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1. Epson Perfection 4990 Photo Scanner
$351.49 list($399.99)
2. Canon CanoScan 9950F Flatbed Scanner
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3. Nikon CoolScan V ED Film Scanner
$139.95 list($149.99)
4. Canon CanoScan 8400F Flatbed Scanner
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5. Nikon Super CoolScan 5000 ED Film
$85.49 list($99.99)
6. Canon CanoScan 4200F Flatbed Scanner
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7. Epson Perfection 4180 Photo Scanner
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8. Epson Perfection 4870 Photo Scanner
$225.14 list($319.99)
9. Konica Minolta DiMAGE Scan Dual
$161.49 $136.00 list($179.99)
10. Epson Perfection 2480 Limited
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11. Epson Perfection 2480 Photo Flatbed
$4,178.39 list($3,199.99)
12. Epson Expression 10000XL Large-Format
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13. HP ScanJet 5590 Digital Flatbed
$570.99 list($559.99)
14. Microtek ScanMaker i900 Flatbed
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15. HP ScanJet 4070 PhotoSmart Scanner
$587.54
16. Epson Perfection 4990 Photo Pro
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17. Epson Perfection 2580 Photo Scanner
$549.99 list($599.00)
18. Epson Perfection 4870 PRO Scanner
$271.69 list($349.99)
19. Microtek ScanMaker 6100 ProFlatbed
$664.99 list($1,099.99)
20. Konica Minolta DiMAGE Scan Elite

1. Epson Perfection 4990 Photo Scanner
by Epson
list price: $449.99
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Asin: B0007Y79GC
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Epson
Sales Rank: 688
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Quality performance. Precision detail.

With the image quality of a dedicated film scanner, plus the flexibility of a flatbed scanner all in one affordable product, the Epson Perfection® 4990 Photo delivers a total digital scanning solution.

This powerful performer scans multiple slides simultaneously, as well as negatives and photos. And, with its built-in transparency unit, it accommodates film up to 8" x 10". Housed in a sleek outer case with an illuminated scan progress indicator, this scanner delivers intricate detail, due to an astounding 4800 x 9600 dpi resolution, 48-bit color depth, and 4.0 Dmax. And, it easily restores faded or damaged film and photos with Epson Easy Photo Fix™ and DIGITAL ICE™ Technology.

Features:

  • Scan images with precision quality and detail
  • Get high-quality scans from negatives and transparencies
  • Automatically correct an image when scanning damaged film and photos
  • Speed through every scan
  • Epson Premium software bundle
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Features

  • Adobe Photoshop Elements, LaserSoft Imaging SilverFast SE 6
  • USB 2.0 and FireWire interfaces, PC and Mac compatible
  • 4,800 x 9,600 dpi resolution, 4.0 Dmax, 48-bit color, 16-bit grayscale
  • Adapters for slides, film strips, medium format, and 4-by-5 film
  • Epson Easy Photo Fix and Digital Ice technology

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars RIGHT from the start
Seldom have I been so pleased with a purchase!

UNLIKE the Microtek scanner I previously owned that gave me nothing but aggravation from the git-go, I loaded the software, plugged the Epson 4990 in with the included USB cable and, using Photoshop as the platform, IMMEDIATELY scanned an 8 x 10 page of medium format negatives successfully.Eyeballing the colors, I did not think ANY correction was needed.I had NO PROBLEMS loading the software or with anything else.

I subsequently read the CD contained instructions and found that I had failed to use the 8 x 10 transparent media placement guide.It worked ANYWAY!

This scanner is particularly suited for "serious" amateur and professional photographers.It comes with negative holders for 35mm, 120 and 4 x 5 sheet film.In addition, as noted above, it will also scan the whole 8 x 10 inch area so you can do proof sheets from your transparent negative file pages.

I also scanned a music CD cover and liner, using Photoshop to convert the liner to black and white, and a 4 x 6 color photo.The scanner worked perfectly on all.The resolution of the four to six point type of the CD liner was crisp.This was a scan as a reflective image and NOT using OCR software.

I have only had it for a week and will update this review once I've tried its OCR capabilities. ... Read more


2. Canon CanoScan 9950F Flatbed Scanner
by Canon
list price: $399.99
our price: $351.49
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Asin: B0002U41AI
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Canon
Sales Rank: 720
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Product Description

maximum resolution: 4800 x 9600 dpi * 48-bit color depth * scan up to thirty 35mm negative frames or 12 mounted slides at a time * scans medium format 120 roll film * supports professional films up to 4" x 5" for both transparencies and negatives * FARE technology (Film Automatic Retouching and Enhancement) * high-speed USB interface * FireWire® (IEEE 1394) interface (compatible with MAC OS only) * ... Read more

Features

  • USB 2.0 interface (PC/Mac), FireWire (Mac only)
  • 4,800 x 9,600 dpi maximum optical resolution, 19,200 dpi interpolated
  • Rich 48-bit color and subtle 16-bit grayscale
  • Batch scanning of up to 30 35mm negatives
  • Scan documents, negatives, slides, 35mm film, and large format 4-by-5-inch film

3. Nikon CoolScan V ED Film Scanner
by Nikon
list price: $599.99
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Asin: B0001DYTVW
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Nikon
Sales Rank: 2286
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

The Digital Time Machine - The Coolscan V ED is an affordable, high-performance film scanner that is designed to be easy to operate for first-time scanner users. For some film camera users, their best digital camera may, in fact, be their own film SLR camera. By using the Nikon Coolscan V ED, a Nikon N75 or N80 can produce digital scans at close to 22-megapixel resolution. The Coolscan V ED is perfect for those looking to bring old images back to life and preserve memories with better-than-original quality. Imagine removing scratches from a 1950s family reunion shot or sending your parents their wedding portrait looking better than the day it was taken. It's more than film scanning -- it's Timemachineography. With an optical resolution of 4,000 dpi and 14-bit A/D input conversion, the Coolscan V ED is the perfect tool for a home user or photo hobbyist looking to enhance their own film photography experience. A new plug-and-play USB 2.0 interface even improves the speed of image transfer. Scan speed is also surprisingly fast - the Coolscan V ED can scan an image in only 38 seconds (including image transfer and display) - making the entire process smoother and easier from start to finish. ... Read more

Features

  • USB interface, PC and Mac compatible
  • 4,000 dpi optical resolution, 4.2 density
  • 14-bit A/D conversion, 8 or 16-bit output
  • Scan speeds as fast as 38 seconds
  • Digital ICE4 Advanced suite of image correction technologies

Reviews (6)

5-0 out of 5 stars The best affordable film scanner
I have a ton of negatives both black and white and color and simply scanning the prints wasn't always satisfactory. So I shopped around and found this particular scanner to be the best for under $1000. You can only scan 35 mm slides or negatives not medium format. The scanner has functions which cleans up dust and scratches, restores color, reduces grain among a number of functions but turning these functions on will prolong the amount of time it takes to scan the negative. However, the wait usually the longest being 5 minutes is highly satisfactory. The ED glass in the scanner and Nikon engineering has a lot to do about this. You have your choice of destination file types but generally given the very high resoluton you can have files up to 60 MB or more which I reduce to around 1-2 MB. The product was ready to use within minutes after installing the software and taking it out of the box. It's competitor Minolta Dimage IV was plagued by setup problems and also lacked the digital clean up of negatives. If you have a box of 35 mm slides or negatives and want to archive them digitally or restore then I highly recommend this product.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent scanner for APS films
After researching the best way to scan APS film, I purchased a Coolscan V scanner from Amazon and IA-20(S) APS adapter from Adorama thru the Amazon site. I never really found any reviews concerning scanning APS film, so I stuck with the scanner that had the best reviews and bought the APS adapter to go with it.

I found that these units were bid up on auction sites to within fifty dollars of the price of a new unit. My plan is to scan all of my film, then sell the scanner and adapter.

The film scans are beautiful! Much better than scans of the prints and much quicker and simpler. The software has many nice tools, especially Digital Ice, which eliminates all dust and spots with no apparent effect on the scan quality.

This is an excellent way to scan APS films, which are much easier to scan than 35mm strips. You just put the roll in the adapter. You click one button in the Nikon Scan software and it displays all 25 or 40 thumbnails in a minute or two. Since I had around 100 APS rolls to scan, I set up the defaults so that it would automatically have the normal parameters set when I scanned APS films. Then I just had to rotate the images to the correct orientation, select all of the thumbnails and hit the scan button in the software. It asks about the file name structure and the folder they will go into, and presents a few other options, then it spends about an hour to scan a roll of 25. I go do something else during that time. I haven't had any computer crashes during scanning, even while browsing or running other software on my computer (a low-end 2004 Sony VAIO desktop) simultaneously.

You can preview all of the frames and adjust all of the scan parameters for each individual shot before the final scan. I found this to only be useful on films with mostly dark shots. It takes about 15-20 minutes to preview a roll of 25. It is time-consuming to correct each shot. If there are only a few dark shots on a roll, then I preview and fix the ones I am sure will need additional software cleanup. Then I scan the whole roll. After scanning, I reopen the files, perform auto contrast on most shots, make any other adjustments, then resave them. Very efficient.

The APS adapter worked flawlessly for me for about 3 weeks, scanning about 55 APS films, mostly with 25 exposures but a few were 40-exposure rolls. Then it failed. I have returned the adapter to Nikon for warranty service. See my review of the adapter under "Nikon Coolscan IV APS Film Adapter"

There are a couple things they should add for simpler APS scanning:
1. A reader for the APS film's embedded magnetic strip. Inclusion of the date as data was one of the advantages of APS film. This data could be used to adjust the file date or included as part of the filename. This would make sorting easier.
2. A "Select All" button for easier selection of a whole roll.

Nikon Coolscan V is an excellent scanning system for APS film as well as 35mm.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent scanner at an affordable price
I've had this scanner for 6 months, and am very impressed with the results. Before this, dealing with dust, scratches and the like was a real pain, but with ICE I hardly need to bother looking for blemishes in scans. And DEE is able to pull detail fromseemingly hopelessly underexposed parts of a slide. GEM is slow, but good when every last detail counts (for large enlargements). The resolution is wonderful, still better than any digital camera I know of. With this scanner and a bit of digital artistry I've been able to resurrect photos from the dead. I am fully satisfied; the only thing more I could ask for is speed, but not at this price. A great way to retrieve those prized photos for digital archival and I'm still sticking with this scanner and a film camera for pictures I take now.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great alternative to more expensive Coolscan 5000
First of all, let me say I am relatively new at scanning and that I LOVE the Coolscan V as a cheaper alternative to the Coolscan 5000 which I have also used.I recently decided to go through my father's 20,000 slides and scan the best ones before they, as many before them, disappeared into the hands of one of my 7 other siblings never to be found again.

After culling my father's slides I ended up with about 750 I wanted to scan. After culling my own slides I ended up with another 200 slides. And after that I decided to go through my color negative collection and scan the best of those as well. Just recently, my father in law enlisted me to go through his slide collection of about 1500 slides since he was blown away by the results I achieved on my father's slides with the Coolscan 5000.

Most of my father's slides, and all of my father-in-law's slides are Kodachrome. Much has been written about the inability of this scanner to scan Kodachrome slides and said about ICE4 not working with Kodachrome. Well, I have some good news and some bad news. The ICE4 does work, however, inconstantly with Kodachrome slides producing unacceptable artifacts in about 5 - 10 percent of the slides. It is a hit or miss proposition. I scanned with ICE (not ICE4) always on and then rescanned if I encountered unacceptable artifacts. I did notice that the scanner ICE feature was stumped by old Kodachrome slides where subjects were wearing shirts with stripes. Those stripes were really butchered by the ICE feature.The difference in scanning quality between the Coolscan 5000 and the V was negligible to this relative newcomer to scanning.

The GEM ROC and DEE (the other stalwarts of the ICE4 other than ICE itself) work on Kodachrome slides as well, but I found that the results were unpredictable and that I could achieve better results myself in Photoshop far more quickly. The GEM ROC and DEE features simply took too long and slowed down the scanning unacceptably. The results, for me, were not worth the additional scanning time.The V took even longer than the 5000, but in neither case, IMHO, did the results justify the time expended.

The good news: The scanner is does produce wonderful wonderful detailed scans, easily demonstrating the grain in the transparancies at 3000 and 4000 dpi.The Kodachrome slides were a challenge to the Dynamic Range of the scanner, but I believe that most of the detail in the shadows that is there was extracted. Unfortunately, Kodachrome, with all of its many attributes, does have substantial downsides including a very narrow exposure latitude and shadow detail is simply lacking. I think the scanner accurately reproduced the information including the colors on the Kodachrome slides, with perhaps a slight bluish cast noticed in some cases.I was unable to appreciate a significant difference between the two scanners in shadow detail even though the 5000 had a THEORETICAL greater dynamic range.

The V was slower than the 5000, but honestly the difference for the non-professional scanner, to me, was not worth the additional investment.The V represents a superb value giving you nearly all of the advantages of the 5000 other than speed for a substantially cheaper price.

