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.
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!
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.
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.
This is an excellent scanner but is extremely expensive
27 September 2015
Summary: This is an excellent scanner but is extremely expensive. It is clearly aimed at businesses who offer photo scanning services and therefore probably has an inflated price: the software supplied has a commercial set up - when scanning in photos, it asks for customer name & address etc.