Epson B11B172171 Perfection 2480 Limited Edition Photo Flatbed Scanner with Feeder
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- Up to 2,400 x 4,800 dpi resolution, 48-bit color
- Scan and organize stacks of business cards or photos up to 4 by 6 inches
- Built-in film strip and slide adapter and photo/business card feeder
- Easy 4-button operation to scan, copy, email, and start
- USB 2.0 interface; PC and Mac compatible
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Quickly scan stacks of business cards or 4" x 6" photos. With the Epson Perfection 2480 Limited Edition, it's easy to scan and organize important documents and snapshots, as well as slides and negatives. 2400 x 4800 dpi resolution offers consistently brilliant results. And, the included Multi Photo/Business Card Feeder makes scanning and organizing all your business cards and 4" x 6" photos a snap! User-friendly software means anyone can work more efficiently and still achieve remarkable results. In fact, the Epson Perfection 2480 Limited Edition even includes Epson Easy Photo Fix for one-touch color restoration of faded photos, slides and negatives. And, this powerful performer speeds through every task thanks to Hi-Speed USB 2.0. Get more done with easy-to-use organizational software Restore faded color photos with just one touch Scan slides and film strips with ease Quickly scan photos and important documents with Hi-Speed USB 2.0 Automatic Document Feeder - Multi Photo and Business Card Feeder - scans a stack of up to 24 4 x 6 photos or business cards 4 buttons; Start, Copy, Scan to E-mail, Scan and Save Unit Dimensions - Width - 10.6 x Depth - 16.5 x Height - 3.5 / Weight - 7 lbs Bundled software - Epson Scan with Epson Easy Photo Fix, Epson Smart Panel, NewSoft Presto! BizCard, ArcSoft PhotoImpression, ABBYY FineReader Sprint OCR Epson One year limited warranty in the U.S. and Canada Is Windows PC and Macintosh computer compatible
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Quickly scan stacks of business cards or 4-by-6-inch photos. With the Epson Perfection 2480 Limited Edition, it's easy to scan and organize important documents and snapshots, as well as slides and negatives. The 2,400 x 4,800 dpi resolution offers consistently brilliant results, and the included Multi-Photo/Business Card Feeder makes scanning and organizing all your business cards and 4-by-6-inch photos a snap!
User-friendly software means anyone can work more efficiently and still achieve remarkable results. In fact, the Epson Perfection 2480 Limited Edition even includes Epson Easy Photo Fix for one-touch color restoration of faded photos, slides, and negatives. And, this powerful performer speeds through every task, thanks to Hi-Speed USB 2.0.
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Epson Perfection 2480 Limited Edition scanner, business card and photo feeder, film adapter, software bundle with drivers and utilities, power cable and AC adapter, USB cable, setup poster, user's guide, warranty and registration information
Top customer reviews
What has gone way beyond my expectations are some cool features on the flatbead scanner. First of all, you can set the scanner for an auto mode and it will automatically detect the kind of document you are scanning and set the save settings accordingly. You can also set these manually, but I have found that unnecessary and love having the ability to scan in random documents (photo, to text, black and white, color) one after the other without messing with anything.
ALSO - this is the coolest - I placed multiple photos on the flatbead scanner and let it go on its auto settings and it AUTOMATICALLY saved each photo as a separate document and cropped the saved images perfectly. I can't tell you how much time this saves me. No more cropping and saving and resizing.
I am very happy with this scanner for my need to scan in and save lots of old photos!!
Comparing TIFFs at 600 dpi on screen: I cropped a section out of some scans, and compared them, as well as the originals. The Canon, Epson (glass) and Epson (feeder) scans were all noticeably different. The Epson scans appear square - no noticeable difference depending on orientation of the scan, when then rotated to be the same for display. The scans from the Canon appear to be slightly out of square, but this could be a problem due to the age of the scanner. The Canon scans are softer and brighter, generally having more accurate color on screen, on my test photo. (Auto-levels in PhotoShop Elements 3 made the Epson scans at least as good, on screen.) To me, the Epson (glass) scans were very slightly better than the Epson (feeder) scans, in image quality (colors were the same). In "Full Auto Mode", you don't get to tweak any options that might brighten the images, etc. (It is worth noting that I cannot calibrate my LCD display - your mileage may vary.)
Lower resolution: Epson scans at 400dpi or Canon at 300dpi are perfectly acceptable on screen, hardly distinguishable from 600dpi. Scans of 4x6 prints will never be any better than the print. If you want an 8x12 of comparable quality, you need to go to the negative/slide, a medium that's meant to be enlarged. The negative/slide scanner is suitable only for occasional use, due to lack of Digital ICE. Get your compressed air ready, to clean those things before scanning - and re-scanning! Dust on the negative is a major issue. The quality of the scans is very good.
