I went to NYC for a few days, and decided to splurge on a 35mm film scanner, not too fancy. I have tons of old slides, and wanted a backup for my trusty Epson V600.
B&H recommendation was Pacific Image Prime Film XE super, which is a manually loaded unit with (they said) good optical specs and satisfied PC buyers. It is compact and light, an important issue when you must carry the thing in a 11 hour flight back home and through three airports. I bought it.
This scanner comes with a very basic program (CyberView) which seems good enough for slides, but horrible for B&W, which is what I do these days. Therefore I will need some scanning software. The little scanner came bundled with Silverfast, which I have never used before. I have read many posts saying that one should get Vuescan instead...
If I can connect a CD reader to my laptop I will give Silverfast a try.
Any comment from your Silverfast experience (or with this scanner) will be gratefully accepted!