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Help Needed With Settings For Nikon Coolscan IV ED  
User currently offlineBrainStorm123 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (14 years 3 months 6 days ago) and read 6160 times:

Hello Aviation friends,

I have bought a Nikon Coolscan IV ED a couple days ago.
I shoot allways Fuji Sensia and Provia films both 100 asa
now I am trying to scan them with the above named scanner but the slides turn out real dark and unsharp.

When I look at the slides with my slide scope they are all of great quality sharp and beautifull colours.

I scan them with the following settings:

Sharpening tool: 16 DPI: 600 Roc/3 Gem/5
no Digitel ice³ used.

In preview modus the slides look sharp and have a good light. When I scan them they are coming out real dark and unsharp.

I have tried diffrence settings but nothing works good at the slides, I hope somebody here who also using this scanner or his big brother Coolscan 4000 can help me out with the settings.

You can contact me by email: whizzkid@tref.nl

Or you can answer this topic  Smile

Thanks for the time you used..

Cheers, Jeffrey van Beek AMS

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User currently offlineBrainStorm123 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (14 years 3 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 6059 times:

Any help with slide scans, Just tell me what I can do to improve my scanner settings

I have tried Vuescan but this scanner (nikon coolscan iv-ed) is not supported.

Please help


Jeffrey van beek AMS

User currently offlineBrainStorm123 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (14 years 3 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 6055 times:

Here guys this is the example photo


copy this link into your browser and see what happens

Thanks for the help  Smile Smile

User currently offlineCkw From UK - England, joined Aug 2010, 810 posts, RR: 15
Reply 3, posted (14 years 3 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 6047 times:

Comment 1 - Vuescan DOES support the new Nikons - check you've got the latest version, at least I KNOW it supports the 4000 on PC - I use it daily!

Comment 2 - Firstly, try turning OFF ROC & GEM - ROC is really about colour restoration - if your slides are good in the first place, ROC is probably trying to artificially restore something which doesn't require it.

My normal work process is as follows -

1 - scan slide
2- adjust crop, files size etc.
3- go to tone curves and press the auto-balance icon

If the original is pretty good, I seldom need to do anything else, though I habitually use ICE and a little sharpening - the Nikon default settings seem to work fine.

If you are still having problems, it may be you selected an inappropriate colour space as your default during installation. Try the basic sRGB until you get a good basic result - you can then experiment and refine later.

The blurriness worries me, as I can't think of an immediate cause for this, unless you have somehow manged to turn off autofocus when making changes to the preferences. Try preforming a manual focus on the slide - if this fails to make any difference, I would begin to suspect a faulty unit.

One final point ... I find that it is often necessary to refresh the preview to see the full benefit of any changes you make to the raw scan - and make sure you are looking at the the "processed" window, not the "natural" window (that caught me out more than once!).

While I love the 4000, I do remember cursing it roundly the first couple of days I had it - there are a lot of options available - ie - lots of places you can screw it up!



Colin K. Work, Pixstel
User currently offlineDB777 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 885 posts, RR: 40
Reply 4, posted (14 years 3 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 6038 times:
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I found that I had to make a lot of adjustments using Nikon's software to get the "processed" image to look like the "natural" image. I ordered Vuescan and use it instead of Nikon's software. Vuescan fully supports the IV-ED.

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User currently offlineBrainStorm123 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (14 years 3 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 6030 times:

Thanks guys,

I will give it a try today I am going to download the latest version of Vuescan.

And I am ging to scan without any roc/gem natural settings.

Wish me luck oh I let you know how it goes


User currently offlineBrainStorm123 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (14 years 3 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 6008 times:

Hi there,

Ok guys (Colin) I have followed your advise and yep it worked it's not that great but it's way better then before.

Now I am going to try and try and try diffrent settings and make profiles of these settings.

So I can use these settings later on such as:

A profile for Hazy sunney
A profile for Cloudy days and so on...


Jeffrey van Beek

User currently offlineCkw From UK - England, joined Aug 2010, 810 posts, RR: 15
Reply 7, posted (14 years 3 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 6013 times:

Jeffrey - glad your getting on track - I think you'll start to notice a gradual improvement as you develop a feel for the various settings. Personally, I have mixed feelings about using profiles, esp. based on subject - you can easily get lazy and accept what your profile gives you ... but starting from a neutral position and adjusting for that particular image will result in a much better picture.

I tend to restrict my use of profiles to film types whith distinct scanning charasteristics, eg. Reala ALWAYS seems to scan a bit green.

Did you get Vuescan sorted yet?



Colin K. Work, Pixstel
User currently offlineBrainStorm123 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (14 years 3 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 6017 times:

Hi there Colin,

Long time no see Huh  Smile LOL

I have to download vuescan first, let's say now

When I have installed the program, I will be back


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