Print comparison: I usually use a web print service, but I did not have time to wait. On my Canon i950, I printed (1) Canon 600 dpi, (2) Epson feeder 400 dpi, (3) glass 600, (4) feeder 600, (5) feeder 600 with partial auto-levels from PSE. [All were on Canon Photo Paper Pro - I had to re-do two I had done on Plus paper, which was substantially inferior in color.] The only print that we judged acceptable [close enough to the original] was (4) Epson feeder at 600dpi. The others all were inferior in cropping, sharpness, and/or color. The Canon scan had brighter colors than the original, and was a little less sharp. The major cropping of the Epson platen scan, exacerbated by the Canon printing software, resulted in prints that looked less sharp than the feeder print, probably due to stretching to 4x6. The 400 dpi feeder scan was slightly less sharp than at 600dpi, but otherwise the same. We expect better print quality, with a professional print service. [All scans for this test, Full Auto].
Other: "Always use the document table to scan important, valuable, or one-of-a-kind photos.... Dust, friction, or a feed jam may cause damage to the photo... if you load it in the feeder." My test print did eventually get scratched. There is no power switch - you will have to plug and unplug it. (The Canon is USB-powered, making this a non-issue.) When buying a scanner, be willing to pay a little more for a decent return policy - I bought mine at Amazon - they're great!
The Home mode appears useless. In Professional mode, scans require manual cropping, which is relatively easy at scan time. This eliminates the over-cropping problem, at the cost of quite a bit of time. No cropping was needed next to the edge of the glass, indicating a dead space there, though I forgot to check.
Important issue: 4x6 prints are inserted into the feeder 4-inch side first. This results in portrait orientation scans. Landscape (horizontal) scans need attention, to see them sensibly on the computer. Windows XP will rotate these for you, with the click of your mouse. However, if you scan JPEGs, this is a lossy rotation - every time you save a JPEG, you lose something. The compromise proposed by Chris Breeze is to scan TIFFs, rotate them (which is lossless), and then convert them to JPEGs.
I use BreezeBrowser Pro, which will perform lossless rotation of JPEGs. This works great for digicam images, where the image dimensions are usually an exact multiple of the 4/8/16-pixel tile size. However, batch scans from the Epson 2480LE (or most other scanners) do not have these perfect dimensions, so lossless rotation cannot work correctly. Here how I'm getting around this problem:
1. Insert the prints into the feeder face down.
2. Set the scanner to 400 or 600 dpi, for TIFFs, and scan the images to C:\My Pictures\Scans.
3. Fire up BB Pro, go to the Scans folder, highlight all the Landscapes (Ctrl-click as needed) and rotate them 90 degrees in the correct direction. (If the Portraits are 180 degrees off, rotate all pics once, and the Portraits again.)
4. Highlight all the pics. If they are in reverse order, use View - Image Order - Reverse Sort Order. Or, drag & drop as needed, to get the images in the desired order.
5. Use Tools - Batch Rename, As Displayed. I use yyyy-mm-ddd %n name, e.g. 2005-02-23 001 Neat Place.
6. Edit the TIFFs, as needed (select an image, then Ctrl-D, to fire up your configured image editor).
6. Ctrl-A to select all, then Tools - Proofs - Proof Selected, to convert all the images to JPEGs in the Scans\proofs folder (check no boxes). I chose to use 95/100, which resulted in files ranging from 650K to 1.5MB.
7. Delete all the TIFFs (one click) - I set BB Pro so that mine land in a Deleted folder, so I'll have to haul them away later (a real winner, on occasion).
8. Put the JPEGs where I want them....
Bottom line: We decided to keep this scanner. It was a close call, but we have thousands of prints to scan, and there does not seem to be any other affordable option. The Epson 2480LE is definitely at its best for this purpose.
Update 8-11-2012: There is no Windows 7 driver for this device. I'm thinking of reinstalling XP on my old computer, mostly to use this scanner. I would not get another Epson with that kind of support, so I got a Canon CanoScan 9000F Color Image Scanner for my new Windows 7 system. It scans really fast. I seldom have time for photo scanning any more, so I have not yet posted a review for it.
Based on a previous review, I went with Full Auto at 600 dpi resolution for my 4x6 photos, saved in TIF (uncompressed) format to allow rotation without degradation in quality. I chose Scan and Options which allows me to rotate the photos before they are officially saved to hard disk. Then I used the well-known irfanview to batch convert all my TIF files to JPG at high compression.
With this methodology the photos look incredible, and the end result was nearly matching the quality of my 2.0mpx digital camera. The feeder mechanism is amazing and reliable, allowing a flatbed scanning of photos as opposed to a roller type mechanism. The speed is about 45-60sec per scan, but well worth it. The bundled software does it's job very well.
This scanner has exceeded all my expectations. As the humorous folks at Guinness might say... "Brilliant!" If you have hundreds of photos to digitize, you must own this product!
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Must have had a mechanical problem.