Epson 4490 Scanner - Tests and Settings.

Discussion in 'Scanners' started by Harry Stottle, Oct 28, 2006.

  1. Harry Stottle

    Eddie Guest

    'Noon', with an iinet addy You're probably in WA, and that pic looks
    suspiciously like somehwere a around Mindarie beach....?

    :)

    Eddie bechta AT iinet.net.au
     
    Eddie, Nov 2, 2006
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  2. Harry Stottle

    Eddie Guest

    ....or could be Hillarys....

    Eddie
     
    Eddie, Nov 2, 2006
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  3. Sorry, that price should have been £158, amazingly from PC World, but
    only if reserved on the Internet for 'collect in store', or ordered
    direct from the Internet, (then plus £5.99 p&p). Just to make you feel
    better, the normal store price at PC World is £199. :)
     
    Harry Stottle, Nov 2, 2006
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  4. Harry Stottle

    Eddie Guest

    Still much cheaper than here. I'll do some surfing

    Eddie
     
    Eddie, Nov 2, 2006
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  5. Harry Stottle

    Noons Guest


    Sorry dude: Sydney, Northern beaches. iinet gives me an ip
    in WA. I use that to throw ipscans off the rails.
    That's South Narrabeen, just across from the pub.
    <that's why my eyes look like that... ¦-)>

    But I've been to Perth and I know exactly what you mean:
    lovely spot!
     
    Noons, Nov 3, 2006
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  6. Harry Stottle

    Noons Guest

    Yeah, same here. The only one I've found is
    in German - and the translation comes out like
    one of those babelfish blurbs! ¦Þ~
    The only thing I can get it's got a low Dmax
    and fixed focus. Otherwise, can't make much sense
    off it. Darn, I should have taken German in school!

    Anyways: the ls9K has arrived in Australia,
    picking it up sometime next week. Whoooohooo!
    :)
     
    Noons, Nov 3, 2006
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  7. Harry Stottle

    Noons Guest


    Yeah, I see your point. Makes sense.
     
    Noons, Nov 3, 2006
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  8. Harry Stottle

    Eddie Guest


    Sorry dude: Sydney, Northern beaches. iinet gives me an ip
    in WA. I use that to throw ipscans off the rails.
    That's South Narrabeen, just across from the pub.
    <that's why my eyes look like that... ¦-)>

    But I've been to Perth and I know exactly what you mean:
    lovely spot!

    Wow, it looks so similar....but then, doesn't all our beaches! Sorry others
    :)

    Eddie
     
    Eddie, Nov 3, 2006
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  9. Harry Stottle

    Colin_D Guest

    Cheapest price on a 4490 here in new Zealand is $464 ex gst, $AUD about
    $385. With your gst at 10% plus freight, you'd probably get one from
    here for about $AUD 475 all up. Here's the price spread and the retailers:

    http://www.pricespy.co.nz/pno_6821.html

    Colin D.
     
    Colin_D, Nov 4, 2006
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  10. Ouch. What's the current exchange rate versus USD? I bought a
    new 4490 earlier this year for $225 total, and got a rebate of,
    I think, $50 from Epson.

    Dana
     
    Dana H. Myers, Nov 4, 2006
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  11. Harry Stottle

    Eddie Guest

    Ta
     
    Eddie, Nov 4, 2006
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  12. Harry Stottle

    Eddie Guest

    About $US1.35 for each $AU1.00.

    Eddie
     
    Eddie, Nov 4, 2006
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  13. Harry Stottle

    AW Guest

    I bought one this week at the PhotoPlus show from Calumet -- US$187 with
    shipping.
     
    AW, Nov 5, 2006
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  14. In the UK, importers and suppliers tend to do the Dollar to Pound
    conversion by just removing the Dollar sign and replacing it with the
    Pound sign, so that seems about right ;-)
     
    Harry Stottle, Nov 5, 2006
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    Eddie Guest

    If that's so, then strange. Here in Oz,the $AU to $US is about 0.75. So a
    $US500 would cost $AU666. However, the $AU to the £ is about 0.44, so a UK
    £500 would cost $AU1136.

