Pros Scans up to 6400 DPI
Cons But only after dialogs, stupid file names and SLOW
Summary This scanner is one of the most frustrating scanners I've used. It's optical resolution seems fuzzy for 6400 Dpi. and as well the included software is a productivity LEACH demanding a ridiculous number of "OK"'s to get your work done. It even defaults to "CANCEL" after a mandatory warning on "high resolution scans" like I friggin don't know that having BOUGHT A 6400 Dpi SCANNER in the first place!
It defaults to serial file names (imgoo1.etc) and can't just enter a filename without adding the "001" limiting file naming and frustrating me.
As for speed, it's obvious that a FIREWIRE interface is required for a 200 Mb scan... the single USB 2.0 interface is barely tolerable.
The "PRO" scanners come with Silverfast AI... I think it's worth the extra cash to get that software interface... epson's is pretty terrible.
Thanks epson... but this goes back to AMAZON tomorrow.Updated
After figuring out that the slides and film scan upside down, my resolution is higher, tho not what I'd really expect from this level DPI. The software is OK as long as you remain in Photoshop where YOU set the filenames. I maintain that it's not terribly intuitive however but does work acceptably.Updated
Well, once I figured out that slides and film load upside down, my resolution is acceptable however not outstanding. It still seems fuzzy. The software is not AS BAD as I reviewed after learning it, however it is rather not intuitive like the old "AGFA" scanning software was or Silverfast is. I'll probably keep it, though might trade up to a V750-Pro.
Pros Easy instalation, easy to use software
Cons Have not found any
Summary I took it out of the box, set it up using the included instructions (I did not install any optional software, just what I needed to operate the scanner)and started using it.
I have tried color and BW negatives, slides, photographs and coins set directly on the platten.
The scanning software recognizes the type of negative and the options for correcting problems with dust, scratches, color etc... work as good as using photoshop to correct them later.
The scans are clear, sharp and quick at reasonable resolutions (600dpi).
Obviously when scanning at the higher resolutions it takes longer but there is no reason to unless you make billboards.
My last scanner was an ancient Microtek C6 USB. The V500 is lightyears ahead of it. I don't know if the computer makes a diference in scanner performance, my computer is big and fast, it's main use is video editing.
I would have given it a 10 if it had been faster.
Pros Photos, slides, film, OCR, PDFs - BEAUTIFUL
Cons Can't utilize it fully --my computer is too small
Summary My old Umax Astra 2200 scanner died recently. Was disappointed and confused by the reviews of scanners -- but we really needed one asap, so I bought this one.
I have been pleasantly surprised.
It was easy to set up. The setup sheet is very clear. (I did attach it to an older XP computer -- and it only has USB 1.1 -- but the scanner works.)
I didn't have to program any of the buttons on the scanner -- they just work.
There are three levels of menu: Automatic, Home, Professional
Even the automatic produced good results - doing all the thinking. Home and Professional give you the marquee to define areas to scan. Professional gives you a lot of options - including defining the target finish size.
The slides I scanned were beautiful - and I didn't fuss with any settings except to pick "film-positive". (Oh, yes -- I did scan one at a time -- when I scanned the four in the holder at once my slow computer stumbled.)
The PDF was fast and fine.
Scans of photos have been very good.
The included OCR software did a great job scanning a color newspaper ad with a listng of restaurants, missing only two headings that were in a dark yellow color.
Last night I scanned a 60 year-old, 2x4inch, black and white negative in the required holder. The result was spectacular. (But it scanned as two halves--I hope I can figure this out.)
I do think I need a faster computer with USB2 and more memory to really let me enjoy this scanner to its fullest capabilities.
It does buzz and hum a little while in use -- no more so than my old scanner. I will have to find a safe place to store the film and slide holders (which were very easy to use and yes, they are plastic.)
I am very happy with the quality of the output from this scanner.
Pros Love the 120/220 and 35mm scanning abilities as well as standard phot scanning.
Startup time is negligible
Cons OCR could be improved
Summary Loved the price..$150 direct from the Epson Store (refurbished with full warranty). Had been waiting a long time for a lower priced scanner for medium format film with high optical quality. The V500 has it! Easy to use, excellent quality film and photo scans, much better than my old Umax which the V500 replaced. Scanning text is good but not excellent but that's a minor point as I bought it for scanning the tons of professional film I've had laying around from my old photojournalist days! Some reviews say you can only scan one medium format negative at a time which is not correct...you can scan several.
All in all Epson has done an excellent job with this scanner!
"True Plug-Play"on by Micah59
Pros Easy to get Excellent Quality Scans
Cons None detected
Summary This scanner is worth the money, you just need to load the software, plug in the scanner and you are ready to scan. No reboot required. I'm scanning slides at 2400 dbi and the quality is excellent and you don't need to know alot about photos. The ICE makes the corrections and you have excellent scans. Worth the money.