Summary: The cost of simple contact prints of over 200 very old B/W negatives was going to be more than I paid for this excellent scanner, which continues to give me flawless service. It is at the core of my photo restoration project for family history. The vendor delivered as promised with no problems whatsoever.
Summary: Have this product a few years now, and after buying a new, fast pc decided to take up digitizing slides again. After solving the headaches of installing the HP software under Windows 7 64-bit and running the installation and software as if uner Vista, it all seemed finally to work. But then, imaging slides... I should have remembered why I stopped using this scanner quite some time ago. The software which HP made just sucks.
Summary: I've been watching this particular scanner for a few years now - seeing if anything better came along. Nothing did, so I happened to get it as a Christmas gift - it is definitely the gift that keeps giving! My Father has OVER 1,500 slides from 1954 through the 70's. I scanned 500 of them, 16 at a time, in less than a waking day! Sounds long, I know, but it wasn't. I was able to tweak settings so that those that were faded, scratched, dark, etc.
Summary: I bought this because it was able to scan multiple negatives simutaneously. I had wedding photo negatives that were probably 2.5" square, and most of the small negative scanners wont scan this size, and many scanners don't have the adapters to do multiple negatives at once. This saved me quite a bit of time.
Summary: I've had mine for about one year. Slide scanning: Unacceptable. B&W negative scanning: Unacceptable. Color neg scanning: passable. Print scanning: Excellent. Removing the glass for cleaning the underside: Nearly impossible. Software for Mac: Unacceptable. Scanning at high resolution: Unacceptable and not recommended by HP. Scanning documents as text: Unacceptable - you'll have to scan it as an image file. If your medium goes into a TMA, the results will be inferior.
Summary: The product was advertised as new and it is. Other than a slight cosmetic dent in the cover which is hardly noticible, this machine is what we were looking for. Old odd sized negatives come out as good as original prints. Delivered as promised. We couldn't be more satisfied.
Summary: I just purchased this scanner, and we had some operator foopaws, because being typical man, my husband was trying to just do it! with his previous scanner and electronic experience. He did work for HP as a tech. We got excellent detail on 14+ year old negatives. Our very old photo's came out crystal clear and detail was perfect. I wanted to use it for restoration and art. Just in the beginning testing it has met and exceeded all I wanted.
Summary: I have had 2 Epson and 3 HP scanners in the past. This is by far the best. I had a lot of old photos from early 1900's to computerize. It did great. It also did great with the slides and negatives. I highly recommend this. I can't wait to get started on the family documents. If they convert as easily as the photos, I will be extremely pleased. So the question is "Why did HP discontinue making something that works so well?