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Plustek OpticFilm8100 Film Scanner
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Plustek OpticFilm 8100 is a dedicated and versatile film scanner with 7200 dpi optical resolution. Its light sources give images more precise color rendering with less power consumption. Two one-touch buttons make scanning easier and more efficient for sharing on websites such as Flickr, Facebook, Picasa, etc.
SilverFast SE Plus 8 Software
Two Film Holders
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That said i have no practical problem with this device at all. in fact it's a revelation. For years now I have been using a nikon coolscan which has a clunky interface, a digital ice package that clogs my memory and crashes evey pc i've tried it on and which runs through a micro scsi card. I should have gotten something better years ago.
The plustek is USB. driver installation is a breeze and the silverfast program works pretty much faultlessly on my xp and on ,my 7 installation. For Archiveing and web use the higher stratus of dpi scan is totally pointless but as i will be using it to scan for large print, A0 and above, also i've been playing with the 2400 to 7200 resolutions with interest. At 7200 a test shot on 6ft by 3 ft paper laser printed well, you can get better blacks by normal phot print methods but this is stunning. Enlarging from panf and kodak tech pan to push processed hp5 in other word from fine grain fine contrast to high contrast and grain like golfballs .
In the time it would take me to scan one slide on the coolscan i can have half a dozen at high res on the plustek. Granted my coolscan is a very old model but it's still revelationary. Some of the manipulation on the package is fierce and perhaps a bit lacking in subtlety, the undo hot keys are used a lot. but I find myself happily using the histogram, the exoposure , contrast and tolerance slides and I find the colour correction on colour negs and slides to be mostly damn good only needing to be tweaked on really severe cases.Read more ›
Contrast that with the rapacious Silverfast policy (pay for every scanner you use, pay for a version that can use an IT8 target, pay for a version that saves in DNG format etc). Anyway, if you look on the Silverfast forum you'll see threads asking about colour casts with this scanner (with slides as well as negatives), and Silverfast blame Plustek and Plustek say it's fine. I've dropped a star because I don't think Silverfast works properly with this scanner, at least not on my computer (Vista).
I've compared the scans I've taken with this scanner to the scans I've got from a lab, and for black and white negatives this scanner was better. I suspect the lab scans would have been better for slides (better dynamic range of the expensive scanners) but I haven't had any scanned there.
It was a tough decision whether to choose the Plustek or the flatbed alternatives (Canon 9000f, Epson V600). I didn't find many comparisons with the flatbeds, but a couple of threads on Flickr suggested a) this scanner produced scans with more detail/higher resolution and b) in this price range and upwards a dedicated film scanner is always going to be better.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It will not work with Windows 10
Very pleased with the scanner I just need to be more preficiant which will come with practice.Published 4 months ago by R.B.S.
Great scanner very small footprint. Silver fast software provided is incredible at bringing all detail available out of negative. Highly recommend. Great service from amazonPublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Everything works great, had to buy another AC adapter since UK adapters don't work in the rest of EU. Also bought Vuescan software since it's more user friendly. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Andrej S.
It does exactly what it says it will do. However, if you have a large number of negatives expect it to take a while.Published 6 months ago by Keith
Images not as sharp as I imagined. Prints looked sharper than the scans, but after flatbed scanning the prints at 600dpi and comparing to a negative scan at 3200dpi from the 8100,... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
I bought a second one of these after I thought the first had broken but it transpires that the change of Apple OS to El Capitan has meant the scanner does not work with Apple... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very happy with the scanner now it is up and running. However anyone wanting to use it with a mac needs to be aware that the software provided is not compatible with OS I Capitan. Read morePublished 8 months ago by CJ
Like others here I have struggled to get the wretched thing to work - installing new drivers, so-called 'help' desks - all hopeless. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Mr Chips