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Canon CanoScan 9000F Mark II - Performance
Canon’s CanoScan 9000F was always a reasonably quick scanner and the Mark II increases this, particularly for higher resolution scans. At the low res end, it scanned a 200ppi text page for archival in 8s and a 50 percent higher, 300ppi in 12s, including OCR, which works automatically on text scanned to PDF.
A 15 x 10cm photo print took 16s at 600ppi and a 35mm slide at 2,400ppi still only needed 22s. For comparison, the Mark I took 17s for the print but 1:40 for the slide, though that was at 4,800ppi.
Although primarily an image scanner, the device does well with documents, too, both plain text and text with business graphics. Our 15 x 10cm test photo came through well, with no appreciable colour cast and good rendition of both bright primaries and subtler natural pastels.
The colour test target gave excellent results and the skin tones of the sample portrait were natural. The vertical grids on the AI target weren’t as clean as from, for example, the Epson Perfection V600 Photo, though, with obvious greys rather than whites between the black grating.
FARE 3 scratch removal is included and you selected it within ScanGear before scanning. It’s reasonably effective and reduced the scratches in our test piece so they were considerably less noticeable, though it did less well with dust particles.
Should I buy a Canon CanoScan 9000F Mark II?
This depends on whether you have all the editing software you need to manipulate your images. The combination of ArcSoft PhotoStudio and Adobe Photoshop Elements could handle most editing needs between them, but that is certainly not true of My ImageGarden.
There are alternatives to this scanner, such as the Epson, which have a similar spec, but better support software. Scan quality is quite similar, though, so if you have your own application to use it with, the two are direct competitors.
The Canon CanoScan 9000F Mark II is a good flatbed scanner. It produces accurate scans from a variety of different source media, does it reasonably quickly and has useful automation functions, so you can perform standard scans with just a single button press. What it lacks is a good application to scan things too, which may or may not be a problem for you, but is definitely a step back from the original CanoScan 9000F provision.
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