Superb scanner for scanning film. 4800dpi optical resolution is enough to show unaliased grain on tech-pan! (albeit with 0.75GB output files for 5x4...). People complain about flimsy film holders but I find they work well, especially for larger formats. Film flatness is not usually a problem as the scanner has a good depth of field. The only problem I've had was with very curly unmounted slides - if they touch the glass you get newtons rings in the highlights, but this roll was particularly curled in processing.
If you use more than 35mm formats then this scanner is perfect. The quality of output is equal to a drum scanner costing £000s. Density is good enough for all but the toughest slides - if you want more black, buy the 4990 or V700, but its very rare to push it to the limit. With black and white negs where density is rarely more than 2.5D you have very good dynamic range without quantisation artifacts in white areas.
Epson scan software is excellent and I prefer it to the silverfast software that is bundled. You have full control of the scanning process with simple controls that work very much the way you expect if you are a photoshop user. It allows you to decide how the scanner clips highlight and shadow detail. Scanning is as fast as you could expect at 4800dpi
Colour on negative scans is generally excellent with no casts from the film base.
Overall I'm very happy with the performance of this scanner given its very reasonable price. 4990 and V700 dont offer much more ,other than Dmax of 4.0 - 4800dpi is enough - howmuch disk space do you want to use per photo?? 6800dpi is overkill even with super fine grain film.
If you're serious about film and photo scanning, you'll appreciate the quality, flexibility and sheer scanning power of the Epson Perfection 4870 Photo. It recognizes detail so fine that you can even see the grain of the film, it scans all common film formats, including up to 24 x 35mm frames in a single batch and can even improve upon your originals as it scans. It's a genuine professional quality solution for photo printing, enlarging and archiving.
The Epson Perfection 4870 Photo captures images in such detail that you can produce enlargements of incredible quality at an enormous size. At 4800dpi, it's so good it can even pick up the grain of the film but if you are looking for a smoother finish, Epson Scan now includes a Grain Reduction tool, which blends and diffuses the grain.
To achieve far superior scan results, the Epson Perfection 4870 Photo scanner uses a newly designed moving carriage Transparency Unit (TPU). It ensures the best possible light source for a much brighter scan luminance and improved optical density, up to 3.8DMax. The TPU lamp has also been chromatically optimized for improved film scanning.
This supremely flexible scanner is nothing less than a superb quality, high productivity in-house scanning solution. Perfect for any serious photo application, including photo studios and smaller graphics and print houses, it can handle all common film formats and scan multiple images simultaneously up to 24 x 35mm frames, eight 35mm mounted slides, three frames of 6x12cm (max) 120/220 frames and two 4"x5" frames.
The Epson Perfection 4870 Photo includes professional Digital ICE Technology, which automatically removes surface defects such as scratches, dust, dirt particles and fingerprints from film and prints. Some software-only solutions just soften, blur or alter underlying composition of the image but Digital ICE works from within the scanner during the scanning process.
For photo prints it uses two light sources reflecting on the image from different sections, identifying the precise location of physical defects and for film scanning utilizes an infrared light source, which detects the imperfection and generates a "Defects Channel" to the traditional RGB channels to create an improved authentic final image.
The best photo studios can count on the most effective combination of scanner and printer. The Epson Perfection 4870 Photo is capable of capturing images in impressive detail, but when combined with one of Epson's acclaimed range of Epson Stylus Photo printers, the results are truly amazing.