I recently inherited my dad's 3 to 4 thousand strong coleection of transparencies dating from 1954 to 1980 and a similar number of B&W photos from 1880 to 1960.
I bought the Canoscan after lots of research and I am very pleased with what it can do both on slides and printed images,the correcting software can even peer into under exposed originals and bring out unseen detail. The FARE software is amazing at finding and removing the effects of dust and scratches on the image without (appearing to) corrupt the detail.
To me set up was a worry but frankly could not have been easier and after a little practice good results were quick to obtain : operation is straightforward, very much so if you use Autoscan but that robs a little of the canoscan's amazing power.
The bundled software seems good but Adobe Photoshop lived up to its reputation for being horribly opaque and hard to navigate BUT it is very good and amazingly clever.
all in all a very postive purchase.
I'd recommend it to any one with a back catalogue of slides they want to digitise.
It may not be the very best on the market but Canon CanoScan 9000F
must rate 10/10 in terms of value for money