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: 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.
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: Buyers Beware.. I have and have had many scanners from Epson, Microtek,Cannon,HP,Ricoh, a few others. Scanner Stopped working after 3 months, conflicted with Windows XP, and had poor scan results-colour was very poor. Microtek warranty is costly to the consumer-require's phone calls for RMA, and the hefty cost of return postage-on something that should still be working.. I purchased the Epson 2400- to replace this scanner and it out-performs Microtek 100%.
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.