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CanonCanoScan 9000F Mark II Film & Document Scanner
 
4.3

(based on 174 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (101)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (52)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (8)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good resolution (110)
  • Easy to set up (109)
  • Accurate color (93)
  • Good bit depth (70)
  • Excellent software (47)

Cons

  • Poor software (20)
  • Slow (14)
  • Difficult setup (8)
  • Inaccurate scans (5)
  • Difficult to keep clean (4)

Best Uses

  • Photos and graphics (91)
  • Large format film (29)
  • Publishing (10)
  • Medium format film (4)
  • Slides (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Frequent user (76), Casual user (44), Great graphics (19)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (112), Business (25)
    • Computer Platform:
    • PC (83), Mac (58)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

For Scanning Film, Top Rated Hardware, Garbage Software

This is one of several scanners that I own.

I primarily use this scanner to digitize film negatives in medium format (120, 220, 645, 6x9, etc.)

In...Read complete review

This is one of several scanners that I own.

I primarily use this scanner to digitize film negatives in medium format (120, 220, 645, 6x9, etc.)

In Short: it's excellent hardware that is *badly* hampered by bad software and a not so great set of film holders, but for the price and some modifications, ridiculously good results can be had.

In Long:

Issues: The software. Yuck. Load the latest driver from Canon's website and either go get Silverfast, or my preferred software, VueScan Pro. It's a small investment in software, but that alone will dramatically improve the output of this scanner by several orders of magnitude.

The second issue: The scanner does not have adjustable focus and the focus is fixed for items placed directly against the platen glass. The depth of field is larger than most flat-bed scanners, so you don't *have* to have it against the glass, but as close as you can get what you're scanning to the glass, the more effective resolution you will get out of your source materials. The supplied film holders hold the film about 0.9mm above the glass, which is really unfortunate because it's right on the outer edge of the scanner's usable depth of field and results in film scans that are nowhere near the 9600 dpi optical resolution of this scanner in terms of resolvable details.

I doubt that this scanner will actually resolve 9600 dpi of detail, however, if you are willing to fiddle around with getting the film closer to the glass (or actually on the glass like I do), you can *dramatically* increase the resolvable detail that this scanner delivers.

It is for this reason that I rate this scanner at 4 stars and not 5 stars. The software and film holders really hold this scanner back for scanning film.

What I do to get around that: For the software, I use VueScan Pro.

For the focus issue, I wet mount my film directly to the platen glass with mineral oil and then cover that with a sheet of .005 clear dura-lar, so it's basically, platen glass->thin film of oil->film->thin film of oil->dura-lar. There are other solutions that can be tried, but this one is the simplest and very effectively holds the film flat and against the glass with no newton rings. Put a very thin strip of mylar tape around the glass to bezel joint to keep the oil from seeping into the scanner and use a speedball or similar rubberized roller to roll out the air bubbles. If you put a *little* extra oil down, you can roll it over the film a couple of times and it very effectively dislodges most visible hairs and dust particles and flushes them away from the film with the air bubbles resulting in shockingly clean scans. From there, you can take a baby wipe or other wet-nap type cleaner and gently wipe down the dura-lar then gently dry it with a microfiber clothe to remove the remaining hair and dust off the top of the dura-lar so that it doesn't show up in the scan.

In VueScan, on the input tab, I set the mode to transparency, media to image (not negative, I convert to positive in Photoshop), the scan resolution to 9600 dpi and Bits per pixel to 48 bit RGB, I check 'lock exposure' (uncheck multi-exposure and set number of passes to 1). Then I do Image->Graph Raw in the menu so that I can see the histogram of the raw samples coming from the scanner before they are gamma corrected, this is important so that you are not clipping any information, since the scanner allows you to adjust the scan exposure time (this is a plus).

In the output tab, I set the printed size to scan size, then I check to raw file checkbox, set the raw file type to 48 bit RGB, raw output is set to 'with scan', raw compression to off, and uncheck raw dng.

In the color tab, I set the color balance to none, the curve low to 0.25 and curve high to 0.75, the scanner color space to default, the output color space to pro photo RGB, and all the other color spaces to sRGB.

In the filter tab, I turn off everything.

From there, I hit the preview button and perform a preview scan then go into the crop tab and set my crop box to what I want to digitize. I generally also digitize a fair amount of the unexposed film surrounding the exposed part so I can see where my exposure is with the scanner (nothing will be lighter than the unexposed part).

I then adjust my exposure and preview scan a number of times (while referring to the raw output histogram) until I'm just below clipping on the far right on the histogram for the red channel (for color negatives), or any of the channels for black and white film.

