Iīve found a first review:
Nice! Looks like the ideal compromise for those who want more than low budget but who are reluctant to buy the expensive V750. Itīs definetely on my wishlist. I think for small prints and web use it will be fine.
An interesting review. But to be honest, I was more than a little troubled by the problems they were having with Epson Scan.
I own two Epson scanners, both older units: a 3170 and a 4990. The Epson Scan software for those two scanners is quite similar, the biggest difference between the two being that the 4990 has ICE and the 3170 does not.
The writer(s) of the review had problems with image cropping, saying that Epson Scan insisted on auto-cropping the image. My old versions of Epson Scan do this if I have thumbnails selected -- or it looks like they do, at least. I can't say for certain because I've never used the thumbnail setting. I crop everything manually. So hopefully they've overlooked something, or perhaps the pre-release is still buggy.
For example, I know that there are "issues" with ES and Windows 7 RC. The version of ES for my 4990 forgets things in Win 7. In a discussion I had with a tech support guy at Epson over an unrelated issue, I mentioned this and he said that because Win 7 was so new they hadn't worked out all the details yet but they should eventually be providing patches, even for my old 4990. That was a bit of good news.
And I was also surprised at the rather poor looking results they got from their scans -- especially the negative scans. If this is typical of current tech, then I think I'll just stick with my old stuff, since both my scanners do a much better job, slides and negs, than they were managing with the 600.
its interesting isnt it ... I've got 3200, 4870 and 4990. The 3200 has a flat pannel LED array, the 4870 has a fluro tube in the head and the 4990 seems to have gone back to LED with a moving band of LED's moving along. Personally I find that I get quite good results from all of them. I suspect that the reviewer is not so experienced with the operation of scanners.
while I agree with this, I'm not sure its an appropriate responce to the problem
Frankly, we don't recommend a scanner at all. Figure an hour for every roll of film on your high-end flatbed scanner or even a dedicated 35mm scanner and, well, you retired too late. If the tedium doesn't kill you, something else will.
The easy answer for this problem is to use Microsoft's virtual XP add on module for Win 7. Files are sharable/visible to Win 7. I've not tried it but have read that Virtual XP works really well.
Originally Posted by cooltouch
One of the things I've been particularly satisfied with lately regarding scanning is creating enlarged contact sheets from sheets of 35mm B&W film negs.
Originally Posted by pellicle
Having a 13x19 contact sheet for a roll of 35mm film is quite handy. Something impossible to do in my darkroom. In the old days one could get an enlarged contact sheet from a pro lab but the service wasn't inexpensive.
I was so pleased with the results that I made some contact sheets from digital files. And I may start doing the same for MF negs and slides.
some 20 years ago I saw some Gum bichromates made from contact sheets made from 35mm kodachrome ... it was something which has made me want to work with that ever since, I'm sure digital would work just as well and probably my 4x5 even ;-)
Originally Posted by Don Bryant
... now if only I can find that space and time!