Summary: If you need to scan a lot of slides fast, this will do the job. There are no settings for file manupulation-i.e. lighten up a dark picture or crop anything, but it gets the job done. I like that it goes straight to an SD card so it doesn't tie up your computer. I would not pay full price for a brand new one, but the price was right this 'open box' one.
Summary: I had 1500 of my dad's slides to scan because they were starting to get mold and it makes sense to save them digitally. It is a little tricky to figure out how to use this scanner but once you memorize all of the icons it goes pretty fast. My first ION quit working so I sent it back and they sent me a rebuilt one. Well this one did not work at all so I sent this one back also. Finally they sent me another one and this worked fine for quite a while.
If you have nonstandard slides, expect slightly out of focus copies
Thomas Nephew "thomasnephew", Amazon
31 May 2012
Summary: This is a nice product with just 2 problems. The first one is a minor one: the installation process is finicky and time consuming, requiring 2 reboots of the PC. The second one is that if you have slides that are embedded in frames of significant width -- as most of ours are -- this visibly affects the focus of the scan.
Good quality reproduction. But have to restart after every 10-15 scans..
7 June 2011
Summary: This unit does a very good job fo reproduction. But it seems like I have to shut it down and restart it after 10-15 scans. It just stops functioning and I have to restart it. Appears to have quirky software. It is not consistent, but like I said it does a very good job of reproduction. I am glad that I bought it for the fact that their are not many devices like this on the market. Just a little dissapointed in the consistency.
Summary: But bigger formats like 120 or 2-1/4 are not going to work, and old 110 or 126 films are iffy at best. Buy a scrap of plexiglass, paint it with glass-frosting paint, prop it in a window and use your good digital camera instead. But for 35s, this is a valiant tool. And oh yeah -- transfer the shots 3-4 at a time to your computer. The scanner can hold up to 12 before transferring, but when you have that many the delay will drive you nuts.
Summary: Ion 35mm photo and slide converter (slide2pc) purchased through Amazon. I've used slide copiers back in the day when it was just an attachment on your single lens reflex camera and you actually photographed slides or negatives in a macro mode. The process was good, but very slow. Digital copiers are just about all the same in the way they operate, and some are better than others. The ION is good, and it delivers a great copy once you practice and learn about copying.