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Plustek SmartPhoto F50 Compact 1800 DPI Film Scanner

by Plustek
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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  • Compact and mobile
  • High quality image reproduction
  • 1800 Dpi Scan Resolution
  • 5 Megapixel effective output
  • Fast and real-time previews
  • Two one-touch buttons
  • Two film/slide/negative holders included
  • Full image manipulation software
  • Simple to install set up and use
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Product Information

Technical Details
Item Weight308 g
Product Dimensions15.5 x 10.4 x 10 cm
Item model numberF50
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank 76,655 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight798 g
Date First Available7 Sep 2009
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Product Description

Box Contains

  • Scanner
  • Film Holder for Mounted slides (up to 4 slides)
  • Film Holder for Filmstrip (up to 6 frames)
  • USB cable
  • Quick guide
  • Plustek Setup/Application CD-ROM
  • Product Description

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    Customer Reviews

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews
    24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great and simple Machine 11 Jan 2010
    I read all the previous reviews, then I checked further info. on the web. and I finally decided to purchase the item. It has proved a great addition to the gadgetry attached to my PC. I completed 1400+ 35mm slides on the unit with no failures. One thing to watch is ensure that the setting for DPI is 1800 not 3600 as large volumes of memory can be used.

    I also purchased the extra Slide holders advertised on Amazon. They are a better quality than the those supplied with the original scanner, but there are no issues with either set. They work perfecty.

    The scanned images are very good and after some "cleaning up" with Photoshop, I am very happy with my purchases and would recommend it to anyone.

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    41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Good budget level scanner for Windows and OSX 15 Nov 2009
    We own PCs and Macs, and would have preferred a Mac compatible scanner, but there wasn't one in our price range. The PC install was easy, and the defaults easy to set up. The scanner comes with one negative holder and one slide holder (though we've yet to use the slide one) and once you get into a rhythm, you can scan about 2 negatives a minute including the loading and unloading. Once the scan is complete, the program drops off the screen but is still memory resident and waits until you hit the scan button on the front of the scanner. After a day of scanning and still slightly regretting that it wouldn't work on Mac (as that's where we store our photo library) we googled 'Plustek F50 MAC OS X' and Sod's law, there was a Mac version all the time on the Plustek website! We downloaded it and installed it, and had initial problems when it popped up a window stating that the default user on the Mac wasn't in the sudoers file (If you are a Linux or Unix developer, you'll know what that means!) To solve the problem, set yourself up as Admin first, install, then downgrade yourself to back to a standard user. Most people probably won't get that problem, it's just that, for security reasons, our standard user isn't defined with Admin rights. Once installed, we plugged the scanner in, and it immediately insisted on updating the firmware on the scanner. Once that done, it worked perfectly. Once final point, we did try to plug the scanner back into the PC, but the firmware upgrade stopped it working. No doubt there is a later version of the software for Windows, but as we plan to use it on the Mac going forward, we didn't bother. So far we've scanned colour and B&W negatives at 3600 bpi and the results are excellent. Read more ›
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    11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars smart little machine 24 Dec 2009
    feels like an empty shell, but thats an advantage I have used it on new and very old negatives and one set had water damage, though the quality wasnt 100% from water and mildew the pictures came out as good quality. the settings is easy to use and has helpful tips to create better framed photos. Im sure putting the finished negs in to another photo software you will be able to produce substantial quality photos, try it , buy one, the kids will enjoy giving your old pics new life!
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    24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Adequate - "You get what you pay for" 14 Dec 2009
    By Iain S. Palin TOP 1000 REVIEWER
    Having a number of slides to scan before they faded I got this machine after doing some comparisons. As they say, "You get what you pay for". The output is satisfactory, you can manipulate the image a bit at the scanning stage, and it comes bundled with a nice little photo package. But it's not exactly quality workmanship. I don't object that it's light, but am less happy at the way it won't connect to the computer unless the lead is angled just-so, and the fact that inserting the rack of slides is sometimes easy and sometimes not (and, because of the insubstantial feel, I'm scared of pushing too hard so have had to evolve a routine of "take it out, try again, if that doesn't work, try the other side".) If you don't have too many slides to scan then it'll do the job - if you have a lot you might consider something a bit better.
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    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    By frhout
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    This is a lightweight plastic box made in China, powered by a USB lead, with an instruction manual, one rack for four slides and another for six negatives. The CDRom driver didn't start installation automatically, so I had to follow the instructions step by step: right click on My Computer ... update driver etc and the installation was smooth. You have to work out which way to put the rack in, it clicks if inserted correctly. The most awkward for me was to figure out which way to place the slides and the negatives in order not to have inverted images. It would be helpful to have photos with numbers or letters to start with. Press on the left button to prescan a slide, the right to prescan a negative. Brightness and contrast can be tweaked straightaway. Then click the Scan icon to complete scanning. The photos appear on the desktop as "transparency0000, 0001, 0002" and "negative0000, 0001, 0002" etc. Cut and paste in folders, rename the photos. That's it. I choose 3600 dpi which is the highest resolution, my scanned images so far are between 600kb to 1.70mb. All in all, this is an economical product which produces excellent results for amateurs, more than enough if you are not looking for the highest possible quality. I have a few thousands negatives and slides, investing in a secondhand Nikon Coolscan or a Minolta Dimage scanner which I wouldn't be using for long is not an option. Patience is essential to work all this through. I give myself a year!

