I recently purchased an Epson Perfection V850 to scan several different formats; 35mm negatives and slides, 6x6 negatives, 4x6 prints from the last 3-4 decades from my family's collection.
I find that the scanner itself performs well, and even for 35mm gives me scans of good enough quality for web use and normal sized prints. I know a 35mm dedicated scanner would perform better, but it's just not practical with all the formats that I need to scan. And I want proper automated batch scanning, and would never have the patience to hand-feed a Plustek 8200i one and one negative. I'd rather get a good enough scan from the V850, and for my critical scans I would order a professional drum scan from a lab.
My problems with the V850 isn't the scanner itself. It's the holders that ship with it. Granted, the adustabje height of the new holders makes it easy to dial in the focus and get sharp scans and some of that lovely grain in the scans.
But the new holders have the AN "glass" sheets permanently attached to them. This is not real glass - but plexi glass. Plexi glass is one of the worst materials to work with in regards to static charge. The material is basically one of the worst dust and lint magnets available. Dust and lint clings on to it. It's horrible.
I find it next to impossible to get half decent clean scans with these holders. The negative strips are clean, the scanner surface is clean, I even use surgeons plastic gloves to handle everything to avoid lint, and a lint free cloth and a rocket blower to get rid of the dust. But the plexi glass in the holders acts like a magnet and just sucks dust and lint. So even if the holders are perfectly clean before mounting the film strips, by the time I finish mounting the film strips, a nice collection of dust and lint have re-appeared from "nowhere".
My wife, who has previously scanned with a V750 and the holders without the plexi glass inserts, never had this problem with dust and lint. She adviced me to return the V850 due to the poorly designed holders and rather get a used V750 and order betterscanning holders.
It just boggles my mind that Epson used Plexi, which is one of the worst statically charged materials available, as permanently attached inserts in their film holders. I have never seen as much dust and lint in scans in my entire life. And looking at the Flickr V800/V850 group discussions, I'm not alone in regards to this: https://www.flickr.com/groups/209622...57647407285343
What is your experience? And is there some 3rd party holders/inserts available for the V800/V850 that solves this?