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I am heavily loaded with XP software so I was concerned about which software would have to be upgraded as well. I have an Epson Photo and have been extremely happy with the results that I have obtained.

Epson Expression - Epson

I am heavy into retouching and restoration of photos Epson Expression 1680 Professional Scanner TWAIN it is a sizable part of my photo business. I installed all the software packed with the which consisted of the regular supplied company software and SilverFast SE. When I discovered just what I could do with the software and the amount of control that it offered for black and white films such as by brand as well as transparencies and prints, I selected to use it exclusively and never really used the alternative software. System Requirements bit systems: SilverFast 8 supports Photoshop Elements 8 to Color Scans I then called upon my friend and colleague, James Chen, and asked if he had some color he would like scanned.

I knew that his architectural and interior photography would provide some challenging subjects. I was not disappointed. He chose some interior images of the creations of a renowned designer that were indeed challenging. Some were original transparencies, some duplicate transparencies, and some color negatives. I scanned each image and accommodated the different sizes to get an image size to make a print 13" wide at dpi. All of the scans were made using SilverFast Ai 5 to adjust the pre-scan. This resulted in an image open in Photoshop 6. One of the negatives, a fairly old Ektacolor, resulted in a particularly fine scan. I then made a few minor editing adjustments, mostly to Epson Expression 1680 Professional Scanner TWAIN the image gamut using Levels, and then made a test print with my Epson Stylus Photo printer.

The print images, I believe, were very accurate and were high quality representations of the original film images. During the years I was in Hollywood I made countless portraits with a medium format camera. The Epson Expression Pro scanned this portrait negative and preserved all of the tone values exactly for a 13x19" Epson Stylus Photo print. I would have been hard pressed to match the quality in my "wet" darkroom at the time the photo was taken.

My next tests included many more 35mm film images, including many slides, more Epson Expression 1680 Professional Scanner TWAIN I usually scan with a flat-bed. From this sample I found that this newest Epson Expression did a much better job scanning 35mm images than any affordable flat-bed I have worked with so far. I was particularly impressed that scanning to a 10" long by dpi image file resulted in very good prints on 8. Even very fine detail in the slide was captured and reproduced crisply in the test prints I made. In the course of my test work I also scanned a few prints and documents.

It now provides a magnified thumbnail of the image pre-scan of wherever the cursor is on screen. This assists in the precise placement of the eyedroppers to select highlight and shadow points. It is backed up with before and after "Densitometer" readouts.

However, I would personally prefer a histogram display instead of numeric readouts to provide a graphic representation of the image gamut as a better guide to adjustment. I particularly appreciated the physical film handling with this Epson scanner.

Expression 1680 / 1680 Pro / ES-2200

They have provided well-designed film holders for 35mm,and 4x5 film sizes. They are both efficient to use and support the film evenly to obtain good focus and sharpness and eliminate any fear of a Newton ring resulting from the film's contact with the glass of the scan surface. This feature is made effective by the Expression's dual focus, which automatically adjusts the scanner's lens to focus 0. This dual focus advantage was particularly evident when scanning slides that exhibited quite a bit of film curvature within the mount, causing parts of the image to be scanned slightly out of focus. The uneven focus was resolved by remounting the slides in Wess Plastic mounts, which hold the film flatter. Evaluation And Recommendations The Epson seems made for photographers who have film images in several, if not all, format sizes, and who may not have been able to afford a high-priced, professional scanner.

Considering that 13" wide ink jet printers have become the largest size in the affordable category as well, the Expression Pro is an ideal Epson Expression 1680 Professional Scanner TWAIN. All of the scans I made to evaluate thesave those of 35mm slides and negatives, were test printed on 13x19 paper with the Epson Stylus Photo printer. In many cases the image quality was better, than I got in the old days from my wet darkroom or from a photo lab.


I deliberately chose a number of black and white negatives to scan that contained fine detail that was barely discernable from the grain in the negative. In every instance the resulting scans reproduced that fine detail without any trace of scanner artifacts and resulted in very crisply defined 13x19" prints. The Epson Expression Pro is also exceptional in the diversity of accompanying software. The Epson TWAIN Pro driver is very efficient and easy to use, providing appropriate access to the full range of the scanner's capabilities. It could even handle small office tasks such as document scanning, using Epson Expression 1680 Professional Scanner TWAIN scanner and printer as a copier, or connecting to MS Office and using it as a means to send a fax of a document. Epson's inclusion of the full version of LaserSoft SilverFast Ai 5 provides what I have found to be the most effective tool for obtaining precisely and finely adjusted scans of all kinds of photographic images.

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