Summary: Many reviewers slam this product for the film holder, the lines in the dark areas, and no detail in the highlights, but they do not understand the principles of scanning and perhaps of photography in general. I shoot 6 x 7 slide film, often with very contrasty images and every time I get a scan that I can use to get a perfect print.
Pros: High quality scans, Easy to use software
Cons: if any, its an older model, so parts and service may be hard to come by.
Summary: Even as I write this review in January, 2011, the Nikon Coolscan 8000 ED is still the best (probably the only) value for high-quality scans outside of expensive drum scans. Despite being years out of production, large, noisy, and slow, it still beats everything else for the money. But as the latest generation, the 9000, climbs past $4000 and even $6000, expect the 8000's value to rise as well. I wouldn't be surprised to see the 8000's price climb above $2000 fairly soon.
Pros: -Top-quality scans, -dust and scratches less noticeable than flatbed, -excellent color and contrast with a minimum of post-processing, -professional build quality, -firewire for speedy transfer, -uses standard cables for power, firewire, -MUCH cheaper than anything like it (but not for long). The 9000's price is now skyrocketing out of sight.
Cons: -out of production, unlikely repair by Nikon, -expensive, though still a fraction of what a 9000 now goes for, -software unsupported by Nikon (other option exist, though), -large, though footprint is no bigger than a flatbed
Summary: This is a great product. While it is capable of great scans - I've done 35mm slides, 35mm negs, and (mostly) 6x7 negs and slides- it needs help. Several other reviews have mentioned the problems with the 120 neg holder. There is an easy fix - take off the hinged holders and substitute a thin piece of frosted glass to fit within the negative holding rails. Place your negative on the holder, convex side up, and cover with the glass.
Pros: Scanning quality
Cons: 120 format film holder, NikonScan4 software.
Summary: Reading these reviews has been very interesting, and I agree with the majority of the comments. The 8000 is a great scanner and is capable of producing some top quality scans. Indeed this is verified by the fact that I have never had a complaint about the scan quality from my professional and amateur photographer clients. HOWEVER, getting top quality scans with this unit can be long-winded and sometimes extremely frustrating. Let me explain.
Pros: Fantastic scans, if you know how to get round the scanners faults! ICE is very good and Scan3 software very comprehensive - perhaps a bit too comprehensive?
Cons: The banding, poor quality film holders, expensive glass film holders, thick, dark shadow-like lines appearing down one side of your images. This happens mainly when scanning MF B&W negs (and yes the ICE is switched off!)