I am in the process of cleaning up my office/study—for about the tenth time in the last 20 years. But this time I am being ruthless; at least I think I am. However, there is stuff that I just don't want to throw in the bin.
One such item is my 'old'—because I have a new one bought a couple of years ago—Epson Perfection 1650 flatbed photo-quality scanner.
This scanner has 16 bits of colour accuracy per channel, an optical resolution of 3,200 dpi, and incorporates de-screening (to remove the moire pattern created by screen printing in magazines and such). In its day this was about an $800 scanner.
Following is a de-screened image of Charlize Theron from GQ magazine taken from the matt-finish paper inside the magazine. There is almost no moire patten visible in this scan.
The following two pictures show the de-screening at work. The scan at left was done without de-screening, and the scan at right, obviously, with de-screening turned on—so most of the moire pattern has been removed.
Following is the full face in de-screened scan mode.
The following picture shows you the sample I was scanning for the above pictures off the cover of the GQ magazine.
As well as being able to scan paper images, the 1650 has a back-light in the lid so that it can be used to scan transparent items such as slides.
There are two downsides:
- There are no Windows drivers for Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10. BUT I am using Windows 10 and as you can see it will work with Windows 10 (or Windows 7 or 8). However, you will need to purchase a utility called VueScan from Hamrick.com. At the time of me writing this VueScan was USD$29.95.
- The interface is USB 1.1. So it is relatively slow—compared to USB 2, or the unbelievable speed of USB 3.
If you are interested then go to Gumtree and search for Epson 1650.
For more specifications see this page at the Epson site.