Epson Perfection V330 photo scanner

Discussion in 'UK Photography' started by Phil Stovell, Jan 4, 2012.

  1. Phil Stovell

    Phil Stovell Guest

    I'm considering buying an Epson Perfection V330 photo scanner to digitise
    all my 35mm kodachrome slides, B&W and colour negs. It's £85 at Amazon.

    I wondered if anybody has tried this scanner and has any comments?

    Cheers, Phil.
    Phil Stovell, Jan 4, 2012
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    Huge Guest

    I have a V300. A few (random) thoughts in no particular order;

    - Boy, are my slides dirty. Despite a lot of effort to keep them clean.
    Factor in time and effort for slide cleaning.

    - Reloading the slides into the carrier is a PITA. I got very bored after
    a few dozen, and I have thousands of them.

    - The quality of the scans is disappointing. The saturation and resolution
    are both poor. I haven't really investigated why (the previous point is
    a factor.)

    All things considered, I concluded it wasn't worth the effort, although
    not so much that I got rid of the scanner.
    Huge, Jan 4, 2012
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  3. Phil Stovell

    tinnews Guest

    I think the choice for quality slide scanning lies between an Epson
    V700 and one of the Nikon dedicated slide scanners. People will argue
    the toss for ages about which is better but unless you're going to
    spend a *lot* of time optimising the results and your slides are of
    top quality to start with either will do a satisfactory job.

    The Epson V700 has a slide frame that sits on the glass and holds 12
    2"x2" slides which are scanned all in one go (though it takes a fair
    time to do it). I believe you can stack slides in the Nikon scanners.
    tinnews, Jan 4, 2012
  4. Phil Stovell

    Huge Guest

    TBH, if I ever wanted to get them done, I'd likely have it done
    The 300 has a similar arrangement, although it's 4 slides.
    Huge, Jan 4, 2012
  5. Phil Stovell

    tinnews Guest

    Doing 12 at a time rather than 4 is quite an advantage, it takes long
    enough that you can do other things while you wait.
    tinnews, Jan 4, 2012
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    Rob Morley Guest

    On Wed, 4 Jan 2012 13:34:20 +0000
    Solitaire, minesweeper ...

    Rob Morley, Jan 4, 2012
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    Bruce Guest


    Nonsense. The Nikon scanners are no longer made and used examples
    now fetch ridiculously high prices. The slide feeder accessories are
    also discontinued and expensive, and they were always problematic

    There are some cheap dedicated film scanners available and these are
    very popular for digitising old collections of mega and slides. The
    results are much better than those from any flatbed scanner
    except.the most expensive.

    In the mid-range there are the Plustek dedicated film scanners.
    These are almost as good as the NIKON scanners and more than good
    enough for the average user.

    You can buy one of these new, scan your film and sell it used on eBay
    for only about £50-70 less than you paid for it. Alternatively, buy
    a used example on eBay and sell it for what you paid.

    So my recommendation would be to buy a Plustek, but if good quality
    scans are not the top priority, but low cost is. one of the cheaper
    film scanners might do.
    Bruce, Jan 4, 2012
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    Paul Giverin Guest

    I've got a Plustek 7500i. It only scans one frame at a time and is
    therefore time consuming but the results are excellent.
    Paul Giverin, Jan 4, 2012
  9. Phil Stovell

    Phil Stovell Guest

    I've kept mine stored in slide boxes, most of them seem to be in good
    As long as they're better than scanned prints, which is all I have at the
    moment, I'll be fairly happy. I'm sure GIMP will help, it has done for
    the prints I've scanned.
    Most of my slides haven't been seen for over 20 years, it would be good to
    see them again.

    Thanks for the comment.
    Phil Stovell, Jan 5, 2012
  10. Phil Stovell

    Phil Stovell Guest

    The V700 is over £400, a bit pricey for me!
    Phil Stovell, Jan 5, 2012
  11. Phil Stovell

    Phil Stovell Guest

    The Plustek is a bit expensive for me as well!

    I'll keep looking, but may go for the Epson V330, the ordinary scanner
    part will still be useful.

    Many thanks for all the comments.
    Phil Stovell, Jan 5, 2012
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    Huge Guest

    Me too!
    Me too! Especially since my projector packed up years ago. Can you even still
    buy them?
    You're welcome.
    Huge, Jan 5, 2012
  13. Phil Stovell

    Phil Stovell Guest

    I still have a 30+ year old Leitz Pradovit RA-150. The autofocus
    mechanism's knackered and I don't have a screen, but apart from that it
    still works. I've tried copying slides by photographing the projection on
    a wall, which is not very good quality and extremely time consuming.
    Phil Stovell, Jan 5, 2012
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