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The Nikon LS-2000 Film scanner is used to scan in 35mm slides, 35mm negatives, or other film. An adapter can be purchased to allow it to work with APS film. The unit is attached to the computer via a SCSI cable. In the picture above, the scanner is the unit to the right. The slide adapter is mounted in the unit; the slide adapter can be pulled out and replaced with the motorized 35mm film adapter, which is set up to handle negative strips of up to 6 frames.

The following instructions apply to using the slide scanner. Anyone wanting to image from other films should read the manual carefully; if inserted improperly films can be ruined.



Scanning Slides - Quick Tour:  (Click Here for Detailed Instructions)

Turn on the Nikon Slide scanner (switch on top, I is on).

Turn on the system (see Overview)


1. Start Adobe PhotoShop
2. In PhotoShop, use the File:Import:Select Twain32 Menu to select the Nikon Scan 2.1

3. Next, Use the File:Import:Twain_32 Menu to start the Nikon Scan Module. You will see a new window with an image from the last preview that was done. The next step is to open the settings dialog:

4. At the bottom of the settings dialog are the saved settings. Hopefully one of these will work for you; more will be added as we need to solve particular imaging problems. To see the individual files click on the links to the right; to see all the files on one page, click here.


Image Size

File Size (JPG)



Slide640/72 640W x 427H 42 Kb 72 dpi Scan in whole image for web.
Slide800/72 800W x 533H 64 Kb 72dpi Medium resolution/size for web or on-screen use.
Slide1024/72 1,024W x 682H 99 Kb 72 dpi Crop out small portion of larger image for web.
Dmcslides 651W x 433H 47 Kb 300dpi High resolution; slide clean on.
Max 3,894W x 2,592H 1,270 Kb 453dpi Highest resolution.

5. Insert the slide in the scanner. The top of the slide should face to the left (put the slide in sideways)


6. To scan a slide, simply select a setting and click on the green scan button. If you wish to preview the slide you can click on the preview button, but the scanner is set to scan the whole slide by default - you can save time by skipping the preview.

7. The slide will scan. Scanning time varies from as little as 30 seconds to as much as several minutes. The time is a factor of resolution, image size, and whether or not you turn the cleaning feature on (more resolution and bigger images take longer).

8. The image will open in a window in PhotoShop. The Nikon Scan window will stay open in the foreground. You cannot do anything with the newly opened image until you close the Nikon Scan window. If you have more slides to scan it makes sense to scan them at this point rather than to continually open and close the Nikon Scan window. Typically, you can scan up to 8 or so slides safely (at smaller image sizes).

9. To eject a slide, push in the button at the lower right side of the slide adapter.

10. Once you have scanned in several images, close the Nikon Scan window and turn your attention to the images. For this, you will need to use PhotoShop; you can follow the link below for instructions.
Some thoughts on using the scanner: There are a wide variety of setting changes that can be made on the Nikon Scanner. In some cases, it may take extensive experimentation to get a good scan. For images which will be displayed on the computer, however, I have found that the settings listed above will work 95% of the time (with some clean up in PhotoShop). With a little practice it is no trouble to scan in 20-30 pictures in an hour, as long as they need only minimal manipulation in PhotoShop.