Re: [genphoto] Epson Perfection 4490
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From: Whitney McMahan <wbmcmahan@...>
Sent: Mon, 03 Apr 2006 13:09:30 -0400
Subject: [genphoto] Epson Perfection 4490
Ok I've been on this list for at least 8 years! I've watched all
"which scanner should I buy" dialogue with mild interest as I was not
ready to purchase one yet.
Now, I'm getting serious. I love HP products, but get the vibe from
this list that Epson is better. I also understand that the software
comes with the scanners isn't all that great. I don't know if that
means the driver software or the user interface software. I have
Adobe Photoshop Elements 3.0 already, but am not proficient in its
I'm getting ready for a road trip this summer with my sister. We are
on a mission to scan all the old photographs "on site" that our uncle
is hoarding. I will bring my labtop and the scanner.
We will be scanning old b&w from 1900 - 1940, along with negatives
that are maybe 2x3 inches? Maybe an occaisonal letter, newspaper
article and birth/death certs. I'll buy all the cd's that I need to
them eventually in the bank safe deposit.
I'm looking at the Epson Perfection 4490 flatbed scanner for about
$250. Any comments or suggestions? I'm willing to spend a little
more if there is something far better. Opinions please!
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>Now, I'm getting serious. I love HP products, but get the vibe fromMost professional photographers I know prefer Epson scanners and
>this list that Epson is better. I also understand that the software that
>comes with the scanners isn't all that great. I don't know if that
printers. I would say that HP products are easier for consumers to use
and Epson products tend to be more for technically incline people who
are more demanding. My perception is the quality and performance of
Epson is better suited to professional use.
I have a very negative view of HP, which used to be a great company
with excellent products (they made great scientific calculators). We
had an HP scanner that we had to fight with to get a correct scan. In
fact it was impossible to get a correct scan of certain items due to
its automatic image rotation feature, which could not be disabled.
Also, it needed to be frequently rebooted (actually unplugged from the
wall wart and plugged back in) when it stopped talking to the PC. The
PC was an HP. This was just too much for us, it is ridiculous when a
PC maker cannot produce a peripheral that works with their own
computers. There may be excellent HP products, but it will take a lot
of convincing to get me to buy one again. I actually got the scanner
to work better by hooking it up to my Windows XP computer and using
the Windows scanning wizard. That was able to control the thing better
than the HP provided software.
My friend, who is a very picky photographer, looked into the longevity
of Epson versus HP inkjet prints, and at the time his opinion was that
Epson was more trustworthy in their claims about permanence than HP.
He called both their technical centers seeking information, and was
able to discover that HP was, let us say, exaggerating, in his
opinion. I am inclined to agree with him and trust Epson more than the
other manufacturers when it comes to lightfastness. However, since
this is anecdotal and personal opinion, you should do your own
A good example of the difference in approach to products between Epson
and HP is their 4x6 photo printer. When the little Epson 4x6 printer
came out, it lacked a color LCD display. The HP had a large color LCD
display. If you look generally at the HP printers, the HP offers
consumer friendly features like color LCD displays, wifi printing,
etc. where Epson appears to concentrate more on technical features. I
would say they concentrate more on image quality and lightfastness
than gimmicks, but that is my opinion.
The software that comes with my Epson I would say is not that easy for
consumers to use. Although it does have some easy to use modes that
for non-technical people, there are gotchas that would trip up the a
user who is not very experienced using a computer. You could not give
it to the average older person and expect them to just use it. Using
some of the features like negative scanning, can be a challenge.
I would say that HP tends to include drivers and interfaces that are
more attractive to casual users and Epson tends to make ones that are
more attractive to professionals, although they do make an effort to
provide an "easy button."
Others may have a different story, but that is mine.
>I'm getting ready for a road trip this summer with my sister. We areMost scanners with negative scanning capability only provide for 35mm
>on a mission to scan all the old photographs "on site" that our uncle
>is hoarding. I will bring my labtop and the scanner.
>We will be scanning old b&w from 1900 - 1940, along with negatives
>that are maybe 2x3 inches? Maybe an occaisonal letter, newspaper
>article and birth/death certs. I'll buy all the cd's that I need to store
>them eventually in the bank safe deposit.
film or slides. My Epson can handle some medium format negatives.
About 4x5 and 4x9cm. We have managed to scan some unusual sized
negatives near that size, but it can be a struggle. Fitting the
negative into the tray can be tricky. Also, I had to take control
using Pro mode in the software and select settings to force to accept
what I wanted it to do.
>I have an Epson 4180 and it is sufficient for all my print scanning
>I'm looking at the Epson Perfection 4490 flatbed scanner for about
>$250. Any comments or suggestions? I'm willing to spend a little
>more if there is something far better. Opinions please!
purposes. It has more than enough optical resolution to satisfy my
needs for archiving photographs digitally. I was unhappy with the
resolution for film or slide scanning. It is fine for making small
prints and reasonable for arching family photos, but I was
dissatisfied with the quality of the results when scanning my 35mm
black and white negatives. I think if you are a serious amateur
photographer or professional photographer, a negative scanner is the
better choice over a flatbed. Some of the very high end flatbeds might
be sufficient, but I would prefer the negative scanner.
Anything at the 4180 or higher should be more than capable for family
- I still like the Umax. There's no problem with scanning negatives (or
transparencies) because the "transparency adaptor" is a new *lid* If
it will fit on the glass, you can scan it as a transparency if you want
to. I've never used their consumer products, just their professional
ones. We have a PowerLook III with a SCSI connector (shows you how old
it is) and it runs^H^H^H^Hscans rings around everything else that I've
ever used. You can control every aspect of the scan.
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