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Pacific Image Prime Film XA Slide & Negative Scanner

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Product Highlights
  • Batch Scan Up to 40 Frames of Strip Film
  • 48-Bit Color Depth
  • Optical Resolution: 10,000 x 10,000 dpi
  • Dynamic Range of 4.2
  • Output at Up to 16-Bit
  • One-Touch Scanning
  • Digital Noise Reduction
  • Magic Touch Technology
  • Multiple Exposure and Sampling Functions
  • SilverFast SE Scanning Software

The Pacific Image Prime Film XA Slide & Negative Scanner provides 10,000 dpi scans of your 35mm slide and negative film. The Prime Film XA uses an input color depth of 48-bit to maximize the quality of your up to 16-bit final scans. This combined with the dynamic range of 4.2 allows you to create high-quality digital images from your 35mm film.

The Prime Film XA also features batch scanning of 35mm strip film for up to 40 frames. It can also scan individual frames and mounted slides with the option to use a quick one-touch scan button. Also, automatic correction technology is possible with features like Magic Touch and Digital Noise Reduction. For additional control, the XA also includes CyberView X5 and SilverFast SE scanning software.

Magic Touch Technology
Automatically removes dust and scratches from your scans
Digital Noise Reduction
Minimizes the grain and noise of your image
Auto Color Correction
Corrects the color to appropriate levels even on faded film
Multiple-Exposure & Multiple-Sampling Functions
Takes multiples scans of the same image in order to create the highest-quality final photograph possible
CyberView X5 Software
Allows the scanning of single frames and strips as well as providing tools for optimizing scanning and color reproduction
SilverFast SE Scanning Software
Works directly with the scanner to produce the highest-quality photos possible, including correction and previews of your final image
Film Types Slide and negative
Scan Quality
Scan Sensor 3-line RGB linear CCD sensor
Optical Resolution 10,000 dpi
Output Resolution 5,000 dpi: 7,185 x 4,783 pixels
10,000 dpi: 14,370 x 9,566 pixels
Color Depth Input: 48-bit
Output: 8 or 16-bit
Dynamic Range 4.2
Performance
Scan Speed Calibration: 6 seconds
Scan Time: 27-332 seconds
Process Time: 9-280 seconds
Total Time: 44-618 seconds
Batch Scanning 35mm Strip Film: 40 frames
Automation Color correction
Noise reduction
Dust & scratch removal
Connectivity
Computer Interface USB 2.0
Physical
Light Source LED
Dimensions (WxHxD) 10.8 x 7.2 x 3.8" (27.4 x 18.3 x 9.7 cm)
Weight 4.9 lb (2.2 kg)
Pacific Image Prime Film XA Slide & Negative Scanner
  • Power Adapter & Cord
  • USB Cable
  • Software CD
  • SilverFast SE Scanning Software
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Pacific ImagePrime Film XA Slide & Negative Scanner
     
    3.9

    (based on 10 reviews)

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    60%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good resolution (8)
    • Consistent (6)
    • Accurate thumbnails (5)
    • Good bit depth (4)

    Cons

    • Slow (5)

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        • Mac (5), PC (5)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Great Scanner

      I bought this scanner to do professional quality scans of my 35mm film. I did not want to scan everything, but did want the best possible scans from slides and negatives that were truly...Read complete review

      I bought this scanner to do professional quality scans of my 35mm film. I did not want to scan everything, but did want the best possible scans from slides and negatives that were truly worthy of the attention. The scanner worked as advertised. It had all of the required software included, and it is quite easy to use.

      I first ran some slides through it, Velvia 50, Velvia 100, E100vs, etc, and it performed as expected. You load the slides in one at a time individually from the front. My first scans had dust on them, so I turned on the dust detection, and everything cleared up nicely. I saw no degradation in resolution using dust detection. Color rendition and cast was dead on, no matter what film was used. Focus and exposure was great as well. I did not test the resolution, but did notice a great difference in film quality between the different emulsions. The E100VS grain was significant (not the scanner's fault). The Velvia 50 had really tight grain, and the scanner picked up the grain quite well, even though the grain is very small. The Velvia grain is so small that it barely detectable at 100 percent magnification. This makes me really love that film once again. Given that the scanner picked up the Velvia grain, I have no issues with resolution. I don't think that I am not loosing anything with the scan. Velvia scans were really impressive.

      I also scanned some Kodachrome 64. Grain was even tighter than the Velvia. Unbelievable. Colors were not as brilliant, but that is the film, not the scanner. The dust detection did not seem to work with Kodachrome, but I think I read somewhere that this is always the case. Alternatively, I may not have waited long enough for the scanner to process the images.

