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: 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: 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: 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: I have have had other scanners in the past, however this scanner is excellent. It is easy to use. You can scan 35mm slides, negatives from 35mm to 4x5's. You can also scan text or almost anything and get great results.The price is good. In all the reviews that I read before buying this scanner are accurate. It is a good scanner and when one compares a more expensive scanner (side by side) with the Epson 4990 there is no difference that anyone can really notice at all.
Summary: The Epson 4990 is a flat-bed scanner. If you are looking for a scanner that can handle very under-exposed 35-mm film, this is not the scanner for you. Choose instead a dedicated film scanner such as the Nikon CoolScan-IV or a similar film scanner for acceptable results. For normally exposed 35-mm film, the 4990 does an excellent job! For larger images, positives and negatives, it does an excellent job too.
Summary: I needed to convert a bunch of old photos and slides into a digital presentation format (powerpoint) and my old scanner was not going to manage the job. I ordered this scanner after looking at many reviews, both on Amazon as well as on other sites. This scanner is a bit pricey, and a bit large, but it really does a nice job with all the jobs I have asked it to do.
Summary: I forst tried the Canon 8600f which was a fine scanner, but poor at 35mm slides and negatives. Resolution on 35mm films was mediocre, and color balance was consistently poor. Upgrading to the Epson 4490 from the Canon brought slightly better resolution, and significantly better color with it. The Epson moving light source is obviously superior.