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 have a bunch of old 35mm photos that I took in the 70's, 80's, and 90's. I've been wanting to scan them and save on the computer. I've been trying to decide on the best way to do it. I finally bought this scanner and it's working great. I've done about 400 photos so far.
Does an excellent job scanning transparencies and negatives but transparency light in lid is only 2.9'' X 9.5". You can not scan full 8" X 10" contact sheets with this scanner, you must upgrade to the V700 to be able to do that. I didn't catch this in the specifications before i bought it and ended up giving it away and buying the V700. Disappointing... my old Epson Perfection 4990 Photo scanned 8" X 10" transparencies and negatives before its belt mechanism broke.
It does it all and it does a great job. Two very minor improvements. It would be nice to be able to set a new "default" on where to save files (you currently have to change between each pdf). The second improvement needed is that if you do not close the cover slowly on an 8.5x11 sheet of paper, the paper will sometimes float on the glass and not be aligned (square) when scanned. Otherwise, love it and already have recommended to several people.
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