I bought this scanner a few months ago but wanted to wait until I had a chance to use it on different types of images before commenting. I love this scanner! I have been waiting for something like this to hit the market for some time. I have scanned hundreds of negatives and many slides. I am even considering rescanning the old photographs I have already scanned using my printer. That is how good this scanner works for me. In my opinion there is no comparison to anything I have done from home. This scanner has paid for itself - just with the negatives - several times over.
This is a very versitile scanner. I like being able to load up the flatbed with prints and designate the print area for each along with individually noting which are scanned with various enhancements. The negative scanning is not quite as easy and both the directions and negative holders could be improved (and perhaps have on the newer models). The scans are reasonably quick (except if one uses high resolution which may be needed for negatives but not for prints). There are a few issues that prevent a 5 star rating. The scanner does no scan the entire flatbed, so one has to be very careful when placing prints on it to be scanned. It can be quite annoying having to reposition to get the print scanned edge to edge. Document scanning is not as easy as on other scanners. The preview gives you a false impression that the document will not scan correctly unless one boosts brightness and or contrast.
I purchased this scanner to scan slides from 40-50 years ago. I have used Epson scanners before in other settings, but never owned one myself. I am thrilled to finally own one that I can use at any time! The scanner processes four slides at a time. This takes a little time to go through an 80-slide carousel, but it's well worth the wait. I have not used all of the features of this scanner, but other reviews indicate that the other features are very useful. Epson makes a fine product, one that I would highly recommend.
I have had a lot of different brands of scanners and printers and I still return to Epson because it is simply the best and easiest to work with. Most reliable too. This one can scan medium format negs.. and I am sooooooo excited about that.
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