Rated 4 out of
Love the Scanner but...the film holders are made with plexiglass and they are full of static and attract dust. Almost impossible to get a clean scan, therefore, there is a great deal of touch up in Photoshop.
Date published: 2018-07-19
Rated 5 out of
Mark F from
Great for Scanning 35mm SlidesI bought this to scan my old 35mm slides. It exceeded my expectations. I was able to capture the color and resolution of the originals and now have them preserved digitally.
Date published: 2018-06-23
Rated 3 out of
Mostly good but some issuesMy 700 died right in the middle of a project so I needed to replace it fast. I liked the 700 so I bought the 800 — it's mostly good.
Sadly, it has the exact same capabilities of the 700 with the exception of some lenses that help when scanning slides or negatives.
In the 700, the filament had to warm up if you left the scanner sitting too long and that was a small pain as you waited for "the scanner is warming up." Now, with LEDs, there is no waiting and I really enjoy that. However, the scanner does turn off and that's a bit of a pain but the software that comes with the scanner does let you increase the time before the scanner turns off. The software is kind of sketchy but it works and does the job.
One big disappointment is that the claimed 4800 and 6400 dpi is a lot of whooeee. Nothing near that level of resolution. Without doing invented pixels, look for about 800 on photos and about 1800 on slides/negatives
Another issue are the holders for negatives. They've done two things good and one thing bad on these: The good: They've increased the thickness of the plastic so they are sturdier and they've given them some "feet" that lets you vary the height of the unit so if you need to raise or lower the item to the platen, you can.
The bad is that they now have some "mostly" transparent plastic that the slide is pushed against to maintain a good flatness of the negative. Normally I'd cheer this but the quality of the plastic is not very good and there is a bit of cloudiness to the transparency. I read one review that they discovered some chromic aberration because of this but I did not. Due to the poor quality of this plastic, it would be very easy to scratch this. Over time I expect the cloudiness to increase. The choice to use such cheap plastic is a big big shame and limits the potential use and lifespan of these film holders.
The slide holders do not have this plastic and remain very good.
The Epson Scan software that comes with any Epson scanner is serviceable but I noticed pronounced distortion during the scan making rectangles look a bit like parallelograms. Fortunately this comes with SilverFast and that is good software. I maintain my use of Silverfast AI software and use that which is the best scanning software around albeit with some issues with the UI.
To be honest, I'm not sure I'd have purchased this if I'd known how far off the official resolution was compared to the real resolution and the issues with the negative holders are very damaging. However, I've used Epson for some 20 years and I'm not sure what the alternatives are at this point. I would recommend that people do some searching before purchasing.
Date published: 2018-04-09
Rated 5 out of
Uncle Ho from
Super fast. Trouble-free. Easy to use.This was an upgrade for me. My prior Epson V550 performed flawlessly but super high resolution scans took time. Step in V800 and amazed how much faster. Also I can get 2400 and higher dpi on full sheet photos (not just cropped images like other machines do). This re-conditioned product looks and works as NEW.
Date published: 2018-02-05
Rated 5 out of
Hutch D from
Quality pictures, easy to use, fast and dependableI have used it for a year, primarily on thousands of slides and a number of photos. It was easy to setup and operate. The finished product is superb and easy to bring into the computer. It is a good product and easily does all it is supposed to do
Date published: 2018-01-30
Rated 1 out of
Software Is DifficultThe software is extremely difficult. I should have sent my negatives and slides to a scanning company.
Date published: 2017-11-03
Rated 4 out of
Perfect for my needsI dropped my rating by one star just for the following reasons.
1. The 35mm film holder seems flimsy and I wonder how long it will last
2. The clips to secure the film holder rails easily become un-clipped with noticing resulting in less than perfect scans.
3. During scanning there are often long periods of "Scanner not responding" during a scan but given time things return to normal.
4. The Epson scan software is a bit basic.
5. Even though the included Silverfast scanning software is free and offers more features, I feel this is a poor product and has great difficulty recognizing the negative areas in the 35m film holder, every image needs to be manually adjusted.
6. Using the ICE dust and scratch removal system results in scans that are way to long, increasing scan times by almost 400%
Otherwise a superb scanner for the price
Date published: 2017-09-16
Rated 4 out of
Transitioned easily from previous scannerI had a fair amount of scanning experience over the years, scanning medium- and large-format film positives (transparencies) with a Microtek i900 scanner. When it stopped working about 4 months ago the only affordable scanner I could find that will do 8 x 10" transparencies was the Epson Perfection V800. I ordered it and it arrived quickly. In no more than 1-1/2 hours I unpacked it, read a bit of the instructions, and decided to try it on an 8 x 10". I was a little confused about what input to give it, but even the first one turned out great. The colors were a bit faded on the original, but I hardly had to correct it after scanning it. I've done 5 x 7", 4 x 5", and 6 x 7cm transparencies on it many times now. I still have to clean up some dust and scratches, but the fast-warm-up surprises me every time. I should read more of the instructions but haven't hit enough snags to make me do so!