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On Film: Scanning with the Epson V800

It has finally happened, I have my own scanner. After a lot of thought, pondering, listening to others, I decided to go with my gut and order an Epson V800 flatbed scanner. Now, this has been in the plans since last year when I went up to Large Format photography and discovered not only was the film expensive (approx £50 a box in UK for 10 shots) but getting them developed and scanned by a lab was financially crippling. It’s even worse when the lab destroys 16 of those negs (although they blamed the post office). But now finally I am in complete control over my film images from start to finish and that feels great. 

So what’s it like? Well, it’s big! Didn’t really think about that, it also attracts dust like...... well, a very dusty forgotten corner of a shed buried in the bottom of a long lost garden allotment! Everyone warned me about scanning, its tedious, slow, boring, frustrating, so far I’ve yet to really experience that. The worst part of scanning is loading the tray up, pre scanning only to realise that neg is full of sucky images, but thats not the scanners fault.

Epson wise, its fast, produces superb quality scans and the Silverfast software, whilst not exactly intuitive at first is easy enough to use. The only 'issue' I have had is the software comes on a disc, Apple iMacs no longer have disc drives and downloading from the Silverfast website wasn’t exactly easy as it kept asking to insert said disc.... arrrrrrrrrrrgh. Thank god for Google! 30mins later it was sorted. 

So, its been painless, its been quicker than everyone told me it would be, its less annoying than everyone told me it would be, the negs fit the trays despite all the Amazon reviews saying that they don't and its producing scans that I’m super happy with too. Um, yeah first impressions are that I have made the right choice, unless I am doing something very wrong and I am sure there are many experts out there that will advice me that I am wrong.

Below are a few shots from 4x5 and 120s.