Summary: First, let me say that in my opinion, there is no replacement for this item. I have done extensive research and it is simply not possible. If you have a substantial amount of photos to scan, this item is the only way to go. I have looked for a cheaper way to do this. There is none, unless you are willing to use 10x the amount of time and effort. So my wife waited for a milestone birthday and purchased this for me. I am extremely satisfied with it.
Summary: When you have to scan a LOT this is the scanner, it's pricy but I have thousands of family pictures and I tried a on-line scanning service which didn't workout at what I considered a decent price (I scan to tiff). The challenge was getting decent software on my mac. I finally ended up with Presto! software which works real well. After years of cheap scanners, there really is a difference.
Excerpt: This scanner is expensive, but worth it if you are doing a high volume of photo scanning. Easy to setup and easy to use. If you are tasked with converting 30+ years of photos to digital, this is your scanner.
Pros: Accurate Color, Easy To Set Up, Excellent Software
Fails to meet expectations - photo separation capabilities weak
P. Scott Pope "Scott Pope", Amazon
29 April 2013
Summary: While this scanner has exceptional per-scan speed, its real-world bulk scanning performance falls short. After scanning 4,000+ photos of different vintages (5-50 years old), I have come to the conclusion that under the best case scenarios at least 5% of the photos will not be captured. Photos pass through without being scanned because the PS50 cannot properly separate them. Even recent, pristine photos will stick together.
Summary: Scanned over 20,000 photos with no photo defects (i.e., no streak/lines in photos). This saved me sooooo much time over using other batch scanners (i.e., Epson GS55) that had a 20-50% defect rate of dust induced lines. Incredible, INCREDIBLE, INCREDIBLE...need i say more. One other thing, folks at EZ-PhotoScan were top notch with their assistance and FAST shipping. I would of never have bought this unit (looking at an alternative) without their suggestions.
Summary: This scanner is a great improvement in the line of Picture Scanners from Eastman Kodak. After scanning 3000 print photos with the new imaging element design, the PS50 images came out great! The new design helped eliminate an existing issue of streaking that many reviews told about the s1220, PS410, PS810 (previous models). The Picture Saver Scanning System software is easy to use and has functions to help process orders as if you wanted to operate a business.