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    Re: Upgrade to Epson V850 Scanner?

    Thanks for all the input. I'm reassured by the input that an 850 could be in my future at some point. But, not quite yet.

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    Re: Upgrade to Epson V850 Scanner?

    Quote Originally Posted by bob carnie View Post
    Hi Neil

    We just purchase a Epson 850 for our Lab use, I also own an Imocan and a Creo Eversmart Supreme. We thought it was a great device to do film contact sheets from old photo archives (which we do a lot of) and of course it works perfectly, but I had a lot of 4 x 5 and old 4 x 5 polaroids that I wanted to scan so we gave the 850 a go and to my amazement the files are incredible and from this size original I am making 16 x 20 gum over palladiums without feeling I have lost something... I can highly recommend this device.
    I did a comparison between my V850 and another's Howtek 8000 drum scanner and they compared favorably.
    https://www.largeformatphotography.i...ghlight=howtek

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    Re: Upgrade to Epson V850 Scanner?

    Interesting. I left him a message and will consider this as an option. I'm assuming (but will check) that SilverFast 9 supports most of these and the the interface issue can be resolved by adding an adapter.

    Brian

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    Re: Upgrade to Epson V850 Scanner?

    Quick update to those following this. I purchased a piece of museum glass (2.50mm) and used a .060 shim (cardboard for the test) on both sides of the glass and got great full frame 8x10 negative scans. I used the Betterlight glass I use for 4x5 and measured from a granite base to the surface of the glass as I knew that it was perfectly in focus for my scanner. I then produced shims to move the museum glass to exactly the same plane above the lens. No issues at all and I can wet or dry mount with great clarity. This was much less expensive than any of the other methods (special printed or cut frames, etc) I tried and the entire assembly is less than $50.00. (cross posted in another thread as well)

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