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This review is from: Veho VFS-004 5MP 35mm Negative & Slide Scanner (Personal Computers)I installed this scanner with ease on a Windows XP laptop and within an hour had two 35mm films scanned in. After a while I got into a routine, getting familiar with the loading, button pressing, transferring etc and would expect to get a 36 frame film scanned in about 15 minutes in future.
I had been apprehensive about how the scans would come out having seen the mixed reviews but I was pleasantly surprised. I would say I am fairly demanding on sharpness and colour accuracy; I am a mid-range SLR camera user rather than a snapshot photography, and I found the scans certainly good enough for displaying on the laptop screen at full size. The results at this size are on a par with viewing shots direct from my Canon SLR; zooming in reveals the scans are less sharp but this is irrelevant unless you want to crop photos down before viewing.
I would have given this scanner 5 stars if if were not for one issue; every scan has a sliver right along one edge that looks like it is scanning the edge of the film holder. This is easily removed by cropping (I use Irfan view as it is quick to use) but slightly annoying - I have yet to work out if it is a misalignment that I can correct in positioning the holders in the slot of the unit.
On balance I would say this scanner is worth having because it does the job with reasonable speed and quite acceptable quality.
I have since sent it back and got a replacement because of the edge effect on each scan. Unfortunately the new one does exactly the same thing and the edges of contrasty subjects have artifacts like a string of bright spots along the boundaries. I am not so pleased with this device now.
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Initial post: 26 Aug 2009 22:09:41 BDT
Linda Temple says:
The sliver at the side of the copy is because the little bumps that fit into the negative top and bottom holes are misaligned for many negative strips. This is a fault in the design of the carriage, not a fault in the scanner.
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