Epson Perfection V500 Photo Scanner
really nice slide scanner
Wow, the price is unbelievable for something that scans slides so well. Can only do 4 at a time but that's ok. I have the best luck scanning at 1200 dpi. Anything less and the results are pixel-y
May 28, 2012
Purchased the V500 scanner from Staples. No issues with any included items, all nicely packaged and very easy to install/use. The start-up guide is helpful and straight-forward, but is no substitute for a comprehensive User Guide. The available User Guide (part of the software start-up) is quite detailed and daunting to follow on the computer screen while also trying to scan things. My wife and I found it best to briefly review things and then just start experimenting slow and simple, and not try to address all the bells and whistles right away.
Our objectives are the archiving of many years of snapshots (both pictures and slides), and this little unit seems to have many capabilities (it won't save a really bad shot, but it will make many shots look a little bit better). At this early stage, there are only two issues that result in four stars in lieu of five.
First, there is an apparent inability to download a User Guide (we like to keep such items for each of our electronic components). Maybe it is just the complex way in which the online guide is organized?
Second, we thus far have been unable to understand or overcome the apparent default to 96 dpi for scanning slides in the Home mode. This creates a fast scan, but the quality/clarity is lacking. This can be addressed by using either the Full Auto mode (no apparent preview in this mode though), or the Professional mode. Each of these two modes allows for user selection of the dpi for slides, with a better result. Am fairly sure we have followed the instructions. We'll probably be using the Professional mode most of the time (to allow previews), but not worry with many of the more specialized features.
All in all, the looks to be a great unit to meet our needs. It is solid and appears it will be reliable (more than we can say for a couple of cheaper alternatives, each with questionable software and reliability, like completely failing in the first day or two). The V500 is a nice scanner at its price point, and we are happy with our purchase!
December 20, 2011
100+ year old glass negatives on the V500
I thought I would pass on an interesting use for the V500 - scanning 100+ year old glass negatives. Of course the slide/film carriers would not work on the odd sized glass negatives, so I had to carefully line up the negs so the lid lighting would work.
Bottom line - the V500 did a great job pulling an image off these old, poorly stored, and sometimes damaged glass plate negatives. Each scan required cropping, and image manipulation and clean up - but the resulting digital images were a true glance back into our world 100+ years ago.
October 2, 2014
Epson Perfection V500 Photo Scanner
Using this for over several years now. Can report this is the best scanner I have ever used. Great features, settings selection and consistent outputs.
The included Optical Character Recognition program has been a great asset. I have not used the film or slide scan feature so cannot comment on that feature. Have moved it to Windows 7 system and functions equally as well.
September 29, 2014
I have had this scanner for a number of years. It is quite professional when it comes to pictures and without a doubt very well priced for its capabilities. Good choice for the Epson name.
August 27, 2014
I was hesitant to buy a used scanner, but am so glad that I did. It looks new, it works great, I have the same warranty, and best of all......the cost! I couldn't be happier and would highly recommend anyone that was thinking about buying used.
July 22, 2014
I have scanned hundreds of slides with this scanner and have been happy with the results. Highly recommend this scanner for anyone who has lots of slides and not a lot of money.
July 12, 2014
A+ quality scans that do exactly what I need. Quick and easy to use.
July 12, 2014
V500 Photo Scanner
Excellent machine, matches up with specifications. Scans both negatives and slides with great results. I have made sixteen by twenty enlargements from 35mm negatives.
July 10, 2014
I love the Scanner, it is the best-Need to learn.
I purchased this Scanner, because it’s like the one I use at CS-University. I think it the Greatest, however, this one is a Photo of which I had picture made at a Department Store, of which I love how they used the “Scan Film Trays.” I would love to learn how to use the Trays that came with it. I see where it says insert negatives with the shiny side facing down etc. Is there more information? I see that it say: Visit Epson’s support website at Epson.com/support. I will give that a try. Being a Senior Citizen, and in school ism as easy as it look…LOL!
July 9, 2014