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.
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: I just got this scanner about 10 days before Christmas. I've been very pleased - it exceeds all my expectations. I got it for two reasons: (1) my old scanner does not work with Windows XP, and (2) I've been wanting a good scanner for slides and negatives for many years, but decided to wait until technology and price improved. Well, it was worth the wait! I've already scanned several dozen color slides as well as several negatives and other images.
Low Cost, Lots of Features, Bundled Software Good, Quiet, Fast
7 May 2007
Summary: I love the one touch buttons on the front that loads software and scans all in the touch of a button. Excellent photo quality scans. The software for scanning color photos has a fading correction feature that works great. I never realized how much my old color photos had faded until I used this feature to correct for that. Excellent and easy to use other photo correction capabilities as well as many other scanning options.