    Amazon's Customer Service is as usual excellent. The USB cable was missing in the first delivery. I returned it the next day. The replacement arrived only three days later, and I don't live in Britain.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    2.0 out of 5 stars Usable for black and white, terrible on colour
    Plustek make some great products, this was not one of them, unless I had a faulty version. Good quality negative/slide scanners are expensive and often based on old technology... Read more
    Published 3 months ago by Michael Collinson
    1.0 out of 5 stars Had to send it back
    Saw some other reviews for this item but decided to go for it. I found the case to be sturdy for what it was. Read more
    Published on 1 Sep 2010 by reviewer4
    4.0 out of 5 stars up to expectation
    I needed to scan some old slides so did not want to spend too much. The Plustek F50 went on without bother and did the slides beyond expectation. Read more
    Published on 21 Aug 2010 by tony archer
    3.0 out of 5 stars Plastec SmartPhoto F50
    Plustek SmartPhoto F50 Compact 1800 DPI Film ScannerIt's probably me, but I haven't been able to get the hang of the thing yet! Read more
    Published on 30 July 2010 by Isouard
    3.0 out of 5 stars Plustek SmartPhoto F50
    Easy to use but could have done with better instructions to save time having to play around to discover how it worked. Read more
    Published on 12 May 2010 by C. Dawson
    1.0 out of 5 stars Vista 64
    Has anyone tried to use this with Vista 64? I've spend days (literally)trying to get it to work...it sometimes does the pre-scan, sometimes not, and then freezes. Read more
    Published on 8 Mar 2010 by Joy Batesby
    1.0 out of 5 stars Communication failure
    Plustek SmartPhoto F50 Compact 1800 DPI Film Scanner
    I got nowhere with this product and had to return it to Amazon - possibly faulty. Read more
    Published on 8 Mar 2010 by A. S. Lucas
    4.0 out of 5 stars Simple to use
    Really is good value for money, works straight out of the box.

    Images are very good except where there is bright sunlight on skin - then can be blanched. Read more
    Published on 1 Feb 2010 by Mr. Timothy R. Davies
    3.0 out of 5 stars Review
    I bought this product as a gift for my husband. He found it easy to set up, but the software leaves a bit to be desired, requiring a bit of tweaking with the advanced settings to... Read more
    Published on 11 Jan 2010 by Appaloosa
    1.0 out of 5 stars Didn't work on arrival
    I bought the scanner as a birthday present for my dad. He's fairly good with his computers, considering his age. But he wasn't able to get it working on either of his PCs. Read more
    Published on 18 Dec 2009 by pxb
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