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.
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 bought this scanner to digitize my slides - I have over 3000. It works well. The accompanying software will accommodate faded slides, and will permit cropping, contrast/brightness adjustment and tone adjustment. There are many other features in the software I have not had reason to use. I recommend this scanner for digitizing slides.
Summary: I had the 8400F at home and was pleased with it, so I bought the 8600F for work when I needed to scan in a bunch of graphics. For this job, I found it to be a really fast scanner. Both the preview and the final scan of the color graphics were speedy. Sorry, but I did not use the scanner to scan negatives, so I cannot comment on that. You can tell more about a company when something goes wrong than when everything goes right.
Excerpt: "The canon Canoscan 8600F are best suited for reflective scanning and film of greater size that 35mm. For large format and medium format film it is quite good actually and should allow you to make large print from your scan. Images are a tad soft straight from the scanner but respond well to USM sharpening. For regular 35mm film scans will be good for smaller prints and work just fine if your main goal is to use your images for web use and digital ...
Pros: Nice and fast for reflective scanning, good result from film at larger sizes .
Cons: Not good enough for large prints of scanned 35mm film .
Excerpt: Questo penso sia uno dei migliori scanner in circolazione per la sua fascia di prezzo, altamente indicato per chi fa scansioni fotografiche a causa dei innumerevoli accorgimenti atti a migliorare la qualità della scansione. Sensori agli infrarossi per togliere i puntini della polvere sono soltanto un piccolo esempio! Roba mai vista prima, sembra fantascenza. Una funzione che ho molto apprezzato è quella per togliere la fastidiosissima ombra della ...
Pros: consigliatissimo per gli amanti della fotografia