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The Nikon Coolscan series is a set of transparency and negative scanners which, depending on the model, are able to scan individual 35mm slides and negatives, or series of 35mm slides and/or negatives, or 35mm, APS and medium format slides and negatives.

Although the models vary, all function by drawing the film into the scanner and then illuminating it while scanning. The later models are more advanced in their focusing, have better (ED) optics, multi-pass options for improving density, and various refinements to deal with dust and scratches.

Nikon Coolscans have few competitors in amateur, enthusiast and corporate high-end negative or transparency scanning markets. The next bracket up is Hasselblad/Imacon, and above that drum scanners.

Coolscans suffer in that they are unable to correct for the implicit curvature of negatives and transparencies, which tends to lead to slightly softer focus at the edges.

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