If anyone knows how to get quality scans of your PSA cards using a Epson Perfection V39 please let me know. My scans are of low quality and really blurry.
I don’t see any difference between the different modes (full automatic, office, home, professional) and the amount of resolution being used. Should’ve listened to Hypernova and just bought a 550 but I needed to be a cheapass lol
Long answer: there are 2 common types of flatbed scanning technologies, CIS and CCD scanners. One major difference is that CIS scanners are going to produce a blurry image unless the object is basically contacting the glass whereas CCD scanners have a much better field of depth. www.microscopy-uk.org.uk/mag/artjan13/dw-scanner-type.html this page does a fantastic job showing the difference.
Basically every “3-in-1” style scanner/printer uses CIS, but this is rarely an issue since these are mostly used for scanning documents. For quality scans of graded cards, a CCD scanner is a necessity. Unfortunately it seems that the v39 is a CIS scanner which explains the issue
I would recommend against a scanner. I am definitely biased as I dabble in semi-professional photography, but as long as you have decent lighting, even a modern phone camera will be better than a scanner. <My biased opinion
FWIW I got a refurb V37 from ebay since you can’t get them new anymore and it had screwed up scan lines no matter what I did. Changing the settings only made them worse. I even copied the exact settings that working scanners had to no avail. I’ve seen at least 2 or 3 others on this forum with the same problems and best anyone can tell it’s a hardware issue. I never found a fix
I would argue it depends on the goal. If you just want instagram photos, a phone camera is more than fine. If you’re looking for consistency and high-detail images, a scanner is the way to go.
Here is a scan from my v600 on default settings with no editing applied other than a rotate/crop. There’s no way I could achieve this with just my phone camera
The v600 looks good! It’s a little expensive but it would definitely be a good long-term investment. Personally, I’d be happy with the scans a v37 provides (at least the Blastoise one I saw of @prochaos) but I don’t like the fact you need to buy it refurbished with chances of it not working properly like @nish and apparently a couple others on here experienced.
I think I’ll buy a v37 if I can find one for a good price and if I can’t, or if the quality isn’t good enough I’ll just buy a v600 instead.
I was on the side of using a phone vs. a scanner for a long time, but recently got a V600 and am LOVING it. Mainly for, like you said, consistency + high level of detail. I think the biggest benefit is actually the amount of time saved compared to setting up for pictures.
That being said, I think you can get quite close with a phone. This is a picture I took on my phone (iPhone XS Max) with nothing more than window lighting and a piece of black foam:
It’s not quite the same as a scan, but I was always super happy with the results.