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Tests of Scanner Nikkor vs Printing Nikkor
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PostPosted: Sat May 06, 2017 11:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here they are at 200%, PN on left. At 200% you can see the difference easily between the two lenses.


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PostPosted: Sat May 06, 2017 10:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm using a 4K calibrated monitor. I assure you that although there are differences they aren't that easy to spot. That seems to be a good recommendation for the scanning Nikkor
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PostPosted: Sun May 07, 2017 5:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am very happy that I bought the Printing Nikkor; the sharpness and contrast is exceptional. But if someone is on a budget, the Scanning Nikkor is much cheaper (when it can be found) and pretty good.

And if someone doesn't need the huge 50-60mm image circle of these lenses, the Scanning Nikkor from the smaller 35mm slide scanner with the same resolution, the Coolscan 5000, is another good option. That one would only cover a FF sensor, not a medium-format sensor like the lenses I tested here, but that is enough for most people, and non-working examples of those scanners often come up on eBay for very little money. That lens has 7 elements, several of them ED elements. [Edit: the Coolscan 5000 has the same resolution as the 8000 and 9000, and only differs in coverage (24mm scan width rather than 60mm scan width). I have a working Coolscan 5000 and it is very sharp from corner to corner.]

The main point of these tests is that slide scanner lenses from the best 4000 dpi scanners are worth a look. Minolta makes a 5400 dpi slide scanner which also might be worth a look.
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PostPosted: Mon May 08, 2017 8:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I see the Scanning Nikkor on eBay only had one bidder, who got the lens for $200. That's a good price. Hope it was one of the forum members.
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PostPosted: Mon May 08, 2017 9:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lou Jost wrote:
I see the Scanning Nikkor on eBay only had one bidder, who got the lens for $200. That's a good price. Hope it was one of the forum members.


Not me, I unfortunately forgot to bid in time.
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PostPosted: Tue May 09, 2017 6:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I imagine you still have a Printing Nikkor, which is clearly better. You would probably miss the lack of an aperture.

But for someone who didn't have a Printing Nikkor or other exotic glass, like a beginner on a budget, I'd think this would be a good purchase.
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