Well if anyone's read my recent post about my Canon scanner, you may have guessed that I won't be rushing back to Canon for the replacement. Frankly I'm starting to wonder if they make anything these days, short of a 1Ds or L glass, that's designed to last more than a few months. Planned obsolescence is one thing, planned falling-apart quite another. So to Epson I go. I'm looking for something which will handle 35mm negatives strips - colour and black & white - 35mm mounted slides, and 6x6 neg and slide film. And will do a good job with all, even the black and white. In other words I want to have my cake and eat it, and a coffee too. I seem to remember some of you mentioning having Epson scanners - Usayit and MaxBloom perhaps? - and was wondering if you could give me a few pointers here? I'm currently looking at the 4990 and the V700, and since the price difference between them is not that great I'm curious to know how much I would gain by going for the V700. Or is it even necessary to go for one of these newer models? I should point out that optical resolution is not as important to me as the quality of the scans (I plan to make prints but not enormous ones), it needs to cover 35mm and 6x6 (possibly wider 120 formats later) but not large format, the holders need to actually hold the film flat, and I'm really looking for something that will handle black and white film fairly well (since most scanners don't). Any thoughts would be appreciated, thanks!