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    looking for good scanner

    Hi,

    My camera toyo view 4x5 is back

    now, I want to scan my 6x7 (medium format) and my 4x5 film

    I am looking for good scanner and I find this, it's good enough?

    Epson Perfection 4490 Photo Scanner

    Thanks
    Enrique Vizcarra

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    Re: looking for good scanner

    Look for a used Epson 4990 or a new Epson 700.

    You'll probably be disappointed with the 4490.

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    Re: looking for good scanner

    A 4490 will only do 4x5 if you scan in two parts and stitch it.

    You'll want a 4990 (secondhand) or a V700 or V750 to do 4x5 properly.

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    Re: looking for good scanner

    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick Dixon View Post
    A 4490 will only do 4x5 if you scan in two parts and stitch it.

    You'll want a 4990 (secondhand) or a V700 or V750 to do 4x5 properly.
    ok, Thank you

    Enrique Vizcarra

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    Re: looking for good scanner

    Quote Originally Posted by enrique vizcarra View Post
    I am looking for good scanner and I find this, it's good enough?
    Epson Perfection 4490 Photo Scanner
    Enrique,

    Good enough for what? I'm a drum scanner fanatic, so I never think flatbeds are good enough. Others disagree, strongly, I might add. We all have our biases, based upon what we are trying to accomplish.

    If we knew what you were trying to do, we could be more helpful.

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    Re: looking for good scanner

    Quote Originally Posted by Lenny Eiger View Post
    Enrique,

    Good enough for what? I'm a drum scanner fanatic, so I never think flatbeds are good enough. Others disagree, strongly, I might add. We all have our biases, based upon what we are trying to accomplish.

    If we knew what you were trying to do, we could be more helpful.

    Lenny
    I am trying to take picture LF 4x5 and then, scan the negatives

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    Re: looking for good scanner

    Quote Originally Posted by enrique vizcarra View Post
    I am trying to take picture LF 4x5 and then, scan the negatives
    In that case an Epson 4990, V700 or V750 will probably give you acceptable results up to a print size of about 16X20". You could get better results with a professional flatbed or drum scanner, but that is another story. For someone new to scanning I think you will be quite happy with the results you get from these Epson flatbeds, if you limit print size to 3X-4X. I kow that some print much larger than this, but the loss in image quality is obvious to me after about 4X, assuming optimum print viewing distance.

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    Re: looking for good scanner

    Quote Originally Posted by enrique vizcarra View Post
    I am trying to take picture LF 4x5 and then, scan the negatives
    OK, let me be more specific....

    The question of what type of scanner you use depends on what you are trying to produce. Specifically, what kind of print are you trying to make, and how large. If all you want to do is 8x10's, then a flatbed will be good enough.

    If you are intending to make 30x40 prints, then most would recommend a different scanner. It also depends on whether you are doing color or b&w, and what level of printing you wish to do (and your level of skill). The people that work with subtle tonalities all day long appreciate a certain kind of quality. There are a lot of techniques to get to that, many of which are discussed here regularly.

    Lenny
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