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<< I am in the market for a film scanner (my first) and have > narrowed my choices down to two - the Canon FS 4000 >> Richard, I own the Canon FS4000 and am currently in the process of comparing it to a Polaroid SS 4000 Plus. To make some comments regarding the Canon...I am very pleased with its construction and it is exceedingly sharp. I find the Filmget software to be very clunky, which really isn't the worst thing in the world if you do your levels, curves, color correction etc in an image editing program like Photoshop. In addition, the color renedition of Filmget is not the best, though 1.0.3 is significanty improved. However, I myself find Vuescan to be much better software for the Canon FS4000 than Filmget, so that is what I use. The scanner is very slow. In terms of image quality..it depends what you are looking for. My scans have been exceptionally sharp and detailed and color has been quite good with Vuescan. However, there is noise in the shadows and so I think it is important to decide #1) How fussy you are, #2) How large you intend to view the images on the computer screen, #3)how large you intend to print out the hard copy. I have been using the scanner on XP with no problem and I believe there are official XP drivers on the web site. Let me know if I can give you any other opinions or info. Howard HMSDOC@aol.com - Turn off HTML mail features. Keep quoted material short. Use accurate subject lines. http://www.leben.com/lists for list instructions.