I have many (hundreds) 35mm slides that are quite old and wanted to convert to a digital format. The V600 performed exactly to my expectation bringing life to my 60 year old slides. The software made it extreamly easy on my MAC AIR.
I'm a cartoonist and needed a scanner that could handle my slightly oversized color saturated drawings. This machine works quite well. Most important, it works with my updated Mac!
I have used Epson Scanners and Printers for more than twenty years. They work seamlessly with my MAC computer and I can obtain excellent results. My scans are always accurate and the colors are very good. The photo scans are very sharp and accurate. I would recommend these products to a friend.
Would I buy this scanner again? Yes but turned out not to be what I expected. When I first used it the scans were very slow on 6x6 B&W negatives. Yes I was running 4800 dpi and making some 100mb files but 12 minutes a scan was a bit much. I calculated the data transfer rate at 1.1 meg bits a second which is far short of the 12 to 480 that the USB should be able to provide. My first attempt to resolve the problem was moving from an old G4 Power PC MAC to a newer Intel Mac that hasn't been put into service because of application issues. This changed improved scanning speeds by about 4 times bringing scans down to around 3 minutes. It appears the scanner moves much of the image processing into the PC. This isn't a bad thing because it allows upgrades to the PC to improve scanner operation. It also allows updates to Epson Scan to improve scanning without loading new software into the scanner. The bad part is Epson scan could be written better because it was using no where near 100% of the processor while it was doing the slow scans. Note I am a hardware programmer so I understand the flaw. Next issue is the fact this is a 3200x3200dpi scanner if you want clean scans. Above this number interpolation takes place to create the final image so you are not seeing what was scanned but are instead seeing what the software thinks the image looks like. The magic numbers that provide true images in dpi are 3200,1600,800,640,400,320,200,160,128,100. These are the numbers that divide evenly into both 6400 and 9600. They will also result in faster scans because they require no interpolation to produce the final image. Is this a problem? No because at 3200 I was able to see the grain in some of the B&W negatives. A scan of a 35mm film would still produce a 16x20 print which is pushing it for a 35mm negative. You should only use the higher scan settings for very special projects and if you are archiving, stick with the magic numbers. As for Digital Ice. I have not played with the feature much but the one word I have for it is WOW. I scanned a poorly stored color negative and it removed all but a few spots of damage. Don't use this feature unless you need it but I wouldn't want to buy a scanner without it. Note to Epson. Feel free to comment below this point if I got something wrong. I would love to be able to push the feature of this scanner more but as I see it, these are the limits.
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