Will Nikon discontinue Coolscan V anytime soon?

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by natharit_srimanus, Aug 27, 2007.

  1. The V, 5000ED, and 9000ED have been on the market for a few years, i believe.
    Does anyone know if Nikon will come out with a new film scanner anytime soon?
     
  2. Probably not. The market is there for the current models, but not really big enough to justify R&D unless Nikon trips over a major improvement that would have people upgrading.
     
  3. They can't...I still use film.
     
  4. I doubt they will release a new "V" series replacement. The V is pretty darn amazing and still selling well. Well at least it alway seems to be out of stock everywhere. I bought mine 2 years ago and sold it 6 months ago for about $100 than I paid for it. I love Ebay!
     
  5. ShunCheung

    ShunCheung Administrator

    Again, nobody will be able to give you a definitive answer about future products. However, the market for scanners is very small now. Only that many people are still shooting film and the number is not exactly increasing. Whoever really needs a scanner probably already has one.
     
  6. Shun, I must take a small issue in your statement that "whoever really needs a scanner probably has one." I acknowledge that professionals who somehow "had" to scan have probably found a solution, and we don't know Natharit's full motive, but I would say that there are many of us who have "important" slides and negatives and very much worry about how we might scan them to take them to the next generations and have not yet tackled the task either because of simple procrastination or trepidation or lack of funds to buy a real quality scanner like the V series. Because I acquire my computers used, which has been very economical as I totally avoid the bleeding edge cost of new computers, my latest laptops and desktops are only now really up to the task of working well with the scanners of a couple years ago. Although the scanner market may betray my best hopes, I still have thousands of my father's negatives and slides, some of them in medium format (he was a pro photographer in the 70s and 80s)that are not digitized yet and about 1000 of my own slides that I hope to digitize soon. I realize that companies may not be continueing to emphasize development in this market, but some of us must hope that they will continue to recognize the need and offer something, and ideally the reality of our need might allow the growing technology to trickle down to us.
     
  7. Aight sounds like time to "buy, buy, buy"
     
  8. I just bought a used Minolta scanner last week. I paid more than the original new price.
    Why?
    Because Nikon is the only decent, dedicated film scanner maker left and their least
    expensive
    model is $250 more than the Minolta's were new 4 or 5 years ago. In two weeks of looking
    hard, I could not find a great deal on a film scanner. The Nikons go for almost as much
    used as they are new. I bet Nikon is doing very well with their several year old designs in
    terms of profits.

    I don't know why, but there seems to be a pretty good demand for film scanners. For me
    personally, I'm just getting a little tired of digital at the moment and I am finding that
    going back to film is very satisfying. Maybe a lot of other people are doing the same thing.
     
  9. ShunCheung

    ShunCheung Administrator

    This same question was cross posted to the Digital Darkroom Forum:
    http://www.photo.net/bboard/q-and-a-fetch-msg?msg_id=00MNvm

    where people gave essentially the same answer.

    As far as I can tell, the question is not about Nikon simply discontinuing all scanners, but rather whether Nikon will replace the current model with new ones, and the Digital Darkroom thread has a clearer title. And my earlier answer was that there is simply not a sufficient market to justify the R&D for new models. The current Nikon scanners are very good already and Nikon will likely continue production once in a while in small batches to meet the remaining demand.

    Incidentally, it is against photo.net rules to cross post the same question to multiple forums.
     

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