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Pros: Was a great scanner for a while. Bought this to migrate my extensive 35mm and large format negatives to digital. Digital ICE works great. Saved me hours of extra touch-up trying to remove dust. Unfortunately, ICE doesn't work for
Black & White. The software took a bit to figure out, but it is usable.
As usual, Newegg price & delivery was fantastic!
Cons: Epson service is TERRIBLE! The unit developed a defect within a couple of months: A red line is now added to all my films. I suspect a bad back-light. Epson has NO 800 number. If you want to speak to a person, you must call (banker's hours) long distance and wait on hold for 10-20 min. Online service is bad too. The first suggestion was re-installing software! Their final answer is to deliver the unit to some "local" repair shop some 150 miles away, with a copy of the receipt to prove warranty in effect.
Overall Review: As part of the "final" solution, Epson also indicated that it might be cheaper to buy a new unit. They are probably correct. However, it will be a long time before I will buy anything else made by Epson. If this unit hadn't broken, it would have been given a much better review.
Pros: This is the 4th flatbed scanner I have owned. I purchased it after my 2 previous Canon Canoscan 8400f scanners "died" (sensor failed to calibrate after about 9 months of use). My old old old Epson 1200 scanner is still working fine, but can't scan slides. So I decided to return to Epson after my bad experience with Canon. The Epson software is absolutely fantastic -- it allows you to scan multiple images (both slides AND prints) in one "session". The quality is just as good as my previous Canon scanner which I thought was fantastic (while it worked), and the resolution is better (of course technology has improved). Scan times are great also -- 12 minutes to scan 4 slides at 2400 DPI compared to my Canoscan 8400f which took just under 1 hour to scan 4 slides at 1600 DPI. I am running a 1.8 MHz single-core CPU running XP and with "Digital ICE" turned on which adds a bit of time. I believe a faster PC may improve those scan times.
Cons: I miss the "play sound when done scanning" option that I had with the Canon scanner, but that isn't a big deal. It was handy to alert me to put in another batch of slides when I was off doing something else.
The slide holder slips out of place easily when trying to get the slides out of the holders. When scanning old slides in plastic carriers, it is very difficult to get them out without dislodging everything. I found that a plastic toothpick is handy for getting under an edge to lift them out.
Overall Review: The automatic settings work very well and I haven't had to delve into any manual controls. This is unlike the Canon auto settings that tended to wash out light colored portions of photos. The Epson software is totally stable and I have not found any scanner settings that cause the scanner software to crash. This is a welcome change from the Canon scanner software as some settings ALWAYS caused a crash and could not be used.
Pros: I had a Nikon Coolscan V (LS50) before buying this scanner. The Nikon was wonderful but I couldn't justify the $500+ I had tied up in it since I only shoot limited amounts of film. I took a chance on this Epson scanner because of the digital ICE feature and the price after rebate. The digital ICE feature (which is hardware based like the Nikon) is only used when scanning negatives on this scanner, and it works great to remove dust and scratch marks. Having used digital ICE I would not buy a scanner to scan negatives that did not have this feature. However, to my surprise, scanning prints on the Epson, using only 300 dpi and Epson's software based dust and scratch removal tool, I got excellent results. The advantage to scanning prints versus negatives is print scans take less than 10 seconds. Scans of negatives, using digital ICE, takes minutes (I believe 3-4 minutes). At almost 1/4th the price of my Nikon...I'll take it!
Cons: Hey...the plastic holders are what they are. They work, but they give you that Wal-Mart-Made-in-China feeling. Just be careful. The Epson software based dust and scratch removal tool, your only option when scanning prints, works...but it's not as good as the digital ICE used for scanning negatives. It tends to think small bits of light are dust particles...and it removes them. Well...sometimes they are...and sometimes they're not. Just keep those prints pretty clean to start with and I bet you'll be pleased. You can scan with or without dust removal...but I bet you choose to use it more often than not.
Overall Review: You can scan prints at only 300 dpi because most 1-hour photo shops only print the prints at 300 dpi. Scanning prints at higher resolutions do not get you better results...or so I've read. However, this Epson scanner will scan negatives at insanely high resolutions (up to 6400 dpi). My Nikon only went as high as 4,000 dpi. As stated earlier, the Nikon was wonderful, but expensive. I suspect you reach the point of diminishing return somewhere around 4,000 dpi...a point at which it may sound nice...but the question is can you see the difference. I'm scanning negatives at 4800 dpi because I can't see any improvement using 6400 dpi.
Pros: I have a copy paper box full of 35mm negatives and prints. I want to archive them in case the originals are destroyed. I am about half way through the box with over a thousand pictures copied and so far I could not be happier with the results.
Cons: It could be a little quieter, but its worth it for the results.
Overall Review: I have not installed the Photoshop software yet. So far there has been no hitch at all using this with my Windows Vista computor
Pros: Scans slides great. I don't find the slide/film holder to be that flimsy. I have scanned 160 slides so far and they have come out very well. Scanned at only 600 dpi and they look great. It took only an hour to scan 48 slides. I used only the Epson dust removal. I didn't want to take the time to use the Digital Ice. I did try it out and it works very well but is slower.
Cons: None yet.
Overall Review: I have not scanned any film or documents yet. I have only scanned slides so far. There is dust left after the Epson dust removal, but I correct more of that in my photo editing program. The dust does not show up much in my slide show presentation as the photos are not full screen. If I want a full screen presentation, I will use the Digital Ice. I love this scanner!
Pros: My first scannere and have been using the V500 for 5 months now with no problems. Have
scanned in over 3000 color slides and many color and black /white pictures. I feel it does an
outstanding job on old and very old photographs. Also does a good job on B&W negatives. The
software that comes with the scanner is adequate.
Overall Review: Enjoy the lid which automatically holds itself up. The V500 does just what I wanted a scanner to do. Great EPSON product. Quick delivery from NewEgg as usual.
Pros: Excellent Scanner. This was a replacement for my Canon 8100 Scanner, the Perfection V500 does a fine job of scanning eveything I need. Does a great job of both photos and documents. I do not find in noisy, or slow. I am very happy with my purchase.
Pros: I have scanned a variety of photos, news print, and other printed materials (personal use ) and am pleased with the results. Color rendition and resolution is very good for this type of scanner. ICE technology works great. The scanner arrived undamaged and was easy to install. I haven't had any conflicts as of yet.
Cons: The slide and film holder is flimsy. Still seems a bit pricey but product is working very well....we'll see if it holds up.
Overall Review: Some what a rarity these days,the glass was clean!