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ndwgolf
18-Jan-2017, 01:11
Question
I live in Malaysia, I asked the Epson rep if he can get me a Epson 850 scanner but he told me they only have the 800 in Malaysia...........I can easily get it from B&H and have it shipped.............should I do that or just take the 800.
I want it for scanning 4 x 5 Negs and printing up to A2

Thanks

Neil

ndwgolf
18-Jan-2017, 05:49
Sh!t Sh!t Sh!t. B&H Just said that they cannot ship the 850 to me in Malaysia due to something to do with Epson. So I guess I am stuck with the 800.......how is it??

locutus
18-Jan-2017, 06:21
Physically the same scanner, the 850 ships with a higher end version of the software and i think a second set of holders.

The 800's software is fine (Silverfast Ai), a second set of holders you can get separately if you really want.

ndwgolf
18-Jan-2017, 08:11
Thank you sir.......any Idea how it is as a scanner??

locutus
18-Jan-2017, 08:33
As good as it gets without getting into the esoteric territory

EdSawyer
18-Jan-2017, 20:22
Best option for a flatbed for the price, but definitely not the last word, esp. for medium and small format film.

Kuzano
18-Jan-2017, 21:51
Contact Robin Wong... works for Olympus in Maylaysia. Does reviews and has a very active Blog in Maylaysia. I read all his Olympus Reviews.

Sounds like a guy you need to talk with. Incredibly informative.

ndwgolf
19-Jan-2017, 01:10
I managed to get the 850 from the UK...........via Amazon

Sal Santamaura
19-Jan-2017, 09:31
Physically the same scanner, the 850...Close, but not the same. The V850 includes a more reflective mirror and anti-reflection coatings on its optics that aren't part of the V800.

Pere Casals
19-Jan-2017, 14:31
Best option for a flatbed for the price, but definitely not the last word, esp. for medium and small format film.



Yes.. specially for 35mm film a good dedicated roll film scanner will allways be better than flatbeds.

I find that for 120 a dedicated roll film scanner is not as necessary that for 35mm, and a 120 dedicated scanner may cost 5 times what a 35mm can cost.

So IMHO owning a dedicated 35mm roll film scanner (4000 true dpi, in USAF 1951 terms) and a cheap EPSON flatbed is a very competitive choice.

Pere Casals
19-Jan-2017, 14:52
Question
I live in Malaysia, I asked the Epson rep if he can get me a Epson 850 scanner but he told me they only have the 800 in Malaysia...........I can easily get it from B&H and have it shipped.............should I do that or just take the 800.
I want it for scanning 4 x 5 Negs and printing up to A2

Thanks

Neil



I've a V850.

I found two differences compared to the 800.

The important one is software version. Silverfast scanning software version of the V850 has the Multi-exposure feature. Multi-Exposure is very necessary if you are to scan slides. Velvia and Provia can deliver very deep shadows, with Multi-exposure activated scanner makes two different exposures before advancing to next row, one is for the lights and the other for shadows. In this way very deep shadows have less noise and more detail. Still very, very deep shadows of Velvia/Provia need a drum scanner, and no Flatbed will do that perfect.

For common B/W and color negatives Multi-exposure may not be necessary.


If you buy the V800 you can later purchase a software upgrade for Silverfast (LaserSoft Imaging is the company) that will allow Multi-Exposure.


The other V850 vsV800 advantage is that internal lens has some coating, but in practice this cannot be noticed, IMHO.

Our V850 came with a single set of holders...


Compared to the previous V750 and V700 difference is that 800/850 has a LED illuminator (700/750 had a lamp). LEDs are very stable over time and calibrations are not necessary, also no wait for lamp warming.

One think I like of the V850 is that the delivered image is very raw, with no hidden sharpening or color enhancing, this gives more freedom for post process, for example in a portrait I can use different algorithms for sharpening eyes than for the cheek.

Some glamorous scanners perform a variety of internal digital image enhancing operations to justify price...