Among all the scanners that are available in the market at present, we all simply go crazy before we are able to choose one. The most stressful part mainly lies in trying to understand all the technical features that are present in a good quality scanner, trying to figure out which one is better, and comparing the prices.
If you’re Donald Trump’s son, you could surely buy a drum scanner, which has the best technology on Earth in order for scanning images; the rest of us usually just go for a flatbed scanner, which is the best compromise between a low cost machine and a good quality images.
I chose the Epson Perfection V500 Photo, which is exactly what I needed. In the same family of flatbed scanners, there are also other models (like V600, V700), which are a bit better than this one. A scanner should be chosen according to how much money you think is fair to invest in a scanning hardware: it strictly depends on your activity (if you’re a pro or not), on the amount of film rolls you have to scan (some scanners have a bigger glass in order to scan a lot of frames in one time), the final use of the image (if you have to print images in 10 × 15 size or in exhibit sizes).
Among all these factors to consider, the V500 Scanner is for you if:
- You have a medium quantity of film rolls to scan (let’s say 8-10/month). If you shoot more rolls, buy the V700
- You need to print until the maximum size of an A1 sheet (59,4 × 84,1 cm). If you need to print a wider format, it’s better to buy a flatbed scanner or go to a lab able to scan the frame with that
- You don’t have a lot of money to invest on a scanner
But, a scanner is not only made of hardware. If you don’t have a good scanning software with an affordable calibration with CCD (i.e. the image capture device present in all flatbed scanners), the images you get will not be of good quality, especially color film. The best suggestion is not to use a free scanning software, because they’re made to work with all the thousands of scanners around the world. What you will need is a good software that can work with the CCD. This is an other reason why Epson got my attention: they released a free scanning software, which works only with Epson scanners, named EPSON Scan.
Usually, people scan images from film with the default settings and then use Photoshop in order to modify all the histogram settings they need. But, the amazing feature of this software is that the user can set the histogram settings, BEFORE the image is actually scanned. This means that, once the image is created, the 50% of the work on histogram settings is already done.
Another amazing stuff is that you can use the V500 as a normal scanner, too!