Epson 4490 or V500? Any difference at all?

Discussion in 'Digital Darkroom' started by philip_maus, Apr 19, 2008.

  1. I seem to be having a terrible time getting my digital darkroom fired up. I had finally, after much cost concsious agonoizing, decided to purchase an Epson V500, needing a good method for scanning 6x6 negs. When I got to [Fry's], they had the V500 and also the 4490 for almost $100 less and I jumped on it. Specs all looked the same to me and the scans from the MF negs seem to be pretty good. Once and for all - and then I promise I'll get off the scanners - what's the dang difference between these two models? Can someone please enlighten me so I can get some sleep? And here I will also shamelessly plug my latest results from the 4490. For what it's worth. Thanks for your input...
  2. Get some sleep. You spent so little on the V500 it doesn't matter. Just today I compared
    some 35 negs scanned on my V500 to scans done by a scanning service. At letter size, there
    is absolutely NO difference. Same with 6x6 (35mm is presumably more difficult). In fact, my
    corner sharpness was better than the NIkon 5000, especially with strip-end frames.

    I'd just use the v500 and enjoy it.
  3. Hi,

    Yesterday I borrowed a Espon 4490 scannner and the result are very good.
    In the first place I didn't expected much of the quality, but I was very supprised. The combination of the colors and contrast came out better than the Minolta Dimage Elite 5400.

    But I still want to know if the Epson V500 is sharper than the 4490.
    I understood from Scott Frindel Cole that there is no difference ?
    Can anyone post or send me some samples of the 4490 and V500 ?

  4. Here is my sample from the Epson 4490. The colors came out much much better than from the Minolta Dimage 5400 which I used before.
  5. Hi all, I think I have a good advice for those who use an Epson flatbed scanner. The filmholder holds the film 1 mm above the glass of the scanner, which makes the scan a bit to soft. I made a test by placing the film directly on the glass and place the filmholder over the film to keep it flat. And guess what, the scan is really sharper ! Important note: you have to place the film with the EMULSION SIDE ON THE GLAS to prevent the newton rings. Ok, the scan will be reversed, but this isn't a issue, with photoshop can you return this easily.
  6. OK, here are my examples. I can post one at the time. The first one: the film is placed in the filmholder that holds the film 1 mm above the glass and makes the scan soft. Look at the details of the rope.
  7. here is the second example. Here is the film is placed directly on the glass. Look at the details of the rope again.
  8. Thank you for your suggestion. I just got a 4490 to couple my mamiya 7 and made the test myself.
    I placed a 6x7 B/W negative (this pic of my girlfriend ) in the 4 possible positions on the scanner, i.e.:

    1- in the film holder with the emulsion (matt surface) up. This is the position recommended by Epson

    2- in the film holder with the emulsion (matt surface) down.

    3- on the glass with the emulsion up

    4- on the glass with the emulsion down

    I scanned the same neg at 12800 dpi (max resolution available) , 8 bits grey, no automatic correction.

    Please have a look to the results (the right eye cropped from the original):

    I spent a lot of time looking for any difference in terms of focus accuracy, yet I couldn't find any, can you?
  9. my question is this will i be able to scan the pictures I want with enough quality that they can be sold to stock photo companies on line (1200x1600 I'd like to be able to double that)

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