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: It's not very often that I buy something that works as is advertised. So I was pleasantly surpised when I was able to open up the box, put in the cd, reboot my computer and plug in the USB plug in the front of the computer. After that I was able to scan my grandkid's photos to email to my friends which is simple to do. You just open up the software and it automatically puts up a sample image of what is on the scanner.
Summary: I bought this scanner used from a closeout warehouse distributer for just a few dollars. For what I paid, it gives excellent results. Optical Character recognition works flawlessly, the max resolution (2400dpi) is so high, I haven't even come close to using it yet (honestly, what can you do with an 50MB JPEG?), and the built in film/negative/slide adapter is helpful. However, I would not recommend this scanner to a serious (or even serious amatuer) photographer.
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.
Summary: I'm going to have to disagree with the last review that states that he was not happy with the film quality. (...). As someone in the industry he should that only a dedicated slide scanner will provide professional level results. I use the scanner to scan old 35mm slides that my father had taken and it works great. Color negatives are not properly suited for this scanner but my slides come out good enough to email to family and to print out.
Summary: This would have been a great scanner for the money. I could not get it to scan one picture after the other. The scanmaker program would freeze up on the second scan. Loading the software also created problems on my machine. Connections to the USB port would not stay connected, the computer lost knowledge of the scanner being connected. I worked through all their solutions to the problems, but could not cure them.