Bought this to scan boxes of family photos. It goes pretty quick when I can scan 4-6 photos at a time. Tagging the photos, on the other hand is what is so time consuming.
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.
Will need to call Epson Help Desk / Tech Support as the Adobe Photoshop 6 Elements CD did not install, although tried 2-3 times. I thought it might have been b/c I placed dashes between the serial # so I removed them the 2nd time, nope that didn't do it either. But was still able to scan a picture. So will have to resolve the Elements installation later so I can take full advantage of this product that I bought for myself for X-Mas !
This product does the job for me under the following situations. Scanning 6x9 color and b&w negatives in conjunction with Photoshop. The film holder does not support 2 1/4 x 3 1/4 sheet film. You will have to find a work around that suits your needs. The software works but could be improved. For the price I love the product it brings my 45 year old images to life.
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