Pros Good quality scans
Excellent negative scanning for price (you'll pay several thousand $ for anything better)
Easy to set-up & use (though finding calibration is non-intuitive)
Light-weight, space-saving design
Cons Negative scanning speed - 7 minutes for maximum quality; 1:30 for 4x6 quality
Summary I did a lot of searching on-line, and this had the best reviews and specs of any currently sold consumer negative scanner I could find. My experience with it has been very good, no problems. Currently, I've scanned close to one hundred negatives. Most of the complaints/negative reviews have to do with lines on the scans, which just means that the person hasn't figured out how to calibrate the scanner. Generally, anytime you move the scanner from one location to another, due to jostling, etc, you will have to re-calibrate for scanning negatives (a fraction of a millimetre makes a huge difference on a 35mm negative).
Pros Cheap. And cheaply built apparently.
Cons Piece of garbage. Don't get it. After a few months of light use, stripes start to appear on images when scanning negatives. The menu mentions nothing about what maintenance to take or any preventive measure. Lots of complaints on google.
Summary Cheap, but problems appear only aftre a few months of light use. GARBAGE product. COMPLETE waste of money. What a scam from CanoScan. Should call itself CanNOTScan.
Pros Lightweight, incredible resolution and incredible scan quality!
Cons It's a very lightweight scanner, but it's not meant to be banged around in a laptop bag, or it will get destroyed easily. So be very careful with it, and treat it with care. Some people bang these devices around and destroy them quickly, be careful
Summary Great scanner, 5 out of 5 stars. No cons, excellent quality, incredible scans. Just be careful with the way you handle the scanner, and don't mess it up or damage it. Ignore the other user that is complaining about quality, it seems to be a good quality product (for the price).@Canadian_Pacific - You stated "stripes start to appear on images when scanning negatives". That is a problem with the way you are scanning the images. I've used the LiDE 700F for over a year now (since late 2009) and it's a great scanner for the price. If you want a better quality scanner, then get the Canon CanoScan 9000F. The 9000F has a true CCD sensor (not a cheap CIS sensor) and it's a higher quality scanner for personal/business use.
Updated on Mar 7, 2011