Summary: I use it to scan negatives. The software it came with can do that all automatically but you can also manually adjust some settings. Nonetheless I use a third-party software for even more manual control. The scan quality is good. Low to medium resolution scan is fast. High resolution scan takes minutes. Although the scan is fine out of the scanner as is, to get the full potential out of the scan, it's best to sharpen and adjust it in a photo-editing software.
Summary: Just a few comments to clear up some ambivalent reviews from some others. The F.A.R.E. (dust/scratch remover) has been working on Kodachrome slides for me. I've been doing my slides first, prints will be next, probably won't hassle with trying to scan my color negatives unless I have to--but I haven't been totally happy with the quality of scanned slides-especially darker ones. And I'm not that picky, just want to be able to recognize my subject matter(faces etc).
Summary: I got this product for scanning my film negatives. The scans were much better than the quality I was getting from old photos from the negatives. It also does a great job with old photos and comes with photoshop software to edit the scans. All around great buy!!!
Summary: I purchased the Canon scanner to scan my old pictures & slides and to replace my old HP 5370 scanner which won't work with my HP desktop running Windows 7. So far I like the scanner and it seems to work fine. Occasionally the included scanner software hangs and I don't much care for the "CanoScan" browser (MP Navigator). I much prefer using Windows Explorer to organize my scanned photos.
Summary: This scanner is great for scanning everything including photos, negatives (35 mm and 120 only) and 35 mm slides! My previous scanner was so cheap it was frustrating to scan multiple photos and scanning slides and negatives was not good. This scanner makes scanning so quick & easy. I've been using it for only 24 hours and the moment I started scanning photos, slides & negatives, I fell in love with it. It's well worth the purchase.
Summary: I got this scanner to archive family photos, slides, and negatives and am loving it. I find it easy to use, and enjoy the flexibility in scanning varyong sizes of media. I have hit a snag with very large negatives from the 1910's and 1920's, in that the frame that the negatives rests in is not wide enough, and the length of the negative seems to throw it off. It "cannot find" these negatives unless I turn them sideways and scan them in halves.
Summary: Delivery time satisfactory, Easy to set up and use,satisfactory scan times. Software works good but graphics are primitive, dull, and waste screen space. Was told by Cannon that additional negative and slide holders are not available. Had I known that prior to purchase, I would have bought a different brand with similar specs.
Summary: Good: The scanner is great. I have always been impressed with Canons products. The Canon specific programs that come with it, MP Navigator and the ScanGear driver (make sure to update each first) are simple but effective. Bad: Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 is provided with this scanner by Canon. PSE and the scanner do not play together nicely. I get repeated system freezes and crashes. Canon techs cannot remedy it because it is not their program.