Once I have the exposure set, I then perform the scan.

So what does this give you? A tiff file that contains the linear 16 bit RGB ADC samples directly from the scanner's sensor with no gamma correction, no color balance correction, no curves applied, no sharpening, and no filtering. It is a scanner equivalent of a DSLR raw file. Scanners don't have bayer array sensors, so it's not exactly like a camera raw file, however, it is a raw file in the sense that the data in that tiff file came off the sensor's ADC, over the usb bus, and then got written directly to the file with no other processing done to it. It is a 16 bit RGB density reading of the film. About as raw as it's going to get.

And boy, is that 'raw' data spectacular! This scanner performs! I've yet to run across film that is too dense for this scanner to scan.

In terms of dynamic range, I've scanned in Kodak T-Max 100 B&W film (rated for 17-18+ stops of DR, its ridiculously awesome film) using the above described procedure of scanning where the scene had a measured DR of 15-16 stops when it was shot, and got all the detail off the negative where none of the samples were clipped to white or black. After it was post-processed, it looked spectacular.

In terms of spatial resolution, with the wet mount process that I've described above where the film is directly on the platen glass, it's *extremely* good resolution. The key is to get the film into the scanner's sharp focus range where it resolves the most detail, which is directly against the platen glass. Again, I doubt it's actually 9600 dpi in terms of resolvable detail, but it is easily the highest resolving scanner I have access to and far exceeds the resolutions I can get from sending my film out to get scanned without spending an arm and a leg to do it. If you use the supplied film holders, you can expect about ~2000 dpi of actual detail (google agrees), but if you went mount directly against the glass, it's probably closer to 4800 dpi of actual detail (again, google agrees). I don't know the exact amount and haven't specifically tested it, I just know that the output in terms of resolvable detail is dramatically higher when I wet mount the film onto the platen glass. It's a bit of work and not the cleanest, but the results are worth it IMHO.

The downside to getting as much as possible from the hardware: post-processing. What comes out of what I described above when first opened in Photoshop can look pretty disappointing (again, unprocessed linear ADC samples), however, with a little know-how and work, it can result in wonderful images. How to get there is a little outside of the scope of this review, but do know, if you are willing to give this scanner a little TLC and fiddle with the scanning process, you can get some fabulous film scans out of it, it just takes a little work to get there.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not for power scanning projects

I scan photos & documents for several hours every day as a professional graphics researcher. The included software is the worst software ever. It appends not only the scanning date, but also a...Read complete review

I scan photos & documents for several hours every day as a professional graphics researcher. The included software is the worst software ever. It appends not only the scanning date, but also a sequence number to your file name. Example: _20131202_0001 will be added to EVERY file or photo that scanned on Dec 2, 2013. You can't name your file before you scan without going into the settings file every single time. More screens. More clicking. Productivity dropped substantially along with a corresponding increase in my blood pressure. The MP Navigator EX software that came with the 9000F (prev version) was basic, but it worked fine. Plus it didn't append my file name with all that extra garbage and let me name the file before the scan (much better for workflow purposes). Example: you look at a photo or doc, decide what you want to name it --then you name the digital file, scan & turn the photo over in the paper file, move on to the next item. With this Mark II software after the photo you have to take it off the scan bed turn it back over to look at it again & remember what it is supposed to be called, then turn it over again to put it in the file folder. This will make sense if you scan a lot of files & photos like I do for hours & hours every day. My document scans are typically named with the archival ref number, date of doc, whatnot). Eg: RG227-e124-box10-catalina.pdf now add "_20131202_0001" before .pdf. Unnecessarily extra long.

I bought the 9000F Mark II from B&H because I thought it was a newer version of the original 9000F. The hardware is exactly the same. Doesn't Mark II imply improved or better than the original model? Nope. WIth the new software it might as well be a entirely different scanner. I contacted Canon to ask if I could use the old MP Navigator EX software with the Mark II. No dice. Canon's response: "There is not a way to use the MP Navigator program with the CanoScan 9000F Mark II, and there is not a way to prevent the appended information from being appended to the scan filename. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause." This is more than an Inconvenience - it directly affects workflow and productivity, which is important to any freelancer. I need to either buy 3rd party software to use this scanner effectively or put that money towards another brand. Scanners at this price point are nowadays pretty much the same (for sharpness, color, etc). If the difference comes down to the software then Canon has lost my loyalty after buying 10+ canoscan machines.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Did not work - customer service in a hurry exit phone call

