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.
The V600 machine is a good overall scanner - it comes with slide and negative holders for 35mm and 120 film - I bought it for scanning old medium format negatives since our old Epson scanner would only do 35mm film and single 35mm slides. The standard settings for 120 film include 6x6 (cm), 6x7, 6x8 and 6x9. In professional mode, with old square 120 negatives (many from an old Hawkeye Kodak Brownie camera my parents owned) the preview would show one frame properly identified and all subsequent frames offset. Each subsequent frame had to be individually selected from the Normal preview. This is a tedious, time consuming process. The images are great though. It's a trip through time to see prints from negatives that are 50 to 65 years old that my parents and grand parents took. I have better results in general using the dust removal option over the ICE option. ICE can add odd things especially in shadowed areas. I also have an odd negative size, in strips, that is in between the 35mm and 120 film size for which no holder exists. I may have to buy a custom or resizeable negative holder for these. I'll submit more when I have more experience with it.
After a day's use I love this scanner. I was able to scan multiple photos in one scan. Dust removal and color correction is very good. I have not scanned slides or negatives yet. The scanning process allows for many levels of customization and is executed through an easy to navigate dialogue box. There is a copy of Adobe Photo Elements 9 included. The scanner's software includes a OCR software, ABBY V. 6 Sprint, that allows you to convert scanned documents into editable Word or Excel documents. There is a "Copy" function that allows you to copy a document that prints through your printer. The "Scan to Email" blows, you can only scan to MS Outlook. At the highest resolution, 1200dpi, the scan takes much longer than at say 300dpi, but, that is to be expected.
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