"Short of drum scanning this is a very good option."4.0 starson by Garry_M
Pros: Good sharpness and colour accuracy. Scans Velvia well.
Cons: Film carrier is not convenient for 6 x 7 slide film.
Summary: I mistakenly entered this review under the section for the Epson Perfection 4990 Pro; you might have seen it there. The two scanners are similar. I hope that my experience with this scanner will be of help.
My primary use for a scanner is scanning transparencies, and I am under no dilussions that a flat bed will match drum scanning or a dedicated film scanner. Since I shoot 6x7 slide film, a dedicated film scanner wasn't an option - there are none. The Dimage 5400 would be my choice, but it scans 35mm only.
I had bought the Canoscan 9950F and was disappointed with the results; the color was desaturated and inaccurate; shadow detail was poor; blues and greens were very dark.
I decided to exchange it for the Epson Perfection 4990. Having had a chance to try the Canon 9950F and compare scannings of the same slides with the Epson Perfection 4990, I am quite pleased with the Epson Perfection 4990. Color accuracy is good. It scans shadow well. There is better definition in the saturated blues and greens of landscapes.
To find a better scanner than the Epson Perfection 4990 - especially for transparenies - you would have to spend a lot more money. The Canoscan had a number of convenient features, but in terms of scan quality the Epson Perfection 4990 definately comes out on top.