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Epson Perfection V750-M Pro

The Epson Perfection V750-M Pro is a solidly designed flatbed scanner for professional photographers and graphic artists. It incorporates a new anti-glare coated dual lens system with an optical resolution of up to 4800 dpi for reflective document copy and an amazing 6400 dpi for scanning 35mm to 4×5″ film. The lens that’s used is based on the selected resolution. The scanner also features a new high-reflectivity mirror to allow more light to pass to the CCD, which provides quicker scanning times. Setup is straightforward with either USB 2 or FireWire connectivity.

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The 750 comes with both Epson Scan and SilverFast Ai 6 scanning software. Epson Scan includes Digital ICE Technologies to reduce dust and scratches, and it also includes excellent color-restoration features for faded pictures. Using Epson Scan, a 35mm slide set at 24 bits at 6400 dpi took 2 minutes 13 seconds to scan, and opened in Adobe Photoshop CS2 at 135 MB. Image quality is excellent and color is very accurate, whether scanning documents or transparencies. With a Dmax of 4, the 750 produced very good shadow and highlight detail.

The 750 marks Epson’s introduction of an innovative new fluid mount accessory for wet film scanning. This reduces buckling and scratches with larger film sizes-quite an advance for a flatbed scanner, and with practice works well. Epson has redesigned the hard black plastic film holders to allow manual height adjustment to optimize image focus, and has added clips for securing 35mm slides. I found these holders flimsy, not on par with the professional quality of this scanner. The bottom line, however, is that the 750 is a great package.

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Posted by Steve Baczewski

When Steve was young, he was struck by the work of Richard Avedon, Cartier Bresson, and Eugene Smith, and eventually got a degree in Photography. He writes and teaches about both traditional and digital fine arts photography.

4 comments on “Epson Perfection V750-M Pro

  1. Recently purchased V750 scanner based on all the hype I read. To my chagrin discovered I can not scan 2 1/4 format – period. Also, the SilverFast bundled is 32 bit.
    I have Vista 64 bit on my new computer. I have to hold my breath until Silverfast comes out with a 64 bite. Still more, Epson tech support is offers worthless support. The rep I talked with did not seem to know the difference between 32 and 64 bit. If any one has an idea of how I can scan 2 1/4 on a V750 let me know.

  2. I have had the same scanner since the summer of 2008, With Epson Scan I have scanned thousands of 2 1/4 negs from years of shooting Hassys’. Are you using the supplied neg carriers? Also you must tell Epson Scan what format negs are in the carrier, (6×6, 6×4.5), the process is not as straightforward with Silverfast. YMMV.

    Best Regards,

    Christopher

  3. I am holding my breathe; could not find anyone within my community of photographers from the School of the Art Institute that had any opinions. Some of them are younger and have not taken slides for years like I have. They had slides for entering shows and presenting to galleries. However, a local camera store had an older model and said it works fine. The Edina Mn art center has an Epson 700 and they charge $15.00 oer hour to use the equipment. I could pay for the scanner by doing my own on the new V750-M Pro Scanner in no time flat!!
    I do have a 64 bit computer so that is a bit worrisome that it will definitely work. The flash and javas will not work on my computer. We have tried everything. I basically use my computer for editing photos, videos etc
    A big investment for me and my family to scan all of our slides. I think it best work….