Reviews and Problems with Epson Perfection 4990 Photo
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I have been using my Epson perfection 4990i photo scanner ...
3 February 2015
Summary: I have been using my Epson perfection 4990i photo scanner for a number of years now. It continues to perform flawlessly giving very high publication quality scans of slides, negatives and color negatives.
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.
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.
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: 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.
Summary: Comes with Photoshop Elements and Silverfast. Photoshop elements works well. The Silverfast software has a look and feel of a software from the 80's - but is not really necessary (Photoshop Elements can do just as well or better).
Pros: Allows for batch scanning of multiple slides and negatives. Produces good quality results which are comparable to dedicated film scanners. Quiet operation. Includes a hardware-based ICE feature which is very useful for slides. Has open source drivers for Linux.
Cons: elatively big. Long scanning time (comparable to that of dedicated film scanners). Typical scanning times from the user's manual: 4x6 photo @300dpi 9s without ICE (2 minutes with ICE); 35mm slide @2400dpi 51s without ICE (8 minutes with ICE); 35mm negative @2400dpi 1 minute without ICE (9 minutes...
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.
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.