I am blown away by the quality of HiRes scanning. I have been scanning old family photos, and when I set the scanner to its highest scanning ability I have been able to print old grainy sepia tone images, which were originally 5 x 7 in size, to large format beautiful b/w images with great detail! I LOVE this scanner!
I have been holding off buying a scanner to transfer my 15 albums of family photos until now - this scanner is rated pretty high by the pundits. If you are an instant gratification person, keep waiting for the technology to improve and become faster. A 4x6 color print takes about a minute to scan and transfer to your computer file, and that includes the time it takes for the software and scanner to "recharge" for the next scan. Also, the software is somewhat haphazard: the scanner sometimes loads the picture sideways or upside down, or adds unnecessary white space around the scanned photo. This means you need to use your photo editing software (like iPhoto) to format the pictures after the photo is transferred to your computer for about 70% of the pictures. So, it is not a seamless, convenient plug and play type of product. My 2000 photo transfer project will be taking more than the month or so I was expecting to invest: sigh . . . I hope my kids appreciate the effort! Comparing the photo to the scanned file: the original photo is visibly sharper than the scanned image, so do not expect an identical copy. However, the price is very good for this product. If you are accepting the recommendation from the pundits who monitor these products as gospel, then you're not going to find anything significantly better than this, so just be patient and accept what is offered. Namaste.
I have thousands of negatives both 35mm and medium format that I have not been able to print throughout the years. Some are personal, but the majority of my negatives are professional works I've had in galleries. The Espon V600 scanned my images with absolute clarity and resolution beyond my expectations. I am absolutely grateful I bought this scanner. My PC died 2 days ago and just bought an iMAC 27" screen. Can't wait to scan my work on my new computer!
This scanners has the perfect size for a small desk hile having great features for the photography enthusiast. The fact that you can scan 35 mm and Medium Format film makes this scanner a great purchase for the money. Software is pretty easy to learn and use. Great for scanning prints for archiving in digital form.
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