Like so many of us I have a large number of 35mm negatives and slides and bought this unit to begin the process of digitizing them all over time of which I have plenty. The set up directions could have be clearer but You Tube came to the rescue !Once set up scanning of both slides and negatives was easy and the results optically very good. I thought the two frames for holding the media could have been more substantial as could the positioning of the frames on the scanner - I finished up using duck tape to minimize movement Overall I was very satisfied with the scanner and achieved a very reasonable throughput rate of about 35 slides/hour.
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 recently decided to find a scanner for my use in digitizing all my family photos that I've acquired over the years. I wanted one that would produce top quality images and also allow for some basic editing. After doing my research, I settled upon the Epson Perfection V600 Photo Scanner as the best combination of price, quality, and functionality. So far I have digitized about 150 photos and done some touch-ups of about 50 of them, and I am very pleased with the results. The learning curve is pretty short; the scanner is very user-friendly, and the results are excellent. It fits my needs perfectly. I have not come across any negatives with this scanner.
It wasn't until the last day of my 30 day free trial that I got around to installing this photo scanner which I very much needed as I have a 100 year collection of thousands of negatives, prints and slides that need to be digitized. I spent perhaps five hours experimenting with it last night. Alas, I discovered it didn't matter that I waited until the last day. 30 days would not suffice, 90 days would not suffice to sufficiently evaluate this scanner. I have been using a document scanner for years that does a great job with photos but cannot do slides or negatives. So that was the main purpose behind this purchase, to handle my slides and negatives. And it did not take me long at all to understand that scanning slides and negatives is going to require a big learning curve. That's the first big negative. I can already see that this is going to be a huge amount of work. Perhaps after I've gotten comfortable with ICE and PhotoShop, neither of which I've used before, I'll feel differently. In fact, getting the free PhotoShop was a major inducement to buying this scanner since that alone justified the price. But I was quite surprised at how difficult it is to use and how low the resolution is on the scanned output. Also I specifically asked if it was possible to scan negative and slides without using the provided masks as I figured it would be a big time saver just to throw them on the glass instead of fitting them into the frame. Alas, it's not possible. You must use the frame. Otherwise you get an error message saying it cannot do the scan. So there is a significant problem already with the very substantial difficulty of scanning negatves, not only how awkward it is to fit them into the framing device, but that the resolution is just so low. As I said you get an error message if you do not use that device. I have tried laying negative strips directly on the glass and I have found that I can ignore the error message and it will still scan. But because of the design, there is a small and quite unnecessary space between the lense and the glass that prevents contact and therefore the negative cannot be scanned in sharp focus. There really is no need for this design as it makes the process of getting a quality scan much more difficult. On the plus side, and there are a lot of plusses, I have reviewed the specs for all the higher priced scanners and found that this one does indeed have the highest resolution that Epson makes in a scanner. And to be fair, though the scanned images are really small files (50-150KB), unless I blow them up all the way to fill my 22" monitor, they look quite acceptable. So I have concluded I have a lot of study and practice yet to do before I can do justice to a review. It is one of the very highest rated photo scanners that I found in my research and I am hoping the rating is ultimately justified by the performance. The big minus here is that I can already see that it's going to be a big chore to scan negatives. On the other hand, I don't know if any other scanner would be easier. On the plus side, and this is a very big plus, scanning slides seems to be a snap. You just drop the slides into the provided mask and hit scan. The whole process takes just a few seconds. And I'm already well equipped to scan photos and assume this one will do at least as good a job as my all-in-one unit, probably a good deal better. I may just have to have prints made from my negatives and scan the prints instead. Fortunately, negative strips are the smallest part of my collection. The largest part are the thousands of slides and I'm already satisfied just in this short time, that this will do a great job with the slides. For that alone, the purchase was worth it. Again, I reserve the right to publish an update to this review in the months ahead as I proceed with my mammoth archiving project and learn a great deal more about this scanner.
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