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
I am very impressed with this scanner...although it has some noise, it works great and is very user friendly.
December 7, 2013
Easy to set up and use right away. Impressed so far.
December 3, 2013
An excellent Scanner
The V500 is easy to use. It has both a professional setting that allows a lot more input and a quick home style. The professional mode works very well when you want to have more control over what you are doing. The home mode allows you to scan quickly without input from you. The scanner does an excellent job of scanning several photos at one time and brings them in as separate photos. The Abby Fine Reader does a very good job, even with old obituaries and newspaper articles, of reading what is in the article. You do have to correct some things, but not many. The copier direct to your printer is a nice feature as well. The dust and scratch removal feature works very well, although if the photo is badly scratched, you will have to finish the work.
November 23, 2013
New Equipment so much easier
Been working with used equipment for so long. New v500 is so much easier.
November 11, 2013
Scanner is great, EXCEPT FOR
I have liked the professional interlaces by Epson over the last 10+ years and this caused me to buy this new one. This new scanner is faster and the interface is typical Epson, great but only work in 32 bit programs. These interfaces are not Twain 64 bit compliant and won't work on true 64 bit programs that I have. See Twain Working Group's "Twack-64" program to verify this. I can only get the simpler interface to come up using a non Twain option and that doesn't have any option to get the pro interface. The "Twain Acquire" option window is blank on these programs. I hope Epson corrects this as I see this problem talked about all over the internet.
November 9, 2013
The EApson V500 Scanner
The perfect scanner with perfect results. I simply love the quality of the photos and documents that I scan.
November 8, 2013
Nice little scanner
I was the high school paper photographer back in the 70s when all we had was 120/220 rolls of B&W film. Recently I came across a box with hundreds of (hilarious) negatives. The V500 has been doing an incredible job of digitizing these negatives, and I'm posting them up on Yearbook.*** for all my classmates to enjoy.
October 30, 2013
Scanners for negatives
This is my third Epson scanner over ten or fifteen years. The first one became outdated, and the second one stopped working recently, so I purchased V500. It comes with a medium format template, which I use, 35mm which I use, and a template for slides which I don't use.
It scans the mediums and 35s flawlessly and quickly. I usually download my negatives on my PC and transfer them to my mac. This time I wanted to download directly to my Mac and ran into some minor problems with the packaged software. Simply put, I needed to go to Epson and download the drivers and utilities onto the Lion 10.7. It worked fine then, and I did need help from customer support, and got it. I am a pleased customer.
October 23, 2013