Question about Nikon LS 2000 Film Scanner
After a period of a few months of non-use, I turned on my LS 2000 & got the following message: "The stage locking screw is still in place. Please remove it." Needles to say, this is impossible because the screws were removed years ago & never put back in place. The unit failed the self test i.e. the green light blinks rapidly after the first few slow blinks. And it sure doesn't sound 'healthy' -- sounds like some sort of mechanical problem. Though the unit is 'vintage' it hasn't been used excessively nor abused. I'm wondering IF possibly some lubricants have gunked-up impeding the stage movement? Or is it perhaps something more fatal? It's always an issue with units like this to have them competently repaired considering the high costs... Any feed back appreciated.
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Posted on Jan 16, 2008
Common problem in which the original slide rail lubricant becomes 'gunk' and can stop back-forward and/or auto-focus motor movement. Try cleaning and lubricating with Teflon - guide provided in PDF format here:
Needless to say this must be done with extreme caution and attention to detail !!
Otherwise, you may have another obstruction, or possibly a corrupted mainboard. Opening up the unit (carefully) can reveal a lot.
If the mainboard is gone, you're better off buying a second hand unit and swapping parts (a gamble which may or may not yield one working unit) - or it's time to get out the wallet and upgrade.
Flatbed scanners have made some headway in the 8-10 years since the LS-2000 appeared. If upgrading is required, consider the Epson V500 (~$200) or V700/750 (~$500) as fairly high quality multi-purpose replacements.
Posted on Jan 15, 2008
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