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Conclusion

It’s nice to see such pretty and elegant machines as the F-3200. It’s also nice to see EPSON being so meticulous when developing each new scanner model. And still, the EPSON F-3200 Film Scanner is not quite the device they wrote about in the official press releases. I would question its targeting at “professionals and photo-enthusiasts”. It is rather suitable for a mass user. And if so, the price does not conform to the budget of an ordinary buyer. It is overtly overstated – spending about $650 for this scanner would be a squander, I think.

The functionality of the F-3200, if examined cool-headedly, proves to be limited. The direct connection to printers feature is not necessary at all in the way it is implemented now. The integrated card-reader isn’t quite a handy feature, either. Yet these things, as well as the professional application SilverFast with two calibration targets, shouldn’t have affected the price of the scanner so heavily.

Highs:

  • Cute design
  • Good holders for the originals
  • Good film digitization quality, especially with medium-format film
  • An integrated multi-format memory card reader
  • A professional (full) version of SilverFast

Lows:

  • The price is obviously too high
  • Limited functionality (particularly, support of only two printers from EPSON)
  • Not quite good quality of scanning ordinary photographs
  • Erroneous market positioning of this scanner model.
 
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