Epson has announced a pair of high-end flatbed scanners that are capable of digitizing film in sizes of up to 10x8in. Replacing the Epson Perfection V750 and V700, which were introduced in February 2006, the Epson Perfection V850 and V800 will feature the same specification as the previous models, but will benefit from faster start-up and lower power consumption.

With maximum scanning resolutions of 6400x9600dpi for film and 4800x9600dpi for prints, the principle difference in the new models from the old is the change from a cold cathode light source to LED. While cold cathode is valued in the darkroom for its diffused light, the Epson ReadyScan LEDs used in these scanners are claimed to warm-up immediately so there is no waiting for the machine to make itself ready.

Epson is gradually shifting away from cold cathode in its scanners, with the V500 being the first to convert in 2007. The company says that LED light sources are more consistent than cold cathode, and do not change color or intensity during their life. LEDs don’t need to be calibrated, and while a cold cathode tube has an operational life of 5-7 years, LEDs should last 8-10 years. LEDs are also more power efficient, using 20% less energy while in use, and 44% less while in ready’ mode.

Like the V750 and V700, the V850 and V800 will use a dual lens system to achieve the varying optical resolution when working with reflective or transparent materials, and the company quotes a DMax of 4.0, as was the case with the earlier products.

Once again the main difference between the two scanners will be what is included in the package. The V800 will come with SilverFast SE 8 scanning software, while buyers of the V850 will get SilverFast SE Plus 8 as well as a fluid mount adapter (on application) for keeping film flat during scanning. The V850 also has superior optical coatings and a brighter mirror.

Epson says that it has redesigned its plastic holders for all sizes of film, and that all holders now include an anti-Newton ring plate to help prevent film sagging in the mount. This should help users achieve sharper images as the film will be held flat. The V850 will come with two complete sets of film holders to save time when there is a lot of scanning to do.

The anti-Newton ring plate is designed to help keep film strips flat in the holder when they are being scanned. Mounted 35mm transparencies can be accommodated as well as cut strip film.

Both scanners come with Digital ICE software that works with the scanner’s IR surface inspection system to automatically identify and remove dust and imperfections in the film.

Available from October, the Epson Perfection V800 and V850 will be priced £549.99 and £729.99 respectively.

Epson Europe press release:

Epson launches benchmark flatbed film and photo scanners

Building on the success of the Perfection V700 range, the new models’ professional quality, speed and productivity raise the bar once again

Epson announces the launch of two outstanding film and photo flatbed scanners: the Perfection V850 Pro and Perfection V800 Photo, for converting back catalogues and collections of photo film and prints into professional-quality digital images. Thanks to the quality of their optics, the size of their scanning area, their wide range of supported film formats and advanced options for dust and scratch removal, they lead the market in this segment.

The Perfection V850 Pro and Perfection V800 Photo provide the ultimate in professional scanning quality, speed and productivity across a wide range of positive and negative film formats, including 35mm strip, 35mm slide, medium format and 5x4 inch. The feature-rich Perfection V850 Pro is the ideal scanner for professional photographers and advanced amateurs. Photo enthusiasts wishing to scan an extensive collection of film in a variety of formats will find the Perfection V800 Photo provides easy to use functionality with fast, high-resolution results.

The Perfection V850 Pro and Perfection V800 Photo will be shown for the first time in Europe at Photokina (Stand B11, Hall 2.2, 16th-21st September 2014, Koelnmesse, Cologne).

The dual lens system delivers high optical resolution scanning of film (at 6400 dpi) and photos (at 4800 dpi), with automatic selection of the appropriate lens for optimal scan quality and speed. With a high optical density (4.0 Dmax), the scanners reproduce a wide range of tones with extremely high accuracy, especially in dark areas of originals. 

The new-design film holders are more robust and offer users greater control in adjusting the height of the film holder to fine tune the focus point and achieve sharper focus. The new film holders also include an anti-Newton ring plate to hold the originals flat for improved scan quality. The V850 comes with a second set for increased productivity.

Both models feature Digital ICE technologies to remove defects such as dust, hairs, scratches, fingerprints and creases from films, slides and photos, saving the time and effort of manual retouching. Digital ICE for film uses an advanced combination of infrared light and complex algorithms to detect and remove surface defects. 

For high productivity, these new scanners use Epson’s ReadyScan LED technology, which provides an almost instant warm-up time of less than one second, meaning users can start scanning almost instantly. Both scanners are ENERGY STAR-qualified thanks, in part, to the very low power consumption required by the ReadyScan LED technology, and the extremely low scanning temperature generated by the LED light source makes it safe to scan even the most delicate of originals.

Additional features of the Perfection V850 Pro include: High Pass Optics (an anti-reflection coating on the lens and super reflection mirror that deliver the highest level of image quality and improve scanning speed), a free fluid mount scanning accessory that can be ordered (also optional on the V800 Photo), and professional scanning software comprising of SilverFast® SE Plus 8 and i1 Scanner.

Key features:

Dual lens system for optimised film (6400dpi) and photo (4800dpi) scanning
High optical density (4.0 DMax) for highly accurate tone reproduction
Scan widest range of film formats, including 35mm strip, 35mm slide, medium format and 5x4 inch
High productivity — Epson ReadyScan LED technology for almost instant warm-up; second set of film holders (Perfection V850 Pro)
Digital ICE restoration technologies for automatic removal/repair of film and photo defects
SilverFast® SE 8 (V800) and SilverFast® SE Plus 8 (V850) professional scanner software
ENERGY STAR-qualified for low power consumption