Summary: The Scanmaker 5900 is the second I have had the first needs repairs but no one available to repair in my aera. The new one works fine. I have a lttile problem with dust that is on the inside. It came that way.
Summary: I purchased this Microtec SkanMaker 5900 scanner new to convert my old 35mm slides to cd's Worked great. I have converted well over 1000 slides to digital images and the quality and colors are excellent. This is my first scanner and I am very well satisfied with it.
Summary: I did my research and found that this scanner more often than not has been recommended for use by other photographers. I down loaded the driver from the Microtek web site and had the Scanner up and running in about 30 minutes. My first attempt was with a set of 120mm negatives, here is when I found out I needed the ArtixScan film holders. I am in the process of acquiring them now.
Summary: I decided to buy a stand alone scanner because these items are so difficult to find stocked in any electronics store. I've always had great experience with MicroTek scanners and this one is no exception. Not only did the software perform exactly as described, but the Windows 7 driver worked flawlessly. As these are not widely sought, the price was also superb.
Summary: Well, recently I purchased the Microtek 5900 scanner because I need a transparency scanner to handle my 35mm, 120, and 4x5 films. I went back to scan some film I took as far back as 1966 (b&w) and also tried out some 6x7 negative and positive film (6x7 slides), and 4x5 negs. I opened the scanning program and found the "simple" settings not to my liking and switched to the advanced settings where I could scan for various outputs: desktop printer, web, print (such as...
Summary: After shelling out a lot of money when this scanner was new, I am very dissapointed. The color accuracy for slides is horrible. It died after about 3 months of use, but Microtek did fix it free of charge. Now a year later it is locked up and will not scan. Avoid at all costs, this is my second Microtek, both which were subpar.
Summary: This scanner will not work with my new Mac (G4, running Tiger 10.4.2). This failure is after numerous contacts with their tech support and repeated downloads of drivers, but for some reason it will not load the "scanner finder" - obviously a critical component. I have given up and will upgrade, probably to a Canon, but what a waste of what SHOULD be a still-functional item.
Summary: I am a computer Technician and it took me a full day sorting out the errors that kept the software from working, I had to get into the registry and clean out All references to the software, and after many tries, finally got the software loaded in Safe mode, and finally working. The scanner works great, better than I really expected, so far. Does great for my slides and negatives.