Scanning my boat-load of 35mm film negatives to digital has been on my "wish list" for a long time. So when I retired, it was first on my list to start doing. I did a bunch of reading and decided to go with this scanner for multiple reasons. First it can do multiple scans at one time. Second it has a lot of automatic features to do the work for you. Third was an attractive price. Yes, there are models above this, but would I really use those features. When is good enough, good enough. I was not looking for "perfection" and not going to sell any of my scans in an art feast. After doing my research, and talking to a friend whose a photo guru, this seems like the best pick. It was not a hard setup, and the worst issue was realizing to REMOVE the part under the lid for scanning 35mm negatives (the instructions weren't fully clear on that). It took about a day to figure out the best settings to use on scanning my negatives and I am very pleased with the results. This will keep my busy for years. Other options were scanners that were made for only scanning 35mm negatives, but they did this one frame at a time - not a great way if you have many to do. You have to take the time to figure out how you are going to use the scanner to make your decision. The Internet is great for information, but also it can be information overload. So after taking time to really think it through, the Epson came in as the winner and has been rated as a top performer.
Bought the scanner on-line approximately one month ago and have scanned many of my old & newer paper black & white, plus color, photos with super success. Very pleased so-far with the V600 scanner capabilities. Cost of unit was great. If I may, the only improvement would be the location of the power ON/OFF switch. Should be on front/on top of unit in-lieu of left-side fully rear of unit..for operator convenience).
I am generally pleased with my scanner and would have rated it at 4 stars instead of 3 except for one extremely annoying feature. When I scan color slides, the scanner will often truncate portions of the slide close to the edge of the cardboard mount, forcing me to do multiple scans and then use ICE to make a new composite image that gives me the full image of the original slide. I don't know why the scanner does this but it is annoying as all get out. When I scan something, I simply want the scanner to scan the entire image that I give it. I can decide later what I might want to crop; I don't need the fool scanner doing this for me automatically.
We just received this scanner today and it was an easy setup to connect to our laptop and the software installed with no problems and is user friendly. It is lightweight and does not take up a lot of space. We followed the quick easy instructions to test all of the functions, such as scanning images, negative slides and film, enlargements, etc. and are very pleased with the results. We have a 40 plus year collection of negative slides and film, which we will be scanning and will use it for large format scanning, desktop publishing, etc. The v600 scanner provides the technology for us to use in our home and is an upgrade for us, so that we don't always have to pay for a professional to do the job. We are absolutely pleased with our purchase and highly recommend this product. We give a 5 plus star rating!!!
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