Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Tony Williams — “Joshua,” live in Italy, 1964
While I have a 4000 dpi film scanner for 35mm slides and negatives, I don’t currently have a scanner for 120 film. Most of the medium format film I shoot is in a Holga or pinhole camera, so it seems silly to pay for a drum scan that’s more expensive than my camera. So I’ve been mulling over the choices in flatbed scanners that do a reasonable job of scanning 120 and 4×5. The choices boil down to Epson vs. Microtek in the $300-500 price range.
Epson must be getting ready to release a new model soon, because there’s a new $100 rebate on the popular Epson 4990, taking the price down to $289 with free shipping from Amazon. After scanning a 4×5 Type 55 negative on a friend’s 4990, I was sold on the Epson. There’s an extensive review of the 4990 at photo-i.co.uk. For those who already own an Epson or Microtek scanner, have a look at Doug Fisher’s custom film holders over at betterscanning.com. And here’s the Epson PDF rebate form.