I've read your previous posts on scanners and they've been quite helpful in providing some basic understanding of the current situation. My assumption is that the film scanner is a transitional technology -- I haven't done wet photography in a decade and there's a good chance I won't again -- and that manufacturers aren't investing heavily in a technology that has a limited future.
But I'm one of those legacy cases, one who has thousands of analog images -- 85% B&W and virtually all 35 mm -- from the mid-'60s through the mid-'90s. There are hundreds, maybe even a couple of thousand, that I wish to convert to digital format. I don't currently primarily support myself through photography, but I have in the past and I'd like the images I convert to be of appropriate quality both for publication and for sale as display prints. (I use an Epson R2400 for output these days.)
I note your enthusiastic review of the Epson Perfection V750-M Pro, but also recall your observation that a dedicated film scanner did outperform this fine flatbed device.
Given my needs, as outlined above, what would your recommendation be for a device, new or used, to scan my 35mm negatives (mostly B&W, but some color) and transparencies? Speed of scanning is not a major factor for me and while price is not my primary consideration, I'm interested in your thoughts about price/benefit relationships, tilted I suppose in the direction of higher performance. The single most important factor is that the scanner be able to produce very high quality results.
Thanks for your help with this matter.
-- Steve Potter