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: 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.
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 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.
Summary: Amazon beat the major retailers by about $20, plus got the free shipping, so even better. Scanner arrived in 2 days and packed solid. Set up was easy and I sat for hours scanning old negatives and color slides found in boxes at relatives homes and those we had, many of these slides and negatives were from the 60's, some over 40 years old and this scanner was awesome. The enhancement and touchup ability is very cool!
Summary: For years I had been using an HP flatbed that also scanned slides and negatives (but not very easily). It finally broke which gave me the excuse to purchase a new one. I had intended to purchase an Epson, but after reading the reviews decided to get the Canon 8600. I am so glad I did!!! The best feature to me is being able to scan multiple photos, slides, or negatives. I have many of each and the ability to scan more than one at a time is great.
Summary: The scanner was shipped promptly, arrived in good condition and works as advertised. I am using it with an Apple Computer (MAC) running OSX 10.4 and an USB-2 card (the computer came with USB 1.1). Scans of 35mm slides, old black and white negatives, and printed material are all excelent.
Summary: I bought it mainly to scan 35mm color slides. It set up quickly and easily. Quality of the scanned images is outstanding, and I particularly like the photo-editing capabilities. It even "fixes" severely underexposed pictures, and corrects color-balance faults due to age, etc. It's not the fastest scanner, but it's an excellent value for home use.
Summary: I needed to upgrade my 8 -year old scanner. I wanted a /good/scanner, not an all-in-one printer-scanner-faxer-coffee maker. I ordered this one because of the Canon name and price point. I just expected another "pretty good" scanner. This was a surprise. It's fast, quiet, and the software is very smart. You can place 4 different pictures on the platen and it will give you 4 different files -- each prescanned and exposed correctly for that file, not a group average.
Summary: After reading all the reviews here, I was impressed that this scanner could do the trick. BOY DOES IT! I am VERY happy with this scanners ability to do high quality scans of my 50-60 year old slides. You can do regular quality in 4 minutes per slide, but since I don't care about time (I put in a batch of 4 and then go watch TV), I let it go on high quality which is 7 minutes per slide. Its nice that you can do 4 at a time. Other scans are MUCH faster of course.