Reviews and Problems with Epson Perfection 4990 Photo
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Good, but not Great
Ernest Pergrem, Amazon
20 January 2008
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: 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. Most of the color negatives had had color shift, and the scanner's software made excellent corrections. Using the scanner's software to correct for exposure, color, contrast, etc.
Pros: Accurate Color, Easy Setup, Good Bit Depth, Good Resolution, Scans all sizes of film
Summary: I purchased top of line Epson scanner after comparing reviews of Epson and Canon. I picked it because of Digital ICE technology and because software was easier to use. I have in the last thirty days scanned nearly 700 35mm negatives -- the scanner is going almost day and night. It has met my expectations. The only thing I like to see improved is the negative holder which is a bit flimsy.
Summary: I got this Epson scanner recently to replace an older HP Scan Jet that did fine scans of photos but was limited on size and quantity of film handling. The Epson comes with film holders/frames for: 35mm mounted slides (8 per)...this is a grid of plastic that you put on the glass, then put the slides in it to hold them in place.
At present Canon 9950F's main competitor - is it better ?
7 January 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? Well essentially in terms of the quality of 35mm negative and slide scans there is nothing in it.
Summary: We needed a scanner that could scan 3 x 5 B&W negatives from an old electron miscoscope. When the computer running a 1995 model HP transparency scanner (the scanner still works) broke down and we couldn't find a computer or motherboard that had ISA slots (and was worth a damn), we decided to buy a new scanner. The Epson Perfection 4990 scanner is very nice.
Nice colors. Good software. Great scanner for a variety of film
Mr. Ditto, Amazon
10 October 2005
Summary: This is a nice scanner. BE CAREFUL to UNLOCK BOTH transportation locks!! Epson should really put an electronic kill switch for those who mess up here. I skimmed the instructions since I've set up numerous previous machines and unlocked one lock but not the upper lock. Ooops! Luckily the machine doesn't seem to be damaged. The scans from 4x5 film are fantastic. Make sure to use a fair amount of unsharp masking in Photoshop when done scanning.
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. Maybe the AI version of Silverfast would do better but at $100 to upgrade, it is not worth it. Overall scans are excellent. The Digital Ice feature is good not great.
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. It arrived undamaged, but it is not well protected in it's shipping coantainer. Overall, however I'm pleased.