Reviews and Problems with Epson Perfection 4990 Photo
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This product delivers on its promises.
18 February 2007
Summary: I'm only an amateur and this review might not apply for those more advanced in this line of work. I purchased this scanner in order to print and archive old negatives (50+years) given me by a relative. My previously owned scanner was limited to 35mm format. The scanner worked like a dream.
Pros: Accurate Color, Easy Setup, Good Bit Depth, Good Resolution, Scans all sizes of film
Summary: For the first time in over 5 years of purchasing from Newegg I was disappointed in the shipping. The scanner was shipped in the original box without so much as tape on the flaps to keep the box tabs from coming open.
Pros: Scans are faster than my 4490, color is accurate, and unit is well built. I needed a second scanner and this was a very good purchase. I have been able to use it to make corrections to the original photos. Both 4490 and 4990 do excellent scans of negatives.
Cons: None on the Scanner I would rate it a borderline 5 - Marked a 4 on the rating due to shipping.
Summary: Scanner has some scratches on glass and I have returned it for a replacement. Also, NewEgg ships this scanner without packing in an additional box. My scanner arrived with the top open - Not even any tape on the box.
Pros: Great scan quality, ability to place multiple photos on scanner bed at one time and have them scanned as separate files.
Cons: About 30% of the time the scanner doesn't like the way I've arranged photos on the bed and I need to re-place them to get as separate images.
At present Canon 9950F's main competitor - is it better ?
23 December 2006
Summary: I use a Canon 9950F scanner at home, but chose this Epson Perfection 4990 for work use (to scan things like very hi-res B&W TEM negatives as well as 35mm slides). So how do the two very similar priced and spec'd scanners compare?
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'.
Summary: A very good machine with high resolution for a good price but it has a delicate feel to it. Film and slide holders are flimsy and will not stand up to heavy use. Software installs easily, runs well and dust removal feature works better than expected but is a little slow despite the USB 2 connection.
Summary: I've used plenty of Epson scanners before but this one does top the cake. It turns out beautiful scans of photographs and does an amazing job with 35mm slides and film negatives. I would have given the scanner a 5 star rating except that there were a few issues.
Summary: I bought this scanner to replace an aging 2450 mainly for the Digital Ice feature. With the 2450, I used Silverfast AI as my scanning software. Using both the Epson software and the Silverfast software, I find on this scanner I get much better results with Epson's software.
Summary: Love the scanning quality, speed, film options. The only thing that I wish it had was software that came with my last scanner where I could scan in multiple pages to one document and create PDFs from existing documents.