It wasn't until I was finished scanning all of the culled slides that I undertook to scan my select color negatives. And this scanner really came into its own scanning color negatives. Don't even TRY to scan color negatives without ICE because the results are unbelievably bad. Even pristine negatives have scratches and dustthat magically are erased by the ICE feature. What a godsend. I only wish it had worked so flawlessly on the Kodachrome slides. The scanned color negatives were just beautiful with very accurate color rendition. But immediately I noticed much more grain in the color negatives (Royal Gold and Fuji Superia Gold) than in the scanned slides.

One note unrelated to the scanner itself. Until you've used a digital scanner to scan your color negatives you can't begin to realize how far superior Kodachrome, Provia, and Ektachrome slides are to color negatives insofar as capturing detail. Even the best color negatives have much more grain that Kodachrome. And the difference in color negatives is substantial too.

The included Nikon software worked fantastic for me. I downloaded a copy of VueScan which according to many reviews is superior to the Nikon software and found that for me the Nikon software was easier to work with and produced superior results.

The software did cause my computer to crash occasionally which was an aggravation, but a minor one when considered against its many attributes.

I can recommend this scanner without reservation. It is a phenomenal piece of equipment.If speed is not a paramount consideration and you are not a professional scanner needing the options (the auto feeder) offered by the 5000 then, in my opinion, the V represents an absolutely tremendous value.

5-0 out of 5 stars Scanner does not disappoint
Decade's collection of fading film this COOLSCAN can handle.You can obtain detailed images that are truly vivid, sharp, and better than the original then technology.Just remember to use DEE correctly.Read below for further details on DEE.

Batch scanning can be done with one click on the Scan button in Nikon Scan 4's firmware.The maintenance free red, green, blue, and infrared LED light source is gentle to film.The 4000 ppi optical resolution is an ideal start for outputting A3+ prints on the new crop of large format bubblejet and inkjet printers.

Reading the Nikon Scan Reference Manual in the Nikon Scan Reference Manual/Easy Scanning Guide CD would be your best learning tool to get the most out of your scanner.For the most accurate results, the first thing to do before scanning is to set your preferences by clicking on the Prefs button in the Control Area of the Scan Window.

When enabled, the Digital ICE quad Advanced software works well with most film.The Manual will explain that ICE, ROC, GEM, and DEE will not operate with the optional FH-G1 Medical Holder.

ICE will not work on monochrome film unless the film has been developed in colour.ICE will not work properly on Kodachrome, but will work on other brands of slides.Noise may appear if ICE is used on overexposed or very vivid images.ICE will reduce the overall sharpness of the image.ICE is not not designed nor does ICE advertise itself to remove all dust and scratches from film. ICE will reduce most of the dust and scatches, however.You will have to use a third party application like Adobe Photoshop to remove the remaining dust and scratches.ICE alone will double the scanning time of 38 seconds.

ROC may add colour to monochrome or grayscale images.ROC is not necessary for properly exposed colour images.ROC alone will almost double the scanning time.

GEM will remove most grain and soften the image.GEM alone will almost triple the scanning time.

DEE works best when the image is cropped to exclude other unexposed areas of the film.Don't get me wrong, DEE does work beautifully!If Unsharp Mask (UM) is used incorrectly prior to processing the image, DEE will show hot pixels in mid-tones and shadow areas effectively ruining the print.To avoid hot pixels in most photographs, either sparingly set the UM in Nikon Scan to less than 25% Intensity/25% Halo Width/0 Threshold Level or set the UM in Photoshop to about 125% Amount/1.5 Radius/1 to 3 Threshold.Depending on the image, using the default setting of 50 on DEE will produce smooth and pleasing tones.Turning DEE off and using Photoshop CS's Shadow/Highlight tool on the processed image provides similar manual control of shadows and highlights.Also, remember to correctly set the resolution output to your printer by clicking on the Custom button and select your printer in the Crop Menu.DEE alone will almost quadruple the scanning time.

When enabled, Scan Image Enhancer (SIE) will automatically adjust hue.It does not work with darker images.In fact, the scan produces darker images.You are better off using DEE to pull out hidden detail in the shaded areas.

ICE, ROC, GEM, DEE, and SIE together will almost quintuple the scanning time.

UM can be created to all colours, or individually to red, green, blue, cyan, magenta, or yellow colours in the image.Deselect blue if you do not want to emphasize the grain in an image with blue sky.Remember to use UM at the end before scanning the negative to output the final image.

The SA-21 strip-film adaptor only works for 2 - 6 frames.To save money by not having to buy the optional 1 - 6 frame FH-3 film holder, place a 1 frame negative into an empty cardboard slide holder and insert into the MA-21 slide holder.Remember to select Neg (color), and Calibrated RGB in the Control Area before scanning.

Along with a short USB 2.0 cable, included in the package is a Nikon View 6 CD, which is an application, used to organize saved pictures in TIFF and JPEG file formats only.According to the Manual, large files created in Nikon Scan may not show on Nikon View slide shows.

Before clicking on the Scan button, press Ctrl (MS Windows) and the Autofocus button.Then left click on a focal point in the preview image to ensure accurate focusing at that point.You can always change the focus point using the same method, or by using the Focus Tool in the Layout Tools palette.The palette can also be customized to suit.

If you have to use the Analog Gain palette to correct or adjust the colour values for each of the elements in the scanner's light source, your LED's may require repair.The probability of repair to the LED's is not specifically discussed in the Manual.

If desktop or cubbyhole space is an issue, the scanner can be placed with either the top or side vents facing up.Remember to provide the minimum clearances to the scanner for ventilation.The dual wrap around band of rubber feet will ensure a cushioned slip resistant footing.

Compared to filmstrip scanners that come with flatbed scanners, COOLSCAN has more options and is by far the better equipment to use to obtain satisfying scans.Practice will make perfect photographs. ... Read more


4. Canon CanoScan 8400F Flatbed Scanner
by Canon
list price: $149.99
our price: $139.95
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Asin: B0002U40NG
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Canon
Sales Rank: 478
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

maximum resolution: 3200 x 6400 dpi * 48-bit color depth * scan up to twelve 35mm negative frames or 4 mounted slides at a time * FARE technology (Film Automatic Retouching and Enhancement) * high-speed USB 2.0 interface * ... Read more

Features

  • Batch scanning of up to 12 35mm negatives
  • High speed preview in about 2 seconds; USB 2.0
  • Maximum 3,200 x 6,400 dpi resolution
  • Sharp 48-bit color, 16-bit grayscale
  • Supports medium format and 35mm transparencies or negatives

Reviews (24)

5-0 out of 5 stars Fast and easy!
My husband and I were able to hook up our scanner and scan a about 20 photos all in less than 1 hour!I thought it would take me weeks to get through my pile of old photos but each photo only took seconds to scan. Also, contrary to the other reviews that I read, we found the scanner to be pretty quiet.I would definitely recommend this scanner!

5-0 out of 5 stars Scanner I would recommend to anyone
First, I am not a professional artists or anyone who need scanner for professional works, so I don't know how this scanner will appeal to those kind of people. However, to 'normal' people like me, this scanner is definitely a worthy consideration.

I bought this scanner to replace my old Canon's N1220U; which still works fine, though. Although my old scanner is very nice for its slim size and no-mess connection(requires no external AC power), it is a bit noisy and way too slow.
8400F is definitely larger and thicker than my old one, so I had to rearrange my workstation setup. However, its performance was worth the labor. Its scan speed is very fast(scans a page letter size color document at 150~200dpi in a few seconds, while my old one takes around a minute for same document in same setting), and preview pops up in about 2 seconds as advertised.

Setup is simple; I mean, does anyone who cannot set this thing up really exist(unless software crashes)? Unwrap those tapes on scanner unit, plug the cable on the cover to the back of the unit, install the softwares you need(installation manual tells you to install softwares first for some reason), connect USB cable, connect power, done.

Among included softwares, I only use PhotoStudio; so I don't know about performance of other softwares. Instead of the pop-up scan manager which pops-up when 'scan' button on scanner unit is pressed, I use inquire function of PhotoStudio only because I am more familiar with this method; and I use Paint Shop Pro if I have to edit the images. One complaint: I don't know why this new version of PhotoStudio doesn't remember file format setting I used last time to save image. Old version which came with my old N1220U did have this function. Well, it is acceptable, though.



Problems:
- Scanner might crash with certain applications, but it rarely happened(happened to me only once so far) and never messed up system; although communication with scanner was disconnected and photostudio crashed and closed, everything worked fine once scanner was turned off and then on again. There was no more crash although I didn't close down any other applications running. Therefore I guess that the crash wans't really specifically because of scanner, but usual unstability of Window.

2-0 out of 5 stars A big NO for $138 price tag
2 stars is the most appropriate rating for this scanner and let me tell you why.I bought this scanner because of the High rating from this Amazon site, but after trying all of its scanning functions, photo, 35mm negatives, and 35mm slides, (it has the adapter for medium film 120mm also) I would go for other scanner instead.First of all, I see the Contrast density of all 3 functions is not that good! Worse even comparing to my old-time scanner Epson Perfection 1260.And one thing that I hate is its Auto Correct/Adjustment feature.I don't know if you can disable it or not but I have not figured out yet!

Let's say, for example, if you have some typical daylight photos (shot in natural light which is bright enough for hand-held exposure.) The scanning will give you a very acceptable image. But if you scanning an artificial-light photo you see a lot of dead pixels at the low contrast area.Dead pixels I mean are blockly imaging areas which replace details of your photo.

This scanner is good enough for some typical works in the office, but it definitely is a NO for professional works.If you just need a scanner for your hardcopy photos, you canfind plenty scanners out there with a lower price.But if you choose this for your negatives and slides also, I recomment NOT.

Also, its software/application need more works to refine the features.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful choice
I have a large collection of old slides and photos which I wanted to digitize. Having used the Canoscan N650u without problem, the 8400f unit seemed a reasonable choice. I expected a utilitarian piece of equiptment but this this scanner is amazing!! It is incredibly fast and the results are excellent. It's "auto" mode is truly useful: an easy way to get lots of work done quickly. Most important is Canon tech help 800-828-4040. I did need them twice because my software skills are mediocre. Each time a live tech was on the phone in seconds (yes, seconds of waiting time). Because of this fabulous support I will never hesitate to buy a Canon product.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent do everything scanner
This is an excellent scanner. In the last 6 weeks I have used it to scan slides, film, photographs and b&w documents. It has not disappointed me. Before I bought this scanner I consider the Epson 4800 and Microtek ScanMaker 400S. Both these scanners had higher resolution, but the reviews suggested each had significant problems, either with speed or software.

I bought the 8400F scanner primarily for its ability to scan slides to use in PowerPoint presentations. It does this with no problem. I've made prints from scanned slides and as long as the size is kept small the prints are fairly good. Expect to have to sharpen scans of slides to have them look their best. The resolution of the scanned slides is sufficiently high that sharpening is not a problem. Scanning slides is also relatively speedy. At the highest resolution it will automatically scan 4 slides in about 10 minutes.

The results of scanning color photographs are excellent. The colors are great and detail excellent. A little sharpening made the images look even better.

Black and white images/text also produce excellent scans. They are clear and crisp and make excellent copies. The ability to scan to a pdf and to add to pdf's, unlike Canon's earlier software, is a real plus. Be aware, however, that these pdf files can be large because even scanned text is consider an image.

In using and evaluating a scanner it is important to keep expectations reasonable, especially with respect to slides. Even using photographic techniques it is difficult to get great prints from slides, so don't expect the same quality from and inexpensive scanner. However, it is possible to get good, useable scans of slides.
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5. Nikon Super CoolScan 5000 ED Film Scanner
by Nikon
list price: $1,099.99
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B0001DYTOY
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Nikon
Sales Rank: 2655
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

The Super Coolscan 5000 ED scanner is loaded with features and benefits designed for a wide range of users, including Applied Science Fiction's Digital ICE4 Advanced technology, Nikon's exclusive Scan Image Enhancer and other one-button-simple solutions. Coolscan scanners can help small or large businesses to streamline their operations and increase productivity while giving home users and hobbyists an affordable solution to revitalize, restore and save precious family memories. Despite the the way digital is dominating today's photography and printing markets, there are still an enormous amount of film images as well as a need for creating high-quality, versatile hi-resolution digital files. In American homes, literally millions of negatives and slides holding precious family memories are wasting away in shoeboxes and attics. A Nikon film scanner is an incredibly useful tool to help unlock the potential of an image and use the advantages of digital to bring that image to life. Greater Efficiency, Increased Profits - The Super Coolscan 5000 ED is designed with the needs of imaging professionals in mind, delivering 135/IX240 film scanning at an amazing 20 seconds per image (including image transfer to display) - at 4,000 dpi optical resolution. This, combined with a 16-bit A/D converter and 16-bit output channel, gives pros the speed and power they need to truly affect the scope of their business. ... Read more

Features

  • USB interface, PC and Mac compatible
  • 4,000 dpi optical resolution, 4.8 density
  • 16-bit A/D conversion, 8 or 16-bit output
  • Preview scans in 11 seconds, full scans as fast as 20 seconds
  • Digital ICE4 Advanced suite of image correction technologies

Reviews (6)

1-0 out of 5 stars Beware of Nikon Super CoolScan Slide Feeder
We purchased a Super Coolscan 5000 ED with SF-210 slide feeders, hoping to scan my parents' thousands of Kodak slides.The Super Coolscan worked flawlessly on single slides, but the SF-210 slide feeder simply could not scan more than 2 slides without jamming.

