Not for Ancient or Odd sized Negatives Epson does not provide the Holders
6 September 2012
Summary: The scanner works fine. The instructions for us who are older and not technical gurus is lacking. What happened to the good old 1, 2 3 instructions. Where is there a "definition" of technical terms located? There are not enough of the proper negative holders in the correct sizes to scan the older negatives from the 1930's, 1940's or 1950's. Epson has catered to the 1960's + film and slides. We need holders for 620, 126 and Box camera film.
It works for film and should last longer than the better scanning kodak.
30 August 2011
Summary: The one I bought on ebay was damaged so I went to Amazon. This scanner is passable, but not great. I was using this for scanning 35mm film negative to electronic files. It does automatically convert the negative to positive, but the clarity is only so so. I had a Kodak 35mm scanner that took much better quality scans, but couldn't feed well and developed a hot pixel streak. This prompted me to purchase the 4490. The Epson is also slow.
Summary: I purchased an Epson 4490 from Amazon over a month ago, and found the lack of an instruction manual strange; the "cover sheet" was pretty skimpy as to details. I had trouble immediately with the manual mode of Epson Twain screen showing up; it simply didn't. In short, over 10 emails to Epson support got me nowhere.
Summary: This scanner is fantastic. The scan quality is ridiculously good for the price (I was debating between the 4490 and the 4990, the latter being $[...] more expensive, and I can't imagine the 4990 being enough better to be worth it). Scan speeds are acceptable, but not remarkable. But the software sucks. The auto color is okay, auto settings are kinda okay. It works fairly well in the auto settings, as there is no thought required to get a reasonable scan.
Summary: I had read earlier reviews before purchase and was aware of a possible irritating noise. I had hoped this problem corrected by Epson before my new 4490 scanner arrived. Unfortunately, there was a really nasty grinding noise every time I used the scanner. I live in a rural community and have limited access to technical help. I sent a few email messages to Epson. The responses were as irritating as the scanner.
Beautiful scans, but weak flimsy plastic breaks too easily
27 March 2006
Summary: After using my previous Epson Perfection 1640SU for about 5 years, I finally upgraded to the 4490 Photo. The scans are beautiful, and I expected the same quality workmanship that kept the 1640SU working for many years. However, as soon as I placed a larger book in the scanner and closed the lid, two plastic tabs broke inside. The scanner made a noisy ratcheting sound and the red light started flashing. How can the plastic break so easily?
Summary: Nel prossimo futuro spero che la carta in ufficio sparisca o almeno si riduca di molto! Per avvicinarsi a questo obiettivo (per il momento solo un sogno) lo scanner in ufficio è, a mio avviso, indispensabile! Detto, fatto! Sulla scrivania da qualche mese c'è l'Epson Perfection 4490 Office! Si tratta del mio primo scanner (in ufficio) quindi non ho nessun elemento di paragone tra strumenti semi-preofessionali ma solo cono quelli casalinghi!