The Epson Perfection V750-M Scanner offers some of the best flatbed scanning on the market, reviewers say, especially when used in conjunction with the time-consuming fluid mount system that helps disguise dust and scratches. They declare the dual-lens optics and better-quality mirror excellent. However, some of them question the large price difference between this model and its smaller sibling, the V700, which has slightly less extravagant optics and does not allow fluid mounts. This is the flatbed scanner for professionals, they write, though durability can sometimes be a problem.
Top quality for professional results. The Epson Perfection V750-M is designed for professional photographers or extremely serious amateurs, reviewers say, and it offers capabilities most people will never need. But if you're looking for the best-possible photo from a flatbed scanner, reviewers agree this is one to keep an eye on: It offers wet mounting, which uses fluid to help hide scratches and dust; two lenses, which shift depending on the resolution you want; and other high-end optics, mirrors and glass that reviewers say make image quality top-notch.
Easier than you'd expect for a professional machine. Most users say they have no trouble installing and using the Epson Perfection V750-M, though most say they have to download updated drivers and software after installing it. A few reviewers note that the optional drivers included in the SilverFast software that comes with the scanner produce better results than the Epson drivers themselves. Some users note incompatibility problems that later buyers say have been solved. Wet mount scanning is not for the faint of heart, reviewers agree, but they note that it's no more difficult on the V750-M than it would be in any other application.
Surprisingly average for a high-end machine. Some users report making thousands of scans on the Epson Perfection V750-M scanner without issues. Others say they've had to return their units more than once in a year, though in those cases it's mostly manufacturing defects rather than a breakdown. The slide holder, as always, is the most delicate part, and users say it's easy to break. A few say they are glad they purchased an extended warranty.
A good warranty, and good service. Epson's Perfection V750-M scanner comes with the one-year limited warranty that seems to be standard among better-quality scanners. Those users who need it report no issues with making claims. However, some say they're happy they purchased an extended warranty when they bought the scanner, as some problems can crop up after the one-year period is over.
Review Credibility: Excellent Veteran reviewer M. David Stone puts the Epson Perfection V750-M through its paces, saying the scans are very high quality and that the fluid mount works for hiding scratches in black and white film. The driver Epson ships with the scanner may not work as well as the alternative SilverFast driver also bundled with the scanner, he says. He compares the V750-M to the V700, saying the V750-M's better optics are aimed at professionals, producing "top-quality scans for photographic prints and film."
Review: Epson Perfection V750-M Pro, M. David Stone, Sept. 5, 2006
Review Credibility: Excellent David Brooks compares the Epson Perfection V750-M Scanner with a professional Konica film scanner and the Epson V700, finding that the scanning quality of the V750-M is comparable to the high-end film scanner. He praises the fluid mount capability, and he compares the output of old and new slides, transparencies and prints. "These are occasions when I really enjoy being proven wrong," he writes. "In this case I stand corrected in my support of what had become conventional wisdom -- that flat-bed consumer scanners do not provide a film scanning capability competitive with dedicated film scanners."
Review: Epson's Perfection V750 -M Pro Scanner; Pro Performance From A Flat-Bed, David B. Brooks, Nov. 1, 2006
Review Credibility: Excellent Photographer Ron Martinsen reviews the Epson Perfection V750-M scanner, finding it easy to set up and useful for a variety of tasks from the simple (photocopies) to the very complex (digitizing his negatives). He does a thorough review, comparing the results among the standard drivers and the optional SilverFast program.
Review: Review: Epson Perfection V750-M Pro Scanner, Ron Martinsen, March 30, 2011
4. Expert Reviews (U.K.)
Review Credibility: Very Good In this hands-on review by UK tech site ExpertReviews, Kevin Carter compares the Epson Perfection V750-M to its less-expensive cousin, the V700, finding that it produces only slightly better scans. He awards 4 out of 5 stars, calling both models a "bargain" for their high-quality scanning at enthusiast prices.
Review: Epson Perfection V750 Pro review, Kevin Carter, July 21, 2006
Review Credibility: Good About 70 users review the Epson Perfection V750-M scanner, awarding it an overall rating of 4.1 out of 5 stars on the manufacturer's Web site. About 4 out of 5 would recommend it to a friend. Those who use it declare the scans to be excellent in quality and crispness. Some users complain the software won't work properly with their systems, and a few say they had to return the units because of haze or dust inside the document glass (where it cannot be cleaned).
Review: Epson Perfection V750-M Pro Scanner, Contributors to Epson.com, As of December 2012
Review Credibility: Good More than 50 customers at Amazon.com give the Epson Perfection V750-M scanner an overall rating of 3.8 out of 5 stars. Clearly, user expectations are high for a machine that has one of the higher price tags in the market segment. Most say the V750-M's scans are truly excellent, but some say that experience is marred by lack of instructions, less-than-professional-level software and spotty customer service experiences when hardware problems arise.
Review: Epson B11B178061 Perfection V750-M Pro Photo Scanner, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of December 2012
7. B&H Photo
Review Credibility: Good More than 115 users review the Epson Perfection V750-M scanner, awarding it an overall rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. More than 90 percent say they would recommend the model to a friend. They cite its fine resolution, accurate color, software and easy setup. Some say it is slow or that one program or another it ships with are difficult to use.
Review: Epson Perfection V750-M Pro Scanner, Contributors to B&H Photo, As of December 2012