The instruction manual does say that the feeder basically works only with Fuji compatible slide mounts, and warns of problems with Kodak and other mounts - but it's buried in the middle of the manual and you don't find out until you've purchased the producdt.I have been unable to find those restrictions mentioned anywhere inthe literature.At nearly $400 per feeder, I would expect it to work - or at least have the sales literature mention its limitations.

I complained to Nikon, but never even received an email response.I will never buy a Nikon product again.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good scanner but be aware
I've been doing this for some time and have Nikon gear top to bottom. I have the slide feeder and the negative adapter that lets you feed full strips into it. Both work well 90% of the time. I get mis-feeds on the slides from time to time.

You will get a bluish hue on your negatives. I have tried several films and they all yield the same problem. Expect to take some time in Photoshop to correct this problem. I am taking the advice of a poster to alter my color settings to compensate.

Here is the biggest issue with this scanner. PROPERLY exposed slides scan dark. This is with Fuji 50/100/400 and Kodak. This is a known issue and you will see dozens of posts all over about this problem. Flat and dark scans that need to have the analog gain pumped up to compensate. This throws off GEM and ROC and makes the software unusable. It also washes out detail and increases grain. I contacted Nikon and they stated that Fuji has a 4th layer of emulsion that impedes scans. This is not true for slides, there is no 4th layer. End conclusion, there is a problem with the scanner design. Nikon has failed to give a reason why this is occurring other then to point the finger at someone else. If it was just my problem, I would say it was something on my end, but there are dozens of people stating the same thing on many different photo boards.

ROC and GEM are "OK". I would scan clean unless there is an obvious problem with the neg/pos that needs to be addressed. Any time you alter grain or the physical layer of the film you are altering original quality. See what you have first before changing setting across the board.

If you have any questions about this, my AOL-AIM is above as my Amazon username. This would include Nikon if the finally have a reason WHY there are issues. Overall, it's a good scanner. I would buy it again, but at least I would know what to expect and not expect it all as advertised.

5-0 out of 5 stars Works beautifully, although slower than you might expect
I am using this product almost exclusively for slide scanning, so my comments only apply to that aspect of this product.

If you are like me and wondering whether you should suffer through using a consumer level slide scanner or fork out the dough for this one, then the quality this produces when scanning dark slides should be enough to convince you alone.And that's just the beginning.I've used consumer level scanners before and no amount of tweaking or photoshop'ing can match the quality the Coolscan 5000 produces.For professionals, this is of course a no brainer, but for semi-professional folks like me, this is a major investment, and I needed some convincing that it would be worth it.I am now convinced.

Don't put too much stock into the scan times (and feed times for the sf-210 auto feeder).These times are without any Digital ICE, auto exposure, auto focus, etc.However, I have found if you do not use these features, you are wasting your time.After much tweaking to get all the settings such that the final result looked just like the original slide, I am looking at about 1 minute and 30 seconds per slide using the sf-210 (AMD 2.2 Ghz 1GB Ram, scanning at 2000 dpi)

I have found that without tweaking, you get a bluish hue (although a little less so for Kodachrome slides).I have turned red up +20 and blue down +20 (green at 0) and to me, this seems to give the best results (ymmv).

Use the digital ice features!!!They are simply amazing.The dust and scratch removal is phenomenal.The grain removal is also wonderful - and it keeps the picture sharp much more so than using a software filter like those found in Photoshop.Personally, I set the Digital ROC (color restoration and correction) to 0 because it is too unpredictable.

Lastly, use a bright, high quality LCD monitor!You would be amazed at the difference this can make when doing color matching, especially on dark pictures.I was astonished to see the difference.

When you take the above into consideration, this scanner is superb.Plan on spending a few hours getting your settings just right, but after that, sit back and enjoy.I've done 8x10 prints of my slides (scanned at 2000 dpi) that are just beautiful.It is near impossible to match the luminance and beauty of a projected slide, but the Coolscan 5000 does a darn good job.

5-0 out of 5 stars An outstanding, if imperfect, scanner.
First of all, let me say I am a neophyte when it comes to scanning.My mother passed away recently and I wanted to go through my father's 20,000 slides and scan the best ones before they, as many before them, disappeared into the hands of one of my 7 other siblings never to be found again.

After culling my father's slides I ended up with about 750 I wanted to scan.After culling my own slides I ended up with another 200 slides.And after that I decided to go through my color negative collection and scan the best of those as well.A daunting project!But honestly well worth the effort.

Most of my father's slides are Kodachrome.Much has been written about the inability of this scanner to scan Kodachrome slides and said about ICE4 not working with Kodachrome.Well, I have some good news and some bad news.The ICE4 does work, however, inconstantly with Kodachrome slides producing unacceptable artifacts in about 5 - 10 percent of the slides.It is a hit or miss proposition.I scanned with ICE (not ICE4) always on and then rescanned if I encountered unacceptable artifacts.I did notice that the scanner ICE feature was stumped by old Kodachrome slides where subjects were wearing shirts with stripes.Those stripes were really butchered by the ICE feature.

The GEM ROC and DEE (the other stalwarts of the ICE4 other than ICE itself) work on Kodachrome slides as well, but I found that the results were unpredictable and that I could achieve better results myself in Photoshop far more quickly.The GEM ROC and DEE features simply took too long and slowed down the scanning unacceptably.The results, for me, were not worth the additional scanning time.

The good news:The scanner is fast and does produce wonderfulwonderful detailed scans, easily demonstrating the grain in the transparancies at 3000 and 4000 dpi.The Kodachrome slides were a challenge to the Dynamic Range of the scanner, but I believe that most of the detail in the shadows that is there was extracted.Unfortunately, Kodachrome, with all of its many attributes, does have substantial downsides including a very narrow exposure latitude and shadow detail is simply lacking.I think the scanner accurately reproduced the information including the colors on the Kodachrome slides, with perhaps a slight bluish cast noticed in some cases.

It wasn't until I was finished scanning all of the culled slides that I undertook to scan my select color negatives.And this scanner really came into its own scanning color negatives.Don't even TRY to scan color negatives without ICE because the results are unbelievably bad.Even pristine negatives have scratches and pit marks that magically are erased by the ICE feature.What a godsend.I only wish it had worked so flawlessly on the Kodachrome slides.The scanned color negatives were just beautiful with very accurate color rendition.But immediately I noticed much more grain in the color negatives (Royal Gold and Fuji Superia Gold) than in the scanned slides.

One note unrelated to the scanner itself.Until you've used a digital scanner to scan your color negatives you can't begin to realize how far superior Kodachrome, Provia, and Ektachrome slides are to color negatives insofar as capturing detail.Even the best color negatives have much more grain that Kodachrome.And the difference in color negatives is substantial too.

The included Nikon software worked fantastic for me.I downloaded a copy of VueScan which according to many reviews is superior to the Nikon software and found that for me the Nikon software was easier to work with and produced superior results.

The software did cause my computer to crash occasionally which was an aggravation, but a minor one when considered against its many attributes.

I can recommend this scanner without reservation.It is a phenomenal piece of equipment.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best 35mm filmscanner under $50,000
The previous generation (CS IV and CS 4000) were hard to top, but Nikon did it yet again. Scans are smooth and gorgeous, color accuracy (provided your monitor is calibrated) is unrivaled and the updated ICE4 including DEE are a blessing. In fact the scans are so good that I have started to prefer CS5000 scans from well exposed Fuji Provia 100F or Astia 100F slides than images from a 6MP DSLR. Hard to believe but thats true.

Did I mention scanning speed ? I timed a 4000 DPI scan with digital ICE turned off, on a P4 2.6Ghz with 1 GB ram and USB2. It took 17 seconds from begining to end (excluding autofocus and auto exposure). Thats right. Actually three seconds faster than Nikon's claim of 20 sec. Beat that Minolta.

IMO the next step up can only be a $50K HowTek drum scanner ;) ... Read more


6. Canon CanoScan 4200F Flatbed Scanner
by Canon
list price: $99.99
our price: $85.49
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Asin: B0002U40MC
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Canon
Sales Rank: 238
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

High Speed Performance for Photos and Films. A powerful addition to any home office.The CanoScan 4200F Color Image Scanner quickly produces superb scans from a wide range of materials including photos, documents, magazines, slides and negatives. It delivers an exceptional color resolution of 3200 x 6400 dpi (max.) as well as 48-bit color depth, for over 281 trillion possible colors.For cleaner, more robust scans of older originals, automatic retouching and enhancement technology automatically removes much of the dirt and scratches that may appear on your originals. It even auto-correctstone and optimizes highlights and shadows, for the best scans possible. This is one smart scanner.Amazingly, it's quick, too. The USB 2.0 Hi-Speed interface1 enables incredibly fast image transfers to your computer and the fastestpossible scanning speeds, with previews of your scans ready in approximately 2.6 seconds.Plus, four easy buttons - Scan, Copy, E-Mail and PDF - automate the entire scanning process, so your projects can go faster. Just position your original, select the use for the image, and in seconds it's ready! Included with the CanoScan 4200F scanner is a powerful suite of applications to help you organize your photos, featuring ArcSoft PhotoStudio software.Archive old slides and negatives. Now you can scan your old slides and negatives, turning old pictures into new again. Simply place them into the included film adapter and press ... Read more

Features

  • USB 2.0 interface, cable included; Windows compatible
  • 3,200 x 6,400 dpi maximum optical resolution, 9,600 dpi interpolated
  • Rich 48-bit color with 16-bit grayscale
  • Scans slides or negatives plus photos and documents
  • 4 easy buttons to scan, copy, email, or create PDF files

Reviews (14)

4-0 out of 5 stars Almost Wonderful
After many years of using HP scanners and being most satisfied with their performance, I made the mistake of purchasing the All-in-one 1350. Printer was good, scanner lousy.

I decided to switch to a Canon product and bought the 4200F. It is a great little scanner and saves me oodles of time when doing large quantities of scans for my business. The only drawback I have found so far, is that annoying checkwork pattern that pops up when scanning certain types of colours and/or surfaces. I have been unable to correct the end result satisfactorily with all the tools available and have come to the conclusion that either the scanner has a shortfall or I am totally incompetant.

I have not contacted Canon Support as yet (most companies usually tell you that you'll have to live with the problem) but would appreciate comments from other users who have encountered similar problems and how they have overcome it, if they did. I can be reached at . Thanks, and happy scanning.

5-0 out of 5 stars Quite Happy I didn't buy the CanoScan 9950F or the 8400F
When I got my digital camera I didn't think about buying a scanner or printer if I did I probably wouldn't of ended up with a panasonic digital camera, a HP 8150 Photosmart printer, and a CanoScan 4200F Scanner but hey it works!
I was looking at the CanoScan 9950 because of the resolution. I looked at the CanoScan 8400F because it was cheaper then the 9950.
I bought the 4200F because it had Highlevel resolution and editing ability at an entry level price.
It comes with photo editing software which works quite well. I was able to correct the color on a scanned photo without hyper over correcting it and ruining the picture. The software is easy to use and intuitive. I was able to adjust certain parts of the picture without reading the instructions.
When I reprinted the picture the color was rich and beautiful. It works well with my HP photosmart printer.
I haven't tried film scanning or turning anything into a pdf but will write an update when I do.
I highly recommend this scanner. The results are stunning and the price is incredible for this quality.

4-0 out of 5 stars A good little scanner
I am very happy with this scanner. It is actually a refreshing experience. I bought an hp about a year ago and it immediately crashed my computer.

Since then I was wary of buying another scanner, but finally broke down and decided to try this one because I needed it for my freelance cartooning work and the price was right. I needed something to scan black ink lines (sometimes very thin or textured) accurately and smoothly. This little scanner did the trick. I've only had it for a couple months and it does what I need.

The software is easy to use and the set up is simple.

The scanning is a bit slow (waiting for it to warm up the light then scan), but I can certainly live with that seeing how much easier this thing has made my work.

I've scanned color photos as well and it seemed to work with that too. Sometimes I use photos for different projects, but so far I havent scanned photos for serious work. So that is still somewhat untested.But for just scanning holiday snaps to email or whatever, it works just fine.

Conclusion: So far so good!Best scanner I've had (and that includes another ridiculous and more expensive hp that I have at the office)...

