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EPSON V700 Photo Scanner

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Setting up the Epson V700 scanner

Once the unit has been unpacked and the reams of protective cling film has been removed, the first stage is to unlock the scanner. The transportation lock is located at the rear of the unit, this is a substantial switch which wouldn't look out of place on an industrial lawn mower, slide it to the left to unlock. The lock is only necessary when you are transporting the scanner, it can and should be left in the unlock position for normal use. The transparency unit must also be unlocked, this is a modest size sliding switch.

The switch is big enough to turn on the National Grid
Transparency unit lock
Transparency connection
Ports

 

As with most scanners I have reviewed, the Epson V700 transparency unit has to be connected via an external cable. I find this rather odd in this day of electronic wizardry, why the connection can't be made via the hinges. I'm sure there must be a reason behind this, other than that in the past transparency units were always sold as separate items. The four connections at the rear are (l to r) Firewire, Option (transparency unit, not really an option), USB 2.0 (backward compatible with USB 1.0) and the DC power input. I will test the scanning speeds using both Firewire and USB ports later in the review.

UPDATE - 8 March 2006

I have just received the following information from Epson:

  1. The Epson Perfection V700 Photo scanner is aimed at the high end consumer market, whereas the V750 is targeted for the professional user.
  2. The main difference between the two models is in the V750 an Anti-Reflection Optical Coating is applied to the CCD glass to eliminate or minimize the amount of reflection that can occur. Abnormal Ghost images are reduced.
  3. The V750 will include the full version of SilverFast Ai 6 together with Monaco EZ Colour management solution.
V700 with uncoated CCD glass - internal reflections may occur
V750 with coated CCD glass will significantly reduce internal ghosting

Unfortunately I will not be able to test the V700 against the V750 in this review (I haven't got the V750). However, I will save all the high resolution scans and re scan the film on the V750 as soon as it is available.

Epson were not sure what the white squares on the film holders were, I don't think they had noticed them before I mentioned them. They are emailing Japan to find out what they are for - I will keep you posted.

UPDATE No 2. 14.00hrs 8th March

The white squares are only used when the scanner is in automatic scan mode, they tell the scanner that you have a film holder in place - the answer is so simple.

The V700/V750 white ghost
Spare Film height adjusters for the holders

I was given this rather vague answer as to what the film height adjusters were for;

 

a) Counter the lower image sharpness due to film warpage, users can adjust the heights of the film holder for better scanning.

b) Counter the difference in image quality cause by the expansion/contraction of film holders and film due to environment temperature

It would seem that you can alter the sharpness of the scans with these height adjusters, I have looked through the user guide and can't find any reference to their use - I guess I will just have to experiment later on.

 

 

November 7, 2006

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