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64 of 64 people found the following review helpful.
By M. Jewell
I replaced a UMAX Powerlook II with the Epson V 750 Pro. This is an excellent scanner for working as a stand-alone scanner to do copies or OCR into Microsoft Word. The scanning capabilites are excellent and it will work thie the SliverFast or EZ color utilities (trial versions)that are bundled. Setup of the scanner went exceptionally well on the first try- far easier than some of the others that I have owned. This scanner has the ability to do transparencies, negatives, and x-rays which is a real bonus versus the slower Nikon one-slide-at-a-time scanner.
My only comments about the scanner is that Amazon ships the scanner by putting a UPS label directly on the box. The first scanner that came by standard UPS looked like it was dropped on one of the corners and was returned. The second scanner was ordered via overnight and arrived with two corners caved inwards and was refused. Finally, I got smart, paid the $3.99 for gift wrapping (blue bag) which meant thatt the wrapped scanner had to go in a larger box with padding. This one arrived without a scratch. Unfortunately, this ordering and returning becomes a problem. I don't understand why Amazon would ship a delicate electro-optical device and expose it to damage in transit.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful.
Solid work product
By A. Rutter
Epson V750 Pro Review
The scanner itself and the quality of scans appear to be excellent. I had my first scan (from a print) completed in less than an hour after the unit arrived and the output was very good. Going from there to doing real work was a bit more convoluted. Note that I purchased this unit to archive digitally about 70 years of film (my fathers as well as my own - dating back to the 1930's). My review speaks almost entirely to scanning film - color, B&W, transparency, 35mm, 645, 6x6cm, 4x5in, etc.
The scanner physically is a nice size and fits on my desk well (but it is a pretty big desk). It's got reasonable weight and does not seem to slide around. Like almost every piece of equipment built today it is on the flimsy side. In an office setting it should work fine. If you have children or pets around I'd be careful to keep them 10 feet or further from the unit. I will be ordering spare negative carriers - they are really light weight and I expect to wear them out. The UPS cable that comes with the unit is at best undersized. It barely reaches under the desk to the PC - and that with some routing short-cuts. You would think that the connection cable would be about as long as the power cable - but not on this unit. I'm going to need an extension cable.
The software and what seems to pass for documentation cause the most concern on this unit. I'm sure there are some great features buried in the software. Unfortunately the on-line manual is at best cryptic and often just lacking any real information. You do need to set up a LOT of configurations and play with the settings to get what you want. It took me about 3 days to come to a solid decision on how to scan my 120 roll film negatives. 85 test scans on 1 negative to finally compare just what was the best for me and this situation. The documentation with the unit was of no value here at all. Note that scans of a single frame can take from 5 seconds to 10 minutes - depends on the settings. Color save is sometimes useful but must be evaluated frame-by-frame. Ice technology is, in my situation, worthless. It jumped scans at the chosen resolution from 10 minutes per 8-shot carrier up to about 2.5 Hours for the same scan. And the resulting scan had no less dust, but did contain ripple-distortion and excessive pixilation. (I found I had a LOT better results with dust by just using the bulb-blower that I have for my camera.)
The bundled software ranges from good to worthless. The standard Epson Scan package is what I am choosing to use. It recognizes single frames and automatically creates the files. It seems to have the features necessary to scan negatives very well. As previously noted documentation is pretty weak. It is also occasionally just wrong (i.e. AutoExposure - does not work as described).
I did not install Photoshop Elements. I use Photoshop CS6 - and for this level of scanner if you don't already have a full-function photo editing suite then it's too much scanner for your needs.
The package contains SilverFast SE Plus 8. I'm not sure what it's good for. Probably single-scan documents but clearly NOT film. It can't recognize individual frames, barely adjusts, and is just not that useful. The documentation for this - both on-line and the booklet (which happen to be the same thing) mostly cover "it's best to use the automation". I thought the Epson documentation was week. This is pretty close to non-existent. The license also claims to disavow international trade treaties and require conflict resolution in Germany. My home state voids this so I didn't really care - but it's a pretty bad license agreement.
There is a package called i1Scanner that contains the equipment to make a profile for the scanner. I did not install it. The license required me to agree to excessively intrusive practices like allow physical inspection in my home, allow them to install what I think of as spyware, and other restrictions. The scans look just fine without the "tuning" this might provide. If you really need a custom profile then you probably should step up to a $10K drum-scanner or something of that quality.
The Epson software, drivers (for Windows 7 64bit) were just plug in and go.
Scan times can be excessive, but with experimentation I found that they are reasonable - under 15 minutes for each set of 8 frames of 645 negatives in the holder - when all the correct adjustments are made. File size can get nuts. I settled on a 435M file that will reproduce nicely at 18x12 inches. Higher dpi can easily push the file above 4GIG! per frame. Low dpi is pretty worthless for archiving. I noticed that under 1200 dpi and even 4x6 prints are excessively grainy.
On a 0 to 10 scale I'd give the hardware itself about an 8 (beefing up the hinges, some metal in the critical path, stronger negative carriers would be needed to move to 10). The scanner operation is a solid 9, maybe even a 9.5 (real documentation that made the functions obvious would finish that off). Documentation is around a 3 - it would take a lot of effort to make it worse. Bundled software about a 3.
I'd easily recommend this to anyone doing high-end amateur or most professional work with film. As a flatbed document scanner it's way over-kill. For casual home-user it's a LOT of scanner. Looking at the cost of drum-scans or photo-store scans this is a fantastic way to take old (and new) film stock over to digital. Overall I'm glad that I got this unit.
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Great hardware if you're up for a challenge
By J. Crawford
Recently my wife and I decided that we needed to do something to deal with the thousands of family pictures we took over the last 25 years, before digital cameras became mainstream. We looked at several options including scanning services, individual negative scanners, and flatbed scanners and chose the Epson Perfection V750-M. After about a month of fiddling around I am now scanning about 50 - 35mm negatives a day and I think the results are outstanding. I am scanning at 4800 dpi with digital ICE on for every scan producing tiff files around 100 meg each. I estimate that if I spend about the next 5 years scanning pictures I might get done, but I know for sure that if I was not using a flatbed scanner that can produce up to 24 scans during each run, I would give up years before I could ever finish this huge job. After scanning the negatives, I have been using photoshop to crop, color correct and save the images as medium sized jpeg files to import to iPhoto while retaining the tiff files in case we would ever want to enlarge them in the future. I would like to add that I am nothing more than a computer literate amateur photographer who had a goal of making our family pictures useful in today's electronic world. Update 4/2013...I have finished my project. I scanned, cropped, color corrected and saved a little over 23,700 images. For over two years I used this scanner every day! It was running for about 18 hours a day and almost never missed a beat. It was certainly worth what I paid for it.