View Full Version : Epson Perfection V500 Settings

02-27-2010, 12:48 PM
If someone owns an Epson Perfection Scanner, could you share the settings you use when scanning 120 negative film. I am not sure why I cannot get some 6X6 format 120 film to scan correctly. In the "Professional Mode" what are the correct settings for size, resolution etc? I did read the manual (what there is of it) but cannot get the frame size correct.

02-27-2010, 07:38 PM
What types of problems are you having? For 6x6, I typically scan at 1200 DPI, either 24-bit color or 16-bit grayscale, depending on the negatives. I leave the document size alone with target size set to original.

Depending on the negatives, I may leave all of the options turned off, or enable color restoration, dust removal (B&W only), Digital ICE (color only). I will also play with the histogram settings sometimes.

02-27-2010, 10:08 PM
Brad when I used your settings they scanned OK. I would say though that they are way to thin and underexposed. I will try to attach them so you can give me your opinion.
Thanks for the settings. Attached files http://f295.f295.org/uploads/img024rs_4504.jpg (http://f295.f295.org/uploads/img024rs_4504.jpg)

02-28-2010, 11:03 AM
It looks like you're scanning the entire field. Start by drawing a box tightly around just one frame. That will cause the scanning software to recalculate the histogram and should look much better. Or, you can use the "thumbnails" checkbox in the lower-left to have the software automatically decide where the image boundaries should be. The thumbnail feature works well unless the edge of the image is naturally black and the computer thinks that is the edge of the frame.

If that still doesn't give you the desired result, you can combine the drawing a box with manually adjusting the histogram (second button from the left in the row of buttons).

02-28-2010, 12:26 PM
Mike, I did a quick YouTube video to show some basics of what I described. It's probably a lot easier to understand by watching and listening. Unfortunately, the audio and video get out of sync at one point, so it isn't the best. I think the scanning process interfered with the video recording process.


02-28-2010, 12:30 PM
Very helpful Brad. I used the "thumbnail" option and they cam out fine. Attached is the best one, reduced by 90%, I could not get them to load here on the forum at a larger size. Still need to be exposed more. What do you think?
Thanks Attached files http://f295.f295.org/uploads/reduced_4865.jpg (http://f295.f295.org/uploads/reduced_4865.jpg)

02-28-2010, 12:43 PM
Brad this is the first image I shot with the Zero 2000. I did not use a Shutter release cord and you can see my fingers :-) Shows a little better than the landscape I tried. I really have so much to learn.
Thanks for all the help on scanning. Attached files http://f295.f295.org/uploads/lindas_camryr_9490.jpg (http://f295.f295.org/uploads/lindas_camryr_9490.jpg)

02-28-2010, 01:00 PM
Brad: I watched the video. The sound was not bad. I then rescanned the best of the negatives (not the best picture) to see if there is a difference.

Attached files http://f295.f295.org/uploads/lindascamry2r_4467.jpg (http://f295.f295.org/uploads/lindascamry2r_4467.jpg)

02-28-2010, 08:19 PM
Those look a lot better. Getting the best exposure is always a bit of playing around with the histogram adjustments and it doesn't always work out. The ones with the car are also very sharp. It looks like you got a bit more of the frame in the second one. That's why I usually use the manual box drawing for 120 film. For 35mm scanning, I usually thumbnail because I can queue up two strips of negatives at once and go do other things while it scans.

The V500 is a great deal IMO - only $200 for good regular and film scanning. Some days I wish I had bought the V700 for the extra batch scanning capacity, but otherwise I'm very happy with the V500.

02-28-2010, 08:35 PM
Well Brad I am really happy after you helped me learn how to use it. The manual is a bit hard to get around in, but that is my only gripe. I scanned some 6X7 negatives taken in the 1990's and had never printed. They were fantastic! Really a great device to have and will eliminate a lot of wet darkroom work. Your willingness to help and the video is greatly appreciated.
All the Best

08-14-2010, 08:04 AM
I just purchased epson v500 scanner and have some problems with 120 film type. Preview window looks different than shown in this thread and Youtube video(see photo attached)- when i try to scan 6x12cm frame in preview window in professional mode i can see 3 thumbs and frame is divided in 3 parts. Even if i type manualy frame dimensions in "document size" window. How to change this?

08-14-2010, 01:13 PM
I own an Epson 3200 and V750 scanner. I did not like the Epson Scanner software, so I bought the Silverfast (http://www.silverfast.com/) for the Epson 3200. The V750 has the Silverfast software already in the package. A cheaper and good solution is the Vuescan (http://www.hamrick.com/) software. With both scanner softwares you can get much better results than with the original Epson software and you will have access to all features of the scanner.

08-14-2010, 02:55 PM
Cezarioo - be sure to uncheck the "thumbnail" box at the bottom of the scanning software window. This will allow you to have manual control of the scanning area and do 6x12.

Renon - what do you find better about the other software packages. I have demoed both, but didn't find a notable difference in the results when scanning B&W negatives.

BTW: I recently picked up a replacement 120 film holder for my v500 from this guy - http://www.betterscanning.com/ and I like it a lot more than the stock film holder. I can't say the results were much different, but it's nicer to work with.

08-14-2010, 03:40 PM
@bradjudy- shame on me, i should to read instruction manual carefuly. Thanks for advice- it works well when thumbnail box is unchecked.
BTW- what about 6x18 cmframe size -do i need an extra holder? According to manufacturer info scanning area for negatives is 6x20cm, but there are only 2 holders provided- 35mm for strips and slides and 6x12 cm for 120 film type

08-14-2010, 05:33 PM
bradjudy: It's longtime since I used the Epson scanner software. I had problems with non-standard size negatives. The Epson scanner could not recognize the right sizes. I could not scan a larger area at the same time (important for panoramas or negatives which should be scanned with exactly the same vlaues). Multipass scanning is not possible. I prefer to scan in a file instead of importing the scans directly in Photoshop. I had problems with scanning at highest resolution. I could get visually better quality (colour and bw) scans with Silverfast and Vuescan. These two software programs are not easy to master due to the many possiblities, but really worth the effort. I can be that the Epson scan software improved in the meantime. I did not try it again in the last years.

08-14-2010, 06:01 PM
cezarioo - Yes, a different holder would be needed for 6x18 scanning. The holder I bought can do it and you could probably make your own if you are handy. Just make sure you have the notch in the middle top or the scanner will refuse to scan.

renon - I don't think the Epson software does multipass, but I regularly scan odd sizes and always scan straight to file instead of into Photoshop. I have started to disable the default unsharp mask in the Epson software as I'd rather handle the sharpening in Lightroom. I'll have to play around with the other options some more.