Great MF & LF scanner with important B&W dust and brightness-range
4 February 2013
Summary: Great unit for MF (hundreds for me!) and LF (thousands!), which is why I bought it. I consider it in a couple of important respects especially valuable: (1) it has a Dust Elimination routine (setable at three levels) which works for B&W as ICE does not...and it works well; and (2) the histogram lets the user specify the full range of B&W image brightness even at 8-bits (256 gray shades)...better, of course, at 16-bits (65K gray shades, but large file output).
This is the only scanner at an affordable price that can do the job.
8 May 2011
Summary: This is the scanner you need for any "old" negatives. yes, it will do the standard 35mm, etc. but it also does the old 2 1/4 x 2 1/4 as well as the 4"x5" medium format. The only thing I have not figured out how to do is "seperate" the negatives when you work on them. If you use the negative holders that come with it, it will produce the negatives and turn them to pictures, which is fine.But I have not figured out a way to fix them (add color, change brightness, etc.
Every time I've bought an Epson product I've regretted it.
16 March 2011
Summary: I bought this scanner mostly for it's 4x5" film capabilities. I have maybe a hundred of Kodachrome and B&W negs from the last 80 years. Canon does not have a current scanner with 4x5 capabilities (The 4 year old 9950F still sells for over $200 on the Bay! I've learned why!) I played a bit with scanning a 4x5 in two pieces with my Canon 8800F and then stitching them, but hey, why go through the hassle? Just get a scanner that does it, right?
Summary: I'm a photojournalist who needed a scanner for both photographic and business needs, and found it in the Epson Perfection 4870 Photo scanner. I've used it to scan both 35mm negatives and slides, and even used it to scan 4x5 B&W film negatives! It comes with several sturdy plastic film holders to snugly hold all popular, and some not-so-popular, film formats. It scans at a higher resolution and color depth than my old Nikon Super Coolscan and the results are spectacular.
Summary: I use the epson 4870 to scan 120 negatives and I have found it to be excellent - easy to use, well made and gives reliably good results. Recently, I scanned the same negative with the epson 4870, the v500 and the v700 to determine if I should "upgrade" to a newer scanner. I found that there was little if any difference between the scans from the 4870 and the v700 when scanning at high resolution (the scans from the v500 were clearly of a lower quality).
Summary: This product is awesome. I have captured my 35 mm negatives directly to my computer and been able to correct a lot of frames the photo stores cannot. They have a standard way of printing which they set in the first few frames. My shots don't work that way. This scanner gives me the ability to edit my negatives (slides and prints) the way I would in a dark room. The software that comes with it has quite a lot of capabilities without being Photoshop.
Summary: I use this with my Apple G5 computer with the SilverFast software. I bought it to scan my large collection of 35mm, medium format (645 and 6x7) and 4x5 negatives. I found the software and computer very easy to set up and run with Adobe Photoshop or just by itself. Scanning at very high resoltions gives me print quality equal to what I can get printing the negatives in the darkroom and printing out to sizes 23x 30 inches with superb quality.
Summary: I rate this at 4 1/2 stars... Bought this over the weekend specifically for scanning 4x5 transparencies (taken during the 1950's) and so far very impressed with the quality. I've also scanned 35 mm film strips with equally amazing results. I'm new to this aspect of computer use and my laptop may not be powerful enough at this juncture and so it seems slow when I scan - converting it to 2400 dpi, but the results were definitely worth the wait.
Summary: I have had this scanner now for several months and have had quite a bit of experience with it. I chose this scanner, although in some reviews I read it didn't get the highest marks, because it had the film adaptors I needed for my negatives - specifically 2 1/4" negatives. I couldn't find another good scanner with that particular size. But I have been very happy with it - couldn't be happier. I didn't have any problem with software, hardware or speed.