5-0 out of 5 stars Made excellent scans of 35 mm film
I had been thinking of getting a dedicated 35 mm film scanner for several years but was put off by the price and that fact that those types of scanners do only one thing - scan film. So my expectations were exceeded when I hooked up my new CanoScan 4200 last night and scanned a slew of old negatives and found most of the results to be excellent. I don't have a professional film scanner available to compare to, but I believe that the quality of these scans to be more than adequate for the kinds of photos that most regular people take. ( I would call myself a "serious amateur.")I am certain that the prints I get from these scans will be far better than the original, aging prints which had previously been all I had to look at, so in this alone the CanoScan will have fulfilled its mission as far as I'm concerned. I had tried to scan film with my previous flatbed scanner (which was not designed to accept film) with poor results, so I had pretty low expectations for this item at such a low price, but I was very pleasantly surprised. My only gripe is that when previewing the scan, the interface seems to want to automatically adjust the level of brightness of the preview, causing it sometimes to be completely black or completely white, and I can't figure out a way to turn this off. But I don't think this auto level feature affects the final scan when you have the automatic settings turned off. I found the metal (?) film holder to be well-designed and reasonably easy to use, but don't expect fast, effortless scans - you have to handle and load the film carefully, and a hi-res scan can take a couple of minutes. The maximum resolution of 3200 dpi generates large, clear jpg files for a typical 35 mm photo, on the order of about 4000 x 3000 pixels, which is plenty good for a 8 x 10 print.This is my fourth scanner in ten years and it is by far the best, so if your scanner is a few years old, quit wasting your time and get this scanner!

5-0 out of 5 stars Just right!
An excellent machine -- compact, versatile, powerful, and easy to use. Exactly what I wanted! ... Read more


7. Epson Perfection 4180 Photo Scanner
by Epson
list price: $199.99
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B0002P4UM2
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Epson
Sales Rank: 840
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Classic moment, even better than before.

Offering superior image quality and performance, the Epson Perfection 4180 Photo delivers a remarkable value. True 4800 x 9600 dpi with Micro Step Drive™ technology ensures precision clarity and color. And, with powerful one-touch colorrestoration and dust removal capabilities, anyone can easily restore faded color photos, slides and negatives. The convenient built-in transparency unit enables users to scan multiple 35mm negatives, slides, or 2 1/4" transparencies.

The Epson Perfection 4180 Photo offers fully automatic scanning for increased productivity, plus two advanced scanning modes for greater control. With all that, plus a full-featured photo software solution including Adobe® Photoshop® Elements 2.0, this powerful performer makes it easy to achieve high-quality scans from virtually any original for stunning color reprints and enlargements. And, with Hi-Speed USB 2.0, the Epson Perfection 4180 Photo speeds through every scan.

Compatible with both Windows® and Macintosh® system, this scanner provides an unbeatable solution for any task or project. When partnered with an Epson Stylus® ink jet printer, the Epson Perfection 4180 Photo offers the perfect choice for creating brilliant images that last.

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Features

  • USB interface, cable included; PC and Mac compatible
  • Up to 4,800 x 9,600 dpi resolution, 48-bit color, 16-bit grayscale
  • Epson scan and productivity software, Adobe PhotoShop Elements 2.0
  • Scans multiple 35mm slides, negatives, and medium-format transparencies
  • Copy, scan, save, and scan-to-email directly from the front panel

Reviews (11)

3-0 out of 5 stars Broke in two weeks
I thought the scanner did a good job scanning etc.In two weeks the scanning arm jammed and failed to work.(I scanned 500 negitives) The troubling part is at the epson web site, they failed to answer any Email request for help. The good news is amazon is sending another scanner. So there is a happy ending. Amazon responded on the first email.

2-0 out of 5 stars Worked well until day 4
I had scanned a few slides.It was slow but they turned out well.If you have to scan a lot of slides though I would not recommend this scanner because it will take a very long time.The following two days, I scanned some photos that seemed OK.On day four when I turned the scanner on there was a loud grinding noise and the red light started flashing.I went over the troubleshooting steps and there is nothing I can do but return it.

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent value
This scanner performs well for the user who expects very good scans from flatbed and negatives/transparencies at this price point.
PROS:
Costs under $200.
Scans negatives and transparencies--35mm, mounted slides, and 120.
Includes very easy-to-use-and-integrate software.
Installs easily (on WinXP SP2).
Makes scans that are very usable in Photoshop CS.
Is able to make scans that I don't need to mess with (for web, email) without using Photoshop.

CONS:
35mm holder allows filmstrip to buckle.
Minor software tweaks would be desirable.
No good way to store film holders when one of them is in use.

I'm an amateur photographer who develops his own film. I had been getting my film developed by an excellent, and inexpensive, local chain that also provided a CD-ROM of scanned images for each roll processed. Once I started developing my own b/w film, I wanted a scanner that could do decent scans so that I could continue to keep medium-resolution "contact sheets" on my PC. I thought that the 4180 might do the trick at a pretty inexpensive price point. I was right.

It scans well, within timeframes that are reasonable. I've read other reviews here, and I'm not sure what everyone expects of their scanners--but given your connection (USB 2.0, etc.) and whatever else you have going on, I think you'll find this scanner performs as expected. It takes a while to do medium-to-hi-res scans, but that's what I expect of a scanner. I expect it to transmit to my PC pretty darn quick, but the scanning part can take its time.

The scanner software does not always detect the framelines between 35mm frames correctly. I think this might be what another reviewer was referring to regarding black lines. Usually, re-previewing the set of frames corrects this. Worst case scenario, you just preview and scan the whole set of frames and then go back and scan that problematic one individually. It's really not a big deal.

If you're intending to scan a great deal of 35mm negatives, slides, or 120 transparencies/negatives quickly, then this is not the right scanner for you. The provided film holders don't hold a lot of frames. I do appreciate being able to scan 12 35mm negatives simultaneously, but when you're dealing with rolls of 24-36, it does take some time. Luckily you don't have to be present during most of the scanning process.

The 35mm frame is very good at holding the film, but because it isn't a sandwich of glass, it does not hold your film flat if it's not flat already. Artifacts in the resulting scan are common, especially at the ends of 35mm strips.

The software should have a way of overriding the "selection" of frames by the software. Usually it's accurate, but when it's not I'd rather not have to redo a single scan because the software selected a too-narrow area or one that overlaps two frames.
The enclosed software is very good. It includes a densitometer, editable histogram, and other tools for working with your scans. I have not worked much with the grain removal and dust/scratch removal tools, but I'm more comfortable working with those problems in Photoshop.

For excellent thumbnails and fast, very good printable scans, I've found this scanner to be excellent.

1-0 out of 5 stars Very Slow ; No support
I have a Pentium 4 with 512MB memory and 20 GB free HD space.To scan 4 slides, it takes the 4180 5 mins.at 800dpi. Each sucessive batch of slides takes increasingly longer time. After 5 rounds of e-mails,the support group gave up. So did I.

3-0 out of 5 stars Noisy...but decent scanner overall
If you like to scan late at night, this may not be the scanner for you. The motor is the noisiest I have ever heard!

However for the low price, built-in light lid adaptor, and the ability to scan up to 12 35mm negatives with the press of a button, it is worth the under $200 price tag. ... Read more


8. Epson Perfection 4870 Photo Scanner
by Epson
list price: $449.00
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B0001B5AK8
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Epson
Sales Rank: 2127
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

PERFECTION 4870 PHOTO FBSCAN 4800X9600DPI USB ... Read more

Features

  • USB 2.0 and Firewire connectivity; PC and Mac compatible
  • 4,800 x 9,600 dpi optical resolution, 12,800 x 12,800 dpi interpolated
  • 48-bit color depth, 16-bit grayscale; 3.8 Dmax
  • Transparency adapter built into lid with 4 film holders
  • Digital ICE and Epson Easy Photo Fix for color restoration and dust removal

Reviews (13)

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent scanner for the price
I just received the scanner today. It was easily installed and worked great out of the box. This scanner is identical to the PRO version (the only difference is the additional software in PRO). For home and family photo scanning this version is more than enough. If you are a serious photography hobbyist or professional, the extra software (upgrade in Silver Fast from the LE version plus Monaco EZ Color calibrating system) in the PRO version more than makes up for the price difference. After much thought, I went with the PRO version. The software does have a slight learning curve, but even winging it on my first scan I got great results. I have been very happy with all my Epson products over the years and this scanner, I can tell, will fall into the same category.

4-0 out of 5 stars well worth the price
I rate this at 4 1/2 stars...
Bought this over the weekend specifically for scanning 4x5 transparencies (taken during the 1950's) and so far very impressed with the quality.I've also scanned 35 mm film strips with equally amazing results.I'm new to this aspect of computer use and my laptop may not be powerful enough at this juncture and so it seems slow when I scan - converting it to 2400 dpi, but the results were definitely worth the wait. This was an upgrade; had an epson 3170 and was very pleased with it but wasn't getting clear results...saw dots all along profiles.

The only difficulty I've had is when I use both 4x5 frames it will only read one frame - here again it may be because my computer needs to have more power.I also had difficulty with 2- 1/4 x 2-1/4 negative but didn't have that problem with the 35 mm strips.

I did try and scan a very old 8x10 color proof and used the ice aspect - might be my inexperience with computers and such but the outcome was better than the original, however, don't think the 8 minute wait was worth the effort; if I used the photoshop software I may have been happier but as I really intend this for negatives and transparencies I'm one very happy customer.

Haven't had a chance to use any of the accompanying software so I can't comment but for straight scanning what a wonderful machine.

1-0 out of 5 stars Epson / Adobe Problems
When you buy a $400 product you expect it to work. The 4870 comes with Photoshop Elements 2. I keep encountering a memory error that crashed Elements. I called Adobe helpline and their response was I should upgrade to Elements 3 for an additional $80 or I could pay them $40 to diagnose the software bug because Elements 2 is no longer supported.

So, recognize a hidden cost of $80 because of old, bad software.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent product, but more than what average user needs
I bought the Epson 4870 scanner to scan my old pictures and negatives. I read many reviews on different scanners. I chose Epson 4870 mainly for the high resolution. I also, liked the firewire option and the speed seemed to be reasonable.
I managed to scan hundreds of films and pictures in the last few months with no problem. The product works excellent, but that itself could be the problem. It is just too good for my needs. The very high resolution would produce files about 100 MB; way too big to adjust the lighting or the color on it. My Intel P4 machine with 256 MB RAM had hard time managing those files. The resolution was much higher than anything my $1000 digital camera could ever produce. Unless you are a professional photographer or you need to make large posters of your pictures, you will never need such a high resolution capability. I ended up using the lower resolution settings and still have very good quality scans. Save your money and buy the Epson 3170.

Here are some technical notes:
The setup on my XP machine was very easy and took only few minutes. I used both firewire and USB with no problem. I noticed absolutely no "stability & reliability problems" as other reviewer has reported. I wonder if that reviewer's machine did not have the muscle to handle the large files. You need at least 128MB of memory. Also, if you use Windows, make sure you have set enough space for your virtual memory (on XP: Control Panel -> Performance and Maintenance -> System ->Advanced -> performance ->Virtual Memory).
The black & white setting of the software does not work, but you can use the color setting for scanning the black and white pictures with no problem (you will get a good quality B&W scan).
The Adobe Photoshop LITE included with the package is definitely needed to adjust the lighting and the color. For more repair work on damaged films or for applying special filters, I would recommend the full version of the Adobe Photoshop.

5-0 out of 5 stars Everything That Epson Said it Would Be
I researched this scanner very carefully as my options (I live in Taiwan) were limited and the only other option was to order a dedicated film scanner from the U.S..

Epson said "Will rival dedicated film scanners." In my opinion, it not only rivals them, but outperforms some of 'em.

I read some reviews that listed an 8 minute scan time for a 35mm slide with ICE enabled, that is about right if you save as .jpg. I save as .tif, so the scan times are closer to 12 minutes. However, I save double that just by not having to do dust and scratch removal manually. I have it connected to a USB 1.1 port (Pentium 2.4GHz, 512MB RAM) and am planning on putting a USB 2.0 card or Firewire card in and upping the RAM to 1GB. However, I don't really expect huge performance increases (I do a LOT of scanning, so if I can shave a minute off of each scan, that will add up to a lot more productivity over a month).

I have noticed that this scanner does a little better with negatives than with slides, go figure. Both work well with some post processing in Photoshop (all scans need that, the only possible exception is if you are using Silverfast Ai, which I am not and which is, in my opinion, well worth the investment of US$100 to upgrade from the included Silverfast SE).

Overall, I found Epson Scan to be barely adequate. The professional mode needs more tweakability. I do final color balancing in Photoshop, and usually resample the images down from 4800dpi to a maximum x or y of 5000 pixels for archival images. The grain removal feature seems not to work at 4800dpi on any machine, Epson's response seems to be "tough." If it is a real problem (on some push processed B&W I have), I simply use Silverfast SE to do the grain removal (SEs non-ICE defect removal is FAR better than Epson Scan's).

