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  1. Yes, the V700 (750) takes some getting used to.  Mine is 5 years old and I am very pleased with it.  It has given excellent scans from 5x4 and 6x6, and I have a number of Epson V750 scans from 35mm on Alamy, too.  I have not had any V750 scans from 35mm fail QC as I only scan pin sharp 35mm transparencies.  I do not use ICE on 35mms as the image is softened too much, so quite a bit of time is needed to scan and clean up a 35m transparency scan.


     


    I understand that there is a separate high quality lens for scanning at 6400 dpi (this may not be on the V700), and I use this setting when scanning my Kodachromes. I then reduce down to the resolution needed.


     


    I did not find the Epson film holders very satisfactory – too flimsy, and not enough adjustment of film height. Lack of film height adjustment is not such an issue with 5 x 4 scans but it is with 35mm. I have heard that the betterscanning holders are excellent (I used the neg carriers from my Chromega enlarger located in a holder that I made from aluminium sheet fitted with nylon adjusting screws). As a result of testing of different scan heights I saw a significant increase in sharpness with 35mm scans, and although not really needed, I scan my larger transparencies this way too. 


     


    I passed QC with V750 35mm scans when the min file size was 48MB, including when just 35mm scans were submitted, so a 35mm must have been looked at by QC. These days I tend to submit at 24MB.


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  2. I, too, have seen zero licence sales in May and June, after a three month period where licence sales were very good. Zooms are holding up well, mainly because searches leading to these zooms have returned only a dozen or so "Creative" images before the "Relevant" listing starts (where fortunately my images have appeared near the top).


  3. My first usage on 18 July 2006, a scan from a 5x4 transparency  - Brecon Beacons, Wales, UK

     

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    Country: New Zealand
    Usage: Editorial
    Media: Newspaper - national
    Industry sector: Media Industry
    Sub-Industry: Publishing
    Print run: up to 250,000
    Placement: Inside
    Image Size: 1/8 page
    Start: 30 July 2006
    End: 31 July 2006

    $90.61

     

    My last similar usage, but with a print run of up to 1 million and 1/4 page, was $23.31!

     


  4. I have also worked with this company for a number of years, and they have been excellent to work with and are fully trustworthy.  I received the same e-mail as the OP, and apparently at present this project is not profitable. The £8 rate is better than the sub £3 that I have received for newspaper web use.  It wouldn't be worth making any effort to take suitable photos, but if one had suitable pics on file it could be worth submitting them.


  5. In my early days with Alamy I submitted a number of bureau produced batch scans of Kodachromes. The quality of some scans that I didn't submit was marginal, the main problem being blown highlights. At the time,  I scanned 5x4 transparencies on a Microtek scanner, which was time consuming with all the dust to be cloned out.  About 5 years ago went over to an Epson V750 for my 5x4 scans, and found that the scanner produced excellent results.  Excellent medium format scans were produced,  too.  The built-in ICE meant cloning out dust was a thing of the past.

     

    I thought I would try 35mm scans with the V750 and at first the results were disappointing.  I do not scan enough 35mm to justify a dedicated 35mm film scanner, and thought I would preservere with the V750 for 35mm scans. 

     

    The V750 has a separate high quality lens for scanning at 6400 dpi, and I use this setting when scanning my Kodachromes. I then reduce down to the resolution I require. Also, I did not find the Epson film holders very satisfactory – too flimsy, and not enough adjustment of film height. Lack of film height adjustment is not such an issue with 5 x 4 scans but it is with 35mm. I think the betterscanning holders that are available for the V750 would be excellent, but I used the neg carriers from my Chromega enlarger located in a holder that I made from aluminium sheet fitted with nylon adjusting screws. As a result of testing of different scan heights I saw a significant increase in sharpness with 35mm scans, and although not really needed, I scan my 5 x 4's this way too.  I use Silverfast and find the Digital Ice Lite (dust removal) an excellent help with 5x4 scans, with only the slightest softening of the image on large scans (100MB plus). But I only tried it once with 35mm, on an Ektachrome, and the softening was acute.

     

    To check whether a 35mm V750 scan would pass Alamy QC, I submitted one 48MB image, in the knowledge that it would definitely be checked by QC.  It passed.  These days, most of my 35mm submissions to Alamy are around 24MB.

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