Nikon Coolscan 9000 versus scans obtained at photo labs

Here’s a quick comparison, in reference to a recent discussion over at

– a 6×7 Portra 160 negative, scanned with the Nikon, at 4000 dpi (39 Mb jpeg original)

– same negative scanned by a Noritsu photolab machine (139 Mb jpeg original)

(warning: links point to large files, which, however, are not the originals)

My sense is that the Noritsu scan has smoother tonality and equivalent resolution. Unfortunately, it costs 1-2 euros each.


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