The colour accuracy of the Canon scanner was also very good when scanning reflective media such as photos, with the resulting images showing a high level of detail. When using the film adapter unit to scan 35mm colour slides, the resulting images were just as impressive although in some cases an ever so slight red cast could be noticed. However, the 8000F was let down slightly by an overall lack of saturation in its colour negative scans. That said, we’ve seen this in other scanners and it just goes to show that scanners which offer some form of film scanning capability are no real match for a dedicated film scanner.
What was impressive, however, was the results obtained using the FARE dust and scratch removal feature mentioned earlier. Scanning a 35mm film with this function enabled did actually result in a cleaner image although the scan time can take longer. Admittedly, the process is not perfect and you may have to manually remove any remaining artefacts in an image manipulation package such as Adobe Photoshop. All the same, the FARE technology is definitely a worthwhile feature and not just a marketing gimmick.
Thanks to its solid feature set and good image reproduction quality, the CanoScan 8000F is a flatbed scanner that should appeal to anyone who’s serious about digital imaging. Although not quite as accomplished as the Epson Perfection 3170 Photo, the 8000F’s keen price and overall performance equate to excellent value for money, and a recommendation.