Summary: I am very pleased with the speed of the scan, the ease of use and the options given for a custom scan. The speed function buttons on the front of the unit permit ease of use to make a copy, scan a page, make a page into a pdf or email a page. This unit does not have a document feeder so you can only work with one page at a time. I bought this particular unit because of the product description.
Summary: I have used this with my Mac G5 desktop and Photoshop for many scans of negatives and positives. Because I had problems scanning 120 black and white with the 120 holder (it would only preview two at a time instead of six) I was on the phone to Canon for an hour or so. I thought we had it fixed, but it went back to the old habits.
Summary: It took some getting used to, but we have had singular success with this scanner. (I say "we," but my husband, who is an artist, has done all the work.) Slides dating back to the 1960's are in remarkably good shape and convert well to digital photos. Adobe Photoshop cleans up scratches and the occasional blob. It also can remove unwanted details in the photo, making each a true work of art.
Great for Negatives, Beware of Quality Control Issues
S. Roberts, Amazon
14 December 2007
Summary: If you buy this scanner be sure to get it from somewhere like Amazon.com that will help you return it in case you find quality issues. The first scanner I received had a spec stuck to the back of the glass that appeared in all of my scans. Canon indicated that the unit needed to be serviced and they'd be happy to send me a refurbished one - no way. I returned it to Amazon and just received another, which has 2 specs, although in less conspicuous places.
Summary: I bought this mostly to scan a large collection of color slides for use in Powerpoint presentations; it replaced a HP ScanJet 3500 (about which I had no complaints at all, but needed the slide scanning capabilities). I'm running it off an iMac G5 with Mac OS 10.4, scanning through Photoshop CS2, using the USB 2.0 connection (Firewire 400 also possible).
Summary: I have had Epson scanners in the past and was plagued with problems with every one of them. When I bought the Canon, I did not expect too much. I am delighted to say that it has been trouble-free. (I bought it about a year ago and waited until now to write this, so this report is based on lengthy experience.) I have had no technical problems with it whatsoever and it scans cleanly and quickly.
Summary: I purchased this scanner to replace my microtek flatbed scanner so that I could continue to scan photos as well as some larger format negatives that would not fit into my Nikon Coolscan 9000. This scanner blows away Microtek's products. The quality for the photo scans is excellent, and even the scans of negatives is good. The only two drawbacks are the fact that I wish it could do larger than 8x10, and I also wish the scanning resolution was higher than 1200.
Summary: A quick note to report that the scanner drivers will not work if you have a lot of applications installed that add to the system %PATH% environment variable. Although the limit for %PATH% is over 2,000 characters, the CanoScan drivers fail with paths over about 700 characters. It may be necessary to temporarily shorten your path variable when scanning.
Summary: This scanner is the best scanner I have ever owned and used. The resolution is the highest I could find and even more importantly, the software is excellent. I use it routinely for scans used in lithographic reproduction with excellent results. The features of the software allows for very easy top quality scans. The film carriers make scanning film a breeze also. This scanner deserves it's top rating from the computer magazines.