Fast Track Guide

About Film
Nikon LS-30 35mm Film Scanner
Your Nikon scanner will accept 35mm film in strips or as individual
mounts. An adapter for scanning IX240 film is available separately.
In total, there are three adapters available for your Nikon scanner.
Film adapters are inserted into the scanner as shown. The film
adapter can be changed while the scanner is on (hot swap).
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Getting Started
This LED blinks when the scanner is initializing and
during a scan. It glows steadily when the scanner is
ready. If it flashes rapidly, something is wrong.
There are two locking
screws to secure the
mechanism during
transport. Remove them
before use and put them
in the holes provided on
the rear of the scanner so
that you will have them if
you need to transport your
scanner at a later time (see
“When Transporting the
Scanner” in the User’s
Guide for information on
replacing the locking
screws for transport).
Each SCSI device has a unique number.
Your computer is probably “0” or “7.”
CD-ROM drives are often “3.” This dial
must be set to a number that is not being
used by other equipment.
Don’t put anything in this
hole except an approved
Nikon film adapter.
Your film is valuable! Please observe the following precautions when handling film
50/60 Hz
Connect the power
cable here
6 7
2 3
This cover slides
down. Nikon film
adapters go in the hole.
Adhesive tape must be
Set this switch to ON
if one of the SCSI
connectors is left free.
Your scanner needs software to make
it work. It may be supplied with
Nikon’s own software, Nikon Scan.
Nikon Scan is available for free
download from Nikon’s Technical
Support web-site at
Perforations must
not be torn
Strip film must be flat and the
ends should be cut straight across
IX240 film must be
developed and exposed
Take out film before switching the scanner off. Remove all
film before switching the scanner on.
This is where your scanner
connects to your computer by
a SCSI interface. Use either
Use the other connector if you
have other SCSI devices in your
Slides go in face up, with
the short side of the
aperture facing the scanner
Wait until the green light glows steadily before inserting or
removing adapters or film.
Film should be free of
dust and fingerprints
Nikon software will run under Mac
OS®, Windows® 95 or Windows NT™.
Your Nikon scanner comes with adapters for mounted slides and strip film. An additional
adapter is available for IX240 film.
Your scanner uses a standard called SCSI to connect to your
computer. Mac OS computers have SCSI built in. Nearly all
Windows computers require an expansion card which provides the
SCSI interface. In order to ensure maximum reliability, Nikon
scanners are tested and approved for use with Adaptec SCSI cards
and require ASPI 32-bit software for Windows NT 4.0 (a list of
approved adapters is provided separately).
A SCSI connection is a high-speed data link and is vulnerable to
disturbance. You must use high-quality cables that are as short as
possible. The ends of the SCSI chain must be terminated. Your
Nikon scanner has a switch to set termination if it is the last device in
your SCSI chain. The other end will probably be your SCSI adapter
card, or a hard-disk or CD-ROM drive inside your computer. If you
have a SCSI hard disk in your computer, you may need to remove
termination from the SCSI card as it will be in the middle of the
chain when you connect your scanner.
A Centronics 50-pin SCSI-1
A half-pitch SCSI-2 connector, found
on modern high-speed SCSI adapters
and your scanner
MA-20 adapter for
35mm slide mounts
SA-20 35mm
Insert slides
by hand.
Press button
to eject.
A DB 25-pin SCSI connector,
found on Mac OS computers
IA-20 adapter for
IX240 film
Mac OS computer
(built-in SCSI)
6ME 50050
Windows computer (requires SCSI adapter)
SCSI adapters must be configured for your
system. See the information provided with
your SCSI adapter
Film will be fed into the adapter automatically
when inserted a short distance
Press eject button to
open cover. Insert film
as shown.
Multiple Images
Nikon Scan
When scanning with the IX240 or film-strip adapters,
thumbnail images can be scanned before you commit
yourself to a full preview scan.
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Click the drawer-tab and the thumbnail drawer
appears. If desired, images can be displayed as
thumbnail previews. Click here to toggle between
thumbnail and frame-number display.
