Today, I finally got my new scanner. Until now I’ve scanned my films in a photo lab, but even cheapest and smallest resolution scans aren’t free and these files look normal only on the screen. Not to mention that I have to go to the lab twice and the lab is closed on Sundays and in the night. So, I was more than excited.
I thought that If I’d get any results as good lab scans just with better resolution, I’d be satisfied. But the results were something I couldn’t expect – they were stunning. The picture above has same photo twice – left one scanned with Epson Perfection V700 Photo Scanner and the right one in a photo lab. If you’re wondering that the colors look unnatural, then yes – they’re supposed to be that way, because the film is cross processed. Long story short – it was developed with wrong chemicals (on purpose, of course). Anyway, on the photo that I scanned with my new scanner you can see much more details than on the lab one.
Why I chose this model? There are several reasons. I read a lot of reviews about several scanners and found that this one has almost as good scanning quality as dedicated film scanners (but dedicated ones are way more expensive). The other good thing is that Epson Perfection V700 Photo is able to scan not only 35mm films but also medium format films and even 4×5 inches (with film holder frame) and up to 8×10 inches (with flexible film area guide) large format films. Of course, since it is flatbed scanner, you can also scan any non transparent document with size up to A4. What else would you need? The only reason I didn’t purchase this scanner earlier was the price, but I’m sure that it is worth it.
Epson Perfection V700 Photo
- Scanner type: Flatbed colour image scanner
- Photoelectric device: Color CCD line sensor
- Scanning resolution: up to 9600 dpi
- Output resolution: 25 to 12,800 dpi
- Document size: 216 x 297mm (A4, letter)
203.2 × 254mm (8×10″) transparent
four 35 mm film strips (6 frames each), twelve 35 mm slides, two medium format 6 × 20 cm film frames or two 4 × 5 inch film frames
- Interface: USB 2.0 and IEEE 1394/FireWire port
- Dimensions: 308 x 503 x 152.5mm (12″ x 20″ x 6″)
- Weight: approx. 6.6kg
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