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V700 Flatbed Scanner


Epson

Categories: Reviews: Equipment : Digital Accessories : Scanners : Flatbed Scanners


2 Reviews  

Average Rating: 4.5 out of 5

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doug Nelson
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member since: 6/14/2001
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Rating: 4.5 out of 5
To add to what I posted earlier about the V700:

Epson's dust cleanup feature is a joke. Other reviewers and I have found it too destructive to the image. Go instead to the Digital Ice feature and choose the Quick method, as the more thorough version is also too destructive to film scans.

Also no dust cleanup feature works with Kodachrome slides or with silver-based black-and-white. You must clean these up manually in Photoshop or Elements, using the Healing Brush.

I don't use any Grain Reduction feature, as I shot fine grained films all these years. Try it only if a scan shows a pronounced grittiness from film grain.

Turn off EpsonScan's Sharpen features. Sharpening is best done after your edits in Photoshop or Elements. Read up on Unsharp Mask, the proper tool for sharpening.

Finally, Doug Fisher at betterscanning.com sells a more durable, height-adjustable medium format film holder. The holder Epson supplies isn't bad, but Doug's may last longer, hold the film flatter and give you a height adjust option to make your scans even sharper. (My scans look quite sharp to me without fooling with the holder height. Epson supplies height adjusters, but does not reveal in their cryptic instructions what they are for).

This scanner still gets a 4.5 from me, because it simply puts out sharp, close-to-correct scans.

1/10/2007 10:21:20 AM
 
doug Nelson
DougNelsonPhoto.com

member since: 6/14/2001
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Rating: 4.5 out of 5
If you have heard glowing reviews at betterphoto about the Epson 4990 for film scanning, I predict you will hear the same about the V700 and V750. Epson says the 750 has a better coated lens and a fluid-type film holder, and a more comprehensive software package.

Scanner interface is intuitive and simple. Scans are consistently very close to dedicated film scanner quality.

Having used several film scanners, I have learned not to pull what's left of my hair out expecting perfect scans from any scanner. I set the scanner to output a high resolution, high bit file that I can tweak in the high bit mode in Photoshop (or Elements 4 or 5), then take it down to 8-bit to save file space.

I scan in the Professional Mode, using the User Guide. Resolution should be at least 2400 for 35mm and at least 1600 for medium format film. Other reviewers have noted that the 6400 max res is a bit optimistic, 4800 being a practical maximum (See the photo-i review). Set the bit depth at high bit, and, for medium format, set the Configuration to the size film you are scanning. Use the generic Preview Mode, NOT the Thumbnail Mode (Thumbnail's auto cropping is sometimes off the mark). Draw a marquee around each of your images, even if you need to Zoom to draw it more accurately. At this stage you can do tonal corrections using the histogram and curve functions, or just the auto exposure button. Push SCAN and all marquees with a dotted line around it will be scanned while you have a quick cup of coffee.

Save sizing hassles by Outputting to original size. This means you will get an image in Photoshop the same size as the original neg, at the high res at which you scanned. Do your image sizing in Image/Image Size.

Additional instructions can be found at www.betterscanning.com by digging into the V700 pages.

This scanner is a natural for folks like me who have been shooting film for 40 years or more. You will get decent results scanning batches of negs or slides with a minimum of bother. Plus you get a superb flatbed for your home office.

1/9/2007 7:26:26 PM
 

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