      Color negative scans were impressive as well. I scanned both Fuji professional (400) and Kodak Portra (160). The scanner menu lets you select the exact emulsion, and all corrections are made for you. I found the defaults to work well, with any color issues easily fixed in Lightroom. Dust detection worked fine with negative film as well. There was no problem seeing the film grain when enlarged, and there was no softness whatsoever. There is no separate holder for negative film. The scanner just pulls in the film strip automatically. There is a window to view alignment of the film before scanning, which is a nice touch.

      Black and White scans worked fine as well. The menu has all of the black and white emulsions to pick from. Here, I could not get the dust detection to work. I thought this was the case from some things I read in the past (dust detection does not work for B&W or Kodachrome on any scanner?), but tried it anyways. The scanner just kept processing. I stopped it, and re-scanned without dust detection. Scans looked good, but you really need clean negatives to minimize post processing time. The grain on the film I used (Delta 100) was large and image detail of that film did not come close to Velvia. I noticed nice gray tones, though, and the images had great presence.

      The only issue I had was user error. The LaserSoft software needs to have the scanner plunged into the computer to get past the first panel. Otherwise, it looks like the software is not responding.

      Files are very large at maximum resolution. I would rather have this than a loss of information.

      I would not buy this scanner to scan thousands of images at full resolution. It is too slow. But, it is likely much faster at lesser resolutions. It will auto feed negatives. I did not try this, though, because I have contact sheets of all of my negatives, so I knew which ones were scan-worthy. I don't know what the work flow would be like if you do not already know what images are worth scanning.

      In short, this seems like a great scanner if you want the best possible scans that you can do yourself. I know that some professional scanners at more than 10 times the cost may be better. I don't know if this scanner is the best option if you want to have a record of everything you shot over the last 20 years. It does not have a slide feeder, so you need to do each one individually. Results, though, are great.

      Finally, I was surprised that a 10K DPI scan of Velvia did not equal the resolution I get straight out of my Nikon D4 at ISO 6400. Oh well. Folks have said this for years.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Technically great but not in practice

      I bought this product to batch scan developed rolls of film (uncut) as well as strips of cut film with between 4-6 negatives each.

      While I have been able to...Read complete review

      I bought this product to batch scan developed rolls of film (uncut) as well as strips of cut film with between 4-6 negatives each.

      While I have been able to get quality scans from individual negatives, I concur with the other reviewers that this unit cannot detect the beginning or end of a frame on a film strip to save itself. If you want a batch scanner go elsewhere. If you ONLY want to individually scan slides then this may be an appropriate option.

      Out of a strip of film, regardless of whether it is a whole roll or a cut strip, there will be one, maybe two, negatives that are framed correctly. The remainder will unfortunately be scans of parts of two negatives with the spacer strip between. This happens regardless of what software used. I.e. the included CyberViewX5, SilverFast 8 or VueScan etc.

      Possibly this issue will be corrected in the future through a firmware or a software update, it is so new that Pacific Image don't have the XA listed on their website, but as it stands this product fails completely at one of its core functions and as such will be returned.

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      4.0

      High Quality Scans and auto feed Negs

      By Davztrk

      from Manistee, MI

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      Pros

      • Accurate Thumbnails
      • Consistent
      • Good Resolution

      Cons

      • Slow
      • Strips Must Be 3 Or More

      Best Uses

      • Negatives and slides

      Comments about Pacific Image Prime Film XA Slide & Negative Scanner:

      I have a lot of old photos on negatives or slides only. Neg strips load easy, adjust the fit for the first frame, then prescan all, flip, adjust crops by frame, then scan all and it will auto advance. The CyberView software takes a little to learn, but once you get the settings down it is prescan, adjust, and scan all and let it run. It is slow to startup and scan, but the output is great. Since I want to go through all these scans one time only, the output is just the resolution I need.It will not accept strips of less than 3 frames. I have some 2 frame negs and no idea how to splice them to another strip yet, but I plan to crack that nut.I have not scanned any slides yet, but will soon. That will take longer as they are one at a time.Overall the output is high quality and consistent. The auto cleanup features work fairly well. The cleaner the negatives the better the output.

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      5.0

      Sweet (you know what) scanner!

      By Rob

      from Santa Monica, CA

      About Me Frequent User

      Pros

      • Accurate Thumbnails
      • Consistent
      • Good Resolution

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Web Design

        Comments about Pacific Image Prime Film XA Slide & Negative Scanner:

        I do not see anything wrong with this scanner, needless to say totally disagree with the bad reviews, If you have an issue positioning the frames is because the end of the film strip must be trimmed with scissors without any gaps. Silverfast sucks, is full of gimmicks and unnecessary menus. Cyberview is leaner, faster and less crashy besides that it lets you control the scanner functions and just lay back and use your computer! just scan the image with Cyberview and dump it on your Corel, Adobe or whatever software of your like. Make sure your film strips are flat and not curvy (typical with Tri X) your scanner will appreciate it. Platform Win 7 32 bits.

