Question about Nikon LS 2000 Film Scanner
Is there a way to connect a Nikon LS2000 Slide Scanner to a Mac PowerBook G4
Here's an update on fixing a Nikon LS-2000 scanner that wouldn't work. I am using VueScan software (www.hamrick.com) a Macbook Pro, and a Ratoc FR1SX SCSI to Firewire adapter (available from amazon.com).
After spending a lot of time on Google, I figured that the problem was most likely the rails needed lubricating. I took the scanner apart, and first of all cleaned the mirror - it was very dusty. There's a good website with photos and directions on how to clean the mirror, and the basic instructions for taking apart the scanner:
Then I went further and took apart the slide rails on which the scanner runs. It's actually not much more work to do this (after you've cleaned the mirror). Apparently this is a common problem, and probably the main reason people stop using their LS-2000 scanners. The LS-2000 needs to be serviced by lubricating these slide rails. If this isn't done, it won't run freely and after a while just gums up, the original oil dries out and actually seizes up the scanner. I followed some of the general instructions on the following website (it's actually for a different Nikon Coolscan III scanner, an LS-30, but the principles are the same).
The key to this is cleaning off the slide rails with rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol, and then lubricating with teflon lubicant (any bike shop should have this, get a small bottle of lubricant with P.T.F.E).
Once I'd done this, it worked beautifully right away. That's it.
There is also someone in Missouri who will service the LS-2000 for $109, he advertises on eBay:
Terence in BC, Canada
Posted on Mar 31, 2011
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