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2.0 out of 5 stars Not suitable for medium format film, 27 April 2011
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This review is from: Epson Perfection V330 LED Photo Scanner (4800dpi) (Personal Computers)
I got this scanner about a month ago, and have rather rapidly been disappointed by it. Being quite time-poor these days, I did the best research I could before making my purchase. Perhaps I was using the wrong search terms online and on Amazon itself ('120/medium format film scanner', if you're wondering) because this particular one was listed, even though on the troubleshooting FAQ page, they specifically say "Film larger than 35 mm (such as Medium Format or 4 x 5-inch size films) cannot be scanned."

Despite the obvious setbacks, I have successfully scanned a number of my negatives and the resulting images have been pretty much what I was hoping for. However, the scanner has developed a habit of giving me, as a preview image, a rectangle of rainbow colours. That would be fine if I took photos of rainbows or psychedelic trips, but not so much black and white architerctural shots. The last successful scan (by successful, I mean that it produced recognisable images) left distinct lines across all the images.

I'm somewhat disappointed with the whole thing, especially as it's probably just past the time limit for Amazon's returns period. I'll be attempting to recoup some my losses by selling it on Gumtree, and looking for a scanner that will both scan medium format film *and* the actual images in the scanner.
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Initial post: 21 Dec 2011 17:49:01 GMT
Jimbob036 says:
I'm sure I'm missing something, but why can't you just lay the 4" x 5" film on the flat bed & scan it, as you would scan a 4" x 6" photograph? Why does the film need to be mounted in a carrier?

Posted on 21 Dec 2011 17:51:55 GMT
[Deleted by the author on 21 Dec 2011 17:52:11 GMT]

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jan 2012 17:34:34 GMT
archon says:
Because it needs the backlight in the lid to scan negatives, and the backlight is only large enough for 35mm film.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jan 2012 17:45:51 GMT
Last edited by the author on 5 Jan 2012 17:47:26 GMT
Jimbob036 says:
Hi, thanks, I've now bought one of these scanners and have discovered this for myself! Fortunately, most of my slides & negatives are 35mm ones. I guess the more expensive models must have larger backlights in their lids to cope with larger format films?

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jan 2012 23:48:44 GMT
archon says:
Yes, I think that's how it works, they have a wider light strip.

I've enquired as to whether I can still get a refund even though the box was opened - it's basically in perfect condition, just without a few bits of tape sealing it.
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