Epson Perfection V700 Photo Scanner
Scanning old, dark 35mm slides
I have a collection of 25-40 year old 35mm slides of mountaineering trips. I had tried scanning them with another, inexpensive scanner purchased about 10 years ago. Slides that were really good scanned OK (not great) and ones that were a little dark didn't scan well at all. The dark areas (which showed some detail when projected onto a screen with a Kodak projector) just went black. Moreover, the colors didn't scan very true, white snow became yellowish, skies were discolored, etc. I eventually voiced my problems to a friend who is an editor at a major magazine. He told me that the Epson V700 or V750 would solve my problems and allow me to scan slides 12 at a time. "But it's a bit pricey" he warned. I read a lot of reviews and didn't really find one that seemed to directly address my problems. It did appear, however, that the V700, if it performed as my friend suggested, did everything that I needed. So, I got the V700 and I LOVE this machine. Scanning on "full automatic", it's internal software does such a good job that any "touch up" I do with Photoshop is usually pretty trivial. I recommend this machine to anyone having difficulties of the type that I described.
One complaint that I read about in review was that the rack that holds the slides is too flimsy. It isn't bomb proof, but seems to me that with reasonable care it will last a long time.
March 25, 2015
Does a great job on 35mm slides.
Does a great job on color and b/w prints
B/W negatives require a little more work
Does a great job on color negatives.
2 1/4 slides, mounts have to be removed
March 11, 2015
I have used both v700 and v750 scanners. Both are good for photographers as well as for pre-press users, like offset or digital printing. It gives you very sharp image, highlights and shadow details. Epson software understands photography values and gives you closest color to the original exposure.
The only problem in v700 that it doesn't have oil mounting provision but I have tried oil mounting frame of v750 with v700. When I scanned 6 x 7 cm transparencies mounted with mounting oil, I got better results than durm scanner. I would like to recommend epson people to provide oil mounting frame with v700.
December 29, 2014
Great Scanner overall
Overall this is a great scanner. The main negative feature is that the scanner does not take in all of the glass scanning area, so the user needs to be aware of that limitation.
The V700 has scanned thousands of pictures and negatives and the resulting scans are excellent.
December 13, 2014
Eight years and still doing a fantastic job
The invoice for my Epson printer is dated 11 December 2006 and after thousands of negatives scanned, I am still using it as if it just came out of the box.
Most of my negatives are 6x6 and thus a 35mm scanner would not work for me. This scanner easily handles all my negatives and slides and after I scan them, I can print them up to 16x and larger. I routinely edit my scans and copy them into other photographs, something that I could only dream about doing when I took most of the photos. The speed is acceptable.
The only issue is that I have not been able to get the scanner to work in Windows 7 with Adobe CS5. This seems to be a driver issue. I used it without problem with WIndows XP or Windows 7and Adobe CS2. I have also used it with Corel PhotoPaint without problem.
December 5, 2014
The V700 is very easy to install on your computer.The photo
And negative scanning is easy. I have scanned 35mm to 4by5
Negatives with excellent results.
October 10, 2014
Epson V700 Scanner
An excellent machine that has provided a way for me to archive my old photos, slides and negatives.
August 7, 2014
V700 photo scanner
The scanner works great, of course there is a learning curve with it. For me a slow learner when it comes to electronics I think I did fairly well...it does all I want it to do and quite well...
My issues are most likely because I'm not doing something correct...for instance: color photographs always have a yellow tint or streak, I do not know how to get rid of that and the glass on the inside appears to have a film on it ... I think it must go to an authorized repair shop to have it cleaned... anyone's thoughts?
July 9, 2014
Works for me
My V700 never fails. I have owned mine for a number of years and not once have I had a single problem with it. The quality of the scans I get are superb, whether from large format 4x5 film or 35mm, the scanner and Epson's bundled software are versatile enough to handle all my projects. My previous scanner was a Heidleberg Saphir Ultra and it was known at the time to be the "standard". After purchasing and using the V700, I never looked back.
July 8, 2014
Just bought a new desktop with win 8.1. I downloaded and installed the win 8.1 driver. It doesn't work. I still have to use my XP desktop to do a scan which works fine. So I know it's not the scanner.
July 8, 2014