Product Comparison: Nikon Super Coolscan 8000 ED vs Nikon Super CoolScan 9000 ED

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General Specifications
Super COOLSCAN 8000 ED
Super COOLSCAN 9000 ED
About the Product
The Nikon Super Coolscan 8000 ED is a revolutionary multi-format film scanner that produces large volume, high speed scans that maximize workflow productivity, while a 4.2 dynamic range and 4,000 dpi optical resolution ensure image quality equal to a drum scanner. Designed for imaging professionals and professional photographers, this desktop film scanner utilizes a sophisticated imaging system that integrates Nikon’s large diameter Scanner Nikkor ED glass lens with proprietary LED technology for consistent color and razor sharpness. In addition, the scanner incorporates Applied Science Fiction’s Digital ICE3™ technology into Nikon Scan® 3 for automatic removal of surface defects, restoration of color, exposure correction and minimization of film grain.
A high-performance dedicated film scanner designed for imaging professionals, the Super Coolscan 9000 ED offers high-quality scanning of 35mm slides, 35mm film strips, medium-format film, medium-format slides (with optional 120/220 mounted film holder FH-869M), glass slides for microscopes (with optional Medical Slide Holder FH-8G1), and 16mm film (with optional 16mm film holder FH-816). The Scanner-Nikkor ED glass lens offers a 4,000 dpi optical resolution, while the 10,000-pixel, three-line monochrome linear CCD image sensor and 16-bit per color A/D input (8-/16-bit output) provide true-to-life, brilliant results.
Key Specs
Sensor Type
Optical Resolution
4000 dpi
4000 dpi
Scanning Time (35mm film)
47 sec.
40 sec.
Density Range
What customers say about "Key Specs"
Nikon Super Coolscan 8000 ED Film Scanner
  • It's a bit slow, but the results are worth it.
  • Its a great scanner, the best, a little slow sometimes but the results are great, with the correct software its how it should be used, nikon or silverfast, it's a great purchase, i do scan 35 mm and a 120 film, i do have the glass film holder for scanning 120, and the results are great.
  • The results are amazing. The digital pics look like the day the pics were shot. If you have a lot of old slides and negatives, its a great scanner at the used price.
  • Easy to install and use; the Nikon software is easy to learn. I''m happy with the quality of scans (exclusively 4000dpi, 14bit) thus far.
  • Extremely good with color negative film, ICE/ROC/GEM very useful. ICE is fantastic. Compared to an Imacon Flextight its a real bargain (1/3 the price). If your willing to spend the time results very nearly similar to Imacon Flextight.
Nikon Super CoolScan 9000 ED Film Scanner
  • It also scans a lot faster than what I expected. I think that some of the scan times that I've read about were probably done using computers with slower processors: I can scan a 35mm slide at 2400 dpi in about 15 secs or less.
  • I'm not too technical on all the things that happen within the hardware-software process but the results an amateur like me can get are simply awsome. I scan the slides at a full 4000 bpi and store the results as huge TIFF files.
  • The quality of this scanner is amazing. The detail that it picks up from slides and negatives is incredible.
  • The scanresults have been better than hoped, and I can only recommend this scanner.
  • The device has worked exactly as I had hoped allowing me to archieve hundreds of old negatives that would have been lost or cost much more than what I paid for it. I am very pleased.
Size & Weight
7.9 in.
8 in.
9.6 in.
9.8 in.
19.1 in.
19.6 in.
316.8 oz.
316.8 oz.
Control Buttons
Power Switch, Eject Button
Power Switch, Eject Button
Film Types
Medium format (120/220), 35mm (135), Panorama, 16mm film, Electron Microscope, Glass slide (microscope)
35mm film, 35mm slides, Medium-format film, Medium-format slides, 16mm film
Scanning Area (max.)
63.5 x 88 (mm)
6 х 9 (in.)
Light Source
R, G, B and D-LED Array
R, G, B and Infrared (IR) LEDs
Output Data
48 bit
48 bit
Accessories Included
IEEE 1394 cable (6 pin, 6 pin), IEEE 1394 Interface card (works with Windows® & Macintosh® G3 or later computers), FH-835S 35mm Strip Film Holder, FH-835M 35mm Mounted Film Holder, FH-869S 120/220 Strip Film Holder, AC power cord
FH-835M 35mm Mounted Film Holder, FH-835S 35mm Strip Film Holder, FH-869S 120/220 Strip Film Holder, CD-ROM, Interface card for Mac OS and Windows
Large Diameter Scanner Nikkor ED High Resolution Lens incorporating Nikon's extra-low dispersion glass for sharp clear images, Digital ICE3™ Image Enhancement Technology incorporating Digital ICE™, Digital ROC™ and Digital GEM™, Nikon’s Color Management System ensures vivid, accurate color matching on monitors, printers, and the web, Multi-Sample Scanning increases quality in dark, shaded areas, Enhanced Nikon Scan® software for easier operation
Improved rod dispersion LED illumination technology, Newly-developed, high-quality 3-line CCD sensor, Digital ICE4 AdvancedTM (Digital ICE Quad Advanced) with Digital ICE ProfessionalTM - more compatible with Kodachrome film, Large diameter scanner Nikkor Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass lens, New, advanced image processing algorithm for color negative film, Quick AF and Quick Preview, High-speed IEEE 1394 interface
What customers say about "Features"
Nikon Super Coolscan 8000 ED Film Scanner
  • The scans are easily saved as PSD files. I can honestly say that for me, the Coolscan 8000 produces digital color and black/white images with Silverfast AI8 that are as good as the native digital files I produce with my 50 megapixel Hasselblad camera.
  • Excellent and powerful software! I have dedicated HOURS to EACH scan from my Epson with the better scanning holder trying to coax the detail and dynamic range out of the files that this scanner captures in the ORIGINAL FILE!
  • Its noisy, and slow, but very effective. Another tip worth considering: I have the scanner sitting on the floor to minimize possible vibration from tables and desks. I added additional rubber feet too.
  • Very easy to set up and install on the MAC Software version 3.1 shipped with 8000ED intuitive and has not crashed or remotely buggy.
  • Software may be an issue for some users, depending on the computer/operating system used. Some report success with Nikon Scan software (free from Nikons' website), and some don't.
Nikon Super CoolScan 9000 ED Film Scanner
  • I also have used it with 35MM negatives and Kodachrome slides, which work beautifully, and with both 4.5cm x 4.5cm negatives and 110 negatives, which require that I jury-rig a special mask for the glass-covered medium format carriage (FH-869GR, not included).
  • Aside from the very long wait, it seems that the scanner lives up to the hype. I'm still experimenting with it but so far its results are excellant. It's software is solid and very straightforward (thank God, for it's usually the opposite!).
  • I shoot medium format 120 film and see this scanner supports up to 6x9 size negatives only due to the mechanical motor drive, though not the panoramic 6x12, 6x17 (FH-869S tray film holder supports up to 18cm) - which require stitching.
  • My only complaint so far is that the 120 film hold doesn't hold the film flat. I guess I'll have to consider buying the overpriced glass film holder.
  • The only drawbacks are that you have to scan bw negatives without Digital Ice (so you'll have a lot of manual cleanup to do) and the fact that there are no trays to scan 110 and 126 negative film (you could conceivably rig the existing trays to accomplish this).
  • The problem I am having now is with the FireWire, which will not connect to my new PC. There are converters but the reviews on those are not good. The local PC repair shop says a FireWire card can't be installed in the computer; something about the motherboard.
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year(s)
1 year(s)
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