While the V700 is not the absolute pinnacle of negative scanning, it is better than anything I can afford and completely blows the Epson 1670 completely out of the water. The quality is way better, but strangely enough the scan speed is about the same. The difference is that since the quality is better, I can scan 20 negatives in the holder in the time it used to take me to do a single 8x10 print.
At first, I had some trouble getting the settings right - at really high DPI settings, the film grain shows through a LOT (Oh man, why did I shoot Tri-X?). Epson's software has apparently not had a UI change since 2003, so their Epson Scan utility looks ridiculous. Of course, the V700 does come with some pretty nifty software, but the license belongs to the school, not me. Again, aside from the noise, everything looks awesome.
For $500, I'd be totally happy with owning this scanner. I'd rather have a Nikon Coolscan, but I'd rather spend that $2000 on lenses. Or a 5DmkII.
|Canon EOS-1/ Kodak Plus-X 125|
Noise reduction applied in Photoshop Lightroom. Not finished work.