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Why NOT to buy an Epson V700
from Houston, Texas
Comments about EPSON� Scanners; Perfection� V700 Photo Scanner:
I was looking for the latest state of the art, highest quality scanning technology on the market today and was willing to pay for it. I thought that I found it when I found the Epson V700. Instead I get a scanner that looks, acts and feels like a similar scanner that I used to have back in the late '90s. This Epson V700 came with old Windows software that gave me nothing but problems installing in Windows7 and didn't work as well when it finally did install as the '90s scanner did that I had before. The free open source scanner software in Linux (XSane) works far better than Epson's Windows software that came with the scanner that I paid big bucks for. Only improvement was an increase in optical scan resolutions of the final scan. But there is much more to a great scan than just higher resolutions. Scans that were NOT high resolution took forever for a small area because of the slow USB2 (TWO) bus. Should be USB3 or faster bus. I dread doing a full sized high resolution document. Also, the guides on the top don't even line up with the scan zone, cutting off maybe a quarter of an inch from the document's edges when placed flat on the glass against the edge guide. To get a proper scan I have to move the document away from all edge guides which makes it impossible to get an image that is not at least a little off square and needs rotating in software afterwards to get it to look right. That is very time consuming to do very many documents that I need to scan. My recommendation is that Epson needs to dump the antiquated design of the V700 and come up with something with a faster bus that works well with today's high tech computers. Epson might consider writing better Linux software for their scanners. What little Linux Software Epson does provide (with difficulty finding only online on their web-site) is poorly done and worse than their Windows software provided with the scanner.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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Upon seeing the 1st 35mm slide shot in 1958 up on the screen at about 11 x 14" I flipped. Then as time went on i got a little pickier. They are not quite as sharp as I had hoped. Some of the mts. are raized up a bit at one end, possibly affecting focus. Tried taping but nothing changes. I don't know hoe much leeway there is. I am confident the 2 1/4 color negs will scan well. Used the Epson built in software and works fine...noo problems. Correct with Photo shop 5.5. Was not aware of interior lid lock so had to resolve the rattling noise with ok FAQ answer. My error.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
On numerous occasions over the last 4-5 years, I have been asked to restore old family photographs for friends. The two things made that possible were photoshop and my Epson V700 scanner. Easy, intuitive and the best quality scanner on the market for the price. I have always gotten the highest photo quality prints from a Epson printers, not so much on the other brands. So, when it became appearant that I would soon be in the market for a true photo quality scanner, I checked into the "other" brands, but I purchased the Epson V700! :)
from Orem, Utah
I have appreciated the ease with which I have been able to scan the images I have been scanning with the Epson Perfection V700. So far it has been less "glitchy" and temperamental than my previous scanner and has allowed me to use the automatic scan mode with most 35mm slides I have been scanning. The other modes have also been good to use when it was required. I am a retired professional photojournalist who worked for a couple of newspapers for over 20 years and also worked as a studio and location photographer for a major Utah corporation which produced international publications. I began my interest in photography in the late 1940's as a cub scout and have tens of thousands of personal images in black and white as well as color negatives and slides, all in a number of formats, including 4x5, 120 (and 620), 35mm, 127, etc.., and I appreciate the relative ease with which I am able to make the scans that I desire. I'm in the process of trying to digitize what I have to preserve and organize these images. I have been very pleasantly surprised at how well the V700 scanner has allowed me to accomplish this with reasonable speed and quality of the results. I am still shooting with film but realize some day I will have to go fully digital. But until then, I will continue to need and use this very capable scanner.
By Pop Toasty
from Seattle, WA
I have used this scanner for both documents and film of different format sizes and love the output. The only possible drawback is that I cannot print directly from the scanner.
from Seattle, WA & Whitefish, MT
This jewell has served me for several years, and is indispensable. I have scanned numerous old prints and can depend upon excellent results. It's slide and film scans make a device dedicated to this purpose superfluous unless one is aiming at very expensive drum scans and the like. And of course for low volume everyday scanning and copying it is just fine. A dependable superior product.
Epson V700 Photo Scanner
from Rockvile, MD
I had a couple thousand old slides I wanted to capture digitally. In my research, I read many good reviews about the Epson V700 scanner, so I bought one. The project is now done, and by my experience all the good reviews are justified. If I had to do it all over again, I'd do it the same way. The scanner gave me control, and it saved me time and money. Scanning in slides is a tedious chore, but once you get the hang of it, it's a no-brainer. I sat at the computer listening to my favorite music, downloading pictures. Not a bad way to spend a few hours a week. Now I'm capturing old family photos from as early as the 1930s and they come out great. Some of the photos have degraded considerably, but the scanner gives a good degree of control, so some of them come out better than the actual photo. For a major makeover, you will probably need a full-blown Photoshop type program, but that is beyond what I want. If my progeny want to fix them up later, now they can. Oh, I chose not to use the ICE feature. It does clean up the image in some respects, but to my eye, it fuzzes up the edges. Not a good trade-off for me. For some it might be. Anyway, good purchase. All the pictures came out better than I thought they would when I bought the scanner. Exceeded expectations.
I considered many film ...
from Reston, VA
I considered many film and slide scanners. Some which were very highly rated are no longer supported by their manufacturers. In the end the Epson V700 proved to be an excellent film and slide scanner with the added benefit of being a flat bed scanner as well. VueScan is the software I use with this scanner.
Excellent Scanner for 35mm and prints
from Northern AL, USA
Have had this for about 9 months and have put about 1000 35mm images through mostly at 3200 dpi. Overall I'm pleased with the results and ease of scanning. The thumbnail scans don't get all of the frame, so I've been marque'ing each frame manually a bit oversize and cropping later in Photoshop. Also have to watch for Kodachrome so I don't waste time on Digital ICE for those scans. ICE is great for cleaning up Ektachrome, but it does add to the time needed per scan - a full tray of 12 at 3200 dpi will run about an hour, but it's worth the time to avoid manual spot cleaning later. This was a bit expensive compared to some other options, but has been worth it for me.
from Frisco, TX
I have had several scanners over the years and I must say that the V700 is the best. It not only does images of photos excellently but also of documents without touchup on either. It's like looking at the picture!
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