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    Epson V850-Epson V800, what is the next step up.

    Question may be a complete waste of time but I am curious about flatbed or any other type of photo scanner that is superior to the Epson V850 or Epson V800 which in just incrementally higher in cost.

    Said another way, Epson V850 or Epson V800 seem to cost about 650 to 850.00. Is there a better, comparable scanner for $1,200 or $1,500 or $2,000 that will scan the variety of films that these Epson's can, only do it better?

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    Re: Epson V850-Epson V800, what is the next step up.

    When I was shopping for a scanner recently, it seems like you jump from the V850 at $900 up to the next level Epson at $3k and then straight from there to the big boys at $8k and upwards. I was unable to find a intermediate option that'd scan 120 and 4x5.

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    Re: Epson V850-Epson V800, what is the next step up.

    Thanks for the response. That is the same thing I noticed but due to lack of knowledge, I assumed I had missed scanners in the intermediate range.

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    Re: Epson V850-Epson V800, what is the next step up.

    Quote Originally Posted by williaty View Post
    When I was shopping for a scanner recently, it seems like you jump from the V850 at $900 up to the next level Epson at $3k and then straight from there to the big boys at $8k and upwards. I was unable to find a intermediate option that'd scan 120 and 4x5.
    What scanner options did you find at $3K that have better scanning capabilities (e.g. better resolution, better noise control, better in scanning darker areas, etc.) than Epson V850? Thanks.

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    Re: Epson V850-Epson V800, what is the next step up.

    Quote Originally Posted by Atul Mohidekar View Post
    What scanner options did you find at $3K that have better scanning capabilities (e.g. better resolution, better noise control, better in scanning darker areas, etc.) than Epson V850? Thanks.
    He's probably referring to the Epson 11000XL.

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    Re: Epson V850-Epson V800, what is the next step up.

    Thanks. In what ways 11000XL better than V850?

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    Re: Epson V850-Epson V800, what is the next step up.

    Yeah, I saw the 1100XL series, saw the price, and didn't even look at the specs so I have no idea if they're better than the V850 or not. That would be why I never said or implied that the 1100XL series was better, just that it existed and was more expensive.

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    Re: Epson V850-Epson V800, what is the next step up.

    Thanks for the clarification.

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    Re: Epson V850-Epson V800, what is the next step up.

    I looked at the 11000XL specs once - according to Epson there's an optional transparency scanner that can handle up to 4 x 5 film. Also optical resolution is not so amazing - I think 2800 dpi or so.

    Unfortunately I think the only realistic step up (in a flatbed) from the 7x0 and 8x0 is something like a used/refurbed IQsmart or Eversmart or Screen or similar. but they're probably also in the $3k to $7k range and they weigh around a hundred pounds +/- as well as being really big.

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    Re: Epson V850-Epson V800, what is the next step up.

    A dslr scanner, assuming you have a good dslr, is an option. With my D600, I get about a stop more dynamic range, and about 1000 more spi, than an Epson flatbed, all as measured in use.
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