Summary: The hardware seems great, as expected from any Canon product. The software is infuriating me. I flatly refuse to sit and STUDYthe darn program.....the basics of scanning a simple document should be intuitive enough to just click and go. Maybe it's just me, but every use has me cursing uncontrollably.
Summary: I give this a 3 star for the simple fact that if you don't have a canon printer you have to save into file to be able to print the item. I guess I should have checked into this a little deeper but I figured it would be like most scanners you can print right off the scan. I have a HP printer so I have to scan then save to print. I went into the properties and changed it all around but it still wants to use the canon software to edit and print.
Summary: I'd consider myself an average to above average tech consumer, with a likeness for "a good photo". I have a DSLR now that takes great pics of my daughters and my entire family enjoys the results. Recently, I found about 1000 photos (mixture of actual prints and negatives) of my earlier years and wanted to archive them to show my daughters how cool I actually was the first half of life and I wasn't such an embarrassing goof ball.
Summary: The software included with this scanner is not intuitive at all. The software has the look and feel of something created ten years ago. You can not scan at resolutions greater than 600 DPI when operating from the scanner. The scanner configuration application is also dated. The scanner itself seems to be ok but the software is not acceptable. Canon needs to get its act together and create or purchase a good software package for their scanners.
Summary: The CanoScan 9000F does what Canon advertises it does...with one critical exception. My primary reason for purchasing this model was the FARE software capability -- specifically, the capability to automatically remove dust and scratches from film scans. I was very disappointed to learn that this capability only works with film positive images (slides) and not film negatives...black & white or color.
Summary: The only purpose I had for this scanner was to digitize more than 8000 old 35mm slides. At first I fiddled around with it, trying all its so-called "features," until I realized I simply wanted a product that would scan as accurately and true to the original slide as possible. Since I can make all the adjustments I need far easier in Photoshop, I really have no use for most of this scanner's features and discovered many of them did more harm to the scan's quality than...
Summary: The specifications claim that this scanner will make 4800 dpi scans of non-transparent media. The highest setting allowed by the software is 1200 dpi. Repeated attempts to contact customer service via email have largely failed. The only response to my service request was in the way of a poll on the quality of the service. Otherwise the slide scans are fast and appear to be of high quality. Much better and vastly faster than my old PF1800 silver.
Summary: I spent some time looking through reviews to find a scanner for digitising a large slide collection. Between the Epson and the Canon it was the Canon I plumped for. Many reviewers seem to have a problem with Silverfast - more of which later. Scanner - Easy to set up and the results using Canons software are pretty good at 4800dpi 32 bit.
Summary: This review covers only the 9000f's film negative capability. For reflective scanning you can spend lots less and get the same results. If this scanner could actually capture 9600dpi of source detail then pro-level film scanners costing many times the cost of the 9000f would be redundant. However the 9000f, like all other scanners in its market segment, fails to get anywhere near this capability. Why do the specs quote 9600dpi then?
Summary: Bought this scanner recently, I was going to buy the Epson V500, but the price went up significantly, plus the Canoscan 9000F got half a star more in the average ratings. I've only scanned medium format slides so far. Generally it's a great scanner, but have found that my slide scans are very soft, which is disappointing. Also found the Silverfast software doesn't seem to work for film scanning, so have used the supplied Canon scanning software.