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Epson Perfection 4180 Photo Scanner

by Epson

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  • Up to 4,800 x 9,600 dpi resolution, 48-bit color, 16-bit grayscale
  • Epson scan and productivity software, Adobe PhotoShop Elements 2.0
  • Scans multiple 35mm slides, negatives, and medium-format transparencies
  • Copy, scan, save, and scan-to-email directly from the front panel
  • USB interface, cable included; PC and Mac compatible
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Technical Details

  • portable

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 6.7 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0002P4UM2
  • Item model number: B11B170011
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: July 21, 2004

Product Description

Product Description

A flatbed scanner with a built-in transparency unit / 2400 x 4800 max. dpi / One-Touch Color Restoration / PC & Mac / USB 2.0 / Inc. Photoshop Elements 2.0 Maximum Resolution - 12,800 x 12,800 dpi with software interpolation Color Depth - 48-bit internal/external Greyscale Depth - 16-bit internal/external Optical Density - 3.4 Dmax Scaling (zoom) - 50% to 200% (1% step) USB 2.0 Interface (backwards compatible with USB 1.1) Supports PC and Macintosh Computer Systems Unit Dimensions - 10.87 (w) x 18.03 (d) x 4.6 (h) Unit Weight - 8.4 lbs.

From the Manufacturer

From the Manufacturer Offering superior image quality and performance, the Epson Perfection 4180 Photo delivers a remarkable value. True 4,800 x 9,600 dpi resolution with Micro Step Drive technology ensures precision clarity and color. And, with powerful one-touch color restoration and dust removal capabilities, anyone can easily restore faded color photos, slides and negatives. The convenient built-in transparency unit lets you scan multiple 35mm negatives, slides, or medium format transparencies.

Easy Photo Fix Technology

The Epson Perfection 4180 Photo offers fully automatic scanning for increased productivity, plus two advanced scanning modes for greater control. With all that, plus a full-featured photo software solution, including Adobe PhotoShop Elements 2.0, this powerful performer makes it easy to achieve high-quality scans from virtually any original, for stunning color reprints and enlargements. And, with Hi-Speed USB 2.0, the Epson Perfection 4180 Photo speeds through every scan, so as not to delay one's creativity.

Compatible with both Windows and Macintosh systems, this scanner provides an unbeatable solution for any task or project. When partnered with an Epson Stylus inkjet printer, the Epson Perfection 4180 Photo offers the perfect choice for creating brilliant images that last.

What's in the Box
Epson Perfection 4180 Photo scanner, 2.6-by-9-inch transparency adapter (built into scanner lid), three film holders (35mm slides, 35mm film strips, and medium format), Epson CD-ROM (EPSON Scan Software, Productivity Software, and Electronic Reference Guide), CD-ROM with Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0, Hi-Speed USB 2.0 cable, AC adapter and power cable, scanner setup poster

Customer Reviews

This user interface is shoddy workmanship.
Kaiser Soze
After 5 rounds of e-mails,the support group gave up.
Richard G. McCracken
The bad: I'm on my 3rd scanner in as many weeks.
Thomas R. Dustrude

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

74 of 74 people found the following review helpful By D. Bivins on January 24, 2005
This scanner performs well for the user who expects very good scans from flatbed and negatives/transparencies at this price point.

PROS:

Costs under $200.

Scans negatives and transparencies--35mm, mounted slides, and 120.

Includes very easy-to-use-and-integrate software.

Installs easily (on WinXP SP2).

Makes scans that are very usable in Photoshop CS.

Is able to make scans that I don't need to mess with (for web, email) without using Photoshop.

CONS:

35mm holder allows filmstrip to buckle.

Minor software tweaks would be desirable.

No good way to store film holders when one of them is in use.

I'm an amateur photographer who develops his own film. I had been getting my film developed by an excellent, and inexpensive, local chain that also provided a CD-ROM of scanned images for each roll processed. Once I started developing my own b/w film, I wanted a scanner that could do decent scans so that I could continue to keep medium-resolution "contact sheets" on my PC. I thought that the 4180 might do the trick at a pretty inexpensive price point. I was right.

