I remember when I first got into the business. Having a scanner seemed like the ultimate toy. Unfortunately they were extremely expensive. So for those times I really had to have something scanned, I visited a friend. A little over ten years ago I bought my first scanner. It was a good model, but certainly nothing spectacular. I got it right off the shelf which meant that some things were missing. At the same time, I saved some money and only had to pay $750 for the scanner.
The good news is that prices have dropped dramatically and the quality of the scanners has improved just as dramatically. Now you can get a scanner far better than what I bought back then and you’ll pay under $200 to get it. I purchased my most recent scanner about two years ago and have been very pleased with it. While that model isn’t available, a newer flavor is the Canon CanoScan 8800F and it sells for under $180 at Amazon.com.
It seems like everybody focuses purely on resolution when looking at scanners. It is hard to find a scanner that won’t give you more resolution than you need. This one can scan at 4800 dpi and I can’t think of any reason to scan at that kind of a resolution. If you do, the dust and hairs will be gigantic.
While I don’t think you should need any software beyond a TWAIN driver, it gives you a nice package of software covering a variety of categories. It connects via USB 2.0 hi-speed so you will get the scans on your computer plenty quick. You can even scan slides or 35mm film with the included adapters. If you are needing a new scanner, this is a great model to check out.