Summary: I had read some of the other reviews and, with some doubts I went ahead and ordered the scanner. I must say that I couldn't be more satisfied. The software loaded without any problems. So far I have used only the 4x5 film holders and they work extremely well. The scanner is not extremely fast but, it is well worth the wait. The quality of scan is excellent. Way better than my Plustek. The ability to pick up detail from the transparency is outstanding.
Pros: Accurate Thumbnails, Consistent, Good Bit Depth, Good Resolution
Summary: This scanner is great for making high resolution files from flat artwork. Setup is easy, but be careful picking it up. The unit is big and heavy. I have a Nikon Slide Scanner so I have not tried scanning slides with this one.
Pros: Accurate Thumbnails, Consistent, Fast, Good Bit Depth, Good Resolution
Summary: Great scanner for pictures, plus slides and/or negatives. Bundled software works great. Currently used with Vista Home Premiun (64 bit). Good overall value for the price. Batch scanning mode is very good. Lets you work on something else while the hi-res scans are being processed.
Pros: Easy Setup, Excellent Software, Good Bit Depth, Good Resolution
Summary: I bought the ArtixScan M1 Pro Dual Media Flatbed Scanner so I could scan 4x5 negatives. It does everything I wanted. So far the scans have been wonderful, filled with the detail I had hoped on. While I have read other reviews that talked about it being noisy and slow, quiet and fast wasn't what I was looking for. The quality of the scans is great!
Pros: Accurate Color, Excellent Software, Good Bit Depth, Good Resolution
Summary: I've had nothing but good experiences with this scanner. I've read bad reviews but purchased anyway. The scans are great at 4800. Good quality for 35mm negatives. I might not use it for commercial work but for semi-professional and archival work, its great. The only problems I've had are with huge files crashing Photoshop, Aperture or iPhoto.
Pros: Accurate Color, Easy Setup, Excellent Software, Good Bit Depth, Good Resolution, Widely Compatible
Summary: I needed the scanner to do a specific job. I had purchased the scanner pro software and it is great...very interesting what it can do...but once I decided I knew how to get there in PS and ignored the new software I was able to get from 14 minutes a scan to 4. I will go back and revisit the new software when I have the leisure. So far I have only scanned 6x7 negatives...a lot of images...and it worked fine. Easy to use. Easy to load. The results were just what I needed.
Pros: Accurate Color, Easy Setup, Excellent Software, Good Resolution
Summary: I can't recommend it. Here's why: 1) This particular scanner, at least, doesn’t seem able to scan at 4800 dpi at all; it just sits there and sounds so noisy that you’d think someone was inside trying to get out – and it goes on and on until I shut it off after an hour. This happened both times I attempted it. 2) The Scanwizard software refuses to calibrate with the enclosed test targets.