    At $US 189 the 4490 would cost $AU249. But the cheapest I've seen is around
    the $AU400 mark, internet heavily discounted. Shopping Mall computer shops
    are likely to charge around $500+.

    Eddie
     
    Eddie, Nov 5, 2006
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  16. Harry Stottle

    Noons Guest

    Not strange at all, Eddie. The same happens here.
    Check out the above: $US189 = £189, which in
    our currency makes it 189/0.44= A$429.55, or
    very near to your "around the $AU 400 mark".
    See? Dealers are the same here as in the UK!...
    :)
     
    Noons, Nov 5, 2006
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  17. Harry Stottle

    Eddie Guest

    Not strange at all, Eddie. The same happens here.
    Check out the above: $US189 = £189, which in
    our currency makes it 189/0.44= A$429.55, or
    very near to your "around the $AU 400 mark".
    See? Dealers are the same here as in the UK!...
    :)

    Noons, I accept that. But it is the prime cost which puzzles me. Yes, I've
    noticed that UK prices appear to match ours. But NOT US. So, it begs the
    question: Just HOW do they construct the price? How can they justify such a
    gap between Oz and US prices when, mostly, the item is actually made in
    China or Taiwan which is far closer to us than USA.

    Ihave noted that prices in Asia, Singapore,Philippines and Malaysia, are now
    much closer to our own despite our excange rate being far better than some
    years ago. It's all too much.

    Noons, is there any great advantage in getting the 4490 over the 4990? I'd
    like the V750 but.....

    Eddie
     
    Eddie, Nov 5, 2006
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  18. Harry Stottle

    Rebecca Ore Guest

    I'm not Noons, but I own a 4490 and didn't get a 4990 because of the
    $100 price difference. If you think you'd like to shoot large format
    during the working life of the scanner (say next two to five years), get
    the 4990. If your savings in Oz isn't equal to $100 or if that doesn't
    matter to you, get the 4990. The main advantage of the 4990 is more
    transparency scanner space. If you're shooting volume, being able to
    scan twice as much film on automatic (Vuescan does a reasonably good job
    with this; haven't tried the Epson software) would be nice. If you're
    not shooting volume but are only scanning a couple shots out of every
    roll, possibly not.

    Or get the V700 now and add the wet scanning attachment later.
     
    Rebecca Ore, Nov 5, 2006
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  19. Harry Stottle

    Eddie Guest

    Ta Rebecca, I've put in a bid on Oz ebay for a new 4990 much for the reasons
    you've mentioned. But like your mail, I'm interested in the V700 range (V750
    latest) but I don't think my wallet is!

    ;-)

    Eddie
     
    Eddie, Nov 6, 2006
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  20. Harry Stottle

    Noons Guest


    I'm Noons <G> and I'd say Rebecca is spot on, Eddie.
    Yeah, there might be some Dmax diff between the two, but I for
    one haven't found the 4990 that super in that department.
    But it's darn good if you plan to go for larger formats.
    Certainly better than other flatbed scanners, for sure.

    The only area I'd disagree with Rebecca is in the V700:
    I reckon the v750 is worth getting for the coated flatbed glass!

    I've run a lot of tests on the 4990 with wedged targets in flatbed
    mode to establish the best focusing point. In ALL of the tests,
    the limiting factor of the 4990 was neither the resolution nor the
    focusing (ideal at 4800dpi is < 1mm above glass, others
    it doesn't really matter as dof is then large).

    The biggest problem by far was the glare introduced by the thick
    flatbed glass. That made for a soft result that then needs heaps
    of USM sharpening with all its potential problems: halos, grain
    "enhancing", making banding more noticeable, etcetc.

    So, if I had to chose now of the V7x series, I'd go for the V750
    in a jiffy: the flatbed glass here is coated and presumably that
    does seriously reduce the glare factor. The wet mount would
    be even better but the major factor IMHO would be to get rid
    of that pesky glare.

    Or get a flatbed scanner that doesn't use the flatbed for
    film - isn't that what some of the Microtek scanners do?
    But that will stop use of wet mounting, so there...
     
    Noons, Nov 6, 2006
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