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Canon Cano Scan 9000F Mk II scanner
on 2 December 2013
I purchased this scanner because my previous hardware [a Cano Scan 8800F] had developed a fault which I could not rectify.
In typical Amazon style the scanner arrived very quickly and was extremely simple to both install and get running. Having being extremely happy with my previous scanner [ which was virtually identical] I was expecting to be presented with the same simple Scan Gear software that came with the 8800F and was surprised to find I was not; instead I discovered a program entitled My Image Garden - more of this later! Sadly, unlike our cousins over the Atlantic we in Europe don't get free bundled Adobe Photoshop software with our Cano Scan 9000F's, and yet we pay pound per dollar for the hardware!
Let me say that the Cano Scan 9000F is NOT a compact slim device but a serious chunk of technology that's over 18" long, 10" wide, and 4" deep so it does demand some serious desk space. Let me also say that for anyone that's satisfied with the results of a run of the mill combined printer/scanner this chunk of hardware is definitely OTT. However for those who need fast [about 7 second from cold] high quality scans [up to 4800dpi], and particularly those who need to scan negatives, photographs, or film strips in both 35mm and medium format, this is a remarkable good scanner for the money.
As with my previous machine the new Canon uses LED lighting and thus warms up in mere seconds. However there have been some improvements in both design and software and these include the lack of a "power brick" [why cant everybody do this?] the neat way in which the lid stays up on its own [ a boon if doing a batch of scans] and the ability to scan objects up to about an inch thick - so copying the odd page from a text book is a doddle. The machine also comes with various film/slide masks which are of excellent quality and simple to use.
As on previous versions this scanner has a number of "short cut" buttons on the front panel which enable you to scan a document,create a PDF, copy a page, or send a scan as an email - most useful, but you have to set the software up before they work! But as most of my work is either done in Photoshop or Acrobat [both of which instantly recognised the 9000F] they are rarely used.
And now we come to the matter of the supplied and oddly named "My Image Garden" software. Those that have not had a top of the range Cano Scan before will probably find their way round the software quite quickly but I personally found it to be both clunky and unintuitive compared to Scan Gear which was simple to learn and worked very well. It is for this reason that I have not given the Cano Scan 9000F a five star rating. Having said this you will find, if you look hard enough, the very effective tools, such as Flare, that Canon have developed to get rid of blemishes on old photographs and negatives which really do work well and are far easier most people to use than the complex tools in Photoshop.
I have had many scanners over the years, from numerous manufacturers, and whilst they have all worked satisfactorily I have personally found that the top end Cano Scans have consistently performed the best and have been quite long lived considering the large and varied amount of work they have been asked to do. Only time will tell but so far, with the exception of the supplied software, I am delighted with the Cano Scan 9000F and would confidently recommend it to anyone needing quality scanning facilities.