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In Topic: Nikon Coolscan 5000 ED and OSx 10.6

08 April 2012 - 06:03 AM

My Nikon Coolscan 5000 has been happily scanning away on OSx10.6 until today, when it stopped saving files.
So I look into it only to discover Nikon say OSx10.6 isn't supported, and won't be. "Sorry about that, hope you don't mind". Scumbags.

Anyway, LaserSoft do SilverFast scanner software for the Coolscan 5000/ OSx10.6 combo for GBP350... yes three hundred and fifty pounds... Ouch!

Anyone got any other solution?


Recently had a similar issue, I know this is an old thread, but I thought I would post my solution anyway since it might be of interest to others.

I dug out my old Cannoscan 4000FS and discovered that the photoshop plugin needed to use it will not run with OSX 10.7. The solution turned out to simple - I installed Virtual Box (which is a free virtual machine) loaded an old copy of windows and photoshop with the required plugin and now I am up and scanning with my mac. The same approach should work for any old hardware that is not supported by the latest OS.


In Topic: Sigma 180mm macro for UW use?

13 January 2012 - 12:15 AM

Sigma just announced a new 180mm F2.8 macro lens that can shoot 1:1. I've only ever used 60mm and 105mm macro lenses. What are your views on whether this new lens would be any good underwater?


I have never tried the 180mm lens, but I've had some success using the Sigma 150mm macro lens underwater. Its only good for close up macro - otherwise the strobes are just too far away. Also the auto focus tends to hunt in low light and with the port I am using there is no option to focus manually. Personally I find the 105mm to be a better macro lens under water. You could probably get some good shots with the 180mm, but it would be difficult to use and the applications would be limited.