trouble with 35mm negative alignment in Epson 4490

Discussion in 'Photography' started by JJ, Dec 31, 2009.

  1. JJ

    JJ Guest

    Recently picked up an Epson 4490. Although it seems to be scanning photos
    ok, I am having trouble getting it to align properly on 35 mm color
    negatives. I place the negatives into the holder exactly as in the
    instructions. There might be 5 negatives per stripe. The first one
    generally aligns ok, but by the third there is a separation between the
    third/ fourth negatives. Just to see what would happen, I took one of the
    color negative strips and cut it up into its 5 parts and scanned
    individually. Worked fine that way. However, I have LOTS of negatives I'm
    trying to scan into digital and I don't like the idea of having to cut them
    up. These color negatives are from the 1950's- 70's and they are clean.
    Any fixes or suggestions would be appreciated.

    Thanks in advance,
    JJ, Dec 31, 2009
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  2. JJ

    JJ Guest

    Thanks, Alan. Here's an example of a poor turnout:

    Of course, I blotted out the faces, but you can see the vertical negative
    separation line and the software doesn't seem able to differentiate between
    the negatives properly. These are typical of the negatives I'm trying to
    convert from the 1960's-80's.

    Thanks in advance for any help,
    JJ, Dec 31, 2009
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  3. JJ

    JJ Guest

    Thanks for this link. The information there seemed to get the ball rolling
    for me. Turns out these are non-standard negative sizes, so I had to
    manually draw the box around each one but I can save this as a template
    which makes future scans quicker.

    About the only faults I see with this scanner are noise and being slow. The
    Neat Image plug-in for Photoshop will take care of the noise, but I don't
    think I can speed up the scanner any. Seems to do a lot of warm-up time for
    film negatives.

    Thanks again for this helpful info,
    JJ, Jan 1, 2010
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