epson 4990 or microtek i900 ?

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by edmarg1, Jun 25, 2005.

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    edmarg1 Guest

    With Ilford's difficulties and the interruption in availability of
    ilfochrome supplies I am starting to see the writing on the wall. I would
    like to ease into the digital realm by purchasing a scanner for my 2-1/4 and
    4x5 transparencies. Admittedly, I am at the very beginning of the learning
    curve so I have a few questions.
    1. Since most printers print at 300dpi and to make a 30 inch print I would
    need 9000dpi but for 4x5 film I would require a scanner with an optical
    resolution capability of 2250 ( 300 x 30 = 9000dpi, 9000dpi divided
    by 4 = 2250 ) ?

    2. Any opinions on epsons 4990 vs microtek i900? One sales person at
    Calumet suggested microtek because it is glassless
    and therefore obtains a sharper scan. This thought is also echoed in an
    article in July's Photo Technique but I haven't heard
    much discussion about microtek.
    edmarg1, Jun 25, 2005
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    Dan Beaty Guest


    Your comparisons and your web site are helpful. What approximate
    magnifications were your detail scans?
    I have the 2450. For medium format, do you think the 4990 is much better
    than the 4870?

    The pro version does have an impressive software bundle also.

    Dan Beaty, Jun 28, 2005
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    C Wright Guest

    Can anyone translate basic information this site? The Coolscan image is
    clearly the superior image but I am not sure that the comparison is an
    entirely apples to apples comparison. Also, why were the scans done at 2400
    dpi rather than each scanner's highest optical resolution?
    C Wright, Jul 1, 2005
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