After a year and a half scanning for hundreds of hours with my Epson V800 for 120 film, I've come to the conclusion that I am not happy with the detail and color rendition captured by this flatbed (after all its a low-level flatbed). I"ve learned just about everything there is to learn using Epson Scan and SilverFast to pull out the best dynamic range without clipping anything, getting the negative flat and sharp, and color correcting in these softwares. Still, I am unhappy with my work when I see how scans come out from a Noritsu minilab for example. So I'm on the market looking for a CoolScan (since apparently these were the best home scanners that rival minilab quality, is that true?). The 9000 is far, far out of my $1000 budget but I hear it creates better image quality than the 8000. Is it a significant jump? When buying the 8000, what questions should I ask the seller to make sure everything is proper? Lastly, is anyone here happy with their 8000 and can share their experiences/scans (good or bad)? Truly appreciate it, thanks!