Not easy to use, too slow and unnessary for 35mm films
9 January 2011
Summary: This scanner is actually very difficult to use - why? Because you need to find the correct drivers from the website - and there are three drivers you need to try - although my S/N starts at 5A15 but I actually need a 5A11 driver! The silverfast update also took me a while because I am the second owner of this scanner and I need to call the silverfast company to register the update! It took me 5 hours to just get this scanner working.
Summary: Installation and setup was a breeze. Then first disappointment: the scanner produced nothing. A series of color dashes and dots for negative scan, a dark rectangle for positive scan. I've tried to pull and push the cables, buttons, and when I was about to pack it up, I've noticed a good picture on my computer screen. Without specific reason it started running all right and I was able to get about entire 35 mm film scanned.
Summary: After reading all the reviews this scanner had, I was very excited to buy it. Once I received it, I tried all the options, default, auto, fixing, etc and the colors, never seemed to match with the original pictures (that I still have). I kept thinking some setting must be off. In summary: terrible color work, very good job at picking the details. By chance, a friend of mine had just bought a scanner Epson v500, and offered to lend it to me for a few days.