While trying to save costs on film Processing so I can shoot more, I decided to purchase an Epson scanner. I made a bit of research and some folks recommended Epson. I wanted a decent one without having to spend over $300 USD but that wasn’t going to happen. So I finally decided to purchase the Epson V550 for only $180. I immediately made a comparison from a roll that I recently had scanned while it was being processed.
Here is a sample of what this little scanner can do:
Scanning your own negatives gives you freedom to manipulate your own files, adding contact to your liking and even color correcting. This also means you will have to learn to process your files. But for those who don’t want to process files, the software can give you a final result, no additional color correcting needed.
I wanted to spend more on a better scanner but I could just use my digital cameras if I wanted to print bigger than 5x7in. At the moment I’m only shooting film for the fun of it. Either way I believe based on my tests that this V550 is great for prints up to 8×10. At larger sizes you will see many imperfections on your prints.
For the most updated price and availability I recommend you check it at amazon: