Epson 4990 & Plate Glass negatives

Discussion in 'Scanners' started by Tasp, Feb 21, 2005.

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    Tasp Guest

    I notice the new Epson 4990 will handle large negatives measuring 6.5" by
    8.5". I'm thinking of buying one of these Epsons to digitise around 1500
    plate glass negatives of various sizes (largest being size mentioned above),
    but want to know if anyone on this group has used one for doing plate glass
    negs, and what sort of results have they achieved. I presume the 4870 would
    give similar image quality; anyone tried plate glass negs under one of
    those? What did they turn out like? I had a guy trying to sell me an ancient
    Nikon Scantouch AX-1200, and he was trying to tell me that with the
    "density" of the plate glass negs, I'll never get a good result with the
    std. tranasparency adaptors on "modern scanners". He's trying to tell me
    they (the negs) are "too dark" to come out any good. As it was his old Nikon
    that he was demo'ing to me kept saying "too dark", but i'm just thinking his
    light was going weak in the transparency adaptor and he was making up
    excuses. He upended a normal lightbox and sat on top of the Nikon, scanned ,
    and they came out reasonably good, but, no, i'm not parting with any real
    money to buy a 10 year old scanner, that could fail 5 minutes after I get
    home! So, any info on the new Epson for scanning glass negs would be very
    much appreciated.
    Thanks in advance!
    Tasp, Feb 21, 2005
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