Epson Perfection V850 Pro Flatbed Scanner - 6400 dpi Optical

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Epson Perfection V850 Pro Flatbed Scanner - 6400 dpi Optical - The pro-quality scanner with advanced control to archive film and photos.
The quality and control you need to preserve priceless originals, right in your studio - it's easy with the Epson Perfection V850 Pro scanner. You get professional-quality scans that make it simple to digitally archive virtually any original. 6400 dpi resolution, a 4.0 Dmax, advanced optics and dual-lens scanning ensure extraordinary results whether scanning slides, negatives or film. Digital ICE® Technologies remove surface defects, while two sets of film holders and an energy-efficient LED array help boost productivity. SilverFast® SE Plus and X-Rite i1® color management software add versatility. A specialized fluid mount tray (not included) is also available for unparalleled reproductions from black-and-white film.

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Epson Perfection V850 Pro Flatbed Scanner - 6400 dpi Optical
 
3.9

(based on 17 reviews)

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76%

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Follow up to 2/16/15 V850: Silverfast software

My original review of the V850 included comments on my disappointment with the upgrade on the third party Silverfast software from LaserSoft. After that review was published, a representative from Lasersoft very graciously contacted...Read complete review

My original review of the V850 included comments on my disappointment with the upgrade on the third party Silverfast software from LaserSoft. After that review was published, a representative from Lasersoft very graciously contacted me and provided a written description of where in the upgrade dialog box to find the correct buttons and/or fields to complete the upgrade process. The problem, which was the main reason for my review critism, turned out to be that the upgrade on my system was suffering from some sort of bad instruction loop during the fresh install/upgrade process. All versions of the software are installed at the same time from the disk or download and the purchase or upgrade serial number unlocks the advanced features. On my system entering the upgrade serial number was not resulting in activation of additional features or changing the version when checking the “About Silverfastâ€� under the Apple menu. After researching reasons for failed upgrade and finding no answers I concluded that the ends did not justify the means. I wrote my review as a consumer who has benefited from the time others have taken to record their experiences, not only by learning new skills but learning how to save time in the studio. At some point we all have to make time management decisions. I have to give the company, Lasersoft, customer service kudos for contacting me after my review had been out for a while and providing me with a complete description of the upgrade steps, including how to get through a misbehaving upgrade. I believe that the problem I had was fairly uncommon and the only bit of criticism I have is that uncommon problem or not, the solutionâ€"a full description of the upgrade dialog boxâ€" should have come up readily when searching for upgrade information. Language translation is also a factorâ€"I am in the USA, Lasersoft is in Germany. Communication is an issue that all venders have to address, no one can get the perfect message to all users. I expect Silverfast tech information to be improved upon because LaserSoft appears to be a company that wants to identify and solve user issues. The result is that I can recommend Lasersoft as a company with a staff that will spend the time needed to connect with their customers and can now give my purchase of the V850 five stars. Now that I can use the upgrade features I can confirm that they are worth the effort to try on your scanning workflow. Silverfast is time consuming to learn after being accustomed to the Epson driver. Part of the learning curve is getting up to speed on the complex interface, scanner technology and scanner limitations. For the restoration work that I do if there is some definition left in an image a wider variety of scanning techniques give me more to work with to make repairs. While I have just begun to test Silverfast's capabilities it is apparent that using their various tools gives me more options for image repair. Sometimes that means better information for making selections, sometimes it means better color. The SilverFast upgrade features with the V850 purchase: AACO ( Auto Adaptive Contrast Optimization) Correct contrast in darker areas. Kodachrome Features There is a Kodachrome automatic adjustment when scanning transparencies. SilverFast Multi-Exposure Two scans are made with different settings and combined into a single file. Take time to get used to the driver window settings and behaviors and do lots of tests for results that fit your workflow. And by the way, I have had the Epson V850 for over a year and a half now and like it more than ever for all for the reasons in my earlier review.

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Conflicted!

