Bought this for $10 at my local thrift store in perfect condition
9 March 2014
Summary: This is a superb scanner! For it's age, it holds its premium qualities very well. Unfortunately, Canon no longer update the drivers for this scanner, so any newer versions of Windows that succeeds Windows 7 32bit WILL NOT support this scanner. Any Windows OS that isn't 32bit won't support this scanner either. To work-around this issue, there's only three options: 1. Download a virtual computer program and install Windows XP Service Pack 2 32bit.
Summary: This scanner was purchased for the purpose of scanning many family photos and for that purpose it did a great job initially. I was able to put four pictures on the platter and it would create four JPEGs, one for each picture. Nice touch. But then I unplugged it from the computer and have never been able to get it working right again. Do a google search on "CanoScan 8000F Twain Driver" and look at all the fun people have with the drivers for this thing.
Summary: I bought this scanner 2 days ago in Phoenix and returned it today. Software takes almost 20 min. to install, is very confusing to use ( compared to a Visioneer 7300 which I have) there is no power switch meaning that the scanner is always on. But the warm up time is long and the scan is slooow and noisy. Cost was $199.
Summary: I bought this scanner because the image ratings were great. What I got was a scanner that spends more time warming up and thinking than scanning. This has caused a 4 fold increase in my scan times. As they say, time is money! Also, the software tools that come with have a poor, non-standard interface that required much head scratching. I just returned the scanner!
Summary: I was looking for a high image quality FAST flat bed scanner and found 2 within my budget both MSRP$199, Canon 8000F and Epson 3170 so I bought 2 to compare. Both exhibit excellent image and text quality, both include negative/slide adapter and both have great software bundle. However, 8000F comes with Photoshop Element 1.0 where as Epson 3170 comes with Element 2.0 which is $50 value by itself. The slow scan speed of this 8000F makes this unsuitable for my need.
Summary: This is one of those computer peripherals that looks good on paper but lets you down when you get down to using it because although it is higher spec than what most people will pay for, it is still designed for people who have no idea why they want it. Amateur-enthusiast hardware and price, jo-bloggs software. In my case the ScanGear CS software is a let down when it comes to scanning negatives, because it tries to do everything for you.
Summary: The 8000F is a classic example of caveat emptor. Oh, it scans photos perfectly well, but the bundled OCR software works only in Classic mode -- and very slowly. If you are experienced reader of instructions, you can probably figure this out. Also, the CanoScan driver -- the driver for the scanner -- is Mac OSX compatible -- read this carefully now -- with very little software. You must boot in Classic to use the OCR software that comes with the scanner.
Summary: Having chosen the Canoscan 8000F and the Epson 2400 as my short list, I finally selected the Canon. Why? In the shop (Australia) both machines were on display - the Epson seemed very flimsy compared to the Canon - the lid of the Epson came away in my hand! I have a flat-screen iMac. I downloaded the latest Scangear CS for Mac OSX, and Canoscan Toolbox from the Canon website - these being more recent than the August 2002 disk.
Summary: I've bought this scanner to scan both reflective media and films. Paper scans are amazingly clear, 35mm film scan is acceptable for a flat bed, but still not close to that from a HP s20. FARE takes out a lot of detail, but help a lot with the dust. Using it at the low setting work best for me. The scanner will scan medium format film properly. All you have to do is make a card board frame for it.