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.
The Epson Perfection V600 Phot Scanner works great with Microsoft Windows 7. Just like previous Epson scanners that I have owned, it works great. I have had no problems at all with this scanner. Here is the Epson product description for your information and use. Epson Perfection V600 Photo Scanner 6400 x 9600 dpi for outstanding resolution and enlargements up to 17" x 22", Built-in TPU â€" scan 35mm slides, negatives and medium-format panoramic film , DIGITAL ICE® technologies for prints and... Full Description 6400 x 9600 dpi for outstanding resolution and enlargements up to 17" x 22", Built-in TPU â€" scan 35mm slides, negatives and medium-format panoramic film , DIGITAL ICE® technologies for prints and film, One-touch Easy Photo Fix® restores color to faded photos, ABBYY® FineReader® Sprint Plus OCR (Optical Character Recognition), Scan, copy, scan to e-mail and create PDFs, Energy efficient ReadyScanâ„¢ LED for fast scans, Adobe® Photoshop® Elements. Exceptional quality and versatility for home, office and studio.The Epson Perfection V600 Photo delivers outstanding quality scans from photos, film, slides and everyday documents. With 6400 x 9600 dpi resolution, this high performance scanner ensures precision film scanning for sharp, vivid reproductions up to 17" x 22." Featuring DIGITAL ICE® for both film and prints, one-touch color restoration and Adobe® Photoshop® Elements, this scanner provides a complete photo restoration solution. Use the built-in Transparency Unit to scan slides, negatives and medium-format panoramic film up to 6 x 22 cm. The V600 Photo scans everything from invoices and receipts to photos and 3D objects. And, with the included Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software, you can easily convert scanned documents into editable text. Use the scanner's four customizable buttons to instantly scan, copy, scan-to-email and create PDFs. The V600 Photo also features Epson's exclusive ReadyScan LED technology for increased productivity and energy efficiency. The Epson Perfection V600 Photo â€" quality and versatility at an affordable price.
Does an excellent job scanning transparencies and negatives but transparency light in lid is only 2.9'' X 9.5". You can not scan full 8" X 10" contact sheets with this scanner, you must upgrade to the V700 to be able to do that. I didn't catch this in the specifications before i bought it and ended up giving it away and buying the V700. Disappointing... my old Epson Perfection 4990 Photo scanned 8" X 10" transparencies and negatives before its belt mechanism broke.
This scanner works very well on 2.25 x 2.25 black and white negatives I had from the family archives. Most only do 35mm, so this was the one I needed. I had an older model Epson scanner so this was an easy hook up and run.
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