Summary: This product is fine, though it jams pretty easily. I was hoping for something that could work without supervision, but this takes some watching if you're scanning anything other than regular paper.
Summary: I bought this scanner specifically to scan family (24 bit) color slides. This scanner does a great job at 4800 dpi, but the interface with Photoshop Elements 7 and my RAM won't let me scan larger. Pity... the 4800 dpi scans are great! ICE, dust/scratch removal and other software tweaks seem good, but I haven't used them much. 35mm/120 B/W negative scans are just as good, but I can scan up to 9600 dpi due to less demands on the processor/memory in 8 bit grayscale.
Summary: I purchased my first Epson Perfection 4490 scanner over five years ago and recently have had trouble with the scanning carriage locking up. Decided that the expense for a repair would probably not be justified. Fortunately, Epson still manufactures this inexpensive model. I purchased my second 4490 August 2011. I use the scanner with a Macintosh desktop computer. The 4490 performs very well, loading is easy.
Summary: Once I've figured how to use the accessories, with the help of my son of course (the user manual was useless), the scanner works like a charm. Couple of tips: use a toothpick to remove the slides from the slots in the plastic accessory 'cuz you won't be able to grab them with your fingers; and set your slides with "this side toward screen" printed on the frame facing up on the scanner; but don't worry if you set them incorrectly: you can flip the digitized pics using the...
Summary: After a lot of research and reading reviews I finally decided to buy the 4490, primarily due to its film/transparency capabilities and the fact that a limited budget prevented getting a better one (a film scanner). I've done a lot of work on film with formats up 4x5 so I would have preferred a scanner that would handle the larger size, but, for now, I've decided to at least start scanning some of my negatives and slides-some of which date back to the late 40's (I have an...
Summary: I was given a box of old negatives from the 1930's. They were not all the standard sizes. The Epson was the only scanner that comes close to getting anything other than 35mm film into a computer. Still, the software is so stubborn about only accepting what fits into the film holders that it becomes a real fight to get what you want. Some of the negatives were 2" by 4", but the software kept trying to crop them.
Summary: I bought a cheap 35 mm slide/negative scanner and it worked fine, but I have a lot of old medium format negatives I wanted to scan. This scanner was highly recommended so I bought it to replace my old flatbead scanner that would not do negatives. The scanner arrived pretty quickly. Since it is bulkier than my old scanner, I had to move a shelf, but that wasn't too difficult I followed the instructions to load the software, then connect the scanner.