Astounding resolution, large file support, excellent color
I've used the Epson 4870 and 4990 for a few years now, although the 4990 had excellent density resolution it would not handle my 4x5 inch negatives at 4800 dpi in one pass (too much data) and it had quality problems (internal dust and color shifts), and even the ... Read full review
I've used the Epson 4870 and 4990 for a few years now, although the 4990 had excellent density resolution it would not handle my 4x5 inch negatives at 4800 dpi in one pass (too much data) and it had quality problems (internal dust and color shifts), and even the 4800 dpi resolution wasn't entirely adequate for landscape photography. I took another chance on Epson and the V750 pro didn't disappoint me. It's somewhat noisy and takes about 77 minutes to scan a 4x5 but the resolution is phenomenal, the color and density resolution are excellent, and it scans an entire 4x5 at 6400dpi and 48 bit color in one stroke, 3.6+ GB per image. I'm not a big fan of digital ice since it doesn't seem to perform well over fine detail so I can't comment on any differences there and I shoot only color film so I may never use the wet mount, but for my purposes, so far, this is the scanner of my dreams.
After some usage now, it seems that the scans at 6400 are as fast or faster than the 4870-4990 scans at 4800 dpi... and the more I scan with it the more I like the detail it delivers. The digital ice (improved) seems to take longer to do its thing, I can't say as to whether or not it does a better job, and without timing it that assessment may be subjective. The color rendition is excellent once calibrated. Tried to use LaserSoft with a 4x5, it just laughed at me when I tried to scan one at 6400 dpi (too big for it) but no matter. Now if I could just keep Photoshop from going belly up after doing manipulations on several in a row and get enough horsepower to the manipulations in a reasonable amount of time things would be great!