Summary: The scanner works great, of course there is a learning curve with it. For me a slow learner when it comes to electronics I think I did fairly well...it does all I want it to do and quite well...
Summary: My V700 never fails. I have owned mine for a number of years and not once have I had a single problem with it. The quality of the scans I get are superb, whether from large format 4x5 film or 35mm, the scanner and Epson's bundled software are versatile enough to handle all my projects. My previous scanner was a Heidleberg Saphir Ultra and it was known at the time to be the "standard". After purchasing and using the V700, I never looked back.
Summary: Just bought a new desktop with win 8.1. I downloaded and installed the win 8.1 driver. It doesn't work. I still have to use my XP desktop to do a scan which works fine. So I know it's not the scanner.
Excerpt: I'm completely ambivalent about this scanner.On the one hand, it seems like it was designed to be quite high quality. It can be told to scan at resolutions higher, in certain instances, than the film emulsion and the lens that were used to make the original image. Great!On the other hand, the bundled LaserSoft Imaging SilverFast software has a number of issues that make me wonder how they can stay in business.
Pros: Easy To Set Up, Good Bit Depth, Good Resolution
Excerpt: Having used the Epson Perfection 4490 for many years, I was dreading the task of finding a replacement when the time came. I was pleasantly surprised at how seamless the change was. Simply dragging the new software into my apps folder loaded the driver and placed the PhostoShop plug-in where it belonged. The only negative so far was figuring out the identity and use of six (6) small plastic peices that came in a bag labeled 142221501.
Summary: This scanner is the best scanner I have had to date. It scans slides, negatives and prints with accuracy and when I need really good resolution I can change a setting to meet my requirement. It works seamlessly with Photoshop and has met all my expectations.
Excerpt: After using an older scanner made by a different manufacturer for years, I'm pleased with the results of the Epson V700 Photo Scanner. I used to only be able to scan one slide at a time, now I can do a dozen. Not only are the scans of better quality than my old scanner, they are also done faster. As a bonus, the flatbed scanner on the Epson allows me to scan prints as well as slides.
Pros: Accurate Color, Easy To Set Up, Excellent Software, Good Bit Depth, Good Resolution