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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
 
4.3

(based on 34 reviews)

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88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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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4.0

Solid construction but...

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from Eastern PA

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

I bought the V850 two months ago. Overall, I am very satisfied. I do have a few complaints however. First, the amount of educational material associated with the scanner is difficult to come by. Second, related to the first, I find the film carriers a bit flimsy and documentation of how exactly to use them is none existent; I am specifically interested in how to efficiently use the focus sliders. Third, I purchased the liquid emersion carrier but as with my first and second complaints I cannot find much information, nor recommendations for supplies needed to use it.

 
5.0

Great Scanner. Very versatile!

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from Lehi, UT

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

Bought this model for use in my photography business. Great investment.

 
4.0

Solid features and improved film holders

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from Penfield, NY, United States

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

This is my 5th or 6th film scanner from Epson. I love that I can scan my 4x5 negatives and having 2 sets of film holders improves scanning time. I am still working on better scanning techniques and will need to investigate why I can't do B&W > 1200 dpi 16 bit. But I am pleased with the overall performance of the V850 Pro. I haven't been able to get the SilverFast SE Plus 8 to work but I am sure it is something I am doing wrong.

 
5.0

It works great

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from Davenport, IA, United States

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

It scanned a negative that was thought to beunscannable

 
5.0

B & W negatives

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from Buffalo, NY, United States

Verified Buyer

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

I bought this scanner for only one purpose, scan old negatives from WWII. My father was a Army photographer and had file cabinets full of personal negatives that had never been printed. Over this winter I will be scanning some of them. The little I have used the V850 so far it has done a great job. But I still will have to learn the software's capability .

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Large Format

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from Wyoming, MI, United States

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

Raised on film photography, I made the move to large format recently. This scanner is the best available for my needs that does'nt cost as much as a used car. My work is primarily in black and white, but I am also scanning the best of old color work. The scanner itself is awesome. The software, Epson and Silver Fast need improvement. 1st, the Epson software. All the controls needed are present in the software, however the interface is tiny and suffers in usability. For example, if I wish to use the histogram and move the sliders, I can barely grab them with the mouse pointer and just a little travel of the 3 pointers results in too generous an adjustment. This tool alone needs more room to make adjustments along the baseline. The 4x5 preview is a disappointment too. Why do I see the entire holder? I would rather have at least a 4x5 preview, clear and clean. The other software has a steeper learning curve and I do not yet hve the experience needed to comment. Even YouTube is not much of a help.Thanks for listening.

 
5.0

High quality.

By 

from Orlando Florida

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

High quality is all I wanted, got it.

 
5.0

wish

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from Binghamton, NY, United States

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

Always loved the Epson performance

 
5.0

Nice scanner

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from Atlanta, GA, United States

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

I compared several scanners. This is my first scanner bought for the purpose of scanning film (35mm/medium format) negatives and positive slides. I feel like it still has features I don't fully understand but there's always youtube. I have noticed that on my mac, I have to keep focus on the software Epson Scan or it will pause. I hope to resolve this soon. There was another scanning software included in the box (Silverfast) which I've installed; but, the app with it's ui elements seems more like a bad video game than professional imaging software, though it seems to have it's fans.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Epson V850 Scanner and software

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from Bloomington, IN, United States

Verified Buyer

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

I bought an Epson Perfection V850 Pro Scanner from B&H Photo about six months ago and upgraded the Silverfast scanning software to SilverFast Ai Studio 8.8. I run on a MAC mini running OSX 10.11.6 and have scanned mostly pre-1950 black and white reflective prints. I am now preparing to scan color reflective prints, color positive film and color negative film. I have had no problems with the Epson V850 which was easy to set up and put into operation.
Given that, my comments are mainly about the scanning software where I have found EpsonScan software to be inadequate compared to the SilverFast Ai Studio 8.8 software. For example, Silverfast software is able to calibrate the scanner using IT8 calibration targets; EpsonScan has no facility for color calibration or any similar sort of color management. Silverfast is able to scan in batch mode permitting the user to set the scan parameters for a tray of images and then scan them sequentially without requiring operator oversight; EpsonScan has no batch mode, which requires the operator do each time-consuming scan one image at a time. In regard to batch scanning, the V850 promotional material states, "batch scan multiple slides, negatives, medium- and large-format film with two sets of film holders" but that appears to apply only when using Silverfast and not Epson Scan. Silverfast has a wide range of editing tools which can be applied before the final scan resulting in better image resolution; Epson Scan has a limited range of editing tools requiring that much of the editing must be done in Photoshop after the scan.
One thing that has baffled me is that an X-Rite i1Scanner with reflective/transparent IT8 targets has been added to the V850 package but I have no idea what to do with them. Generally IT8 targets are used for calibrating an output device such as a scanner but EpsonScan does not have the ability to calibrate the scanner and Silverfast does not have the reference files for X-Rite targets. So, what do I do with these X-Rite targets?
Finally, LaserSoft customer support has generally been good; it has been prompt, addressed the relevant issue in a comprehensible way. I have not yet made use of the Epson customer service.

