"All you'll ever need"4.5 starson by shaksper
Pros: Resolution and sharpness are amazing for a scanner this inexpensive - The ICE alone is worth the price. Rescanning color slides from the 1970s allowed saving many I had given up as hopless due to age, dirt and dist, scratches and fading.
Cons: Loading single slides gets old, but it is manageable. Similarly, strips of 6 negatives is the maximum.
Summary: After a few years using first a Canonscan with no ICE, and Epson 4990 with ICE, and now this machine I have experienced all levels of useage. For the occassional scanner, a flatbed equivilent of my old Canon without ICE would probably do. As you scan old, damaged film, the flatbed Epson 700 (very similar to the 4990) would probably suffice. But once you step up to a dedicated film scanner, there is no comparison. The resolution goes WAY up, the size image you can print is amazing, the sjarpness and detail that it can pull out of your film will surprise you.BTW, using VueScan, you can do as many as 16 multiscans of the negative/slide, if you'd like, and the software will allow this. Not sure if any other SW package will.
I am currently going through my 7000 plus images to identify those I feel are good enough to justify scanning again. Using just the scanner & Nikon software I was happy. Using the machine with Vuescan and then, where necessary, using PS Elements and the free to download Polaroid "Dust and Scratch Filter" (ICE will NOT work on silver base film like my old Tri X) I have e created photographs NEARLY as good as when I originally took them.
I bought 3 scanners as I moved up. Do yourself a favor and think ahead to what you might want a few years down the road. I could have saved money by going quality first instead of "upgrading" with a new scanner every year or so. I only bought mine because the photography forum I participate in announced the discontinuance of the Coolscan V, and that what you buy now has been made in the past, but when the stock is gone, so is your opportunity to buy a new Nikon Coolscan V.
Updated on Sep 12, 2008
I tried it myself. 16 scans are too many, 2 was not enough. I liked the results with 4 scans. When I was scanning my old color slides I noticed there was also an option on Vuescan for "multi-exposure" that seems to get more detail out of the shadows by adding one final scan to the process. So ignore the coplaints of price for a "single pass" scanner. It's not important. AND the price on this has just shot up $79 since I bought mine!