kodachrome film. Nikon’s Scan Image Enhancer offers a simple solution for adjusting brightness and color saturation.

Pacific Image Electronics
Pacific Image Electronics
The PrimeFilm 7250Pro3 film scanner (far right) offers 7200-dpi resolution, incorporates Kodak’s Digital ICE3 technology, and has the ability to batch-scan, an automatic film-loading system for negatives only. The scanner supports negative and positive filmstrips (35mm) up to 40 frames, as well as uncut or mounted slides (5x5cm, up to 3.5mm thick, one at a time). The PowerSlide 3650 (above) batch-scans mounted slides; the included slide tray allows the user to scan up to 50 2x2-inch 35mm slides per batch automatically. This scanner also incorporates Kodak’s Digital ICE3 technology for dust and scratch removal, color restoration, and film-grain reduction. The scanner includes a mini slide-size light table built into the front, allowing the user to quickly view slides before scanning.