I recently replaced my Epson Perfection 2400 Photo scanner with the V600. My 2400 has worked well for many years, but I wanted to update to more contemporary technology and add film scanning. My 2400 also had a dirty glass document table. The dirt was on the inside of the glass and I never bothered to figure out how to remove the glass and clean it. My new V600 worked perfectly right out of the box. That is, as long as the original material was of reasonable quality. I immediately jumped to 35 mm negatives - B&W and color. Scanning is fast (depending on resolution of course), and I like the bulk scan capability. For 48-bit color scans of 35 mm negatives at 3200 dpi, scan time is well under 2 minutes per frame. I always get rid of the unsharp mask feature when I'm scanning since I use Adobe Photoshop to prepare images for printing. The Auto Exposure feature works very well if the negative is reasonably well exposed, and produces 1-hr photo lab quality images or better. However, for poorly exposed negatives the image quality is often terrible, and that's where the poor manual adjustment capability shows. Yes, there are several standard manual adjustments - histogram (basically PS levels), tone (similar to PS curves), and a few color sliders. Unfortunately, these adjustments don't exactly mirror their more familiar Photoshop counterparts, and the relationship between input and output is not always intuitive. Quite a bit of trial and error is needed to understand the adjustments and their effects. Other scanner programs like VueScan and SilverFast provide similar capabilities, but are far more sophisticated yet intuitive and easy to use. The Epson user guide, as always, is completely useless for anyone beyond a virgin beginner. If not for the crude manual scanning features and complete lack of a functional user manual, I would rate this scanner 5 stars. If all you want to do is automatic scanning of photos and documents in the fully automatic mode, then this is definitely a 5-star product.
I recently purchased a new Epson Artisan to replace my old Epson Stylus 2200. The ink for the 2200 is no longer available off the shelf at stores, you have to order it. I doscovered this last minute, so I walked out with a new printer as I had to print drawings for a huge report that evening! The Epson Artisan right outta the box was easy to set up, and installed with no problems at all! The print quality is excelent, way bettter than the old 2200. I'm very happy with its performance and print quality! And yes, the ink is available off the shelf at your local stationary supply stores LOL!
Yes, this is my oldest running printer, and I print a lot of CD's for my band to practice new songs from. Photos come out fantastic, poster size are awesome for advertising the band, gotten loads of compliments on the quality! Do I recommend this printer, you bet I do. Ink is a little pricy, but well worth it considering the quality of prints and CD coloring. A real workhorse for the price!!!
I am still new to this printer only purchased it a week ago. So far it prints beautifully. I print a lot of photos. I do photo restoration and I can say for sure so far that Epson has stepped up there game with there photo printers. The color is correct when printed. What you see on your screen is what it actually prints. It prints at a decent speed and looks professional quality. So far it good on ink not sucking it up. I think it was a very good move buying this printer. I almost purchased the Epson Stylus printer but choose this one first. I will let know how it does over time of having the printer. Right now I can definality say Buy This Printer Will Not Be Disappointed.
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