All in all, I have had virtually NO problems with this scanner and I've plugged it in (while trying to figure out why the grain reduction didn't work) into 5 computers, including 2 running Chinese Windows XP (a notoriously buggy environment). ... Read more


9. Konica Minolta DiMAGE Scan Dual IV Film Scanner
by Konica Minolta
list price: $319.99
our price: $225.14
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0001BG1SI
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Konica Minolta
Sales Rank: 1027
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Konica Minolta's DiMAGE Scan Dual IV makes it easy for 35mm and Advanced Photo System film camera enthusiasts to create beautiful digital images from their film slides and negatives. It is an ideal choice for those who have never owned (or even operated) a film scanner as well as those who wish to replace their current film scanner or are not satisfied with the performance of today's flatbed scanners. The Scan Dual IV provides high scanning speed, high image quality, focus accuracy, dust-removal performance, and image correction capabilities surpassing today's flatbed scanners. With 3,200-dpi resolution, simple operation, and a USB 2.0 interface, creating beautiful digital scans is now quick as a click. 3,200 dpi, 3-Line Color CCD - The DiMAGE Scan Dual IV uses a 5,340-pixel-per-line, 3-line CCD to achieve a resolution of 3,200 dpi. To accurately view image details, the Scan Dual IV uses an advanced optical lens system with high-speed autofocusing. This technology allows all the detail in today's high-resolution films to be captured quickly and precisely. ... Read more

Features

  • Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0; USB 2.0 interface, PC and Mac compatible
  • Delivers sharp 3,200 dpi color scans with 16-bit A/D conversion
  • Multi-sample scanning; batch scanning using film and slide holders
  • 35mm and slide mount holders; supports optional APS adapter
  • Pixel Polish, Auto Dust Brush, and Grain Dissolver for optimized image results

Reviews (49)

1-0 out of 5 stars DIFFICULT TO GET WORKING PROPERLY
THIS IS A PIECE OF JUNK. I HAVE TO REBOOT MY COMPUTER ALMOST AFTER EVERY SCAN. IT IS VERY, VERY SENITIVE. IF EVERYTHING NOT ALIGNED PRECISELY, IT WON'T WORK. SOMETIMES I HAVE TO NOT ONLY REBOOT, BUT HAVE TO RELOAD THE SOFTWARE BECAUSE MY COMPUTER DOESN'T RECOGNIZE THE SCANNER - SAVE YOUR MONEY.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great tool for batch scanning
I've just finished installing and testing my slide scanner....what fun!I had absolutely no problems with installation or using this scanner.Using advice from Jeff Lindborg's review and the manual, I installed the software first, then hooked up the hardware, then followed the manual's instructions for batch processing.I did roughly 40 slides in about 1 hour, including the time to do color/brightness adjustments (my slides are from 1970's).

1-0 out of 5 stars Worthless
I have returned this to Amazon and they have kindly agreed to refund my money. Other buyers should be warned. This is a poorly engineered, flimsy, badly documented product with no support number that I could find in the materials that came with the scanner.
The documentation is simply wrong in its startup instructions for a Mac OSX machine. After figuring out how to make it start, I successfully scanned several slides and negatives (fewer than ten out of hundreds needing to be done) when the machine physically jammed. The cheapo plastic slide and film holders may be the problem, or the motor of the scanner, or gears, who knows? You can't get in touch with Minolta support to find out. Once I got it unjammed, the scanner inexplicably stoppedmaking legible scans. The picture would be either a purple blob, for color slides, or black and white ultra-high contrast things for b&w negatives that lookedlikesomeone had done a bad Xerox of a newspaper photo. Awful. The level of detail would not be acceptable in a thumbnail, much less a finished scan. I tried restarting the computer, the scanner, re-initializing, etc, and nothing worked.
If the scanner itself had not failed, I am sure the plastic film holders would have broken long before I finished my work.
Anyway, at that point I asked for my money back and boxed it up and sent it back.

1-0 out of 5 stars If it worked, it might be good.
Needing a slide scanner for an upcoming project, we bought this one in January, in California, and finally installed software, etc. and did hookup in April.Ran through some slides, and seemed okay,until we previewed the slides and found a narrow 'rainbow' line running vertically through each slide, just left of center.After examining every aspect of our undertaking it came down to the scanner, so we called their customer service dept, in New Jersey.The person with whom we were connected knew nothing about the technical aspects of scanners and would only say that we had to send the scanner to New Jersey for diagnostics/repair and we MUST include an orginal copy of the paid sales slip or we would be billed.When asked, we were told it could be 6-8 weeks before we received the scanner back, from the time they received it.So, in the middle of our project we had to box it and send it off - at our expense - to Neverland (New Jersey), and go buy another scanner for our project.Do you think we bought another Konica/Minolta?Not in this lifetime.A product is only as good as its mechanical abilities and the customer service behind it.So far, this company and this product are a miss, in our experience.Pay more and buy from the competition, where you will get a better product and much better customer service, with local repair possibilities.

As an aside, we shipped over ten days ago, USP Priority Mail, and have yet to hear from Konica/Minolta.We are not holding our breaths.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good results but quirky operation
I have been happy with the results produced by this product. I used this scanner to scan my original slides for posting to my website http://www.newyorkslideshow.com (review the results there)


However the scanner is a little quirky, if you follow these steps you should have few issues:


1) Do not attach the device until you have installed the vendor provided software (read the manual for full instructions)
2) Do not turn the device on until your PC has fully booted
3) Always have the door closed when starting the scanning software - wait until it grumbles about there being no slide holder inserted - then insert the slide holder


The image scanning isn't razor sharp - but good enough for a device costing $240. The manual focus operation is impossible to use - so if the autofocus scan fails you're out of luck. ... Read more


10. Epson Perfection 2480 Limited Edition Photo Flatbed Scanner with Feeder (B11B172171)
by Epson
list price: $179.99
our price: $161.49
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Asin: B0006TVTGE
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Epson
Sales Rank: 2043
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Real-world solutions so you can rest easy.

Quickly scan stacks of business cards or 4" x 6" photos. With the Epson Perfection® 2480 Limited Edition, it's easy to scan and organize important documents and snapshots, as well as slides and negatives. 2400 x 4800 dpi resolution offers consistently brilliant results. And, the included Multi Photo/Business Card Feeder makes scanning and organizing all your business cards and 4" x 6" photos a snap!

User-friendly software means anyone can work more efficiently and still achieve remarkable results. In fact, the Epson Perfection 2480 Limited Edition even includes Epson Easy Photo Fix™ for one-touch color restoration of faded photos, slides and negatives. And, this powerful performer speeds through every task thanks to Hi-Speed USB 2.0.

Features:

  • Scan and organize stacks of business cards, or photos up to 4" x 6"
  • Enjoy high-quality scans for brilliant reprints and enlargements
  • Get more done with easy-to-use organizational software
  • Restore faded color photos with just one touch
  • Scan slides and film strips with ease
  • Quickly scan photos and important documents with Hi-Speed USB 2.0
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Features

  • USB 2.0 interface; PC and Mac compatible
  • Up to 2,400 x 4,800 dpi resolution, 48-bit color
  • Scan and organize stacks of business cards or photos up to 4 by 6 inches
  • Built-in film strip and slide adapter and photo/business card feeder
  • Easy 4-button operation to scan, copy, email, and start

Reviews (11)

5-0 out of 5 stars Even easier on a Mac
I first tried setting up my new 2480 on my PC, but after a driver install and a reboot I couldn't get the USB to work. So I popped the CD into my iMac plugged in the scanner and in less than a minute I was scanning photos. The photo auto feed unit is great and I was able to keep the scanner running non-stop for almost an hour. As I flipped my photo album and pulled pictures, I put them on the bottom of the feed stack and as pictures were finished they popped out into the output tray and back into my photo album the went... on to the next page. The only complaint I might have is the photos scan a little too red with the default/automatic settings, but this nothing major to adjust. This scanner is far better than my HP Scanjet.

1-0 out of 5 stars Connectivity problem
Buried in the Trouble Shooting guide is an advisory that the 2480 may have problems talking to your computer if you run Windows XP. Epson refers you to a patch in the CD if you recieve connectivity error messages. I loaded the patch and the scanner still locked up. Based on the number of rave reviews, I'd guess that this is an infrequent problem. But if it hits you take the thing back before you pull your hair out.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great for batch scanning - except for the constant jams!
I have thousands of prints on all manner of different papers.This feeder rarely makes it for more than ten photos before it jams.Still, the scanner and the software are very easy to use, and the software saves each image with an individual file name.So far I have scanned over 1000 pictures since I got the machine last week.

My PC has a 3 Ghz chip and 1 Gig of RAM, and yet the Epson software responds slowly sometimes and seems a little buggy.I also agree with another reviewer's complaint that the Epson software insists on popping windows open on top of whatever else you are working on.

The bottom line is that, when everything is working perfectly, it's a great scanner/software combo for converting your old prints to digital images.Just be prepared to have some patience sometimes.

EDITED AFTER TWO WEEKS TO ADD that the feeder has been working better.Once you get the hang of this thing, you really can just load a bunch of pictures and walk away.

4-0 out of 5 stars Nice but not perfect
Interesting, though I like this scanner, I don't rate it quite as highly as others. I didn't have much luck loading more than 8 pictures at a time without the automatic feeder jamming. On further testing however, I realized I wasn't loading the pictures exactly the way the scanner directed. If you lift the automatic feeder and stuff the pictures all the way down, I had much better luck loading larger stacks and jamming less frequently. I did figure out, as others did, that you can keep feeding the stack before it finishes the last one, which saves you from going through 3 verification screens for each new stack.

It had one slightly irritating habit of popping up a new scan window on each picture, so if you're doing something else on the computer, all of a sudden you're typing into the scan screen and hopefully not messing it up. But this wasn't too big an issue. If you don't use their SmartPanel app and go right to the lone "scan" utility, you don't get the popups.

One drawback is that at one point we apparently went through a 5" X 7" picture developing stage which the automatic feeder can't handle. We had quite a stack of these and only 2 will fit on the glass. On the nice end though, if you separated the pictures enough, the scanner was able to provide you with 2 perfectly cropped images instead of 1 big one. It was a nice surprise also to find that it automatically rotates images that are slightly misaligned.

So all in all I'm glad I bought this, it saved me lots of time, but it wasn't perfect. I scanned 1169 images in about 20 hours of time - though I was doing lots of other work while I did this so my time wasn't all eaten up managing the scanner. Could have been a lot worse.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent and Versatile
Over the past 5 years, I have been scanning the family's photos.This involved a very manual process of laying out the pics on the scanner (an older epson), and then marking off the prints and scanning them.

I've been looking for an automatic scanner since I began - one with a photo sheet feeder.I've considered a few, but the reviews all seemed to indicate jamming problems.

When I saw this one for $169, I gave it a shot.

It works incredibly well.The photo feeder will pull in up to 24 pics, scan and eject them.You can define the folders and the scan quality for the process.With photos that are in good condition, I have not had a single jam - very impressive.

A number of photos I have were in albums, and after removing them are curled.The feeder did take these in too, but with occassional jamming.

The automatic feeder in general though is very impressive.

The process is not fast - probably about a minute per print.So this is not something to sit and wait for.Do something else and then come back to add prints, or set it up to do a stack at night.

The scan qualities are very good.Color and sharpness are fine.The quality of the scan is dependent on the quality of the original of course, so expectations can't be too high for pics taken 30 yrs ago on 126 cartridge film. (Remember that?)

I've also scanned using the flat bed - this works very well too.If you put multiple prints on the glass, and separate them with some space, the software will recognize them and scan them in as separate images.

Slide scans are very good - but only 2 at a time.

One note - the sheet feeder is an entirely separate cover for the scanner.To switch between flat bed scanning and sheet feeder, you have to switch these covers.Very simple to do though, and not an issue.

Altogether, this is very versatile, with good scan quality and I highly recommend it. ... Read more


11. Epson Perfection 2480 Photo Flatbed Scanner
by Epson
list price: $149.99
our price: Too low to display
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0002ICEBS
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Epson
Sales Rank: 1120
Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Unforgettable moments restored.

With the Epson Perfection 2480 Photo, anyone can restore faded photos in justone click, for brilliant color reprints andenlargements. And, it’s just as simple toscan slides and negatives with the builtintransparency adapter. Now, anyone canpreserve cherished photos, film and more.With 2400 x 4800 dpi resolution, remarkable results are easy toachieve. And, when used together with an Epson Stylus® ink jet printer,it’s the perfect solution for creating lasting memories.

This fast, full-featured performer offers convenient, automatic scanningof special snapshots and important documents. The software packageincluded makes every scan a snap. Exclusive Epson Easy Photo Fix™ensures one-touch color restoration and dust removal, while Epson SmartPanel™ provides all the tools necessary to scan photos, text, or graphicswith vivid results every time. And, with Hi-Speed USB 2.0, the EpsonPerfection 2480 Photo speeds through every scan, so as not to delay one’screativitywhether it be creating a digital scrapbook or restoring photosfrom the family album.

Compatible with both Windows® and Macintosh®, the Epson Perfection 2480Photo provides the ideal fit for any home setting. Offering remarkable versatilityand detail in one affordable solution, it’s the perfect choice for bringing fadedmemories to life and sharing new ones with family and friends.

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Features

  • USB 1.1/2.0 interface, PC and Mac compatible
  • Crisp 2,400 x 4,800 dpi resolution, 48-bit color
  • Built-in transparency adapter for 35mm slides and negatives
  • 1-touch color restoration, Epson Easy Photo Fix technology
  • ArcSoft PhotoImpression, ABBYY FineReader Sprint OCR software

Reviews (9)

1-0 out of 5 stars SLOW! SLOW! read others who agree
Had it for two days of misery.
1st s/ware CD didn't work, called Epson on MY DIME !!
5-7 days to get one, took 3 hrs to install the 2nd one.

