I'm looking to upgrade a few components of my digital set-up, specifically my scanner and monitor.
What do you all think of the new Nikon Supercoolscan film scanners, most particularly the Nikon 8000D (the one I'm most interested in)? It beats the hell out of the older Minolta Dimage and Polaroid multi-format scanners I used in art school a couple of years ago, but then again that was a couple of years ago and Minolta and Polaroid might have upgraded since then... How well does that ICE software that they bundle with it work? They claim it works like magic, and I'm always skeptical of such claims, but I'd love to believe it's true as the majority of my retouching work in Photoshop is not really retouching work of the image at all, but of dust and scratches and such....
As for monitors, I'm looking for a hardware-calibratable CRT monitor, 19-22". As much as I like LCDs, I'm not interested in using one for my scanning and color-correction set-up. From what I gather, Radius has bitten the dust. Who else is picking up the slack? The LaCie Electron Blue monitors seem pretty good, but what about the others?
Finally, having nothing to do with digital, I'm looking at investing in a ringlite set-up. How many of you use ringlites, and which do you prefer? I know that some heads can be converted for use to various powerpack systems that don't have their own ringlite heads, so I'm looking for both a pack and a head. I own a Norman studio set-up which I'm pretty much through with, and a Norman 400B battery set-up, so I'm thinking along the lines of Dyna-Lite (no ringlite and none that converts to it that I've heard of), Hensel Porty Pack with AC conversion, and/or Profoto. Any opinions and experience, guys?