In the near future I will set about scanning my Dad's thousands of colour slides onto either a hard drive or discs and all my colour and b & w prints to the same. The question is, is it worth while buying a dedicated scanner for each format or are those scanners that I have seen advertised that do both slides and prints any good? Hopefully someone with a experience of scanning will be able to help. I think there will be at least 5000 colour slides from my Dad and probably 2500 prints from me so it will have to be a fairly robust machine. When I buy things I usually stick to the premise that it is wise to buy the best you can afford at the time so although I will not be scrimping I will also not be spending money like a drunk sailor either.