Mr. Brooks, I tried e-mailing you with my question but didn't get a reply, so it probably didn't reach you. I will try again via the forum, as I very much respect your opinion, and you have given me valuable advice in the past.
I have been wanting a combination flatbed/film scanner for some time and finally settled on the Epson 4990. However, now that I'm ready to buy, it seems to have gone out of production. The Epson V700 is just a bit out of my reach financially, so I'm looking at the new V500. The resolution is actually more than the old 4990, but the Dmax is less at 3.4 (the 4990 had 4.0). Any information I've found regarding Dmax is vague at best. It all seems to boil down to "more is better." But how can I determine if a Dmax of 3.4 will be satisfactory to me? I want good scans within what my budget will allow.
I plan to use the scanner for everything from prints to 35mm slides and negs to medium format (645) negs and slides.
Thanks for any help you can give me!