I bought the scanner to scan my paintings. It does a great job of that. But, to my surprise, it also does a very nice job of scanning my slides and film. The only film I've had trouble scanning is very narrow film strips. Not an expert on the old film types, so not sure what size I'm talking about, but I know the film is from the 70's. But on the slides and wider film it does a very nice job.
If you don't need to scan negatives bigger than medium format, this is a great option, that also will scan normal sized paper documents. The scanning resolution is good enough to get down to the grain size on my 120 size negatives, no need for better resolution. The accompanying software is not well documented by my standards, but is easy enough to figure out. As supplied, this unit can scan 35mm film, slides in 2x2 mounts, and 120 or 220 film. The stock film holders are usable, but I find them finicky, and need to be used carefully to get the film flat. Each film holder has a pattern of tiny holes at a specific position to tell the scanner & software what sort of film is being scanned, which is great for normal film sizes. Odd frame sizes on normal film widths have not been hard to adjust to. Odd size negatives on odd size film are a bit of a challenge. I sometimes have sheet film negatives that are small enough to be illuminated by the scanner, but so far I have not figured out how to do this conveniently. The scanner will scan a wider neg than the neg holders will allow. A generic film holder "cheater" which would tell the scanner that there is a random sized negative or transparency on the platen, and provide an outline within which the odd size neg needs to be placed, would be great to have. If you shoot "instant" film, then reclaim the negatives, this scanner is a great way to make prints and digital records, but you might lose some neg area if you shoot 4x5. It would be nice if it was supplied with a holder for 127, 126, 828, 116 and other roll films too - there are plenty of old negatives from these old cameras that need scanning. The next model up, which will do negatives up to and a little over 8x10 inches, is currently 3x the cost of the V600 - since I hardly ever touch a view camera these days, there was no need to spend the extra money. Overall, it's a great tool, and most creative amateur photographers shooting 35mm or medium format should not be limited by the V600's capability.
I bought two Epson Perfection V600 Photo Scanners for my business. I needed a scanner that can scan photos, negatives of many sizes, slides, and various documents. I recently scanned the class photos of an entire senior class from a yearbook. They turned out great. And I've only begun to scratch the surface of what this scanner is capable of. Small enough for home. Big enough for business. I could not be happier.
My mother has decades of slides that require full set up of an ancient projector and screen to view. This scanner has made it incredibly easy to transfer the slides to a digital format, and therefore much easier to view and share with other family members. This photo scanner is ridiculously easy to use - and I am NOT a computer person whatsoever. It has the capability to transfer 4 slides at a time; negatives from developed film; and, of course, photos of all sizes. As our parents get older, my husband and I plan on scanning their old photos so that everyone in the family can enjoy the family history. Highly recommend this scanner.
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