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Thursday, January 03, 2019
Not sure why the other guy had so many problems! My project consisted of literally thousands of color / B&W slides and film negatives, that I needed to scan in a short amount of time. I didn't have time to shop around (I rely heavily on positive and negative reviews of products before I purchase), I bought this scanner as a Hail Mary to get my project done, even though there was only a single 1 Star Review. Lots of things I didn’t like, but it functions well. It has 4 different trays that accept different types of slides and film, and for what I needed, I only used 2 of them. Insert your SD card (I used a Kingston Canvas Select Class 10 UHS-I 16GB), Turn the machine on; select scanning mode, Use the buttons on the top to cycle through the type of picture you're scanning, LCD screen will show a basic preview of your photo, and with the use of the buttons on top, you can increase or decrease the exposure of the photo. Switch to PC, dump the pictures, done. Easy Peasy!
- Feels cheap. The buttons have an awful feel to them, you really have to push them down hard to get the result you're looking for sometimes. - Overall product design is terrible. When you turn it on, it asks you if you'd like to proceed in Scanning mode, or PC mode. So you click the terrible clicking buttons to scan mode, and flog a bunch of pictures onto the SD card. Then you have to turn it off, and turn it back on again to access PC mode, dump the pictures, turn it back off, then back on to scan, and continue scanning. This ends up in a back and forth, on, off, scan, pc, scan, pc procedure. VERY TEDIOUS. VERY TIME CONSUMING when you have as many photos to go through as I did. - There were some scans that the lighting was flickering a bit, and needed constant dickering around with the exposure, and even shutting the machine off a couple times. You really have to have your head screwed on right to use this device for a large project.
Unfortunately I'm only allowed 1000 characters in the strengths and weaknesses and I had to cut literally half of my gripes about the product out. But to Summarize: The software and back end engineering and general design of this product is god awful. There are many intuitive things that could make the work flow, process, and general handling better with this product. HOWEVER THAT BEING SAID - It does EXACTLY what it says it does, and I cannot fault it for that one bit. The pictures were HUGE and very high quality. (In fact too huge - many required downsizing to be compatible with some of the movie software i was using to produce the final product.) You could literally take a 135mm slide and blow it up to a poster sized rendering if you wanted. It does a hell of a job. Would I recommend it? Absolutely. Is it a perfect product? Far from it. Does it do what it says it will do? .......... Yes....
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
As the title states, the preview image looked great, had a solid build quality (though the soft touch finish is a total fingerprint magnet, looks greasy after a single touch), but I couldn't get a single scan to go through. Followed all directions, tried multiple SD cards (including MicroSD adapted) and of all different capacities and speed ratings. Unit would start showing the "0% Saving to SD" for a few minutes and then power cycle. I had high hopes on this unit, but since it didn't even allow me to save from a single negative, no dice.