May IN THE LOUPE – Item 5 – Epson V850 Pro Scanner

May IN THE LOUPE – Item 5 – Epson V850 Pro Scanner

Our current circumstances of lockdown have prompted a lot of photographers to set about scanning their previous analog work and converting it to digital storage – the writer of this newsletter amongst them.

I’ve used an older model of the Epson V-Series flatbed scanners for well over a decade and it has proved to be an invaluable part of the studio. Prior to my digital training at Camera Electronic I shot on many different film cameras with many different sizes of film;35mm, 6×4.5, 6×6, 6×7…And then I stepped up for years to 4 x 5 and 8 x 10 sheet film.

The results were great negatives and transparencies but getting them to enter my digital editing stream was problematical until I got the Epson. Their V series has gone from V-700 to V-850 Pro – that’s the model that we have on special this month. You’d be hard pressed to tell the difference between my older one and the new one until you came to the specification – the V854 Pro can do even better on all formats than mine.

The scanner is a fully-integrated part of the workflow – it comes with drivers and cables for your computer and if you don’t want to process with Adobe or other products there is Silverfast and  X-rite software included in the package.

Go up to 8.5 x 11.7 cm in flatwork scanning and remember that they provide two sets of four film holders to speed up the strip and sheet processing. There is provision for scratch and dust removal through multiple scanning, but This takes time and is only avaiable on certain media. I just keep the platen clean and polished and it does fine.

Am I going to buy a new one? No, my old one is glorious. YOU can buy the new one and start to get glorious results yourself. In store now or online

  • richard warren
    Posted at 12:00h, 25 May

    Thanks – I’ve been using an older Epson scanner for some years too – but I’ve already recently bought the V850. It’s perfect, for my requirements!

    NB – the cheaper V800 apparently still fails to load both film strips properly, leading to success on one and something I can only call moire because I don’t know the technical term for it – but it drove me nuts on my original Epson scanner, when I first started storing my analogue films on digi. Some might not care – they might use the flatbed for “other than film”, or only do a single film strip at a time – OK, they can save $300. But it wouldn’t suit me.

    • Uncle Dick
      Posted at 10:52h, 27 May

      Good Points, Richard. My older Epson sometimes has a mind of its own, too. I just poke it and go again and eventually most of the mis-alignment straightens itself out. And it is a brilliant machine for copying and storing decal designs.

  • Eng Sun Lim
    Posted at 17:27h, 25 May

    May I know how much I can buy one today?
    I have bought something from you before.

    • Saul Frank
      Posted at 17:35h, 25 May

      Hi, Thanks for the comment. We can do $1259, would you like us to hold one for you? Thanks so much Saul – Director.

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