First experience with the Canon 9000F scanner A 300 SG$ Film Scanner

Achim Reh

New Member
Nov 1, 2011
Ok, ignoring many of the negative comments I read on the internet regarding the Canon 9000F, I bought one. It was not really my intention to use it as a high quality film scanner. I wanted to used it for preview of negatives, because with my polaroid filmscanner, it takes about an hour to preview 36 images form a 35mm film.

However, reading the specs, I got curious and wanted to find out what this thing can do, and how much of the advertising is really true. 9600 dpi for this price...give me a break.

Anyway, my first impression was, it is BIG. Also, it scanner the same A4 size as my old Canon flatbed scanner, it is around 15cm longer, 3 cm wider and 3 times as high . All plastic, so, handle with care .

Installation was trouble free , plug and play on a mac . BUt if you run lion, you probably need to update the canon driver.

The scanner comes with 3 film holder, a 35mm, that fits 2 stripes of 6 negatives, a slide holder that fits 5 35mm slides and a 120mm holder that fits a maximum size of 6cm X 22cm ( a reason to buy a medium format panorama camera I guess) .

The scanner did his initial job as I wanted, a quick preview in reasonable quality of 12 B&W Negatives takes probably 1 to 2 minutes, including mounting the film into the holder. Thats what I bought it for and this function works great.

But, as I had the film loaded anyway, why not try out the full potential, 9600X9600 DPI / up to 48 bit . I only use the 16 bit grey function, as I am scanning B&W film.

If you want to get into this, first, you need a big pot of coffee. Scanning one 24X36 B&W negative in full resolution takes about 8 minutes.

You are then rewarded with a 250 mb file , that equals a 120mega pixel digital file (and thats only B&W).

BUt is this just a large file , or are there really that much details in ?

I would say , the truth is somewhere in the middle.

Do not expect wonders form a scanner that cost you 300 SG$ , 40 % of its competitor form Epson, and not even the price of a film holder form a pro scanner.

But, the result is not bad at all, don't get me wrong. I was impressed. This quality for such a low price.

Here is a test scan form a Ilfrod Pan-F 35mm , and an extreme enlargement of that same scan.

The scanner is for sure good enough for this kind of film resolution. And form my point of view , it is good enough as a film scanner for for most amateur photographers , who are looking for solution that doesn't burn a hole in the wallet, and still gives a decent quality.

Great product, value for money.

( Sorry, I know, I have some dirt/ dust on the negatives, I am a bit in a rush today)
[/url] testScan-111222-0002 by AchimReh, on Flickr[/IMG]

[/url] testScan-111222Enlarge by AchimReh, on Flickr[/IMG]

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Staff member
Mar 11, 2002
moved to review section
thank you for a good write up !

any pics of the scanner itself ? and can it take medium format film ?

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Achim Reh

New Member
Nov 1, 2011
the scanner can take medium format, as stated above " 120mm holder that fits a maximum size of 6cm X 22cm ( a reason to buy a medium format panorama camera I guess) ." Sorry, I am on the way to the airport now, will post some medium format scans only in january.


Senior Member
Aug 20, 2007
mind if you do another crop of the image at 100%, where the focus of the photo is at, because what you have shown seems to be "out of focus". If possible!! Thanks!!

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