I bought this scanner about 2 years ago and have used it heavily doing over 8,000 film scans (mostly 35mm negatives). For the price, I was extremely pleased with this product - I did need to get it replaced at almost a year, but it was under warranty (it was getting a green/red line down each scan). The refurbished one they sent me worked great for about a year and has now started to act up a little. I'm guessing I've probably have used this product more than most people would and not overly upset on this at the price point. Hence the 4 versus 5 stars. The first thing to learn is to REMOVE the panel on the top cover (it slides off) if you want to scan negatives - the instructions were not very clear on this, but I quickly figured this out. The ICE for scratch and dust works well - I still spray my film with compressed air before putting it on the flatbed. The other thing I wish they would have included in the instructions were looking for "Newton Rings" that might show up on some of the scans. At first I thought they were finger prints, but later researched it and it has something to do with the curve of some of the negatives. There are some ways to correct this - the easiest way that I found worked ok was putting the negatives in upside down in the holder (then inverting the picture using the S/W).
For its price, this printer in a word is... FANTASTIC. I've used Epson products for 20 plus years and when I decided to buy a wide format printer it had to be an Epson I could afford. Actually it's a printer most people can afford. And the results are always amazing. The colors are vibrant, rich and true. The ability to change an ink cartridge at the point it runs out (even during printing) is wonderful. I highly recommend this printer to to anyone who wants to print larger photos that will catch your eye. It will print everything else too.
I have enjoyed the scanner to this point. think it would be better if operating instructions were included the scanner. I don't like having to look instructions up online. The scanner preforms well.
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