Epson 4490 Scanner - Tests and Settings.

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

  1. Harry Stottle

    Eddie Guest

    Ta Noons, yes, was looking at the 4990 over the 4490 re number of slides etc
    that it can handle at one time, and larger format negs.

    And yes, I'd go for the V750 if I had the cash. sadly did not win the $AU22m
    this week.

    Glare seems a prob. Wonder if some form of polarisation could be done, but
    then, we'd probably see no image at all!

    Eddie, Nov 6, 2006
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  2. Harry Stottle

    Noons Guest

    Heh! Don't I know that. Got the same problem. Darn lotto only
    happens to others, mate. Took me YEARS to save for the nikon!
    Hmmmm, that's a bloody good idea... I've got some BIG polas, will give

    that a go later in the week: too busy with work at the mo.
    Noons, Nov 6, 2006
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  3. I've owned one of the "pro" series Microteks that you
    speak of, specifically the Artixscan 2500. And yes, it
    was noticeably sharper than my Epson 4990. But it
    had other major problems. It was huge and heavy,
    SCSI-only, and had serious problems with banding.

    I don't think it's the platen that's causing the flare
    that you speak of.

    The glare may come from the fact that the image has
    to bounce off mirrors several times between the film
    and the lens in front of the CCD. It's a highly folded
    optical path.

    Plus, the lenses in these flatbed/film scanners are puny,
    something like 25mm/f5.6. By comparison, the lens
    in the 8000/9000 Nikons is approx. 75mm/f3.5 or so.

    rafe b
    Raphael Bustin, Nov 6, 2006
  4. Harry Stottle

    Neil Gould Guest

    To offer another perspective, I also own one of the "pro" series of
    Microteks (ArtixScan 1100), and it performs well without the banding
    artifacts that plagued Rafe. They are SCSI-only, and I consider their
    weight a plus. YMMV.

    Neil Gould, Nov 6, 2006
  5. Harry Stottle

    Noons Guest

    Nope, it won't work. Cuts off the IR cleaning as well.
    I think it'd need to be on the lens side to make any diff
    and only for the normal light scan. Not game to open
    the 4990 lens assembly to try this. Yet. ;-)
    Noons, Nov 7, 2006
  6. Harry Stottle

    Eddie Guest

    Pity, but then, I'm sure they would have thought of that. Now, I seem to
    recall a solution that one could buy for super 8mm film that flowed into
    scratches hiding them or something sim. Any ideas? Thinking about the 'wet'
    option of 750.

    And, bugger, got outbid for the 4990 on ebay. Forgot to increase my max bid
    before I left to go to Billy Joel concert, and found I lost by $40! Grrrrr!
    Any other day....any other day.....

    Eddie, Nov 7, 2006
  7. Harry Stottle

    Noons Guest

    Yeah, that's what wet mounting is all about.
    There are classic fluids for that, used with the
    drum scanners initally but I believe now available
    in the wet mount option of the 750. I wonder if that
    would fit the 4990?

    Anyways, there is a guy in the pro scanner group in
    yahoo who claims Johnson's Baby Oil works fine for him in
    wet mounting and cleaning scratches! Not recommended of
    course, but if you got a few trannys that need cleaning
    and are not critical, worth a try I suppose. I suspect
    it'll leave them with a nice smell as well... :)

    They show up regularly at ebay, don't worry too much.
    Noons, Nov 8, 2006
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    That really depends on whether you're shooting chrome film; the
    modern DSLRs offer pretty much the same DR as chrome film. Negative
    films just spoil us to death by comparison.

    Dana H. Myers, Nov 15, 2006
  9. Harry Stottle

    Mal Franks Guest

    nice :)

    good to see Epson Scan is working on your pc. we have the cheaper 4490
    and Epson Scan regularly crashes both my pc and the missus's pc too.
    ended up forking out some cash for Vuescan instead.

    Mal Franks, Dec 7, 2006
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