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Epson 4870 does have a few problems
on February 19, 2004
Just a few thoughts after my first couple days with this scanner. It generally does an amazing job for a flatbed, but it does have its limits. For instance, digital ICE will NOT function on normal black & white film. It will only work if you use chromogenic black and white film (film that can be developed using color C-41 processing). As the keeper of thousands of b&w negatives and slides, this is a serious limitation for me. It was the main reason I bought this scanner. It's probably not a limitation for you. Also, when you are using digital ICE on any film format larger than 35mm at the higher resolutions (1200ppi and higher), the scan times are almost unbearable. Try 30 minutes to an hour! And this is on a Pentium 4 2 GHz machine using the USB2.0 connection with 1 Gig of memory. Lastly, I have Photoshop Elements 2.0, and Photoshop 6.0 and 7.0 installed on my computer, but the scanner at this point in time only seems to be able to import images into Photoshop 6.0. This occurs using the Epson Twain acquire software. I have not yet tried the Silverfast software, it may function properly. Overall, very high build quality, and it seems to do a great job on 35mm slides, but it just wasn't quite what I was expecting for my medium/large format b&w work.