Epson Perfection V550 Photo Color Scanner
I got this unit to replace my Epson Stylus Photo RX700- which is old and won't scan to the newer GB memory cards... only MB cards, which you can't find any more. I have been scanning old photos with this unit, using different modes- I use professional mode the most so I can crop a pic and change the target size before scanning. Have also scanned slides in different modes- had a bit of trouble with "auto" mode once or twice when scanning slides; scanner failed to identify them as slides and scanned as a photo instead- which resulted in a scan of the slides and brackets they were in. But all in all, the scanner has worked well in scanning slides and photos. Haven't tried negatives yet. I also have not been able to use Digital Ice, yet. It shows up on the screen, but unable to click on it. I tried going to the Epson site to download the most recent driver updates, but it didn't help. I may have to do some other updates. One thing I really had a gripe about was the User Guide. The format is lousy and wastes paper, if you wish to print it out. Some things were also not very well explained.
March 4, 2014
I have some 220 slides from 1957 -68. I tried taking pictures of the slides, but the pink cast from degradation and different indoor exposures (outdoor were easier) made them very hard to adjust in Lightroom. I bought this scanner, snapped off the hinged holder for the 220 negs (it will snap back on) and put on three slides at a time, the center slide sitting on top of the first and last. I scanned at 48-bit and 3200 dpi. It takes my scanner about 9 min. to scan 3 slides. The color is very good as it comes from the scanner. I'm glad I bought it. I wish it was faster of course, but I'm saving time in the long run because there is much, much less editing in Lightroom and less frustration too.
March 3, 2014
Not So Good
The first one I received was defective and had to return. Additionally, the USB cord was also defective. The replacement scanned 35 mm film ok but could not scan my 35mm slides as the holder was too large. The unit is not equipped to scan 10mm film. The scanner holders are very fragile & probably would break soon.The instruction manual is lacking in fully explaing the procedures and some trial is necessary. The teck support for this model is not good - they seem untrained in the working details of the V550. Photos are no better than the multi unit 3520. The unit was returned.
March 2, 2014
I've been using Epson printers and scanners for close to 15 years. I do photo restoration as well as film scanning for clients. The restoration feature of the scanners has saved me more hours of work than I can count. And, the speed of the newer scanners is another huge time saver. I never fear when buying any Epson product.
February 28, 2014
Epson V550 scanner
Like the scanner - very easy to get up and running. But I am totally not impressed with the film holders. I don't think plastic can flow any thinner..! For a repetitive use item "Come On" put some plastic in it... ! The film frame is Very flimsy! I expect it to be broke within a month.
February 26, 2014
I just installed this scanner and in the time of about 30 minutes scanned a dozen slides that look great. The best part is they are 20 years old and look like they were just taken.
February 25, 2014
We purchased the Epson V550 Scanner to scan old photo negatives and slides from the 1950-60's. My husband and I are not very techy, but the Epson Scanner was easy to follow the instructions for setup and beginning to scan old negatives and slides. We were able to print photos that we had never seen. The V550 Scanner is well worth the money and easy to use. We would highly recommend this product.
February 25, 2014
I'm using the unit primarily for old slides and 35mm negatives.
My unit is taking about 3 minutes, 15 seconds per slide or negative (2,400 dpi). That's painfully slow.
The carrier for negatives is a weak point, unless your negatives are quite flat. Any curl to them and the catches on the carrier have a hard time staying closed. They need to make this from beefier material.
Yesterday when I powered-on the unit, I had the lid open for the first time when the scanning light did a self-test and was disappointed to see dust on the inside of the glass scanning surface. If I had seen this before the 30-day return window, I'd have sent it back pronto. Unfortunately, I'm just a few days past.
I do like the fact that the software automatically isolates each slide or negative image and creates a separate file for it. That's sweet.
February 20, 2014
Good Photo Scanner
Set up is a breeze. I would have given this device five stars except for a lack in operating instructions. It's necessary to go on line to get detailed instructions but those instructions are excellent. The provided setup instructions would be greatly improved if it only stated photo prints are copied directly from the scanning bed and are automatically named and saved to a file in My Pictures. I realized a significant production improvement over my old scanner. This is a very good scan only device and I would recommend it for that purpose. It turned out to be exactly what I was looking for.
February 20, 2014
Does ok with slides. Haven't tried film or negatives yet. Does not scan photos well. Not crisp at all. Soft, almost blurry.
February 19, 2014