By Carl

from San Jose

Comments about Canon CanoScan 9000F Mark II Film & Document Scanner:

I have been a loyal canon customer since I bought a canon pellix almost 50 years ago. This scanner had a software issue that required customer service. Getting through to customer service was a nightmare. The technician had me reinstall the drivers but it we never could get everything 100%. I will have to try again - but their hours are inconvenient for anyone who gets home after 5pm.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Product is as widely advertised, works well

By Bob

from Marion, OH

Verified Buyer

Comments about Canon CanoScan 9000F Mark II Film & Document Scanner:

Manual is unnecessarily confusing. Scanner works well, albeit slowly. Handles B&W negatives- after deep dip in setup; scans directly to printer with no setup required; Market Garden software of questionable value, no useful photo editing software, however. Good buy, but hard work.

 
5.0

CanoScan 9000F Mark II Film & Document Scanner

By Patrick

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Canon CanoScan 9000F Mark II Film & Document Scanner:

Very happy with the product and especially pleased with the sales experience at B&H

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Not user friendly scanner.

By Hans

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Canon CanoScan 9000F Mark II Film & Document Scanner:

The quality of the scans are OK, but nothing exceptional. My one star is because I found it ridiculously difficult to figure out how to use it. Why would it be necessary to have a 350 page manual?

(2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Canon is an outright liar regarding this scanner

By James

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Comments about Canon CanoScan 9000F Mark II Film & Document Scanner:

Optical Resolution: 9600dpi (Film)
Optical Resolution: 4800dpi (Documents)
Color Depth: 48/24-Bit Internal/External
Scan Film, Slides, Documents, Photos
Scan 35mm Negatives & Slides
Scan Medium Format Film
OCR & PDF Creation Software Included
My Image Garden Software
Programmable 1-Touch Scanning Buttons

Cannot scan at either 9600 or 4800 dpi (settings not available)

OCR and PDF creation software not included

My Image Garden software not included

Software chokes at creating a100MB file. My last scanner could create a 2GB file with ease.

This scanner and software (what little the provide) is a serious piece of garbage. Avoid this scanner like the plague.

(1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Looking for a scanner; skip this one

By James

from Undisclosed

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Comments about Canon CanoScan 9000F Mark II Film & Document Scanner:

It does not perform as specified. Scans can not be made at the highest resolution specified. Setting not available. User has very little control of this scanner. The software included is inadequate. To make this device approach functionality hundreds of dollars must be spent on additional software. I intend to return this scanner for a refund and will never purchase another Canon scanner.

(0 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

good scanner

By Stuart

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Canon CanoScan 9000F Mark II Film & Document Scanner:

Works well

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I am happy with the CanoScan 9000F and would buy it again.

By Jerry

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Canon CanoScan 9000F Mark II Film & Document Scanner:

Just finished scanning about 1000 twenty year old 35mm color negatives so I have a good idea of the CanoScan 9000F capability. This model is a replacement for my CanoScan 9950F which finally quit working after many years and more than 30,000 negatives scanned.

I hesitated rating the 9000F a 5 because of the editing software, but I work in Photoshop all the time and used Canon's Scangear in "My Image Garden" just to set up and scan each group which exports the image directly to my hard drive. This method bypasses the cheap editing section of Canon's software. If you save to "My Image Garden", you are limited to the number and size of the files and it will "freeze up" all the time.

The hardware does an excellent job and is sufficient to scan 35mm quality. I scanned a few 120mm (2.25x3.25) negatives and they were very sharp. Of course I adjusted color in Photoshop, which is necessary for any film with some age on it.

I am satisfied with this purchase and expect a good result from Canon.

 
5.0

Works great.

By Catfishjohn

from Rogers, Ar.

Verified Buyer

Comments about Canon CanoScan 9000F Mark II Film & Document Scanner:

Does a fine job. I am converting all my old slides and photos to digital. The CanoScan is easy to use and fairly fast. Copies four slides at a time takes under a minute per slide on highest resolution. Good quality copy which can be cropped or enlarged as desired. Included software allows wide choice for editing and some special effects. Also converts old negatives to good quality pictures. Some learning curve for the software but not bad. Am well pleased.

 
5.0

Ease of using this product.

By Cottontop

from Grand Rapids Michigan

Verified Buyer

Comments about Canon CanoScan 9000F Mark II Film & Document Scanner:

I am very pleased with the performance of this copier. My slides are turning out very well.

