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: 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 While, I am ok with the scanner so far I was extremely disappointed that it came with an outdated copy of Adobe Photoshop Elements v 4.0.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.
Great scans, huge resolution, excellent color, latch problem
Heron Watching, Amazon
29 June 2007
Summary: This scanner is doing a beautiful job on my diverse scanning needs. The 9600 dpi rate digitizes my slides down the the limits of the film itself. Even at 300dpi, it resolves the individual color print dots in the Sunday funnies. The slide carrier is a bit cumbersome to use: it does a good job of aligning 4 mounted slides at a time, but removing and changing slides is a cumbersome process. I have to chase my slides around on the platen to retrieve them after a scan.
Summary: Like many others who have reviewed the Canon 8600F, I could find nothing bad to say about it. In my experience I have found the FARE software used in conjunction with the CanoScan software, performs every bit as good as the Silverfast ME Studio software I have used with my other scanners. I would not agree with Silverfast that their software used with the 8600F increases the DMax to 3.8.
Summary: I have had several scanners in the price raange of this Canon CS8600F but this one has them all beat, hands down. I bought this one for the picure scan capabilities and so far it has done an excelent job for me. I have done black and white negatives, and color slides with equally good results on both.