Epson v500 scanning negative film problems

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by to1185, Aug 30, 2008.

  1. to1185 macrumors newbie

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    Hey,

    I've got an Epson Perfection v500 photo scanner and I'm trying to scan some medium format color negatives. I took the reflective mat off but for some reason my computer isn't recognizing that I took it off, so it won't scan anything. Has anyone else had problems with this or know how to fix it?

    Thanks,

    T
     
  2. to1185 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Problem solved! It turns out if the strips are too long and overlap near the hinge of the scanner, it reads it as the reflective mat still being present. So cut the strips into frames of 3 and all will be well.

    Yay.
     
  3. M@lew macrumors 68000

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    What size are your negs? I generally only scan two at a time since it fits nicely, but I shoot 6x6.
     
  4. to1185 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yeah, 6x6. They work nicely. But if you've got a long strip of 16 frames you're screwed, at least with the Epson, because it registers the strip of film off the scan area as the reflective mat. And that is Not Good. If you cut into strips of 2-3 frames you're set. Yes indeedy.
     
  5. StingerT125 macrumors 6502a

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    How has that scanner been working otherwise. I am in the market for one and have been looking at that one. I am just wondering if you had any compatibility problems with it.

    I am on 10.5.4
     
  6. M@lew macrumors 68000

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    You need to download newer drivers out of the box but other than that it works fine.
     
  7. StingerT125 macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks - that is the one I decided to get and right after I placed my order I went and downloaded the latest drivers from the Epson site. I'll be all ready when it arrives.
     

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