Summary: I have had one of these scanners from new. It was very expensive at the time. I have never ever been able to make it work.I have tried downloading drivers and it just opens ADOBE IMAGE READY or Canon tool box. Total waste of money so far as I am concerned.
If document scanning & OCR are important - try another
Tony C. "Tony", Amazon
28 August 2006
Summary: Picked up the Canon ScanoJet 5500F from a local store and started scanning medical school applications. I hoped to fill out these converted applications later using Microsoft Word. So this review is focused primarily on the OCR and text scanning capability of this scanner. Image Quality - 5/5 stars: The 5000F scans are very detailed and clear. If the document is to be a copy for archving in JPEG or BMP format, the scan quality is more than sufficient.
Summary: I bought this scanner because of the Canon name. My last scanner was a Canon, as is my printer. Both have performed flawlessly. I chose this particular model because of the USB interface so I could use it with both my Mac and my Hewlett Packard IBM Clone, and because it has an attachment to scan negatives. As a basic scanner, it's great. Good color. Good sharpness. Though, it's a somewhat larger than you might expect based on the pictures.
Summary: I received delivery in an unbelievable 21 hours! I had gone out and examined the Cannon 5000F before I placed the order with Amazon.com. I've installed it on Windows XP and am pleased beyond expectations. I primarily wanted it for film and slide copying. It does that and copying and photo scanning up to my expectations and standards. I 've been involved in photography (darkroom included) for years and find this great to bring my old technology up into the 21 century.
Summary: I purchased the scanner with a bit of apprehension, due to the price, and the disparity with other scanners. It seemed a wee bit costly -- not overly so, just a bit. Knowing that Canon is a good company, and knowing that poor scanners truly a horrible experience, I bit the bullet and bought it. The software, combined with the scanner, are superb. I highly recommend this product.
Summary: Being an amatuer photographer, I wanted a scanner that could scan slides and negatives. The 5000F is a flatbed scanner so it can also scan documents which makes a very versitile and useful scanner. Usually flatbed scanners do NOT make good film and slide scanners; the 5000F is an exception. It's actually based on a rather decent CCD technology rather than the cheaper CIS chip (most flatbeds), which is the reason for the very good film/slide scanning performance.
Summary: My father always told me I would never go wrong with a Canon. Canon has proven my father's point time and time again, and they don't fail to do so with the 5000c. I made the mistake of purchasing a lesser-name scanner to save myself [money]. When the quality and reliability were found lacking, I packed the lesser-name up and left the store with the 5000f. I'm so thrilled by the quality i don't know if I can write a detailed, fact-based review on the scanner!