It scans well, within timeframes that are reasonable. I've read other reviews here, and I'm not sure what everyone expects of their scanners--but given your connection (USB 2.0, etc.) and whatever else you have going on, I think you'll find this scanner performs as expected. It takes a while to do medium-to-hi-res scans, but that's what I expect of a scanner. I expect it to transmit to my PC pretty darn quick, but the scanning part can take its time.

The scanner software does not always detect the framelines between 35mm frames correctly.
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90 of 95 people found the following review helpful By Just a photog on September 26, 2004
It's hard to believe that the first flatbed I bought back in 1997 only had 300dpi optical, no transparency function at all and cost $300. Times do change.
I have only had my 4180 for a few days but so far the perfromance is quite impressive. Flatbed scans of photographs and documents are nice and crisp. I haven't done any negative scans but I did load in some of my favorite Kodachromes and the results were quite good.
Scanning transparencies at 3200dpi gave excellent results in prints up into the 8X10 range. I suspect that you could crank this thing up to the point where you would run out of grain before you run out of pixels.
The supplied scanning software, which includes Photoshop Elements is pretty easy to navigate and did not present any problems for me.
My first batch of prints from slides were at least as pretty as the Cibachromes I used to do, that's saying a lot.
Naturally a flatbed does not have the same dynamic range on transparencies that a dedicated film scanner would. Even so I am pleasantly surprised at the quality of slide scans I am getting right out of the box.
I would like to have seen hard copies of the documentation but I can live without it if it knocks the price down some.
I have a basement full of equipment in storage and have been agonizing about building another darkroom.
I'm going to miss watching prints come up in the developer but this is so easy and the results are so good that I'm afraid my days under the safelight are over.
One last point. You may want to make sure you have lots of RAM if you buy this unit. Four 3200dpi slide scans are going to deal you four 25Meg files.
So far the 4180 looks like a good choice for a photographer on a budget.
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85 of 92 people found the following review helpful By Kelly H on October 15, 2004
I bought this scanner to replace my Epson Perfection 1240U (which wasn't broken but dusty under the glass, why? why?). I thought it would be nice to be able to scan negatives or really zoom in some old photos (where it seems like you have lots of people waaay far away). NOT! I tried every which way but the quality of a scanned negative stunk. There was so much noise & grain, it didn't come close to the quality of the "real" photo, even at a small size. I used Adobe Photoshop 6, which can use files of 48-bit depth, and tried processing the files but didn't see much improvement.

I'm sure it's not a bad scanner, I just don't think you're getting an improvement over a 2400 x 4800 scanner. For now, I returned mine and will try something else.

**Update**
I purchased the Canon 4200F scanner and have had a much better result with scans of 35mm negatives. Particularly, on comparison, I noticed a lot of "color bleed" on the Epson scans, and none on the Canon. I am posting a review on the Canon.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Thomas R. Dustrude on October 8, 2004
The good: The 4180 does deliver a lot for the money. I have used this scanner primarily for Kodachrome slide capture and the color accuracy is very very good. At 4800 dpi it produces a 35mm slide with a 113MB Bitmap so choose your scanning resolution carefully. The enclosed Photoshop software will quickly fix or improve many "problems". The scanner software interface is easy and intuitive, especially under "home" mode.

The bad: I'm on my 3rd scanner in as many weeks. At scan #500, a CCD failed, leaving me with a green line across all my slides. Scans of photos did not have this same problem. One week after that a RED line at scan #1000. Now I have the same thing at scan #1200 only it's intermittant, and is a blue line. The good news is that tech. support is knowledgeable and friendly. They can only tell me to exchange it or send it in under warranty. Examining each slide wondering which ones I need to re-scan, or wondering if it will get worse is not an experience I'd wish upon anyone. Obviously I cannot recommend purchase of this scanner, but if you do, purchase an exchange or extended warranty with it.
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