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Thread: Features of a universal Filmscanner and why the Epson 700/800 has or has not.

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    Re: Features of a universal Filmscanner and why the Epson 700/800 has or has not.

    Here's a comparison I did compare 4x5 Tmax 100 scanned with a V850 vs. another member's Howtek 8000 drum scanner. I gave him my negative so we can compare more easily. They seem to compare very favorably. What's your call?
    https://www.largeformatphotography.i...ghlight=howtek

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    Re: Features of a universal Filmscanner and why the Epson 700/800 has or has not.

    Even my old Epson 2450 was good enough (by my standards) for 4x5 negatives, but certainly not for 35mm except for making contact strips or perhaps images for online use. There is little improvement in 4x5 image quality in my present Epson V700, although the newer scanner was a bit better in less important ways.

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    Re: Features of a universal Filmscanner and why the Epson 700/800 has or has not.

    35 mm never worked well on V700

    I use my V700 only for sheet film and glass negs

    I don't need better and sure don't want bigger files
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    Re: Features of a universal Filmscanner and why the Epson 700/800 has or has not.

    This is 35mm Tmax 400 with a V850. It's better than my V600, I think. What do you think?

    35mm V850 Tmax 400 https://www.flickr.com/photos/alankl...57716777378896
    35mm V600 Ektachromes original https://www.flickr.com/photos/alankl...57625526207614

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    Re: Features of a universal Filmscanner and why the Epson 700/800 has or has not.

    Someone's complaining about SCSI adapters on a large-format photography forum?
    My point is Epson is unlikely to invest R&D into newer scanner technology for a limited market when their v850 represents "good enough".
    Waiting or hoping they'll come out with a new-fangled Gestetner wired to a toaster (v950?) is a waste of time. Maybe they will, but probably not.
    If you're looking for the summit of flatbed technology and quality, Creo or Cezanne make excellent machines, still sold and serviced in the USA.
    But they come at a premium. Still only a fraction of the price you would have paid back in 1999-2005.

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    Re: Features of a universal Filmscanner and why the Epson 700/800 has or has not.

    Quote Originally Posted by Alan Klein View Post
    This is 35mm Tmax 400 with a V850. It's better than my V600, I think. What do you think?

    35mm V850 Tmax 400 https://www.flickr.com/photos/alankl...57716777378896
    35mm V600 Ektachromes original https://www.flickr.com/photos/alankl...57625526207614
    The grain seems pretty crisp on the tmax400 scans!

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    Re: Features of a universal Filmscanner and why the Epson 700/800 has or has not.

    I like my IQsmart about as much as Ari likes his Eversmart. Even if it IS Firewire. Old Mac Minis work fine, though.

    And from personal experience I can tell you why it's called FIRE-wire. Smoked a nice Sound Devices audio recorder one day - the stupid FW plug WILL go in the wrong way around without even pushing hard. I was able to get it repaired for ONLY $350.

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    Re: Features of a universal Filmscanner and why the Epson 700/800 has or has not.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ari View Post
    Someone's complaining about SCSI adapters on a large-format photography forum?
    My point is Epson is unlikely to invest R&D into newer scanner technology for a limited market when their v850 represents "good enough".
    Waiting or hoping they'll come out with a new-fangled Gestetner wired to a toaster (v950?) is a waste of time. Maybe they will, but probably not.
    If you're looking for the summit of flatbed technology and quality, Creo or Cezanne make excellent machines, still sold and serviced in the USA.
    But they come at a premium. Still only a fraction of the price you would have paid back in 1999-2005.
    Nobody wants to pay speculation-prices for technical oldtime gear.
    If I would sit in the Epson Scanner R&D department, I would do everything to outbeat these not "highend" but "high-over-sky" firms.
    But if they only make some cosmetical upgrades, I (and many other) would stay to my 17 years old V700.
    The french say "qui vivra verra", or "who survives will see".
    So we will ...
    regards
    Rainer
    Last edited by rawitz; 22-Feb-2022 at 11:32.

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    Re: Features of a universal Filmscanner and why the Epson 700/800 has or has not.

    "Even my Nikon 9000 with firewire bus only runs on my old "highend" notebook."

    Most of this discussion is Greek to me. But on this one point, I will note that I am running several Firewire 800 devices, including a Nikon 8000 scanner, through Firewire-to-Thunderbolt adaptors on a modern Mac. With various adaptors, I have run this scanner through four upgradings of my computer. I use ViewScan, which is also upgraded regularly for mew devices and operating systems. (I also use an Epson 700 for large format, and do I wish it was more robust and capable? You bet. And yes, I would go to $2,000--but perhaps not more for a better solution.>
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