My old Linotype-Hell Saphir Ultra 2 scanner is malfunctioning (banding) and I'm looking to replace it. I am considering the V 750 Epson as a replacement so that I can do 6x7 & 4x5 scans. Just for the heck of it I tried shooting the negatives (HP5 & Portra 160) on a lightbox with my 5D (original version) and a 50 macro. The results were better than the scanner at least at first blush. The scanner looks like it may pull more detail after an unsharp mask as been applied and the 5D lightbox combo are sharper strait out of the camera.
I am intrigued by the speed and the quickness of the lightbox and camera set up. My old scanner is glacial. Do you think it's worth persuing? ( I would need to invest in a copy stand & better lightbox) or am I better off just getting the Epson flatbed? One thing I like about the flatbed set up is that it can convert color negs via software, I had a hard time doing that in curves in Photoshop with my lightbox shot.
I think I'll try a couple of prints today to see how the different approaches result in a finished product.
PS I've attached the scanner & 5D sample for reference