 
5.0

I COULDN'T BE HAPPIER

By Lakeforklady

from Lake Fork, TX

Verified Buyer

Comments about Canon CanoScan 9000F Mark II Film & Document Scanner:

With 35 years of 35mm film negatives, slides, and a few inherited 120mm b&w negatives, I have wanted to transform many, but not all, to digital images, both to view as cherished memories of those who have passed before me and to print with new software and printers, which I must confess are better than my old darkroom experiences.
So far, it has been great. The quality of the images is outstanding. I am using the Canoscan software with glee. I tried a well-touted, expensive 3rd party software which was a disaster. Caonoscan does everything I want it to do with excellent results. Afterall, I already had Photoshop Elements for post production editing. Why reinvent the wheel.
I am so happy with this new scanner. I got it because of the negative holder which makes scans so much better than other flat bed scanners. Years ago I had a dedicated film scanner, but was never happy with the results. The detail I can get with this scanner is remarkable.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Good hardware 10 and Terrible software 2

By Patrick

from Seattle

Verified Buyer

Comments about Canon CanoScan 9000F Mark II Film & Document Scanner:

If you purchase this product expect a great piece of hardware with terrible software.

If you would like to scan 4800dpi plan on spending 1-2 hours reading forums and searching for error messages etc to get the most out of this product. Canon needs to update the scanning software!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

I would buy this again but instructions could be better

By Nate

from Walla Walla, WA

Verified Buyer

Comments about Canon CanoScan 9000F Mark II Film & Document Scanner:

The online help and whatever quick instructions they give you, could be written a little bit better so that you can understand it. The instructions to install the software was somewhat easy, but how to use it to scan photos was a bit hard to follow.

It was not until I found some you tube video on how to scan slides/photos that it was easier to understand and use.

 
5.0

35mm

By Alvaro

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Canon CanoScan 9000F Mark II Film & Document Scanner:

High quality in the pictures.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Scanner works fine with Sierra but bad USB cable

By David

from Undisclosed

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Comments about Canon CanoScan 9000F Mark II Film & Document Scanner:

Downloaded the latest drivers and software from Canons website and the scanner would not work in OS Sierra. Loaded the drivers in Parallels running Windows 7 and didn't work. I had a spare USB cable so I gave it a try. So far everything is working fine in OS and Windows. The included USB cable is defective. I'd have given it another star but I wasted hours loading software only to find a bad USB cable. Canon can do better.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great for digitizing 35 mm or 120 format negatives

By Chandramouli

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Canon CanoScan 9000F Mark II Film & Document Scanner:

I bought this scanner to digitize my old black and white negatives. The software installation on my Windows Vista PCs was easy. Scanning of both 120 format negatives and 35 mm negatives is easy. Multiple negatives can be mounted at the same time. I liked the software features for image corrections based on histogram which gives options for over or under exposure. The file size becomes large at high resolution for 120 format and scan time increases to minutes which is a limiting factor. But my 120 films are rarely so good to magnify to that size. It is fun digitizing my old negatives fairly easily with this scanner.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Works as advertised, and very fast.

By Scott

from Boston, MA

Verified Buyer

Comments about Canon CanoScan 9000F Mark II Film & Document Scanner:

Plucked this scanner right out of the box, plugged it in and started using it immediately. Didn't even need to install the Canon software. The "Image Capture" application in Mac OS10.11 (El Capitan) communicates with this scanner just fine, and allows me scan quickly and easily. Also the speed in which it scans and creates a file is so much faster than the old CanoScan 4400. The speed and workflow has improved significantly using this scanner

(0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Love Canon scanners

By Joan

from Undisclosed

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Comments about Canon CanoScan 9000F Mark II Film & Document Scanner:

I've always used Canon scanners.  I've always gotten great results from everything I scanned.  I have a lot of negatives to scan and for a flatbed scanner at 9600 dpi it works great.  I've gotten great print results from the scans depending on how old the negative is.  I don't care of the software that comes with it so I use another software when scanning.  But for what I need it for it works great and was a reasonable price.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Scanner works great for Film, SW could be better.

By Rick A

from Phoenix

Verified Buyer

Comments about Canon CanoScan 9000F Mark II Film & Document Scanner:

I like the scanning quality once you tune it properly, however I wish it would not use Image Garden to modify update pictures. I own several Canon cameras and have their photo editing SW installed on my machine, but the scanner still prefers the Image Garden program.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great scanner!

By Lou

from South Florida

Verified Buyer

Comments about Canon CanoScan 9000F Mark II Film & Document Scanner:

Love the scanner, the scanner scans great slide film and negatives. For the price it's a great deal. I would recommend this scanner.

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