I think cabbiinc has covered most of the bases. I'd agree with the comment that the number of photos you want to transfer will probably be the deciding factor. Personal scanners are slow - a few dozen, fine but if you get into hundreds, you are looking at a very long and tedious process!
But for what it's worth, I have a Canon 8400F scanner, which has a built in slide/negative scanner. It was about $150 US new but I think this model has been discontinued now. I think the scanners with the separate light in the lid work better than the ones that use reflected light but that's personal preference. The carrier that comes with mine will take the standard 35mm strips that your processed film comes in and will process each strip (5 frames) in one pass. The Canoscan Toolbox that comes with the scanner does a good job of scanning the negatives. I would certainly recommend using the negatives, rather than the prints, you'll get better quality results but make sure that you blow any dust off them with a photo blower.
My scanner produces excellent colour rendition - it has a very slight green shift but unless you have the scanner print and one produced by regular photographic methods side by side, you wouldn't notice.
My scanner also came with an OEM copy of Photoshop Elements, not the full program but more than enough to make general manipulations of the image, so check what comes with the scanner if you decide to buy one. If you don't get an image manipulator with the scanner, you could try Irfanview for simple manipulation or The GIMP, which provides pretty much full Photoshop capabilities but for free! There is a learning curve with The GIMP but once mastered, you'll have everything you need for your images from any source.
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