Just received scanner. I prefer using SilverFast for my scanning and retouching. Epson scanner has conflicts with SilverFast. I've searched everywhere on internet. Found possible solution from SilverFast support but I'm having to...Read complete review

Just received scanner. I prefer using SilverFast for my scanning and retouching. Epson scanner has conflicts with SilverFast. I've searched everywhere on internet. Found possible solution from SilverFast support but I'm having to jump through hoops and stand on my head every time I want to use SilverFast: Run Epson uninstall> Epson Monitor...ANNOYING! I would recommend this product if Epson fixes this issue for good.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Terrific scanner; Silverfast, not so much

By 

from Cherry Hill, NJ

Comments about Epson Perfection V850 Pro Flatbed Scanner - 6400 dpi Optical:

This is an excellent scanner, and I'd recommend it to anyone. Does an excellent job of positives, negatives, and slides. The downside is Silverfast; I've never been able to get it to work. However, the Epson scanning software works well enough that Silverfast isn't really necessary. The only thing that I'd want Epson to change is to sell additional holders for film, slides, 120, etc. as accessories. Especially if someone has a very large quantity of items to scan. It would speed up the process. It would also be nice if the scannable area was larger, like 11x17.

 
5.0

Epson V850 Photo Scanner

By 

from Undisclosed

Comments about Epson Perfection V850 Pro Flatbed Scanner - 6400 dpi Optical:

Together w/SilverFast software, it does a great job scanning 4x5 and 220 film.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Conflicted!

By 

from Los Angeles, CA

Comments about Epson Perfection V850 Pro Flatbed Scanner - 6400 dpi Optical:

Just received scanner. I prefer using SilverFast for my scanning and retouching. Epson scanner has conflicts with SilverFast. I've searched everywhere on internet. Found possible solution from SilverFast support but I'm having to jump through hoops and stand on my head every time I want to use SilverFast: Run Epson uninstall> Epson Monitor...ANNOYING! I would recommend this product if Epson fixes this issue for good.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

V850

By 

from Bryan, TX

Comments about Epson Perfection V850 Pro Flatbed Scanner - 6400 dpi Optical:

This machine is an excellent device for scanning 35 mm slides. There is a learning curve, but it is well worth the effort.

(0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Its hard to write a ...

By 

from chicago

Comments about Epson Perfection V850 Pro Flatbed Scanner - 6400 dpi Optical:

Its hard to write a review when the scanner didn't work right out of the box. The epson photo printer I got for my birthday quit after 6 prints. Whats going on at Epson!!

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Follow up to 2/16/15 V850: Silverfast software

By 

from Woodsboro, MD

Comments about Epson Perfection V850 Pro Flatbed Scanner - 6400 dpi Optical:

My original review of the V850 included comments on my disappointment with the upgrade on the third party Silverfast software from LaserSoft. After that review was published, a representative from Lasersoft very graciously contacted me and provided a written description of where in the upgrade dialog box to find the correct buttons and/or fields to complete the upgrade process. The problem, which was the main reason for my review critism, turned out to be that the upgrade on my system was suffering from some sort of bad instruction loop during the fresh install/upgrade process. All versions of the software are installed at the same time from the disk or download and the purchase or upgrade serial number unlocks the advanced features. On my system entering the upgrade serial number was not resulting in activation of additional features or changing the version when checking the “About Silverfastâ€� under the Apple menu. After researching reasons for failed upgrade and finding no answers I concluded that the ends did not justify the means. I wrote my review as a consumer who has benefited from the time others have taken to record their experiences, not only by learning new skills but learning how to save time in the studio. At some point we all have to make time management decisions. I have to give the company, Lasersoft, customer service kudos for contacting me after my review had been out for a while and providing me with a complete description of the upgrade steps, including how to get through a misbehaving upgrade. I believe that the problem I had was fairly uncommon and the only bit of criticism I have is that uncommon problem or not, the solutionâ€"a full description of the upgrade dialog boxâ€" should have come up readily when searching for upgrade information. Language translation is also a factorâ€"I am in the USA, Lasersoft is in Germany. Communication is an issue that all venders have to address, no one can get the perfect message to all users. I expect Silverfast tech information to be improved upon because LaserSoft appears to be a company that wants to identify and solve user issues. The result is that I can recommend Lasersoft as a company with a staff that will spend the time needed to connect with their customers and can now give my purchase of the V850 five stars. Now that I can use the upgrade features I can confirm that they are worth the effort to try on your scanning workflow. Silverfast is time consuming to learn after being accustomed to the Epson driver. Part of the learning curve is getting up to speed on the complex interface, scanner technology and scanner limitations. For the restoration work that I do if there is some definition left in an image a wider variety of scanning techniques give me more to work with to make repairs. While I have just begun to test Silverfast's capabilities it is apparent that using their various tools gives me more options for image repair. Sometimes that means better information for making selections, sometimes it means better color. The SilverFast upgrade features with the V850 purchase: AACO ( Auto Adaptive Contrast Optimization) Correct contrast in darker areas. Kodachrome Features There is a Kodachrome automatic adjustment when scanning transparencies. SilverFast Multi-Exposure Two scans are made with different settings and combined into a single file. Take time to get used to the driver window settings and behaviors and do lots of tests for results that fit your workflow. And by the way, I have had the Epson V850 for over a year and a half now and like it more than ever for all for the reasons in my earlier review.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good quality & value

