I have thousands of old family photos, some dating back to the late 1800s, that I need to scan before the images fade or deteriorate completely. The vast majority are prints, most 4x6 and smaller - many, many b&w contact prints from box cameras. Perhaps 25% are color prints, most of which are fading and color shifting, including some Polacolor prints from the 1970s (the later SX types are okay and can wait awhile). I have only a relative handful of negatives, mostly my own from when I was a kid first getting into b&w photography. I'd like to do this as efficiently as possible, and I have more time than money so home scanning makes sense for me. I'd like to be able to scan multiple prints per scan and have software automagically recognize print edges and segregate each into individual files, if possible. This would minimize needing to remove photos from album pages. I'd hoped the Wolverine and similar type film/printer "scanners" (they actually appear to be re-photographers, using teensy 1-2/3" or smaller digicam sensors) would do, but customer reviews appear mixed. The reviewers who sound like experienced photographers mostly rate these scanners as mediocre or worse. Too bad, since they're much quicker than conventional scanners. So it looks like the Epson V550 or V600 would be my best bet among the currently available new all purpose scanners, that are within my budget. The quality is good enough since these old family photos are often soft anyway - poor lenses, out of focus, etc. They're important as memorabilia, and good enough is good enough. I have a dedicated film scanner for higher quality stuff, an older Minolta that's slow but good. If necessary I can also consider the aftermarket film holder/adapters to resolve the sharpness issues some folks have mentioned about the Epson flatbeds. The main issue is getting these scanned before any further fading, darkening, silvering out or other deterioration occurs. I've been putting this off for 10 years and really need to tackle it soon. After reading Epson's info on both scanners, and dozens of discussion forum threads, I'm still undecided about whether the V600 is worth the little extra money. Opinions seem mixed about the value of the ICE for prints - some owners say it erodes fine detail, which would be a problem with small prints where dust is large relative to the size of the print detail. I'm less concerned about automatic dust removal than just getting this chore done as efficiently as possible. I can retouch objectionable dust later, and I still have an old copy of Polaroid's rather good dust removal tool, which I've already used to good effect on other family photos. However I'm wondering whether the V600 can handle larger sheets (such as album pages with corner mounted photos intact), more prints per scan, and whether it can automatically segregate multiple prints per scan into individual image files. That would be a huge plus. And I'm open to considering another multipurpose scanner if it can handle this task more efficiently. Especially scanning multiple smaller prints per scan and segregating them into individual files. Thanks. A few examples: I've already done some retouching here, to lighten and clarify badly darkened b&w photos at upper left and lower right.