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Thread: What's better than a Epson V700/750?

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    What's better than a Epson V700/750?

    I currently have an Epson v700 scanner with the original holders.
    I understand you can wet mount, I understand there are the betterscanning holders.

    If I got rid of the Epson V700, which is the next best scanner? As in, what will do a better job, work with a Mac, run on USB, and doesn't cost a few grand?

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    Re: What's better than a Epson V700/750?

    Anyone, anything?

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    Re: What's better than a Epson V700/750?

    Thats the top of the consumer line, better results you just get from pro-scanners, but they are much more expensive; alternative you can look for an old drumscanner.
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    Re: What's better than a Epson V700/750?

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    Re: What's better than a Epson V700/750?

    What about the 750 - it has better coated optics, I think it is focusable, and using Vuescan (maybe others as well) you can scan at 6400 with the high rez lens and automatically down sample to 2400, given better resolution because of the optics and the noise averaging.

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    Re: What's better than a Epson V700/750?

    What's better than a Epson V700/750?

    What's better than 4x5 on an Epson V700/750 ? 5x7 on the same Epson V700/750

    You get to keep your affordable scanner, but reap a 36% increase in performance *.

    You can spend that 36% any way you like: You can make prints that are 36% larger, or you can use lenses that are 36% worse. Or you can shoot film that is 36% grainier. Or you can make prints that are 36% "better".

    *
    If we consider 4x5 film as 3.75 x 4.75, the diagonal is 154mm.
    If we consider 5x7 film as 4.75 x 6.75, the diagonal is 210mm.
    Since 210 is 136% of 154, the increase is 36%.
    Last edited by Ken Lee; 3-May-2010 at 15:43.

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    Re: What's better than a Epson V700/750?

    ok... so the answer is Epson have cornered the market, there's no alternative?

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    Re: What's better than a Epson V700/750?

    Epson didn't corner the market, everybody else left the market. (At least in the consumer area.)

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    Re: What's better than a Epson V700/750?

    Microtek was there, but they had problems with support (in the US anyhow) and eventually withdrew. I don't know if they still sell scanners in the rest of the world. In my experience (with a 2500f which cost over $2000) the Epson was a better value and only a little lower in resolution.

    Now and then I return to this page on Jm Galli's site. To quote the text:

    "This page is about how a $65 lens that covers the 11X14 format trumps all the Sironars... Now I'm not saying you could put a $60 lens on your 4X5 and make 30X40 enlargements. I am saying that the tonality and sharpness in these contact prints exceeds what you could get with a Sironar-S on 4X5 and enlarged to 11X14".

    It's great having a system camera like the Sinar, which lets you change bellows and backs to switch between formats - but to their credit, many wooden and metal 5x7 cameras let you use a 4x5 reducing back.

    The major expense is that of larger film, some film holders, and perhaps a new lens at the long end of the line. The benefit you get in quality, can be sensational.

    Many people consider a 5x7 image big enough as-is, so you can make lovely 5x7 contact prints if you like. Paul Strand did. When I saw his 5x7 images from the Hebrides - back in the 1970's - they knocked my socks off. I'm still... sock-less.
    Last edited by Ken Lee; 3-May-2010 at 14:12.

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    Re: What's better than a Epson V700/750?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Lee View Post
    Microtek was there, but they had problems with support (in the US anyhow) and eventually withdrew.
    And has since returned, now selling direct:

    http://support.microtek.com/products.html

    Whether it's worth taking a chance on the quality of their customer support is a separate question, but the scanners are there if you want one.

    EDIT, remembering the OP: As best I can tell, they've maintained distribution in the UK all along.

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