By 

from Homer AK

Comments about Epson Perfection V850 Pro Flatbed Scanner - 6400 dpi Optical:

Epson 850 Pro is the best bang-for-the-buck on the market in terms of image quality, speed and price. I am a photographer, trainer and consultant and recommend the 850 Pro to most of my clients.

 
5.0

Doing slides is what I ...

By 

from DE

Comments about Epson Perfection V850 Pro Flatbed Scanner - 6400 dpi Optical:

Doing slides is what I have used so far and got excellent results. I am still in a learning curve for negatives.

 
4.0

Seems Pretty Good

By 

from Maryland

Comments about Epson Perfection V850 Pro Flatbed Scanner - 6400 dpi Optical:

I've used this a few times - seems to work fine. I'm sure that it can do a whole lot more than what I've seen so far - I'm a film guy, and tweaking and fiddling with digital images is very new to me, and I'm very early in the learning curve. My guess is that later on I'll be better able to judge its more extreme features. For now, it seems solid (heavy!), the film holders are solid and easy to use, and the output seems good.

 
1.0

Dirty Inside

By 

from Chicago

Comments about Epson Perfection V850 Pro Flatbed Scanner - 6400 dpi Optical:

Came with dust inside the unit so I get dust flaws on the scans. Poor quality control! I cannot open the unit to clean the dust out, either. DO NOT BUY YOU WILL BE ANGRY AND DISAPPOINTED

 
5.0

epson v850 scanner

By 

from planet earth

Comments about Epson Perfection V850 Pro Flatbed Scanner - 6400 dpi Optical:

does exactly as advertised good results with slides that are close to 50 years old , some cleanup required

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

So-so

By 

from albuquerque nm

Comments about Epson Perfection V850 Pro Flatbed Scanner - 6400 dpi Optical:

Operation of the software is slow and tedious. Presumption is that the user is a PC/Windows user and logic follows that line. Advanced users will balk at the slowness. Scans are indeed sharp and forgiving.

 
4.0

FIX THE FILM HOLDERS!

By 

from New Orleans

Comments about Epson Perfection V850 Pro Flatbed Scanner - 6400 dpi Optical:

Great scanner, wonderful new light source, lousy film holders! I use this for scanning prints, slides and negatives - holding the film and transparencies flat and in the right place, without damaging them, is ESSENTIAL. Everyone criticizes the holders, especially medium and large format. So fix them, already!

 
4.0

Great with some needed solfware improvements

By 

from Newport Beach, Ca

Comments about Epson Perfection V850 Pro Flatbed Scanner - 6400 dpi Optical:

I have had the v850 for 4weeks now I am very satisfied with the hardware, I like the hole and pin alignment which now come in connection with all slide film holders. The Epson software is a little quirky. at least on the Mac OS, the buttons which control the software do not always show up completely. Meaning there is a rectangle selection button with NO TITLES they are opaque but do work? The other problem with the Epson software are the buttons under the professional Mode do not always show up i.e. Ice, dust removal? If I restart the application and start over that usually corrects it but it is irritating. I have always been somewhat challenged with using the third party software from Germany perhaps I need to take a class, I can never seem to get as good a result as with the Epson software when it is working correctly. All and all I really do like the new v850 Scanner.

