Summary: CHECK THE COMPATIBILITY! I finally replaced my HP running Windows XP with a Dell running Windows 7. When I tried to use the scanner, I couldn't. Why? Because the lazy people over at Nikon don't care if you spent over $2K on a piece of their hardware. They don't.
Summary: All the good things they say about this scanner is true... Now the bad. It will NOT work on vista 64 bit and it is not supported by Nikon for this operating system. I would forgive Nikon if this were a cheep scanner but at these prices it is unforgivable.
Summary: Until now I've been scanning with a flat-bed. I cannot believe how much better the images look coming out of the Coolscan. Someday I may upgrade to a Coolscan 9000, but I will never bother with a flatbed again. And Digital GEM is excellent at removing grain.
Summary: It's not fast, but the quality and ease of scanning color slides and negatives is very good and the results are just spectacular. It's very good at getting a good quality scan from less than great slides and negatives. There are a few negatives, though not enough to make me regret my purchase.
Summary: When i first tried this scanner i was dismayed by the noises it made, but now after almost a years use and hundreds of negatives later, i am quite used to it. the quality of the scans and software is better than i had hoped for given that many of my negatives are inless than top condition given...
Summary: I purchased this scanner to digitize my color negatives with the intention of selling it when finished. Set up was easy. Results are good to excellent depending on negative condition. I leave ICE and scan image enhancer on all the time and the result is pretty good.
Summary: This is a great product. Robust, well built & fast enough for the occasional slide & negative film scanner like I am. From time to time I still prefer my Nikon F100 film camera over the newer digital D300.
Summary: I'd wanted to scan in my 35mm negatives for years, not only archiving all our photos onto CDs that could be stored in a fireproof safe, but organizing them as well. I estimated we had about 3000-4000 photos.
Summary: I have a collection of slides and negatives that I want digitized so I can enjoy them. I am computer literate and with the purchase of this scanner I now have 3 scanners (flatbed, dedicated document scanner and a negative/slide scanner). There are 2 drawbacks to this scanner: a) it's very slow.
Summary: I know many photographers who have shot hundreds if not thousands of Ektachrome or Kodachrome slides in the past. Face it, the slides are getting older and you need to convert them to digital images. The Coolscan V will do the job beautifully.