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Scanner Review: Epson V500

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!

written by yopanic


  1. alex34


    I have this scanner too, it's very good indeed.

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  2. stratski


    I second that: the Epson V500 is excellent value for a good price.

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  3. wideangle


    The only problem I had was that every time I changed the shape of the scan area the automatic exposure settings changed. Once I found the hidden setting to turn this off it's very easy to get a good exposure. Now the software only does an auto exposure when I click the auto button. After previewing I select the scan area (minus any border or sprockets - these confuse the auto settings) and click the auto button to get the settings close to correct. I then make my manual adjustments and set the full area I want to scan.

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  4. cpolpa


    @wideangle can you tell me how i changed de automatic exposure? that hideden item!!

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  5. cpolpa


    @yopanic how can i get this software, i also have the epson v500.

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  6. saidseni


    Top scanner in the community, no doubt! @wideangle: Where is the hidden setting?? :))

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  7. jvujnovi

    I have a darkroom where I do my own black & white printing, but I have been thinking about getting a scanner for my colour films (not as many, but there are some pictures I find like to have duplicates of). The article is very useful.

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  8. wideangle


    This video shows the setting to turn off under Configuration. Continuous Auto Exposure will mess up setting scans.


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  9. danbarry


    Great scanner. I use it too. Its one of the only reasonably priced scanners for 120 film. Epson have now updated their scan programme to work with OS Mavericks so if like me you thought all was lost in the last few weeks you can rest easy. Scan wise 10/10.

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  10. herbert-4


    I ended up with a V700. It's at my desk and gets used a lot and survives very well. Epson is excellent.

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