 
5.0

Just opening it!

By 

from Syracuse, NY

Comments about Epson Perfection V850 Pro Flatbed Scanner - 6400 dpi Optical:

I can't review yet as I am just setting it up! Sorry it took me so long to get it set up. There is confusion in which CD to use first however. As per the instructions, I thought was to use the Silverfast first, so did, and it seems to say to go to the Epson one. I will soon know!!! Linda

 
5.0

GREAT SCANNER

By 

from Belleville, MI

Comments about Epson Perfection V850 Pro Flatbed Scanner - 6400 dpi Optical:

After 2 decades of using Epson scanners for our newspaper, we needed a replacement for one of our 10 year old Epson scanners (which still works). There was no other choice in my mind than Epson, but we did a comparison to other scanners out there, and Epson came out on top, especially the V850 Pro. We never had a Epson scanner fail on us, and that was one of biggest selling points of Epson.

 
4.0

Epson V850

By 

from Woodsboro, MD

Comments about Epson Perfection V850 Pro Flatbed Scanner - 6400 dpi Optical:

Beginning in the late 1990s, I have been using Epson scanners and printers in my workflow for reconstruction of heirloom photographs and printing archival copies. My system includes an up-to-date Mac OS, a full subscription version of Adobe CC and a variety of third party plugins. To date I have not had any major conflict or issue with Epson products and the new V850 is no exception. My purchase was about one month ago so I can not make a definitive statement on how the mechanics will function over time but there are no conflicts with OS Yosemite. I have a V700 which is about 2 years old and still performing wonderfully. The anti-reflective other new optical features are why I purchased to V850â€"you can not have too many nuances of clarity when you are repairing damage to old photos! So far I have only scanned photographs and not transparencies so my comments are limited to reflective scans. Clarity, which I assume is due to the optical improvements, is noticeable. Tarnish or silvering is a common problem with old photographs. Tarnish is frequently exacerbated by all of the light required in scanning. So far this is not happening with the V850 and I could not be more pleased. This scanner does not magically make more show up behind/in the tarnish but it makes a huge difference by not further obscuring what is still there. This quality is also noticeable in a reduction of amount of paper texture picked up in the scanned image, another time saver in complex restoration work. The scanner software: This seems to be more sensitive than the previous model but I have to attribute it to the increased clarity of the scans (i.e. giving the software better data to work with) as I do not see any difference in driver dialog box. I generally scan at the largest usefulâ€"for meâ€" dpi (600 - 1200) and 48bit and then make all corrections in Photoshop but experimenting with the V850 to make corrections with Levels, Curves, etc. is yielding some useful scans for aligning in Layers in PS and choosing (for masking or selecting) for various purposes. It is a part of the process that has to be conformed to the user's workflow and for me the choices it gives me are extremely helpful. Third Party software included: Lasersoft Silverfast 8 SE Plus. This is the second included DVD of this application that I have received with an Epson scanner and while I would be glad to give the application a really good tryout I have found doing that to be incredibly confusing for what should be a a simple install procedure. Silverfast seems to be most effective on transparencies and if I did more with film I might persue this further but for now I am not going to be investing any more time in this software. Here is why. There three levels of Silverfast, low to highâ€"Silverfast 8, Silverfast 8 SE Plus, Silverfast AI Studio 8. My V700 came with Silverfast 8. I tried it on a few things but it does not output a 48bit file. It processes a scan using 48bit but creates an 24bit file. Not useful to me. So it stayed unused on my hard drive. The V850 comes with a Silverfast 8 SE Plus DVD but when installed (including deleting the other version and all associated Library files, ad nauseam) the software opens as Silverfast 8 not SE Plus and it does not request the serial number/license code included with the DVD. Going to the Lasersoft website there are instructions for getting it as a download with the new serial number/license code but that results in the same version openingâ€"none of the SE Plus features are added. There are only three features to this upgrade and while none of them are for 48bit files (you have to spend more money for AI Studio 8 for that) they were worth checking out. If I had been able to see the difference I would have spent the money for the upgrade. But I do not feel I can risk more investment with a software company that makes a simple upgrade so difficult, if not actually impossible. If it works for you, great, this is just my experience.

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