 
4.0

Epson V850 Scanner and software

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from Bloomington, IN, United States

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

I bought an Epson Perfection V850 Pro Scanner from B&H Photo about six months ago and upgraded the Silverfast scanning software to SilverFast Ai Studio 8.8. I run on a MAC mini running OSX 10.11.6 and have scanned mostly pre-1950 black and white reflective prints. I am now preparing to scan color reflective prints, color positive film and color negative film. I have had no problems with the Epson V850 which was easy to set up and put into operation. Given that, my comments are mainly about the scanning software where I have found EpsonScan software to be inadequate compared to the SilverFast Ai Studio 8.8 software. For example, Silverfast software is able to calibrate the scanner using IT8 calibration targets; EpsonScan has no facility for color calibration or any similar sort of color management. Silverfast is able to scan in batch mode permitting the user to set the scan parameters for a tray of images and then scan them sequentially without requiring operator oversight; EpsonScan has no batch mode, which requires the operator do each time-consuming scan one image at a time. In regard to batch scanning, the V850 promotional material states, “batch scan multiple slides, negatives, medium- and large-format film with two sets of film holders� but that appears to apply only when using Silverfast and not Epson Scan. Silverfast has a wide range of editing tools which can be applied before the final scan resulting in better image resolution; Epson Scan has a limited range of editing tools requiring that much of the editing must be done in Photoshop after the scan. One thing that has baffled me is that an X-Rite i1Scanner with reflective/transparent IT8 targets has been added to the V850 package but I have no idea what to do with them. Generally IT8 targets are used for calibrating an output device such as a scanner but EpsonScan does not have the ability to calibrate the scanner and Silverfast does not have the reference files for X-Rite targets. So, what do I do with these X-Rite targets? Finally, LaserSoft customer support has generally been good; it has been prompt, addressed the relevant issue in a comprehensible way. I have not yet made use of the Epson customer service.

 
5.0

Great quality, does the I need, and looks great.

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from Aberdeen, Washington

Verified Buyer

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

I have always had Epson products, and I find the equipment I have very dependable. Thank you for your quality Epson.

 
5.0

Great quality, does the I need, and looks great.

By 

from Aberdeen, Washington

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

I have always had Epson products, and I find the equipment I have very dependable. Thank you for your quality Epson.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A long love-affair with Epson scanners

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from Brookings OR

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

I am a long-time fan of Epson scanners and printers. I bought my first pro-quality Epson scanner in 2001 (Expression 1600). I rode that baby hard (I am a professional photographer and graphic artist) and it has worked like a dream and still does after 16 years! (The colors started going inaccurate a couple years ago but still scans like a dream mechanically.) So I did not hesitate to go back to Epson for my next scanner, the V850 Pro. I like the high resolution and the fact that it can scan negs and transparencies as well as flatbed documents and photos. I have found Epson products to be well-designed, well constructed, and their "QuickStart" instructions and drivers are so user friendly it is a piece of cake to set up and get rolling immediately. I have only had my V850 for a month so I can't say much yet about it's performance or reliability long-term. I have tried scanning slides, photos, and original artwork with it, and am pleased with the results. I also like the "Professional" options in the scanner dialog window. You can use it with the Basic options and the auto features do a great job, or you can choose Professional options and have a lot of control over the scans. It also comes with SilverFast (software), which I haven't learned to use yet. I love Epson!

 
4.0

Epson is the best

By 

from Stonington, CT, United States

Verified Buyer

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

I've owned your scanner and printer for a while but now upgraded to the epson V850 Pro Looking forward to working wonders with this.

 
4.0

Epson is the best

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from Stonington, CT, United States

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

I've owned your scanner and printer for a while but now upgraded to the epson V850 Pro Looking forward to working wonders with this.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Scanner

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from Boston area

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

Purchased this scanner to replace a much older Canon 9950F. In summary, the V*850 is a huge improvement and works great. It works very well for 35 mm and slides. For old instamatic camera negatives, the film 35 mm holder cut off part of the image. Would be nice to include some sort of guides the help positions photos when scanning. I was also surprised how must faster than my old scanner. Having the second set of holders make it very efficient to scan hundreds of images. When buying I saw several reviews faulting the SilverFast software - checking for and installing software updates before starting will prevent a lot of grief - also, there are a ton of helpful Youtube to get you started. I thought the software function used to reduce dust on the scans worked great.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Terrific scanner; Silverfast, not so much

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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

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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!

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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.

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