Epson Perfection V600 great for the price?

Epson Perfection V600 scanner

For over a month now I have been wondering, should I get a scanner? Should I spend all that money and potentially not enjoy this at all? Well ill just tell you the old way I was doing it first. After my first roll of film I realized it would be REALLY expensive to get them all scanned at the pro lab 10-15 dollars a roll. So I looked for cheap ways to scan film while keeping good quality for what I was doing. I took my Nikon V1 with 18mm lens propped it on a tripod, took a glass door from a cabinet and a bright led light under with photo paper on top. I would take a picture of each frame and crop it out, this was working great for black and white and medium format however, once I got to color film and especially 35mm format it all went down hill. The contrast was horrible, the colors I tried to fix my self were horrible it was all just not going to work. So I finally splurged and paid the 220 on amazon for the Epson V600 scanner. (http://www.amazon.com/Epson-B11B198011-Perfection-Photo-Scanner/dp/B002OEBMRU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1405361179&sr=8-1&keywords=epson+v600)

I must say WOW this is the best 200 dollars I spent on something for film photography since I’ve started, it does medium format and 35mm plus regular scanning as well, its resolution for film scans can be set all the way to 12000 DPI I can not use that resolution as the scans come out in TIF format at a whopping 1Gig each!! Yes 1GIG!

Here is the Epson closed

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Here is the Epson open with transparency unit exposed

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Excuse my product shots I have no good way at the moment to do things like this especially a scanner…anyways! The resolution of this scanner is fantastic, it is considered a semi pro model under the Epson V700 which is the professional line but the main reason for not purchasing this is the price jumps and I mean JUMPS this model is only 200-220 dollars while the V700 sky rockets to around 600-700 depending on who you buy it from. Enough talk, lets get to the sample images I will be showing the old way that I was doing it and the new way as well as some new images not on this website which I am not doing the old way..

Contax T2 old way

mom

Contax T2 same photo Epson V600 4800 DPI

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Contax T2 old way

Brother

Contax T2 Epson V600 4800 DPI

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I will now show you some holga shots that are color as well, when I did these color photos they were done in full auto mode with NO retouching WHAT SO EVER non at all!

Holga old way

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Holga Epson V600 4800 DPI

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Holga old way

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Holga Epson V600 4800 DPI

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The rest of these photos will be from the Mamiya 645 I do not have any color film with it yet but the sharpness if fantastic, but before I do that I would like to say one thing that is wrong with this scanner, it only happens on really light photos it can’t see really well but it happens enough to be annoying and obtrusive. The two photos above with the shirts if you notice the first one is a bigger frame, you can see more shirt to the right while the one scanned with Epson is WAY better looking it cut off some of the image because it did not see the shirt on the right side it thought there was nothing there so just cropped it out.

Mamiya 645 Old way

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Mamiya 645 Epson v600 9600 DPI

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As you can see these photos are FANTASTIC! WAY better quality out of this scanner so all in all I will be keeping it I love it, its amazing and I think for all you film shooters that don’t have the money to blow 600 on the V700 this is one of the best alternatives I know of, so here are some new photos for you all to enjoy from this great scanner!

Mamiya 645

Selife

Moped man

Momma

Grafwall

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Mamiya 645 1000s w/ 80mm 2.8

          Mamiya 645 1000s w/ 80mm 2.8

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Ahhh yes the Mamiya 645 medium format camera…I mean beast. This was my first “serious” medium format camera. I have a CDS prism with a 80mm 2.8 lens on this camera, 80mm is about a 50mm equivalent so I figured it was a good starting point. However being someone who is not at ALL used to the split ring focus system (I much prefer the ranger finder found on a Lecia) This was a little difficult to get the hang of, but like all things practice makes perfect and I overcame the struggle, kind of… Anyways the image quality on this beast of a camera is FANTASTIC!!! This camera weighs about 5-7 pounds depending on your lens and viewfinder setup.

Now you may ask, why did you pick the 1000s over the new Super or Pro models? well one simple reason. I was SUPER close to ordering the Mamiya 645 Super with a auto winding grip but with a little bit of homework MANY people said the crank or the shutter broke on the Super and Pro because those cameras weren’t built to the quality of the original all metal Mamiya 645 and the 1000s Plus you can order a deluxe grip with shutter for the 1000s for only about 20 – 30 dollars. Anyways lets get to the photos!

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This camera I was planning to use as a street photography medium format setup, but was put off by the weight, however this camera is a AMAZING portrait and landscape camera. The lenses are fairly cheap I paid maybe 100 dollars for this lens and the whole camera set up, under 300 dollars!!! YES under 300 dollars!

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So that is it for this review, thank you for reading and go pick up your own today!

My short yet thoughtful experience with the Holga 120

My short yet thoughtful experience with the Holga 120

 

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So lets get into the “behind the story” Ive been shooting a Nikon V1 for a little over a year now, I brought it with me to Japan and where ever I went it was my favorite camera in the digital world and still is, it’s light, elegant and most of all the photo quality is great, though something sparked my film kick I’m on now, I was able to get my hands on my brothers Promax 35mm SLR, but something about it I just didnt like, its alright if you are just starting film or a student. After I shot my first roll on this it really taught me how film users really think about the shots they pick. I see digital photographers shooting non stop hoping for a good picture, not even enjoying them selves just wanting “that” photograph. However when you have such a limited number of shots you really think about what to shoot, you admire whats around you, you become more creative and open minded of what can be in a photograph. So thats where my serious admiration to film that I once had but sparked again came in to play.

Ive always wanted to shoot Medium Format Film (120) but I always thought it would be too expensive too shoot these, well it is expensive however, getting only 12 or 16 photographs makes me look even more, especially with a Holga. The Holga is such a basic camera you are forced to use the bare minimum, taking more risks then you would with a any other 120 format camera. The photographs out of this camera are unique yet can be very good, the lens is made out of plastic making every Holga slightly different. The uproar with these cameras have been extremely noticeable within the artistic crowd of people. I have two photos to present to you, I used 400 Tri-X and had to scan the negatives with my Nikon V1 for an issue worth mentioning, I had bought this film about a year ago I didnt quite know if it had 12 or 16 exposures when i put it in the camera the numbers where upside down so I thought it was 12 exposures so I left the 12 exposure mask in the camera which caused overlapping in my photos, I had to crop them and scan them with a Nikon V1 which I don’t think turned out too horribly.

Golf course landscape 400 Tri-x

Holga GOlf course

Mountain landscape 400 Tri-x

Holga Mountain

Ilford HP5+

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Ilford HP5+

Holga Land 2

Ilford HP5+

Holga Land 1

Ilford HP5+

Piper