Listen Up :THREE and ONE-HALF minutes to scan/copy a simple 100 word B&W text doc ...I flat out couldn't believe it.
Thought it was scanning at high DPI for photo .. after 30 min. search, it was set at 150 dpi.
I had two average HP scanners for 7-8 yrs [ 5P & 5200C ] have the nice PaperPort scanning suite ... know my scanners ... never heard of anything soooosloooowww. Never scanned a Color Photo as it went back to the idiots at CompUSA who loved it and highly
recommended it ... never did they actually use or install.
Get a Canon , the #1 digital imager in cameras, copiers.
Read the consistent, high-quality reviews on every model by actual users

3-0 out of 5 stars Good for light use
For a $100 scanner, I didn't expect high quality scans.What I did get out of it was a lot better than I expected.Most of the detail in photographs and documents came out pretty good.Hey, it does photos, slides, negatives, and works great with my Mac.That sold me right there.Not everything is perfect though.

When using the text "interpreter", it has a tendency to turn blemishes (fold lines, scratches) on the paper,into strange text, and unreadable ascii characters.It's not too much of a pain, as it's usually pretty easy to clean up with a text editor.
When doing negatives, it does not reliably scan all the images on the negative.I've had to scan some several times to get the image that I wanted.
This thing is also slow.We're talking slooow here.I haven't used that many scanners, but all the ones I've used have been lightning fast compared to this one.It took 3 and a half minutes just to do a simple document copy (scanner straight to printer).
There are times when a document or photo won't scan completely (the edges are cut off).I can solve this problem most of the time, by putting a colored sheet of paper behind whatever I'm scanning, and edit that part out in photoshop.

On the bright side, I've never had a problem doing slides. I can put three or four photos on the glass, and the scanner will turn them into seperate documents for each.Orientation doesn't matter either, just use the built in software to reorient the picture. (yes, it works on Macs too).

If you're just starting out, and need something inexpensive, for light work, this will satisfy your needs.If you are going to do a lot of scanning, then you'll probably want something speedier.

This isn't the greatest thing in the world, but it satisfies my needs.

2-0 out of 5 stars Slow scanner, good if you don't have a ton to scan
The Epson Perfection 2480 was my third attempt at finding a perfect scanner for my needs.I'm trying to convert all of my childhood, my wife's childhood, and my other family pictures to digital for archiving and family distribution.Some of these pictures are in 35mm color negative, some in positive slides, some in some small format negative, and some in old photos.This scanner only allows you to scan three 35mm negatives per pass, so scanning negatives was tedious and time consuming.Plus the firmware on the scanner was set so that for every image pass the scanner moved back to the stop position before it would move on to the next image, rather than begining where the other ended.So for three negatives it would make six large moves, which seems like excessive wear and may make the life shorter.The software worked great, but in the end I returned this item for the Epson 4180, for the extra $90 you get 12 negatives per pass and it seems to be twice as fast.Worth the extra money if you have boxes to scan like I do!

2-0 out of 5 stars Okay for a CHEAP scanner
Epson was clearly going for features over quality with this scanner.You don't need to get out a ruler to notice that the images produced are distored.Vertical, horizontal, and diagonal lines are all wobbly. On my unit the right inch of the image is noticeably darker than the rest of the image. Colors are inconsistent to, with the center being bluer and the sides begin greener.

Yes, this is only $100, so I wasn't expecting "Perfection", but I was expecting distortions and problems to be limited to things I'd have to measure or see only under magnification.With this scanner, just scanning an invoice shows up the problems without even trying to look for them.

The packaged OCR software worked great the one time I tried it and I could see using this scanner for OCR and in place of a Fax scanner, but if you care about image quality at all, this is not the scanner for you.

1-0 out of 5 stars HORRIBLE!! Horrible! horrible......
It's been many years since I've worked with such an unreliable peice of hardware. Of the 10 times I've tried to use it, it has only functioned properly once. Changing cables, restarting scanner, restaring computer, re-installing software.... nothing.When you really need it to work and it consistently fails leaves you're left feeling very frustrated. Do yourself a favor and pay the extra money to get a scanner that will be reliable. This scanner isn't. ... Read more


12. Epson Expression 10000XL Large-Format Flatbed Photo Scanner
by Epson
list price: $3,199.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0002KU5K8
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Epson
Sales Rank: 41987
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Amazon.com Product Description

The 10000XL photo edition is a large-format flatbed scanner designed for graphic artists and other high-end users. With its high 2,400 dpi scanning resolution, 48-bit internal color depth, and 3.8 optical density, images are crisp and accurate, while the six-line alternated color CCD and auto focus optics system help to ensure that you get the best scans possible.

Scan speeds are as high as 2.7 ms/line at 1,200 dpi, while an optional automatic document feeder allows you to scan multiple pages at a time. An included transparency adapter lets you scan positive and negative 35mm and medium format transparencies and film up to 5" x 4", making it easy to get great scans every time. You can also zoom in 1% increments anywhere from 50% to 200%.

The 10000XL connects to your computer via its standard USB and Firewire ports, while an optional network adapter lets you use the scanner as a network resource. The AC 100-120V power supply consumes less than 55 watts during normal operation and about 6 watts while in sleep mode. The software includes EPSON Scan 2.2, MonacoEZcolor with reflective IT8 Target, Photoshop Elements 2, ABBYY FineReader Sprint OCR, and LaserSoft Imaging SilverFast SE 6. Compatible with both PC and Mac operating platforms, the 10000XL comes backed with a one-year limited warranty.

What's in the Box
Scanner, CD-ROM with software and drivers, power cable, user's manual and documentation, USB cable, transparency adapter ... Read more

Features

  • USB 2.0, Firewire, optional networking; PC and Mac compatible
  • 2,400 x 4,800 optical resolution; SilverFast SE 6 software
  • 48-bit color depth, 16-bit grayscale
  • A3 sized scanning surface for originals up to 12.2 by 17.2 inches
  • Transparency adapter for slides and negatives

13. HP ScanJet 5590 Digital Flatbed Scanner
by Hewlett Packard Office
list price: $462.00
our price: Too low to display
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0002ABK8Y
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard Office
Sales Rank: 2420
Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Professional results2400 dpi optical resolution, duplexing ADF, included TMA, and document software.

High-quality scans at 2400-dpi optical resolution and 48-bitcolorplus fast, easy operation from a duplexing automaticdocument feeder. Scans slides and negatives with includedadapter. TWAIN drivers and document managementsoftware included.

Two-sided, multi-page scans

  • Unattended two-sided, multi-page scanning withincluded automatic document feeder
Fast
  • Scan up to 8 pagesor 4 imagesper minute andpreview scans in about 7 seconds
  • Scan, copy, print, e-mail, and moremany featuresavailable using one-touch buttons
  • Plug and play using Hi-Speed USB-compatible with USB2.0 specifications
  • Scan and e-mail photos and documentsno slowdownloads or large attachments
Easy document management
  • Scan documents with existing data managementsystems or included software
  • Choose copy quantity, settings, and more usingconvenient copy center buttons
Professional results
  • High resolution scanning at 2400-dpi optical resolutionand 48-bit color
  • Easy to learn and use software for graphic arts anddigital photography projects
Scan more
  • Scan slides and negatives with adapter, plus scanbooks, documents, 3-D objects, and more
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Features

  • Hi-Speed USB interface, PC and Mac compatible
  • Up to 2,400 dpi optical resolution
  • 48-bit color depth, 256 levels of grayscale
  • 5-button front panel for everyday tasks
  • Transparent material adapter

Reviews (5)

1-0 out of 5 stars This scanner sucks.
Sorry for the juvenile review title, but there's really no other way to put into words the frustration that I have experienced from trying to work with this stupid thing.

The interface is cumbersome and largely unnecessary. I bought it because, at the time, it was just about the only reasonably-priced multi document feeding scanner I could find. I don't need this multi document feed for office work, like most people; I need it for animation. If you're at all familiar with the process of animation, it requires that MANY MANY MANY pictures be used, and I was looking forward to cutting down on my work time by having the scanner do most of my paper loading for me. Oh, foolish little me!

Not only does the paper jam 60% of the time, but the scanner always wants to scan it into the stupid software that came bundled with the scanner. So even if I'm trying to scan an image directly into Adobe Photoshop, I first have to go through the "HP Gallery" or whatever, copy the picture, and bring it in that way. I set it so that it automatically scans into Photoshop, but when I turn off my computer, it forgets its new instructions and goes back to uploading everything in the HP Gallery. It eats up time, desktop space, and PATIENCE.

Oh yes, and the TWAIN drivers that it supposedly comes with won't work on my Macintosh. Sure, it specifies that NOW, but back then when I was doing tireless research on the product, it didn't tell me that you can only get the drivers on a PC, so I basically wasted $500.00 on a piece of machinery that isn't compatible with my platform, my animation program, nor my sanity.

HP wasn't much help; they advised me to download some free software from their site that would install the TWAIN drivers that I'd need to work with my animation program, even though the software was originally for a digital camera and not a scanner. "It should still work, even though it's not technically for that hardware," says the guy. Well, no, quite frankly. It does not, in fact, work. All that it does now is confuse my scanner for a digital camera and refuse to upload anything into Photoshop or any other program for some bizarre reason. In uploading the digital camera software, by the way, it completely wiped the existence of the scanning software that I already had on my computer so that I had to manually upload it again.

I can't wait to sell this thing and get at least a portion of my money back. This thing is such a headache, please don't waste your time with it.

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't Buy This Scanner
Constant jamming, especially in duplex mode, very difficult to get the paper out of the machine once it jams.

1-0 out of 5 stars I returned *two* of these scanners!
This scanner was appealing because of the low cost/features combo. The first one we received worked alright for about 100 pages worth of scanning then the ADF started to pull more and more to one side very quickly resulting in jamming every page into a little ball. We called HP, they called it defective and took it back.

Second scanner, I had only half-unpacked the unit when I realized that the 'cancel' button on the front panel had been crushed down into the chassis. Called HP, they called it defective and took it back.

I'm looking at the Xerox DocuMate 510 now, hopefully it won't fall apart.

3-0 out of 5 stars I returned mine
I have been looking for a reasonably priced duplex ADF scanner for some time now, I want to scan a file cabinet of documents and shred the originals.I thought this HP was it, it isn't.I spent several hours over a few days giving this guy a workout.I scanned stacks of bank statements (30-35 pages at a time) (8.5 x 11) and mortgage documents (8.5 x 14) both single sided and double sided.Several times the ADF jammed (roller slipped and eventually gave up) and I had to man handle the stuck page out, I could find no way to release its grasp of the paper.These were not glossy pages, just typical bank statements.Other times one or two pages of a stack of 35 would scan in only a third of the page.It cannot scan duplex pages longer then 12 inches, I don't know why.Duplex scanning takes more then twice as long as simplex because it has only a single scanner and must flip the page (I think it does this flipping twice).The software wasn't smart enough to handle scanning mix length pages, if I had a document (for example: mortgage papers) with a mix of letter and legal size pages I had to tell the software that all the pages were 14 inches long otherwise it truncated the legal size to 11 inches.It all boils down to a lack of trust for me.Before I go shredding originals of these documents I need to be able to trust that I have good electronic copies and this scanner/software didn't establish that trust.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent, Heavy Duty, Will do the job!
This is an excellent scanner.The device itself is heavy duty and the document feed behaves like it - solid and a good performer.The software's user interface is a little difficult if you want to do custom scanning and there are 3 twain drivers installed, so which one do you use?But, the quality of the scanner and it's great ADF (the roller assembly is even replaceable instead of having to replace the whole ADF) make it well worth a 5-Star rating. ... Read more


14. Microtek ScanMaker i900 Flatbed Scanner
by Microtek
list price: $559.99
our price: $570.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00018JMZU
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Microtek
Sales Rank: 4828
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

The Dual Media ScanMaker i900 delivers uncompromising quality, along with the tools needed to meet the demands of today's photography pros. ... Read more

Features

  • USB 2.0 and FireWire IEEE1394 connectivity; PC and Mac compatible
  • 6,400 x 3,200 dpi optical resolution
  • 48-bit color depth, 16-bit grayscale; 4.2 optical density
  • ColoRescue technology restores faded photos and film
  • Batch templates for 35mm slides, strips, 6-by-9-cm, and 4-by-5-inch media

Reviews (6)

1-0 out of 5 stars Customer Service Sadly Lacking
I considered this scanner in comparison with the Epson 4990.I bought the Epson 4990 instead because of my previous experience with Microtek's now anonymous customer service.My previous Microtek scanner caused aggravation from the very beginning, giving an error #204, allegedly related to lamp or sensor failure.After shipping it at MY expense, Microtek replaced it with a second one that suffered the same problem.Microtek's web site indicated that they were well aware of this design defect since they offered a variety of possible software related "fixes," none of which worked.

I used the scanner no more than 40 times before it died.That is NOT a very good "MTBF" (mean time between failures).

