I bought this to scan all my pre-digital photos, and since I want to continue using my EOS gear and work with the pictures on my computer. Since this scanner is quite a lot cheaper than its competitors, I suspected that the quality would not be close to scanners like the Nikon scanners.
At first, I got really bad results, but once I turned off the auto correction, the quality increased considerably. The auto correction does a very good job with color correction and brightness, but there is *way* too much sharpening going on. The software should really only be used to make a basic scan, and all other corrections should be done in other software. I never got VueScan to work with this scanner, so I don't know what those results would be.
Once the auto correction was turned off, I was positively surprised by the quality. The colors are very good, but the contrast seems a little too much. The sharpness of the scans is also very good. After some post scanning work in Paint Shop Pro, I was very happy with the results. It's quite an experience to have digital images that are 4000*2700 pixels.
The only bad thing about slide scanning is that some colors don't come out good. I have some pictures of turquoise lakes in Switzerland that I just couldn't get right. All other colors seemed fine.
The really bad news came when I tried to scan my negatives. The colors are pretty good, but the contrast is bad and there is a lot of 'grain' visible.
I finally returned the scanner, because the negative scans were too bad. If I only used slides, I would have kept it, because you can't beat this slide scan quality for $400. Since I can't justify buying the much more expensive Nikon, I'll have to settle for renting the Nikon once every six months or something.
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Amount Paid (US$): 400