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Exceeded My Expectations!
Nov 9, 2009
a Helpful Review
by the Epinions community
Pros:Reasonable Cost, quick, quiet, good quality scans.
Cons:None so far for the unit.
The Bottom Line: I would happily recommend this to any who have a unused pile of 35mm slides to digitize. It's great!
So, I had this idea in the back of my mind that I should digitize all my thousands of old 35mm slides. Frankly, the slide format was very difficult to use, and those photos never got to be seen. You have the same idea too I expect. I had researched scanner products and had always heard the Epson's mentioned with positive reviews.
Recommend this product?
I must say that I had at the back of my mind a project I did many years back where I digitized some old slides at work for a class I was teaching. In those days, my work location had acquired a Nikon CoolScan slide scanner, very expensive. The scanning of the slides was so painfully that I avoided that tool ever since. It was so-o-o slow - about 10 minuted per slide! The scans were good - just difficult to go through.
So I finally said to myself that things must be better by now and purchased the Epsom Perfection V300 Photo. The unit arrived and I set to work. My experience has almost all been with 35mm slides. This unit has exceeded my expectations at all levels! The transparency top and slide/negative holder works flawlessly. My slides are digitizes in a couple of minutes - four at a time. On thing I was worried about was the variation in different slides - would the Epson Perfection V300 be able to properly expose different slides correctly during a single pass?? You bet! It first does a quick scan to see what type of media it is dealing with and then it determines the orientation and exposure of the slide. I then does a slower, detailed scan resulting in a properly exposed scan. The unit has setting for fully automatic, home, office and professional settings. I use full auto most of the time but have used the other settings when the orientation has not been correct. These other modes offer increased detailed control over settings, size, resolution, orientation, exposure, dust cleaning, backlight compensation and color restoration. I have used these sparingly for problem photos.
I have had the unit for about 2 weeks and have digitized about 1500 slides thus far. It is going much faster than I had anticipated. I have hooked the unit up to an old Dell laptop and do this work while watching TV in the evening. Last Sunday I plowed through many slides as I watched the football games - great! I have also scanned a couple of envelopes of 35mm negatives. Again it has done a great job of automatically turning them to positives and correctly exposing each frame - magical!
One thing I have done is to get a film bulb blower and a micro cloth to clean the slides prior to scanning. The finished product benefits from having a clean slide to start with. I noticed as well that my photography from the late 1960's leaves a lot to be desired - fortunately equipment and my technique have improved over the years. I can also report that while cardboard slide holders work great I have some plastic film holders that always slip out of the scanner's slide transparency holder. By slide holder I'm talking about those little cardboard/plastic things that actually hold the 35mm film in place. Cardboard - good, plastic - bad.
I have been very excited to re-discover old photos I had forgotten about - photos of my - then girl friend - now wife and old college photos. Forgotten memories come to life!
I should mention that the unit comes with a CD loaded with the drivers for your computer and some software for film handling and a lightweight version of some Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software. I have Photoshop that I use to manipulate the photo further and have not yet tried the OCR software so I can't report on the effectiveness of that software.
One problem that I had not thought much about was the Date problem. As I use a computer-based organizer system for my photos (with tagging and so forth) the date of the photos has become an issue. Fortunately the slides have the date processed stamped on the slide holder so I at least get the right time of year. but getting that information into the computer is more difficult that it should be. I have been using the Exifer for Windows, an old freeware utility that does bulk EXIF and IPTC manipulation. EXIF and IPTC are the formats that modern digital cameras use to store exposure data with each photo you take. This way when I import the photos into my organizer it correctly notes the date the shot was taken and files accordingly. Something to think about before beginning your scanning project - how will this be stored and how will you find it again - I leave that to you :)
My impression of the Epson Perfection V300 Photo is overwhelmingly positive. I would recommend this product to any who had a similar project in mind. Reasonable cost, quiet, quick and great scans.
Some Specs from Epson
4800 x 9600 dpi optical resolution
Scan 35mm film — built-in Transparency Unit
Beautiful enlargements up to 13x19 from film
Advanced Digital Dust Correction
One-touch photo restoration
One-touch scanning — send e-mails, create PDFs
Sharp text scans, even on colored paper
High-rise, 180-degree lid for books, 3D objects
ReadyScan™ LED — no warmup time, fast scans
Earth-friendly LED — no mercury, low power use
Photo editing and creative software included
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