Competent film scannerCustomer Rating:
After reading a zillion reviews (most, but not all of them, positive), I bought this scanner to deal with a very large collection of photo prints, negatives, and mostly 35mm slides. In a month, I have worked through some 700 slides, and am happy with the quality. The slide mount holds only four slides, which is a lot better than earlier Canon models that did one at a time. But the four at a time operation still takes around three minutes, so you might want to have a magazine to pass the time while the scanner is working.
At 1200 dpi, a slide comes out to 500-800 Kb. After cropping, cleaning, color correcting, and managing light and contrast, I store the originals on a dedicated hard drive. Then I create an optimized duplicate of each jpeg with NX PowerLite (to around 150 Kb) and store the duplicates on a backup drive. There is no visible reduction in quality (unless you magnify 10X), and the smaller format clogs email boxes less when I share photos.
The scanner comes with a boatload of software, too much, really. I have no experience with MUCH more expensive scanners, but I get the feeling that this model can produce equally good captures, especially at higher dpi. Unless it breaks down sooner than expected, you will likely be glad you bought it.