Quote Originally Posted by kswatapug
Charles Cramer uses his Epson 4870 to proof his 4x5 negatives. He finds it does a better job for that task than the TANGO drum scanner, and it is a much simpler process than wet mounting the film. He still scans his 4x5 transparencies on the TANGO, but notes the perceptible gap in quality has narrowed considerably in recent years.
Saying that an inexpensive scanner is better than a drum for proofing is like saying a spade is better than a backhoe for planting tulip bulbs.

The gap between any and all of epson's scanner line (or any flatbed scanner) and any decent drum scanner is planetary.

What are your needs (see my first post) or should this just be a thread about the general properties of epson's products?