I wrote that customer service is now "anonymous" because they will not identify themselves to you.Not only that, but they REFUSED on the basis of "company policy" to give me the name of the chief corporate official so I could write to him or her.I had to retrieve the name from a State of California web site!

The Epson 4990 has roughly the same capabilities and sells for less!It will handle 35mm, 120, 4 x 5 and 8 x 10 negatives and transparencies.The basic model comes with SilverFast SE.If you want the full version of this software, you need to buy the Epson 4990 Professional.It is priced about the same as the i900!

1-0 out of 5 stars Microtek is Mediocre
My Microtek i900 arrived on Feb 1. Six WEEKS later is was completely broken and I had to send it in to be replaced. Along the way, Microtek customer "service" was anything but helpful. In fact, they have ONE technical support person on staff--I know because I spoke to him several times.

The scanner itself produced fine results. Even if it produced the best scans ever seen, I would avoid Microtek at all costs due to their awful product support and performance.

5-0 out of 5 stars Love this scanner
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.

I was able to batch jobs, import into Adobe Elements for touch ups, and completed 36 slides in about 40 minutes.

The only down side is that the scanner comes with older versions of Adobe Elements 2.0, and Album (really old, 1.0)

But considering the age of the slides and photos, this is doing a terrific job.

1-0 out of 5 stars But, what If it worked out of the Box
Can only give 1 Star - it did not work out of the box.
No Lamp light, no carriage movement, and sort of looked like somebody blotted their pink lipstick on the mirror.

Had high hopes, if it had just worked.
Maybe this was one in 10,000, maybe.

5-0 out of 5 stars I'm in Scanner Heaven
I wanted a scanner that would scan any size film negative and paper too, but did not want to to pay a million bucks for it-This is the one! I know an antique dealer who gets these glass negatives from sales and estates and I have been able to place 4 of them on the pull-out drawer and scan them with great results. I have also scanned some old negatives from film cameras from the 1920s and 30s. The scanner has a large platten (legal size) for doing paper and a drawer like platten that pulls out from the bottom for doing slides and negatives. There are several inserts that will accept the different types of media. I have found that the 8x10 glass drawer is the most versitile and easiest to use.

The i900 comes with 2 different software packages for both Mac and Windows; Scan Wizard Pro, and Silverfast, professional scan software. I installed both of them but so far have found it easy enough to stick with just the first one. It has a very intuitive interface and I have had no problems at all. The "Digital Ice" technology is interesting and effective but it is slow- I have found it just as easy to do a regular scan and repair the photo myself in photoshop.

The only thing that might count against this thing is it's size- It's big. And it's heavy. It's dimensions are 15"x22"x6" and it weighs 30 lbs. So if a small footprint is something you have to have, forget this baby.

Installation was a snap- my Mac just loves my new scanner- and so do I. I'm real glad I bought it. ... Read more


15. HP ScanJet 4070 PhotoSmart Scanner
by Hewlett Packard Office
list price: $129.99
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B0002GWYNI
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard Office
Sales Rank: 6983
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

ScanJet 4070 Photosmart Scanner ... Read more

Features

  • USB 2.0 connectivity; PC and Mac compatible
  • Built-in photo door for photos, slides, and negatives
  • 2,400 dpi optical resolution, 48-bit color
  • Simple plug-and-play setup, 4 front panel buttons
  • Substantial software bundle, including ArcSoft Collage Creator for Windows

Reviews (11)

1-0 out of 5 stars Software ruins good scanner
If you ever manage to get this working, i.e. by installing everything 'virgin' on the first day, leave it as it is. Forget upgrades, forget twiddling, forget the little niceties. Just be glad you are able to scan images and be DOUBLY glad if you are able to scan them in Photoshop without the twain item disappearing. HP have insanely bundled the basic TWAIN driver so closely with 300mb of superfluous bloatware (HP imagezone)that updates are lengthy and in any case VERY likely to fail. When it's worked I've been pleased with the quality of the scans, though the neg/slide scanner is pretty basic, but for how badly thought-out the software has been, I regret ever having bought the bloody thing.

2-0 out of 5 stars Scanjet 4070
I bought this item because the resolution was 2400 dpi and I could scan multiple pictures at once, and the software would separate them into separate pictures. After I bought this the scanner would not separate the pictures at a resolution above 600 dpi. After several days of back and forth with HP tech support. They finally tell me that this scanner can't separate the picturesabove 600 DPI. Then they tell me that you can't tell the difference between an image scanned at 300 DPI and one at 2400 DPI.

P.S. That business of "scanning a stack of Pictures" means you lift the lid put a stack of pictures in the holder close the lid, scan it, open the lid, remove first picture, close it, scan it etc.

1-0 out of 5 stars Major problems with installing software
I was very excited about getting this scanner.But I had nothing but trouble trying to get it to work.The software required would not install, giving a Fatal Error.I worked with 4 different support technicians at HP, each guessing another thing to try - all to no avail.I am a software professional and a power user, so the issues were pretty bad to have held me up like this.I am now looking at other brands of scanners.

1-0 out of 5 stars Elegant hardware.Awful software for slide scanning.
Like a previous user, I purchased this scanner for scanning slides.I only tested it's slide scanning capabilities.

If you do not intend to scan slides, then this review may not apply to you.

The software makes the scans take forever to do, at 200 DPI !Push the button and 60 to 90 seconds later, it starts the scan.If you immediately press the button again after that scan, it still takes 60 to 90 seconds to start the new scan.It acts as if it has to wait for the bulb to warm up.The bulb is already warm!The software really restricts you, and it does not work the way you think it should.

This scanner may be fine for scanning other items than slides, but for scanning many slides, forget it.

If HP rewrites the software, this would be a really nice scanner.With the present software, it is really bad for scanning slides.

Windows XP home edition.

You must download a patch from HP to install the software.Even on HP computers!

3-0 out of 5 stars Good Scanner, Bad Software
I have been using the scanner a couple of weeks now. I have only used it to scan documents and photos, not slides or anything fancy. The quality of the scans is pretty good actually, never the less the software really, really, stinks.

I'm using photoshop now to scan the images and i'm fine that way.

I would give it 5 stars if it had good software. Everything else is very good, nice price and everything.

If you plan on using third party software to scan, go for it. If not, well.... ... Read more


16. Epson Perfection 4990 Photo Pro Flatbed Scanner, 4800x9600 dpi, 48 bit, built-in 8"x10" Transparency Unit, USB 2.0 & FireWire
by Epson

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Asin: B0007Y79VC
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Epson
Sales Rank: 14808
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Product Description

Epson's latest flatbed scanners offer enhanced productivity and performance for photographers, graphic designers and other professionals by offering a higher DMax for greater dynamic range and a larger transparency unit than its predecessor models.The EPSON Perfection(TM) 4990 PHOTO and EPSON Perfection 4990 PRO scanners both have a versatile built-in 8" x 10" transparency unit (TPU) with a moving carriage and lamp optimized for film scans for quality rarely seen in a consumer-level scanner.The TPU is almost 50% larger than the predecessor models. It includes film holders that support eight 35mm mounted slides, four 35mm film strips up to 24 frames, three to six medium format frames or two 4" x 5" frames. It also has an 8" x 10" guide for transparencies and proof sheets without film holders, allowing for a larger volume of negative scanning.Both models deliver high resolution and excellent image quality. They offer a maximum hardware resolution of 4800 x 9600 dpi, 48-bit color and up to 4.0 DMax for true-to-life color accuracy and the ability to capture minute image detail.The Perfection 4990 scanner uses Epson's unique ColorTrue(R) II Imaging System, providing customers with a technology that integrates superior hardware, optics and image processing to achieve accurate color reproduction and reduced noise.Both models deliver high resolution and excellent image quality. They offer a maximum hardware resolution of 4800 x 9600 d ... Read more

Features

  • Scan images with precision quality and detail: Consistently delivers superior results with 4800 x 9600 dpi resolution
  • Get high-quality scans from negatives and transparencies: Offers 48-bit color depth and up to 4.0 Dmax for smooth gradations and intricateshadow detail
  • Automatically correct an image when scanning damaged film and photos: DIGITAL ICE technology automatically corrects dust and scratches on film, plus tears, folds or creases on photo prints
  • Scan transparencies as large as 8" x 10": Built-in transparency unit with moving light source scans up to twenty-four 35mmnegatives simultaneously. Provides an illuminated scan progress indicator as part of its sleek design.
  • Automatically restore faded color photos: Innovative Epson Easy Photo Fix technology offers automatic color restoration and dust removal features.

17. Epson Perfection 2580 Photo Scanner
by Epson
list price: $179.00
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Asin: B0002NR4Y0
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Epson
Sales Rank: 2421
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Renew vintage film and photos.

Digitize and restore stacks of negatives in just a few simple steps--and rediscover moments from the past! It's all possible with the Epson Perfection® 2580 Photo. With its new, easy-to-use Auto Film Loader, anyone can quickly scan and view individual frames of 35mm negatives. And, with one-touch color restoration through exclusive Epson Easy Photo Fix™, it couldn't be easier to bring back the brilliance of every cherished event. Best of all, with astounding 2400 x 4800 dpi resolution, it's a snap to achieve remarkable detail, ideal for reprints and enlargements.

Fully automatic scanning and other innovative features make it easy to scan photos, film, or text with consistently vivid results, while Epson Smart Panel™ and convenient bundled software allow for added creativity. And, with Hi-Speed USB 2.0, the Epson Perfection 2580 Photo speeds through every scan. That, combined with the remarkable efficiency of the Auto Film Loader, makes it simple to archive and organize boxes of negatives in a flash.

Compatible with both Windows® and Macintosh®, the Epson Perfection 2580 Photo provides the ideal solution for any scanning task. Offering incredible versatility and detail in one affordable solution, it's the perfect choice for bringing old memories to life.

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Features

  • USB 2.0 interface, PC and Mac compatible
  • 2,400 dpi optical resolution
  • 48-bit color, 16-bit grayscale
  • Integrated 35mm film loader
  • Epson Easy Photo Fix for 1-touch color restoration

Reviews (8)

2-0 out of 5 stars Wasted hours
I bought this scanner with the intention of scanning in all my daughter's wedding negatives.After investing at least five hours muddling around with the inept software that came with the scanner, I finally figured out the non-intuitive method required to save settings and repeat the process of scanning negative strips.

Long story short, after spending dozens of hours more scanning in negatives, I realized every image had a reddish cast to it.Dozens more hours were spent performing color balancing with Adobe Photoshop Elements.As an experiment, I tried scanning in a couple of proof prints and compared those images to the same images scanned from negatives.The proof images were clear and beautifully color balanced, as opposed to the negative images, in which everyone appeared to have a sunburn.

So the moral of the story is this: don't assume images scanned from negatives (at least with this machine) are necessarily superior to print-scanned images.That mistake cost me hundreds of wasted hours.I don't know if the problem was in the negatives themselves (the printed proofs are just fine), or the negative scanner on this machine.But I am extremely disappointed with the results.

2-0 out of 5 stars Trouble in the very beginning
I have read all the review regarding this product from all the web I can find. Finially I decided to buy it. The first step is to install the software. Since I know it could get me into trouble if I did not follow the instruction, I carefully unpacked it and began to install the software. Just right in the stage of installing "Epson Smart Panel," it encountered problem of "can't find appinst.ini" I ignored it and installed the rest of it anyway. Afterall, I found there is no Smart Panel software. I called Espon Software Tech Support. Two guys answer my question nicely. I did follow all their instruction trying to download Delreg 3.0 for cleaning up my previous installation and deleted Espon pack in "twain_32" then using MSConfig to disable all the effection softwares. Finally, .... it still could not work. I have brand new HP computer with XP service pack 2. I don't know what caused the problem. If this problem cannot be solved, I am going to return this product tomorrwo.

5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent scanner for the price.
Before purchasing this scanner, I was a bit afraid that it was priced too low for the quality I wanted.Turns out I was wrong.I've scanned almost 400 frames from negative strips so far, and couldn't be happier.I've been using the 200 dpi setting, which is just fine for my needs, although it will go much higher.

There are a couple of things to point out.The auto-feeder has trouble grabbing bent negatives.It also has trouble with night-time photos, because it can't see the separation between the frames.The software is pretty easy to use, but still could have been written a little better.

Also, if your scans come out murky or off-color, try the "Color Restoration" option, under Image Adjustments in Home Mode.You have to select that option for each frame.But it can make a big difference, even if your negatives aren't old at all.

