Summary: I work for a museum that has a number of different negative formats in the collection. It is very hard to find transparency scanners that are able to scan sizes other than 35mm, let alone any size. I have been using this scanner for 3 years and have found it to do a great job with only a few temperamental moments. It is true that if users are planning to produce large files with the scanner, the better the computer the faster the scanner works.
Summary: I have a very large collection of family pictures, negatives, and slides. I have my personal collection, my wife's parents collection, and my parents collection. With previous scanners, I have been able to scan negatives or slides one at a time ... and that gets tedious when scanning hundreds or thousands of images. With this scanner, I can scan multiple pictures on its 8.5 x 14 inch scan area. I can also scan 12 slides at the same time or 24 frames of 35mm film.
Steven A. Brumley "An Expert on Many Things", Amazon
2 March 2008
Summary: I don't own the scanner. I was shopping when I came across these reviews. I see a lot of negative reviews of this scanner. The lack of support is a real big problem. If you have any problems with any equipment, you need help, and it doesn't appear that help will be forthcoming from Microtek. I have scanned many a negative. I have recently jury-rigged my scanner to scan odd sized negatives that are from the 60's or earlier.
Summary: This is an excellent scanner -- works like a charm. The only caution I have is to put the most basic of the packaged software in as it is the only one that allows the front buttons on it to operate. It's also freakin' HUGE! Does 8x14 paper, and up to 8x10 transparency scans -- excellent quality!