5.0 out of 5 stars
High Quality Scanner for all media, 5 Dec 2013
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You can buy a Wireless Multi Function Device (Printer, Copier & Scanner) for very little money and I have managed to get a reasonable result on prints and documents using one for a couple of years.
Moving well up the scale to the Epson V700 makes you realise just how good your scans could be.
I am not exactly sure what component in a scanner delivers the high quality but the difference is very obvious.
I was using this model connected to a fairly high specification Dell Desktop PC running 32 Bit Windows 7 Pro and experienced no problems at all with the scanner.
I did encounter difficulty with the Silverfast SE 8 Software that came packaged with the scanner.
Installation from the CD completed but at no time was I asked to enter the product number for the software. On trying to use it the option to scan was not available until I entered a serial number but there was no dialogue box to do it. I ended up going to the Silverfast site and downloading a trial copy and installing it. This did then let me go through the steps to enter a serial number to upgrade from a trial copy.
It turned out that the Silverfast software did nothing more than could be achieved using the Epson Scan software on the driver CD. In fact I much preferred the Epson Scan software after a day or two of trying both.
Also included was Photoshop Elements 10 but again I was already well used to working with Corel Paint Shop Pro for image editing.
Having experimented in Professional Mode with options other than the default 24Bit Colour and 300dpi up to 48 Bit Colour and 12800dpi and using the descreening option very high quality scans were produced.
Even using Full Auto and not even ensuring the prints were straight gave far better results than any previous scanner I have owned.
Transmission Scanning requires removal of the white background plate and connecting an extra cable into the back.
You have to fairly dedicated to scan boxes full of old negatives but this was trouble free as long as the negative holders are located correctly in their locations. A series of thumbnails are generated and they can be scanned as a batch.
I had many Rolleiflex 6 x 6 cm negatives from 40 years ago that had not even been printed so this was very interesting to do. My negatives were in strips of 3 rather than the 4 on the holder but still worked perfectly well.
My conclusion is that this is a high quality well designed product.