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.
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.