cfitz wrote:By the way, I've also read a number of user comments from people who tried both the Canon 5000F and the Epson 1670 for slide/negative scanning, and they reached the opposite conclusion - favoring the 5000F.
Well they didn't test the 5000F and you can't really judge other models from their brethren (although I bought an Epson 3170 Photo (3200 dpi) about a month ago mainly because of the earlier tests). Also the Epson 1670 has a resolution of 1600x3200, which is more than the other budget scanners but less than 5000F.
UALOneKPlus wrote:Any recommendation on the FASTEST scanner?
The following table shows the scan times in seconds for the "budget" scanners in the c't test from issue 23. The Epson has a resolution of 1600 x 3200, all others are 1200 x 2400 dpi.
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. Preview A4 Photo OCR gray OCR B/W
. 600 dpi 200 dpi 200 dpi
. 24 Bits
BenQ SZW 5450 8 59 34 34
Canon Canoscan 3200F 8 41 10 9
Epson Perfection 1670 15 116 9 8
HP Scanjet 3670 10 187 30 21
Microtek Scanmaker 4800 9 170 32 36
Mustek Bearpaw 2448TA Pro 12 88 14 17
Plustek OpticSlim 2400 15 183 14 14
Umax Astra 4700 11 51 22 22
One thing to keep in mind is that the "VG-Wort", the literary equivalent of the RIAA (or GEMA) in Germany gets a levy from copiers and scanners that are faster than 2 pages per minute. So some manufacturers cripple the (German) drivers in order to avoid this fee . This seems to be the case here with the BenQ and Microtek scanners. Chances are good that these scanners will be faster in North America .
All told, the Canon was the fastest scanner (mainly because of the photo scans) and the Epson got best marks for quality. I think you'd be best off looking at other tests from local sources, though.