I've been looking at getting a dedicated film scanner for months - checked back through all related posts read reviews etc etc and am finding it really difficult....so many different scanners!! I've boiled it down to a few that are in my price range and really want to make a good investment. Nikon coolscan ed IV (secondhand) plustek optic 7200/7500 Acer (benq) ScanWit 2720S (although I've no idea where I'd get one from or if they still make them) Konica Minola Scan Dual IV (secondhand) Nikon coolscan ed v (secondhand) what I've seen from comments:- plustek optic 7500 vs coolscan ed V + high resolution + price +- 7200DPI Scan time 1 min 50 secs with out ICE, 38mins with ICE!! - frustrating film loading - USB 2 - poor dynamic range Nikon coolscan ED IV - prone to bring out grain on coarse grain films because of LED light source + Nikon ICE very good for removing scratches, dust etc (must be a massive time saver but apparently reduces sharpness slightly) + relatively fast (2 mins per 4 frame strip) - ICE doesnt work with B&W, kodachrome etc - Nikon software (although scanner can be used with other software such as silverfast) - USB - more expensive - flimsy film tray + can batch scan Acer (benq) ScanWit 2720S + good image quality (if you use other software) - poor software (but again can use vuescan or other software) - scsi connection - flimsy film tray + price + can batch scan ??? - multiexposure reduces noise Nikon coolscan ed v (secondhand) - have to use c41 B&W to use ICE + good colour reproduction - prone to bring out grain on coarse grain films because of LED light source + Firewire connection fast + can batch scan Konica Minola Scan Dual IV (seconghand) + not backlit LED light source so better for coarse grain B&W films - colour matching needs attention - unreliable + Can batch scan with vuescan - noisy scans - horizontal slot bad for dust - not quite as sharp as Nikons - no ICE - loud Would consider a Epson V700 / V750 but laying out neg strips and keeping them clean sounds like a nightmare and I cant believe that the image quality would be the same a dedicated scanner And after all that .Im still not sure! It seems that the Nikons are great scanners but they have an achilies heal when it comes to B&W - accentuating the film grain and you cant make use of ICE which is one good reason to pay the extra - and I shoot mainly on 400 TRI-X film. The plustek seems amazingly good value for money - good detail - but has a limited dynamic range - and I'd definitely like black to be black. The Konica mintola seem stronger on B&W, good detail and Dynamic range, perhaps unreliable but probably my favourite at the moment. To be honest I dont really understand resolution figures - maximum resolution, optical resolution etc etc - so cant make a judgement in respect of that. I'd obviously welcome any comment based on experience. When I scan negs I quite like including some of the border around the picture - is that possible with any of these scanners?