After several months of research, I bought the Perfection V600 in February to digitize my family photo albums, which were literally crumbling from age. This scanner allowed me to scan, restore color, and make other corrections in a single step. The results are excellent, and I will be giving commercially printed copies to each of my children for Christmas this year. Couldn't have done it with the scanner I had before this one.
This scanner does much better than the scanner I used before. Unfortunately, scanners as a group are very low tech copy machines. Processing software can be good but the physical process is antiquated. Slides especially suffer. Slides are film mounted between cardboard which is thicker than the film itself. This means every slide is out of focus compared to prints. Why there couldn't be a slide focus feature seems puzzling. Just a knob to adjust focus would be nice. That might mean something more than just a surface glass for imaging the print, maybe a slot over the imaging mechanism on some sort of slide tray instead of the glass top. We are taking images of planets millions of miles away, but we can't scan a slide in focus yet. I think Epson could do it if they wanted to bad enough.
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