Starting Nikon Scan
Click the Nikon Scan icon
Choose Open Twain Source from the File menu
(Windows) or select the scanner from the Devices
submenu of the Nikon Scan menu (Macintosh)
Double-click any thumbnail or frame number to
display the image in the preview window.
Don’t want to use the Nikon Scan applet?
You can launch the Nikon Scan driver from Photoshop™ or from a TWAINcompliant PC application (see below, at right).
1. Select film type
2. Select color space
(start with sRGB)
Cleaning Images
Auto Focus
Use the Clean Image control to
remove surface scratches, dust,
and other film defects.
The auto-focus control is located
at the top of the control panel.
3. Preview slide
4. Preview image appears in scan window
The scan-size drawer
Use this drawer to control the size and resolution of the
scanned image. To scan to a given output size, click the
output lock button, specify a size (W and H) and output
resolution, and drag the mouse over the preview image to
define the area to be scanned. For archive and general use,
click the input lock button and adjust the slider to alter the
scale. File size and resolution can be read in the output field.
(Hint: enter a new value for resolution if the desired file
size cannot be obtained using the slider.) Drag the mouse
over the preview image to define the area to be scanned.
5. Select the scan-size drawer
6. Select the curves-andlevels drawer
Nikon Scan 2.1—Technical Information
These settings allow you to change the way the scanner operates. You may need to alter
them to suit your particular scanning requirements.
Nikon Scan 2.1 consists of a mini-application (“applet”) and a driver. The
driver for Windows is a TWAIN source, the driver for the Macintosh an
Adobe® Photoshop™ plug-in.
During the pre-scan and scanning phases of operation, the driver controls all
scanner functions, including color balance, scan size, and focus. After
scanning, the driver quits, leaving the image as an image file in a window in
the host application. It is therefore not necessary to save the file using a
scanning application and open it in a graphics application; the image is
delivered directly to the host.
If you prefer not to use the Nikon Scan mini-application to launch the driver,
you can launch the driver from any TWAIN-compliant application (under
Windows) or from applications that support Photoshop-compatible plug-ins
The curves-and-levels drawer
This drawer sets the overall tone range (lightest point to
darkest point) and controls color balance within the specified
Windows Users
The term TWAIN applies to a program which can be run within another host
application to control an imaging device. TWAIN programs are called
“TWAIN sources.” The host application is able to choose an installed TWAIN
source as a means of connecting to a particular scanner, digital camera, or
other TWAIN-controlled device.
1. Set the darkest and brightest points automatically.
2. Check color balance and contrast in the preview image.
3. Select an individual color, or all colors at once.
4. Click on the line and drag to adjust details of highlights,
midtones, and shadows.
7. Select the color-balance
The color-balance drawer
This drawer is used to change the overall appearance of the
scanned image. The sliders control the brightness, contrast,
and general color balance of the image. Experiment with the
controls to obtain a pleasing result.
Putting drawers away
All drawers are closed by clicking this button.
8. Make your scan!
If Nikon Scan is your only TWAIN source, it will automatically be available to
your TWAIN-compliant imaging applications. If you have more than one
TWAIN source, before launching the TWAIN driver (usually through the
menu sequence File:Acquire (or Import):TWAIN) you will have to select it
as the default TWAIN source, usually through the File or Preferences menu
of the host application.
The Preferences dialog is accessed from the scan window. Click here to open the
Preferences dialog. Refer to the reference manuals for your platform for more details.
Mac OS Users
A Photoshop plug-in is a software program used by Photoshop or compatible
applications to extend the functionality of the original application. In the case
of imaging devices, this means allowing the application to communicate with
a scanner and acquire images. In order for the Nikon Scan Photoshop plug-in
to appear in the menu File:Acquire:Nikon Scan, the Nikon Scan plug-in
must be located in the correct folder on your computer. It should be copied to
the Import/Export folder in the Plugins folder of the host application.
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