Note the twin 35mm slide holders supplied that allow for working on 30 images at a time with one prescan. Next think of a scanner as a kind of large format copying device and even a camera. Capable of scanning images and objects up to Read what I think of it in this Epson XL photo scanner review.

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Note the twin 35mm slide holders supplied that allow for working on 30 images at a time with one prescan. Next think of a scanner as a kind of large format copying device and even a camera.

Capable of scanning images and objects up to Read what I think of it in this Epson XL photo scanner review. Those working solo should have a hand truck handy should the entire package be delivered to their door.

Snapshots I started out laying a bunch of family snapshots in fairly haphazard fashion on the platen with the back reflective panel inserted into the transparency unit.

Correction on individual snaps within the group is easy using sliders and a variety of tools. What is perhaps even better is the fact that you can work on each snap as an individual file.

You then hit the zoom tool in the workspace to bring it full size to make your corrections. After that you hit the Scan button on the workspace after naming and selecting the destination folder and this saves that individual image to the folder. You can edit each image in this fashion and move onto the next prior to scanning as corrections on an individual image are saved.

Having a large platen means you can do a whole bunch of snaps, or postcards, or even collectible baseball cards at once quickly and easily. This is ideal for family archivists, historical societies, paper ephemera collectors and sellers, postage stamp dealers—you name it. The productivity potential of this unit is impressive. See notes on batch scanning after each individual image edit later. This is especially true of color negs where even the same brand film had emulsion batch number variations: at least the brand profile puts you in the ballpark.

Boom boxes were early manifestations of sharing music, albeit to a local and not always appreciative audience, and this photo of one such DJ with a cassette model was made on 35mm Kodak Tri-X in about The resultant scan and print exceeded any print I made at the time in the darkroom in terms of tonal and contrast rendition.

My family had both snapshooters and pro photographers going back generations so today all of us have tons of snaps and prints. Using the large platen made doing gang scans of snaps and larger prints easy, especially considering all the print formats labs produced through the ages. From here you select an individual frame, do the corrections if need be, and scan to a selected folder.

This included pencil drawings, silkscreen prints, pastels and charcoals, paintings, and even inkjet prints of photographs. Previously, I had done this is in painstaking and laborious fashion using the old copy stand route. You can date the shot by the cameras around their necks. This Kodachrome slide held up well so it was an easy job for the Epson Scan 2 software.

Most of my inkjet prints are on 13xinch paper with a two-inch margin, so these fit the Epson XL with no problem. I scanned some color and monochrome prints for the web and sample purposes at dpi and they were right on the money.

I have been doing some charcoals and pastels from photographs of late and wanted to scan those with the Epson XL as well. However, it is not a good idea to place such material directly on the platen, so I placed an oversized piece of clear acetate over the platen prior to placement.

This necessarily softens the resultant image a bit but this can be overcome by sharpening. Film Scans When it comes to film scans you have two software route options—the Epson Scan 2 or the dedicated LaserSoft SilverFast—and for me the choice came down to whether the film was color negative, black and white, or color slide.

I found in my tests that if the film image was problematic, especially when the inevitable ravages of time and poor storage had taken their toll, the SilverFast processes were a better option. How big can you go from a 35mm slide with a flatbed scanner? Impressive, but do note that the original must be crisp as well. This shot was made with a tack-sharp Nikkor mm lens with a Nikon F3 many moons ago, and before I scanned I louped it on a light box to make sure it passed muster. But the original film size will tell the tale: I scanned a 4x5 Ektachrome transparency at a mere dpi and got a 75MB file size.

The Epson XL scanner comes with double sets of strip and slide mount holders for 35mm, medium format, and 4x5 film; those with larger format film can simply lay it flat on the platen. The benefits of this large platen come into play here: you can load and scan 30 35mm slides or eight strips of 35mm negs, six strips of medium format, and eight sheets of 4x5 at a time.

While the workflow is necessarily different for the two software apps, with SilverFast offering many more nuanced edit options and controls, the approach is essentially the same. This brings up all the images as thumbnails on your screen a larger monitor helps here. You then select one image with the mouse and click on the zoom button in the workspace, which enlarges it so you can see what effect your edits produce.

You then choose dpi, resolution, scan folder destination, and make your contrast, color, density choices, etc. I wanted to make some web-ready images of finished inkjet prints, many of which were made on 13xinch paper with a white margin, so they fit well on the oversized platen. The speedy scan at that size was much quicker than loading and then resizing the images from my print desktop folder and way faster than the old copy stand route.

I avoid getting too expressive in my edits as this hard boils the changes into the scan and allows less leeway when I finalize processing later in Photoshop, Lightroom, or whatever. Now, about that batch scanning capability in SilverFast, which is where the true productivity gains of this large format scanner come into play. My approach is to make my prescan and then work on individual images, moving through the thumbnails one by one.

When working on filmstrips you will be more selective than handpicked mounted slides. The large platen and ease of workflow make it a multifunctional device for a large range of images of various formats and sizes on both paper and film. It is highly productive in terms of workflow and output, and produces scans of rich and usable quality, especially with problematic images that need some help in terms of color balance, density, and even surface defects.

Scanning is undoubtedly a task, and taking it up requires dedication, patience, and a certain degree of fortitude. But like any task, having the right tool makes it a much easier and more pleasant undertaking. In my time with the Epson Expression XL I found it up to the challenge in handling a wide range of images with a flexible and productive workflow that delivered some of the best scans I have ever made.


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It is a "photo grade" scanner, offering a resolution of dpi max optical on scans, tho in my experience scanning large areas bigger than 5 x 7 inches I can only get it to do dpi. The Epson Scan software that is provided with it is excellent, offering a number of valuable options, including various color dropouts when scanning in black and white or gray scale. For example,the Red Dropout option allows more clean scanning in black and white or gray scale of yellowed or browned or stained documents that originally were black ink on white paper. Descreening and color control are of course provided as options, too. There also are third party scanner driver programs that will work with this popular model. Read full review Verified purchase: No by wc63 Dec 19, the price was right, and the product was as advertised delivery was ahead of schedule, and was very well protected. Everything seems to be set-up now and working as it should.


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Photo travel guides Epson Expression XL with transparency unit With the Expression XL Epson has one of the few scanners in its portfolio which can digitize originals up to a size of 40 x 30 cm. The flatbed scanner can process reflective material and with the optionally available transparency unit also transmissive material. In our online shop there are additional or replacement Epson original film holders available. So there are extended application possibilities in the fields of art design and pre-press.


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