Summary: Pros: A year later and it still scans great. If you need a true high quality scan this is much better than most all-in-one printer/scanner/fax machines will give you. If you're just scanning documents to PDFs or OCR software, this scanner is probably overkill. The slide attachment is a nice bonus and the software is excellent. The Canon software I got with my Canon camera works with this scanner as well. Cons: It's anything but portable.
Summary: This product is justifiably regarded as a best buy by Consumer Reports. As always, I found all of their observations and assessments to be correct. I bought this scanner to digitize a few thousand of my father's 35mm slides, many of them over 50 years old. The results exceeded my expectations. At four slides per scan, it took a few days, but I think I've already gotten my $90 worth.
Wow! I'm scanning slides from the 1940s w/in 10 min of setup!!!
J. Muench, Amazon
3 January 2008
Summary: I have been toting around a shoebox of my dad's slides since he passed away. There are about 500 Kodachrome transparencies of family vacations, army photos, and all us kids at Easter and Christmas. Even without cleaning the slides, I am completely amazed at how good these are coming out! I was only able to see these in one of those little slide boxes you held up to the light--until today.
Summary: One of the biggest reasons I was looking at the ConoScan 4400F was that Consumers Guide rated it at the best buy so I checked around and I believe they were right. I have used it now for a while and it does a great job on everything that I have scanned. It does a great job on 35mm slides. This is the main reason I was looking for a scanner that would do 35mm slides. I have not tried any film negatives yet but will be done soon.
Summary: I am amazed at the quality of the negative scans. I purchased this unit to scan & archive photographs. Throw your photo's away & just scan the negatives, they scan much clearer than the photos! Only downside is that the scanner is slow. It took me almost 30 minutes to scan two years of tax returns w/supporting documents.
Summary: For less than $100, this scanner fits my purposes exactly. I have about 1300 35mm slides, some more than 50 years old, that I need to transfer to digital format, both for convenience and to preserve the images. The 4400F was relatively straight forward to set up and is easy to use. I do very little editing during the scanning process, mostly just fading correction and some cropping. If I choose to do so, I can do more sophisticated editing later.
Summary: I had a fantastic picture of my dad that I wanted to share with people after he died. The film adapter works amazingly well and allowed me to relive some great memories. A definite must have if you have! p.s. Have a can of compressed air on hand to dust off negatives. The tiniest speck of dust can appear as a white line or spot.
Summary: Needing to replace my really ancient Visioneer scanner for importing 35mm slides and negatives into CS2 at a higher quality, I settled on the buying either the Canon 8600F or the 4400F. As I see it, the 8600F is an industrial-strength version of the lightweight 4400F, but costs about $70 more. The 8600 is somewhat bigger and weighs 50% more than the 4400F, but otherwise they're pretty much identical in capabilities and operation.
Summary: My best friend bought me this scanner for Christmas (at my request). I picked this particular model because of the low price, high resolution, and it being a flatbed scanner that can also handle negatives. I've been using it for several days now and I have to say, I LOVE this scanner! It has to be the quietest scanner I've ever seen. I was on the phone with my mom while scanning and she never heard it. It is also fast.