Film & photo scanner

Epson's new Perfection 2580 Photo scanner features an automatic film loader that scans individual frames of 35mm filmstrips at the touch of a button.

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With most flatbeds, scanning negatives is a cumbersome chore that involves lifting the lid and then carefully mounting each strip in a special adapter. But with the 2580, you just open the film loader door, right on top of the scanner lid; insert the positive or negative film, and push the start button. The 2580 automatically scans and saves each frame in a strip of up to six shots, and lets you use the bundled image editing software (ArcSoft's PhotoImpression 5) to easily view or edit them.

Until now, only dedicated film scanners that cost several hundred dollars could scan negatives this easily. And unlike those models, the versatile 2580 can also scan photo prints, documents, and even books (slides require an included adapter).

We did an excellent job of scanning film and produced fine results from prints. Various test scans featured vibrant colours and good tonal details, and the 2580's USB 2.0-based speed matched that of other 2400-dpi scanners.

The Perfection 2580 Photo is an affordable choice for anyone who wants to scan loads of film negatives with minimal effort, while also enjoying the flexibility of having a standard flatbed scanner.

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