Would I buy this scanner again? Yes but turned out not to be what I expected. When I first used it the scans were very slow on 6x6 B&W negatives. Yes I was running 4800 dpi and making some 100mb files but 12 minutes a scan was a bit much. I calculated the data transfer rate at 1.1 meg bits a second which is far short of the 12 to 480 that the USB should be able to provide. My first attempt to resolve the problem was moving from an old G4 Power PC MAC to a newer Intel Mac that hasn't been put into service because of application issues. This changed improved scanning speeds by about 4 times bringing scans down to around 3 minutes. It appears the scanner moves much of the image processing into the PC. This isn't a bad thing because it allows upgrades to the PC to improve scanner operation. It also allows updates to Epson Scan to improve scanning without loading new software into the scanner. The bad part is Epson scan could be written better because it was using no where near 100% of the processor while it was doing the slow scans. Note I am a hardware programmer so I understand the flaw. Next issue is the fact this is a 3200x3200dpi scanner if you want clean scans. Above this number interpolation takes place to create the final image so you are not seeing what was scanned but are instead seeing what the software thinks the image looks like. The magic numbers that provide true images in dpi are 3200,1600,800,640,400,320,200,160,128,100. These are the numbers that divide evenly into both 6400 and 9600. They will also result in faster scans because they require no interpolation to produce the final image. Is this a problem? No because at 3200 I was able to see the grain in some of the B&W negatives. A scan of a 35mm film would still produce a 16x20 print which is pushing it for a 35mm negative. You should only use the higher scan settings for very special projects and if you are archiving, stick with the magic numbers. As for Digital Ice. I have not played with the feature much but the one word I have for it is WOW. I scanned a poorly stored color negative and it removed all but a few spots of damage. Don't use this feature unless you need it but I wouldn't want to buy a scanner without it. Note to Epson. Feel free to comment below this point if I got something wrong. I would love to be able to push the feature of this scanner more but as I see it, these are the limits.
I bought this scanner almost 2 months ago and I am amazed at how well it performs. Scanners came a long way in about 15 years since I bought my last one. Scanning negatives is so easy and results are so much better..
I absolutely love this scanner. I have seen similar Fujitsu scanners in the hospital where I used to work...but they were a lot more expensive. So I was dubious when I bought this one. However, I place 1-2 dozen documents in the feeder and watch them fly by on my laptop screen, all of the scanned docs look accurate and clear. I highly recommend this great scanner.
I recently retired and subsequently lost my availability to a digital scanner. I recognized the value of a good flatbed scanner and so I began my search. I was steered to the Epson by a store employee. I have been pleased with the performance. I have yet to experience all the options available from this scanner, but I trust they will all perform flawlessly.
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