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Epson V330 a Great scanner
on November 24, 2010
I started researching scanners after my old Epson scanner went south. I say old because I had it for probably a decade and it worked really well. Since i don't need to scan everyday, I wanted to find a reasonably priced scanner. I came upon the V330 and after reading reviews I thought I'd give it a try. The thing that sold me was the added ability to Scan old negatives and film slides... more on that later.
I found it works really well with my Mac and Image Capture, the utility app that comes with all Macs. That way I bypassed the Epson scanner app that came with the scanner. By using Image Capture I can adjust resolution and select whatever area I choose to scan. It works flawlessly! BUT, be sure to go to the Epson website and download the "fix-it" update for Image Capture.
Now to the scanning of old negatives and film slides. WOW! it works great with film slides (I don't have any negatives to try scanning those). I used the Epson scanning software for this. It scans 4 slides at once. Some other reviewers complained about the the resolution being not so good. Apparently they didn't figure out that resolution can be ADJUSTED! Epson offers 3 modes with their software: Home, Business, and Pro. When scanning slides I used the Home set. Here are my settings:
Document type: Positive Film (Slides are usually NOT negative picture)
Image Type: Color:
Destination: Other (allows you to set resolution)
Resolution: 400 dpi (Any more takes too long to scan, any less the picture looks fuzzy)
Target size: 4x6
Do NOT use color restoration. The pics can be adjusted much easier in other applications.
I've already scanned hundreds of pics. Once you do a few, you will get into a groove.
DOWNSIDE: The scanning of 4 pictures using the above method takes about 6 minutes. Find a good book to read while you wait and if you have hundreds of slides, be prepared to spend your evenings scanning:)
UPSIDE: Totally worth the money. I highly recommend the Epson V330 scanner!