4-0 out of 5 stars Film Scans 'can' be great, sometimes better than original..
So I did a lot of looking around at the more expensive scanners, then this one caught my attention. It was given a best buy award from PC World, and four other top review sites gave it good ratings. I thought cheap price and good ratings, wow, that can't be true.
I ended up buying this scanner with a rebate. I got it home and setting it up was a snap. It does seem a little flimsy in comparison to my 6 year old Hp 5200C (which was enormous). The included software is really a joke. I agree with the poster who said it can be confusing. So until you want a headache, my advice is the stick with the desktop icon "Epson Scan".Also for your first scans stay with "Home Mode" not Professional.
Now on to the scans, first I scanned a 4 by 6 colored photo at 300dpi, and it looked fine. To my surprise, it looked about the same as my 6-year-old scanner. The colors were true, skin tones were great, but dark and light areas had just a tad too much contrast. Easy to fix with Photoshop (or other photo editor).
Then I tried the film scanner, which I have NO prior experience.Now I should mention I was using the Professional Mode and scanning at 600DPI. My first scan was horrible!! The picture was so soft it appeared to be out of focus!! My daughters' blue dress appeared purple, and over exposed. After many more tries I started to wonder why it got such High ratings? There had to be something wrong. The next day, I started the scanner in "Home Mode", played with nothing, and on the first scan got a picture that actually had More detail than the original print. Other than changing to "Home Mode", I don't know what could have been the problem. I've now scanned 60 35mm filmstrips with what I would consider great results. The film feeder works great but not flawless. No filmstrips have been damaged, and I find that lining your filmstrip edges up with the metel bar as your putting it in the scanner works best. If the scanner won't take in the film, you may have it the wrong way as it's hard to tell (with old film) what side is up and what side to put towards the scanner. Also, I'm scanning now, as I'm online typing! So it doesn't hog your system like some programs. Lastly one reviewer said you'll be taking scans of dust, and it's true if there is dust and prints on your filmstrip. Then there will be dust on your digitized image too. I find a lent cloth works great for taking prints and dust off a negative. The only other thing I want to mention is the life span of this scanner is only 10,000 cycles, the more expensive scanners have about 36,000 cycles. My conclusion is, that for the price it's a great buy. I would have given it five stars if it won't for the software issues.

2-0 out of 5 stars Auto feed is tricky
I bought the 2580 because of the capability to automatically scan 35mm negatives.While it takes some time scanning each frame, loading the negatives in the auto feed is tricky.Sometimes several tries are necessary.However, the most disturbing problem is film jams.After about 50 negative scans a strip jammed in the feeder, requiring a manual removal using the feed knob (underneath the top lid).After removing the film, the auto feed no longer works. Everytime I try, a receive a red alert - Epson calls it a fatal error.I'm pursuing with customer service, but this doesn't sound good.Perhaps another brand would work better. ... Read more


18. Epson Perfection 4870 PRO Scanner
by Epson
list price: $599.00
our price: $549.99
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Asin: B0001B5AJY
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Epson
Sales Rank: 9812
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Includes Epson Perfection 4870 Pro Flatbed Scanner Power Cord USB Cable Film Holders (35mm mounted slides 35mm strip film Medium format Film Software CD-ROMs (Epson Scan Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0 ABBYY FineReader Sprint OCR LaserSoft SilverFast SE 6) Pro Software CD-ROMs (LaserSoft SilverFast Ai 6 MonacoEZcolor ArcSoft PhotoBase ArcSoft PhotoStudio ArcSoft PanoramaMaker) Users Guide. ... Read more

Features

  • USB 2.0 and Firewire connectivity; PC and Mac compatible
  • 4,800 x 9,600 dpi optical resolution, 12,800 x 12,800 dpi interpolated
  • 48-bit color depth, 16-bit grayscale; 3.8 Dmax
  • Transparency adapter built into lid with 4 film holders
  • Professional software bundle including LaserSoft SilverFast Ai 6.0

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommend!
I shoot black & white 35 mm.Previously relied upon either a Polaroid SprintScan 4000 or drum scans.The 4870 produces gorgeous scans and is easy to use.I'm very happy with my purchase.SilverFast has proved to be a dissapointment for use with B&W negs.I would probably have purchased the regular 4870 vs. Pro version if I had it to do over again. ... Read more


19. Microtek ScanMaker 6100 ProFlatbed Scanner
by Microtek
list price: $349.99
our price: $271.69
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Asin: B0000YDGW0
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Microtek
Sales Rank: 11861
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Microtek ScanMaker 6100 ProThe ScanMaker 6100 is the ideal workhorse for the home or office user needing versatility and high quality imaging. Its high 6400x3200 dpi resolution lets you create poster-size files of your photos with remarkable sharpness and detail. The innovative ColoRescue™ feature provides automatic one-touch photo restoration for photos and film. A 4"x5" transparency adapter built into the lid easily accomodates 35mm slide, filmstrip, 6x9cm, and 4"x5" transparencies and with its autofilm and frame crop detection system, Microtek's new EZ-Lock Film Holders make film scanning easy, fast, and accurate. ... Read more

Features

  • USB 2.0 interface, cable included; PC and Mac compatible
  • 3,200 x 6,400 dpi optical resolution, true 48-bit color
  • SilverFast SE 6 software with NegaFix and Scratch and Dust Removal
  • Twice the standard number of sensors for improved scanning accuracy
  • Built-in 4-by-5-inch transparency adapter and film holders

Reviews (2)

5-0 out of 5 stars So far, so good!
I've had the 6100 Pro for a little over a week now and so far I am pretty happy with it.Setup and install was fairly simple and so far I have had no problems with it.I am especially impressed with the included Silverfast AI 6 software included with the unit.My parents are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary and I have to scan a bunch of old family photos and create a slide show.When I scanned a picture of my parents wedding using Silverfast, the results were better than the original!

5-0 out of 5 stars Good scanner for the money
Here are a few impressions from a rather novice scanner.I bought the machine to do mostly 35mm slides, and 35 and 120 negatives, both color and black and white. I didn't want to invest in a dedicated Nikon 35mm scanner yet, because I just don't have the time right now to do enough scanning to make it worthwhile.Nevertheless, this scanner seemed to me at the time (4 months ago) to have the best software package: the full Silverfast version and have very good resolution.

The scans of 35mm slides are pretty good.One can use the Microtek software or Silverfast.Frankly if the slides are in pretty good shape, I would use the Microtek software since it is the faster than Silverfast in batch processing.On the other hand, when the slides are in bad shape, Silverfast really shines.In fact, Silverfast almost makes using Adobe Elements unnecessary.Oh, and Silverfast can do levels, unlike Elements.

As for negatives, Silverfast is wonderful.I scanned and printed some 30 year old TriX, dust and scratches, and what Silverfast could do for those brought tears to my eyes.What would have taken me hours in the darkroom, took only about 20 minutes.Overall, I have had not trouble with the unit so far. ... Read more


20. Konica Minolta DiMAGE Scan Elite 5400 Scanner
by Konica Minolta
list price: $1,099.99
our price: $664.99
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Asin: B000095331
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Konica Minolta
Sales Rank: 33684
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

The popularity of digital imaging is continually on the rise. It is involved in numerous professional applications as well as home use for e-mail correspondence, Internet web sites, and cataloging on CD. Minolta's DiMAGE Scan Elite 5400 makes it easy for 35mm film camera enthusiasts to create professional-quality digital images from their film slides and negatives. With 5, 400 dpi resolution, advanced lens optics, simple scanning and image-processing procedures, plus USB or FireWire interfaces, creating beautiful digital scans is "quick as a click." ... Read more

Features

  • PC and Mac compatible
  • Single-pass, 35mm film and slide scanner
  • 16-bit A/D conversion, 5,400 dpi image resolution
  • Grain Dissolver, Digital ICE, Pixel Polish software
  • FireWire and USB 2.0 connectivity

Reviews (4)

1-0 out of 5 stars Unit good when it works, problem is it doesn't always work.
I purchased this unit in Dec 2003.Scanned a few slides, then came back to in a month later.The unit would not load or unload slides.It made all sorts of grinding noises.Minolta fixed it under warranty.When they shipped it back, it had a damaged face plate.I stupidly did not bother to call them back and demand it to be fixed again.I did not care about minor cosmetic damage to the face plate.I subsequently scanned over 500 slides with it with good results.I did not use if for several months, and now the unit is dead.Won't load or eject the film holder.Now Minotla claims it is damaged and not under warranty.Before you buy this unit, look for others will similar repair problems.I wish I did before I bought this scanner.Not recommened do to thepoor workmanship and faulty design that requires frequent trips to the repair shop.

3-0 out of 5 stars ok but inconsistent and disappointing
I've tested this scanner for two weeks now, and I must admit that despite it doing excellent slide scans, I am worried
about numerous items that may force me to return it.

I'll start with the good: It does excellent slide scans
at 2700 dpi and these come through in about 4 minutes,
pretty consistently and beautifully sharp. The saturation seems only very slightly lacking and I've
been noticing some deficiency in the yellow end of the color balance, but I also have to admit they are very sharp and
perfectly acceptable for a scanner at this price. The Elite also does excellent scans of very dark images, for
instance night shots, which exceeded the capacity
of my last slide scanner.

There remain other problems, however. Top of the list is the results from color negatives. Granted, the results from
my Nikon Coolscan III also suffered the same deficiency in
saturation but I bought that scanner in 1999 and figured
this would be a solved problem. When you scan a negative
in this unit, expect to have to readjust it, a hassle with
negatives for which there may be no real reference
(ie prints, etc) I've gotten beautiful rich prints from
Kodak negative film and these scans just do not come
anywhere near that richness of color. You'll do much better
to scan prints from a flatbed.

Of equal or more concern is the slapdash look of the software included. There was little or no attention paid
to the look of the user interface, which leads me to distrust the value of many of the suppposedly automated functions, such as noise reduction and dust and scratch removal.
The prescans seems to be superfluous. Nikon's
software left this in the dust. I know for a fact that the color adjust is basically for show only. It doesnt appear to
update as you adjust it. Anyway, it's advertised as some
remarkable support ware for scanning which it is not.

The most serious concern is the occasionally wild
variations in scan times that occur when scanning
negatives, however, and the varying times of setup
when you leave it unattended after scanning.
I've seen this unit take from 6- 20 minutes(!) per image at the 2700dpi negative setting
and why it should take so much longer than the slide scan
is a mystery. What's worrisome is the variation in
function.In all fairness, the loaders allow you to load
and leave 4 slides or a strip of six negatives. While the scanner works, you can take a break or snack. I really
appreciate this function and you won't find it elsewhere
at this price. The unit has a thin long profile, and the firewire
makes transfer much faster than any USB scanner will muster.

However, the variation in function and motor noise, cheap appearance of the software, and online rumors make me wonder about the long-term durability of this item, so
proceed with caution. Buy an extended warranty, I guess.So far so good on the slides, though, and that's what really counts, since my experience until now has shown me that negative scans are not gonig to be great at the sub-$1000
price point. They're certainly sharp enough, but Minolta,
where's the color saturation? Telling me to adjust
it in the crappy interface is not a sufficentt answer. And
what in golly's name is the focussing button for?
How am I going to accurately focus a laser on a
small piece of emulsion? Does this mean that this
thing goes out of focus easily? GREAT. That's YOUR
job, Minolta. Mine is to focus the camera.
I'll be looking to another company from now on.
I expect to see a software update if you want to keep the
business of a PRO photographer.

1-0 out of 5 stars Faulty design useless for serious work
Please, check out postings on serious digital photography forums before even considering this scanner. I would suggest the Digital Darkroom forum at www.photo.net (you can search for DSE 5400 related threads) and especially the Film Scanners forum at www.photo-i.co.uk.

Regarding my personal experience with this scanner, my unit was faulty right out of the box (the "green lines" problem, see forums for more). As of now my (less than one month "old") scanner has been at Minolta repairs service once where it was cleaned. NOTHING was actually done to repair the problem despite the truckload of info (including my original slides and their scans) that I'd assembled for the repairs service. In the next few days the scanner will be shipped out for repairs again but I have a big suspicion that my problem will be ignored just as the first time.

This is what I think about this. Yes, if you are lucky to get a perfectly operational unit, it would produce excellent scans for you. However, my feeling is that Minolta is pushing a poorly designed and tested product that is inherently faulty and susceptible to various quality problems. Currently the risk of getting such faulty unit is fairly high, and if you read this post then you know how you will be treated by Minolta repairs. Minolta appears not to be an honorable company. There is a big chance that if your unit is not operating as it should it will not be repaired but you will not get a refund for it either.

5-0 out of 5 stars Minolta 5400 - Great Scanner - Easy to use
This is a wonderful machine.Software installed first time, not common for scanners, and worked first time.I have a ton of stuff on my machine (XP/Pro) and found no conflicts.
Best film/slide holders I've seen.
3 scanning modes available.
Easy which does a quite good job, but with little ability to change settings and full which lets you adjust everything.The third mode is batch which lets you set up to scan all negs or slides in the holder.
The full mode can be used within Photoshop (or Photoshop Elements 2 which is included).
Shadow detail is stunning.
All film scanners are slower than flatbeds and this is no exception.An ultimate negative scan (Maximum input resolution, Maximum output resolution, 48bit color, Digital Ice) takes just under 4 minutes and produces a 233Meg Tif file.But you seldem need quite that quality. Most scans would be about 1.2 minutes to 3 minutes.Negatives take longer than slides.
You must have USB 2 or Firewire!You could connect this to USB 1.1, but speeds, especially at the high end would be terrible.
My only complaint is that you can't tell the software the length of the film strip.My of my film is in 4 negative strips and the software always scans the whole holder which is 6 long.
Highly recommended. ... Read more


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