LAST MARCH, (2010) WE PURCHASED THE V600. WE NEEDED A HIGH QUALITY SCANNER AS WE, MY WIFE AND I, ARE CREATING A PHOTO LIBRARY FOR BOTH SIDES OF OUR FAMILIES. SOME OF THE PHOTOS THAT WE HAVE SCANNED DATE BACK TO THE EARLY 1900'S. ONE OF THE MAIN FEATURES THAT WE LIKE ABOUT THE V600, AND TO US WAS NECESSARY, IS THAT IT WORKS WITH MANY SIZES OF NEGATIVES. THE V600 COMES WITH HOLDING TRAYS FOR 35MM SLIDES, OR 35MM FILM STRIPS, 2 1/4" SQUARE NEGATIVES OR STRIPS. PLUS IT WILL SCAN ANY PRINT OR DOCUMENT UP TO 8.5" X 11". TO THIS POINT, WE HAVE ENTERED APPROXIMATELY 4,500 SLIDES/NEGATIVES/PHOTOS INTO OUR LIBRARY USING THE V600. OUR COMPUTER SYSTEM IS A NEW (FEB. 2010) MAC, CURRENTLY RUNNING SNOW LEOPARD OS X 10.6.4. THE V600 SETUP AND STARTUP WAS ALMOST FLAWLESS. I DID NEED TO MAKE ONE CALL TO THE EPSON TECH SUPPORT TEAM. THEY HELPED ME AND I WAS UP AND RUNNING IN 15 MINUTES. SO FAR, THE V600 HAS NOT FALTERED AND WE STILL HAVE A FEW MORE THOUSAND PHOTOS TO GO BEFORE WE ARE DONE WITH THIS LARGE FAMILY PROJECT. THERE ARE MANY OTHER EXCELLENT FEATURES WITHIN THE V600, WHICH YOU CAN READ ABOUT IN THE PRODUCT DESCRIPTION. WE FEEL WE HAVE MADE A GOOD INVESTMENT WITH THIS PURCHASE.
After only a week of use, it's a bit soon toa rate the V600 at 5 STARS, but, I'll gamble that the features I haven't yet tested are as good as those that I've used this week. If the V600 works as well as my 12 year old "Brand X", which is still operating beautifully on my other computer, I will be very happy. The TRUE reason that I bought the V600 is to convert hundreds of color and black & white negatives up to 65 years old, as well as restore a few fading color prints from the early 1950s. Some of my 60+ year old negatives had never been printed, so it was a hoot to hit "preview" and see them appear in their original glory. Great job, Epson. I have already recommended this unit to my oldest son, while another son has purchased the Epson V330 and likes it, too.
Have been using the scanner for 18 months with excellent results. My main use is for scanning film in 120 and 35mm, both color and B&W. The settings allow for good configuration tuning. My only complaint is that the software is a bit primitive. For instance, it does not allow auto thumbnail recognition in 35mm, except for standard full frame (24 x 36mm). I have to scan a lot of panoramic and half frame negative strips in 35mm; it is a pain to select manually each frame. This is quite surprising since in 120 all the sizes may be configured without any problem - and it works wonderfully. You may need to look for third-party software!
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