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Epson Perfection V500 Photo Scanner
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- Create crystal-clear photo enlargements and scan slides, negatives, and medium-format film
- Easy Photo Fix quickly restores faded photos with one touch
- Digital Ice technology removes dust particles and scratches from images
- Energy-efficient LED light eliminates warm-up time while allowing faster scans
- 1-year limited manufacturer's warranty
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The Epson Perfection V500 Photo offers extraordinary quality and versatility with 6400 dpi resolution and an LED light source for greater productivity -- all at an amazing value. Remove dust and scratches from slides, negatives and film. Or, restore faded color photos with one touch. Then, take your photos further with the included Adobe® Photoshop® Elements. When it's time to archive important documents, you can scan multiple documents fast with the optional automatic document feeder. It's all at your fingertips with this powerful performer. Best of all, the energy-efficient LED means you can work smarter with faster scans and lower power consumption. Plus, with no warmup time, it's easier than ever to get started.Reflective Scan Area 8.5" x 11.7".
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The Epson Perfection V500 Photo offers extraordinary quality and versatility with 6400 dpi resolution and a LED light source for greater productivity -- all at an amazing value. Remove dust and scratches from slides, negatives and film. Or, restore faded color photos with one touch. Then, take your photos further with the included Adobe® Photoshop® Elements. When it's time to archive important documents, you can scan multiple documents fast with the optional automatic document feeder. It's all at your fingertips with this powerful performer. Best of all, the energy-efficient LED means you can work smarter with faster scans and lower power consumption. Plus, with no warmup time, it's easier than ever to get started.
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I've scanned a variety of photograph prints with it, including some very old black and white prints for genealogy purposes. The quality is excellent. The software is intuitive and easy to use, and works great on the Mac. It's easy to select just a portion of the image to scan. The scanner is very quiet when scanning, you can hear it, but it's not too loud.
When scanning slides, there's a special tray insert you install in the scanner, that holds four slides. It positions them accurately so the scanner can locate them, and correctly scan just the photographic content. You also need to remove the padded surface on the lid of the scanner, so the light can pass through the slide when it is being scanned. Using the supplied software, you specify the format and scan quality (resolution) you want. It then scans all four slides, and produces a separate JPEG image file for each slide. Easy! I've been (slowly) going through lots of Kodak carousels of slides my father took back in the 1950s through the 1970s. Even with these old slides, the resulting quality of the scanned images is very good. It does take several minutes to scan each set of slides, so it is not a quick procedure. It's a good activity to do while you're already at the computer doing something else. There is also the ability to scan negatives, but I have never tried that, so I can't comment on it.
I've also scanned a variety of paper documents with it, both color and black and white, and it works fine for that as well. All in all, I have been extremely satisfied with this scanner.
I was searching for a slide-and-negative scanner, and had it narrowed down to the Wolverine F2D14 and this one. Both were good deals on Amazon, and both got high ratings from tech-savvy users. I was intrigued with the idea of buying a high-capacity SD card for the Wolverine, and sitting on the couch in my living room to scan a stack of slides. But I got the Epson instead.
DON'T LET THE PICTURE OF IT ON THIS PAGE FOOL YOU! From the picture, I thought this was a compact scanner, big enough for 4 slides, a strip of 4 negatives, or a 4x6 (or 5x7) photo. Wrong. This is a full-sized flatbed scanner. It will handle photos up to size A4. The picture on this page doesn't show the full 18-inch length. This thing sits on a desk or table, not in your lap.
I was worried that the film-scanning capability would be a compromise, in spite of the many positive reviews. After all, this is a true flat-bed scanner, while the Wolverine is essentially a 14 MP camera with backlighting. Not to worry: the Epson has a second light source (backlighting) for slides and negs, and resolution goes all the way up to 12,800 dpi. That's roughly the equivalent of scanning a 4x6 print at 3200 dpi, or an 8.5 x 11 page at 1600 dpi.
The scanning procedure is simple, and the results are excellent. The Epson Scan program works great. Skip the "easy" modes and go straight to Professional mode. Don't be afraid of it. You don't need to install Photoshop Elements if you have another program that works for you. (I recommend Paint.NET. It's free, and much easier to use than the GIMP.)
A short list of things I don't like:
- The film frame feels flimsy. I'm waiting for one or more tabs to break on the clip that holds the negatives in place.
- Things don't happen instantaneously. The scanner's CPU seems to spend a lot of time thinking, even when it's not processing an image. Cutting out a lot of this processing overhead would cut scan times almost in half.
- I'd like to see a 110 film adapter for the film frame. I have an archive of 110 negatives that I want to scan in. One user mentioned using PostIt Notes on the glass platen for a makeshift frame. I'll try that, but I wish I had something more permanent.