Summary: Against my better judgement, based on prior experience with Epson scanners and partly due to the rave reviews for this piece, I bought one new years ago and lo and behold, I attempt to scan some old transparencies and it fails to give me anything more than multiple annoying error messages.
Epson Perfection 4870 PRO Scanner w/ VueScan Software
Tommy Wright "Tommy Wright", Amazon
6 December 2013
Summary: I have this scanner and it performs flawlessly. I use the VueScan program to scan, and it is by far the best scan program on the market. You can download it from the site. It is pricey at around 80 bucks, but it includes lifetime updates, and it has been worth every penny.
Professional Scanner at a budget price. Worths every single penny!
6 January 2012
Summary: I'm a student who majoring in photography.I shoot film most of the time. This scanner scans almost every film format. I bought this scanner after many times using it at my school. The outcome is amazing. I used HP scanner before and this one is way quieter than HP scanner.
Summary: I bought this a few years ago to scan 4x5 negatives, and the scan quality is very good. The software stopped working. I reinstalled one of the versions that comes with it (there's Epson Scan and SilverFast), but it's functionality is falling apart again.
Summary: I finally have my perfect duo for scanning and editing. I am a "peripheral junkie" and have found a dream come true in this scanner. Yes, you will pay more but you will not be disappointed. I buy scanners at least yearly, but I won't do this in 2005 because I have found a wonderful product.
Summary: I shoot black & white 35 mm. Previously relied upon either a Polaroid SprintScan 4000 or drum scans. The 4870 produces gorgeous scans and is easy to use. I'm very happy with my purchase. SilverFast has proved to be a dissapointment for use with B&W negs.