I had an Hp flatbed and use a Macintosh computer as I am a retouching artist. The Hp was OK but they neglected to update the software with Apple's penchant for constant OS improvements. I looked for a new scanner and looked to Epson since I have 3 of their printers and have been happy with performance and support. The epson is elegant in design and the software well supports its features. I like the location of the controls and even though it seems like a small thing, I really like that the lid stays up when you open it. When you are positioning multiple pieces of artwork on the glass it frees up both hands to do the work. The resolution is great and warm up time is minimal.
For the price and for all that it does, I have to say it is overall a good product, but there are caveats. I previously had a 15 year old high-end Nikon Cool Scan II, which needed some repair but is out of service. So for my limited budget, I determined this was the best product; in addition to scanning negatives and slides, it also scans photos of which I now have many. My main purpose, though, is to scan old pre-digital negatives from the 80's and 90's. And I have come to the conclusion this flat-bed scanner is best for photos and that for my purpose a dedicated negative scanner would have been better. You scan negatives from a template which holds the negative strip on the flatbed which then scans using a focused beam to produce a very high resolution image. However, I found all of my scans so far produced have a glare through white space, which I was unable to correct via scanning or software manipulation. It could be the negatives, but I believe it has to do with the quality of the scan tech. It is also slow in the scan routine. I think this flat bed design is best for photos. FYI: During installation I was prompted to download a 'patch' for my Mac 10.12.2, which addresses a year-old negative review concerning compatibility.
So far I have used this scanner for slides and photos. Some of the slides were 50+ years old and were faded. Some also had dust that would not come off using a gentle microcloth and air brush. The scanner did an excellent job removing dust and restoring color. There were a few that I still had to bring into Photoshop, but overall the scanner did an excellent job. I do have an issue with Epson, though. I had an excellent Epson photo scanner that was almost as good as this scanner and had lots of used left in it. Epson quit updating its software after Windows XP so it became a huge paperweight. Yes, there is alternate software out there that will operate the scanner, and according to reviews does a good job. However, the cost of the software was over half the price of the V600 scanner. I opted for the new scanner which has some improved technology. In effect, Epson forces the user to buy a new scanner or buy after-market software that you hope will continue to do a good job with your equipment.
This scanner is easy quick. The flatbed is simple and I can scan film negatives in record time. This scanner is perfect for various size negatives. If you want to convert your analog film to digital and cannot afford a drum scanner, this is the perfect solution.
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