Summary: I bought this scanner because I want to be able to digitize my older 35mm slides and negatives and my more recent large format work. I looked at the specs for this scanner and compared it to others of this type and found the performance to be incredible. I get the superior results I want and have the ability to scan any format I now shoot or might choose to shoot in the future.
Summary: I selected this product because I needed a new scanner and wanted one that could scan my large collection of 35mm slides as well as prints and documents. I have scanned a couple of dozen slides so far and am very pleased with the results. The color is true and the resolution allows for good detail. The software includes Adobe Photoshop Elements, which I had not used before, but I'm finding it easy to pick up.
Summary: I bought the i900 because I wanted a scanner that would do slides & negatives besides normal reflective scans. I have an old Scanmaker E6 that is still working great, so I decided on the i900 because it was cheaper than most film scanners and could do more than just film. I considered the i800 but decided against it as it seemed not to be as heavy duty with a cheaper, lighter construction and using a brick power supply rather than an internal supply like the i900.
Summary: Do not expect this to be an easy scanner to use as it's prosumer equipment, but for a serious photographer it is wonderful. It's easy to calibrate, easy to use, and gives very nice scans at 3200 dpi for my 35mm and 4x5 negatives and slides. It is HUGE so expect it to take up half of your desktop (it's twice the footprint of my laser printer). Also you should use the firewire as it is much faster on a large scan.
Summary: I purchased this scanner to complete a project of scanning a large collection of my grandmothers slides. I wanted something with good quality and the ability to scan multiple slides at a time. The reviews I read on this product both here on Amazon and also other independant reviews on the web were very good so I decided to give it a try. I must admit I should have read the specs on size a little better to know what I had coming.
Summary: This scanner works beautifully. The only gripe I have is that for irregularly sized transparencies, you have to use the glass to scan on, which means your transparency flies all over the place and does not scan properly. I have ordered a glass plate to hold down the transparencies, but in the meantime I am using tape to hold them down. I love the software package from Silverfast that comes bundled with the Microtek software.
Summary: I've had my ScanMaker i900 about a year now, and I couldn't be happier with it. It set up easily -- plug it in, load the software, restart, and go -- and has worked beyond expectations ever since. The only glitch occurred the first time I upgraded my Mac to OS 10.3, but once I did a quick search online and found an appropriate Microtek updater, it was golden again.
Summary: I bought the I900 in order to be able to scan negatives, slides and transparencies- as well as reflective items on the scanning bed's larger size scan area. The item arrived in a box the size of a coffin but fortunately most of that was due to packaging. The scanner itself is indeed quite a bit bigger (and much heavier) than conventional scanners, but the size is more manageable than the packaging might indicate. This is a solidly built machine.
Summary: The price-performance ratio of this scanner is extraordinary. The reflective (flatbed) performance is great, and the "bonus" of having various glass-less negative / film scanning inserts is great. Having Digital Ice available in scanner firmware is another plus. I'm still trying to figure out if there is software or firmware in this bundle to compensate for film / slide curvature focus variations.
Summary: I was looking for a scanner to help me archive 20 years of slides, negatives, reviews, newsclippings and then archive these to CD. I received this scanner yesterday and it was up and running in less than 30 minutes. Other than it being LARGE (Legal size flatbed)- and has some noise (whirs, clicks), the scans are fast, the software is easy to use, and the auto correction features in the Microtek, & Silverfast software is easy to use, robust.