Summary: I had a canon 8400 and the power supply died. This one was one up newer model. It arrived well packaged and operates exactly as my old one. It has more resolution and functions very well for me. I scan mostly black and white copy, but when I scan a photo the output from it is superb. I am very well satisfied with this item. So far this is the best scanner I have owned of a total of three others, all canons.
Summary: Love the scanner, the optical quality is great. I don't like the bundled software, as it doesn't allow for multiple scanners to be hooked up at the same time. However, using the Canoscan 8600 and the Canoscan 600F scanners with Photoshop CS4 (Mac) works great.
Summary: I bought this scanner because I have a lot of old photos to add to iPhoto. Consumers Report said it was the top of the photo scanner list. They didn't lie. I use an iMac and the resolution on old photos is spectacular. Literally no loss of resolution and no grainy-ness or yellowing you see on cheap scanners. It has easy buttons on the scanner so you don't need to get into the app to scan or copy. Cons- It's a bit large and takes up space on your work station.
Summary: I've used the scanner for photos, negatives, and slides and found the results to be outstanding. I especially like the ability provided by the canon software to correct the image before scanning. Many of my old color photos have faded and the fade correction adjustment prior to scanning did a better job correcting this than any of my photo program.
Summary: I purchased the CanoScan CS8600F for the main purpose of making digital copies of color slides, as well as black and white negatives. So far, I have been greatly impressed by high resolution scans that are obtained using this device. I have printed several 8x10 black and white enlargements from the scans of negatives and found the sharpness of the picture to be remarkable. The bundled software is top rate with many great features.
Summary: I bought this scanner to digitize about 500 old 127 format film slides which had faded over the years. The Canon product literature clearly states that this scanner will accept these slides. Well, the literature is incorrect, and the Canon tecnical representative admitted, to his surprise, that there was an error.
Summary: The scanner works well with both photos and negatives and scans pretty fast. There are many variables and options to choose from in determining how you want to edit an image both before and after scanning it which is confusing at first and requires many trial and error attempts before you learn what works best. But after working with everything for awhile I'm very pleased with the overall results.
Summary: I just purchased the scanner as a replacement for an old Visioneer scanner that served me well until we replaced our computer which came with the Vista operating system. We had to upgrade the scanner and after reading many of the reviews went with the Canoscan 8600f. While, I am ok with the scanner so far I was extremely disappointed that it came with an outdated copy of Adobe Photoshop Elements v 4.0.
Summary: I bought this scanner to finally digitize a rather large collection of 35mm negatives and slides. After a small amount of jiggering, I am steadily reducing the physical pile and getting great images, enhanced when neded to overcome fading and grain. I haven't explored all the possibilities of the software that came with the scanner other than fade correction -- which works fine. Most of the enhancements I do in PhotoShop and, on balance, the scanner is terrific.
Summary: I bought this scanner specifically to convert slides to jpeg images. It did take a phone call to Cannon to configure the scanner, but once done, it worked wonderfully. I will repeat what I said in reference to my Cannon MP780-- Cannon support is excellent. The techs answer quickly and are knowledgeable and polite. As I use Windows XP, I cannot speak to the Vista issue as relates to the software. You will not be disappointed with the scanner, nor with Cannon support.