Reviews and Problems with Epson Perfection 4990 Photo
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Very good choice for 8 x 10 transparency scanner
19 July 2011
Summary: First I have to say, I bought from an excellent seller. It is always a good thing to find an honest seller who has taken good care of your purchase. This is a flat bed scanner on the high end of the Epson perfection line which also comes with 8 x 10 transparency and film capability. Epson still lets you get win xp, vista, and win 7 drivers off their site, so you can get drivers easily. Others brands may not be so easy to find drivers for.
Summary: I bought this scanner based on the number of positive reviews that it had received. It is a good photo scanner, but I'm not so sure a great photo scanner. Perhaps it's just Epson's default settings, but I'm not a professional so I place a lot of faith on it being right 'out of the box'. I have a less expensive HP 5370C that does a much better job on transparency scans (slides, negatives, etc.) I also do a lot of line art scans involving pastels.
Summary: This is my fourth scanner, and with it, I can do practically everything. with very hard work, I scanned my 14000 slides with an older scanner - with this one I could have done it more that twice as fast. It even scans the very small negatives of my wife's old Minolta quite well, not to mention the 500 4X6 negatives I scanned. Normal scanning is a snap. I can recommend this scanner to anybody who is willing to spend a bit extra for versatility and quality.
Summary: After two weeks of trying to implement e-mail instructions from Epson, this scanner still refused to work. I returned it to seller and was informed it was phased out by Epson. Good! Now no one else will suffer the frustrations of trying to get this scanner to operate.
Summary: This might be more than you were planning to spend on a scanner, but you won't be sorry. Seems well made and produces outstanding scans. I have been using it for photos and some quite old 35mm slides and have been very pleased with the quality, speed and ease of use.
Summary: I've been looking for a way to scan slides and negatives and tried an Acer ScanWit a few years ago. But it was SCSI, could only scan four slides or one negative strip at a time and removing dust and scratches from the resulting images was really tedious. So I gave up pretty quickly and put the binders of negatives and slides back on the shelf. Finally, last month I figured I'd try again.
Summary: To summarize, I just have to say, this device scans perfectly! If your looking to get your money's worth and get excellent quality scans, then look no further. Trust me, you WON'T be disappointed!
Summary: After doing a lot of research on which scanner would be the best for our photo-archiving project, I settled on the 4990 because of the great feature set and the consistently high reviews. After playing with my machine for about a month now, I believe that not only is the 4990 a great tool on its own, but the software that accompanies it is, alone, well worth the price that I paid for both hardware and software.
Summary: I purchased the Epson 4990 after reading good comments about the quality of film scanning. My primary purpose was scanning 5x7 and 4x5 B+W film and it has been great. Very impressed with the dust remoavl feature and when unsharp mask is applied in photoshop the sharpness is great. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this scanner for medium to large format film scanning.
Summary: Great scanner except for a haze which forms on bottom of scanner bed glass. It does effect scan quality but many might not notice either the haze or it's effects on the scan. Some may not experience this but many do. Can see the haze while looking at the glass from @45 degree angle with the scanner light on. If you see the haze you can investigate it's effects on imaging: scan empty surface with lid up at low resolution (60-120 dpi)--then view image, zooming in if need.