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        3.0

        UPDATE AFTER 1000 SCANS...

        By Tom at Whidbey

        from Whidbey Island, WA

        About Me Frequent User

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              Comments about Pacific Image Prime Film XA Slide & Negative Scanner:

              I previously gave this scanner 5* as giving generally quick, accurate batch scanning of film strips. However I am now returning it to B&H for a refund. It has begun failing intermittently. It will give a high pitched squeal then freeze. I'll turn it off, reset the software and try again. Sometimes it will work for a scan or two then freeze again. Sometimes it will not work again even after being turned off for several hours. Just not built for the long-term. Pity!

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              1.0

              Technically great but not in practice

              By PaulJ

              from New York, NY

              About Me Frequent User

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              Pros

              • Good Bit Depth
              • Good Resolution

              Cons

              • Fails To Detect Frames
              • Slow

              Best Uses

                Comments about Pacific Image Prime Film XA Slide & Negative Scanner:

                I bought this product to batch scan developed rolls of film (uncut) as well as strips of cut film with between 4-6 negatives each.

                While I have been able to get quality scans from individual negatives, I concur with the other reviewers that this unit cannot detect the beginning or end of a frame on a film strip to save itself. If you want a batch scanner go elsewhere. If you ONLY want to individually scan slides then this may be an appropriate option.

                Out of a strip of film, regardless of whether it is a whole roll or a cut strip, there will be one, maybe two, negatives that are framed correctly. The remainder will unfortunately be scans of parts of two negatives with the spacer strip between. This happens regardless of what software used. I.e. the included CyberViewX5, SilverFast 8 or VueScan etc.

                Possibly this issue will be corrected in the future through a firmware or a software update, it is so new that Pacific Image don't have the XA listed on their website, but as it stands this product fails completely at one of its core functions and as such will be returned.

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                5.0

                Fantastic batch scanner!

                By Tom at Whidbey

                from Whidbey Island, WA

                About Me Frequent User

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                Pros

                • Accurate Thumbnails
                • Consistent
                • Fast
                • Good Bit Depth
                • Good Resolution

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Pacific Image Prime Film XA Slide & Negative Scanner:

                    Other reviewers have complained about batch capabilities with film strips. This is a matter of the software, not the scanner. When using the included SilverFast 8, there are indeed problems. Problems of frame alignment, problems of scanning 6 frames on a strip that only has 4 frames, problems of exposure and density. On the other hand, when using CyberView X5, also included, these problems do not exist. CyberView, which works on both PC and Mac, has accurate frame alignment, accurate detection of number of frames on each film strip, excellent exposure and color balance. I have over 10,000 negative images to scan and anticipate no problem at all in getting these done. Excellent scanner when used with the CyberView X5!

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                    5.0

                    Does exactly what I need.

                    By Tom at Whidbey

                    from Whidbey Island, WA

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                    Pros

                    • Accurate Thumbnails
                    • Consistent
                    • Fast
                    • Good Bit Depth
                    • Good Resolution

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Pacific Image Prime Film XA Slide & Negative Scanner:

                        First let me say that I'm staying with the included CyberView X5. Reason is that this detects accurately frames of color negative film strips. If there are only 2 frames on a strip, it only scans the 2 frames. If the strip holds 4 frames, it only scans the 4, not expecting 6 as does the included SilverFast 8. With the SilverFast, if there are only 4 frames on a strip of film it will scan the last image 3 times to make the 4! With the CyberView I can just set the defaults and scan strip after strip of film and get good enough results for my needs. I set the scan resolution at 1400 dpi which gives me 1944x1287 images. Using JPEG the file size is just over 2 meg. I have about 10,000 images to scan. I have plenty of time. Ease of use and good enough quality for my needs makes this perfect.

                        Only question is how this will hold up, perform over time. If it holds up for the full 10,000 images I'll be happy!

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                        3.0

                        Everything but a batch scanner

                        By Andy

                        from Washington, DC

                        About Me Frequent User

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Good Bit Depth
                        • Good Resolution

                        Cons

                        • Bad Batch Operation
                        • Slow
                        • Terrible Frame Alignment

                        Best Uses

                        • Archiving

                        Comments about Pacific Image Prime Film XA Slide & Negative Scanner:

                        I bought the PrimeFilmXA to batch scan my Kodak B&W Tri-X film as well as the occasional roll of color negative. I shoot and develop about 5-10 rolls per week and I was looking forward to it's batch scanning functions. Technically, the PrimeFilmXA can make some pretty impressive scans but unfortunately, it cannot locate frame lines with any sort of reliable consistency for the life of it. And I mean the life of it; it may end up out my window any day now. It used to be fun to watch it move the film around and completely whiff on locating a logical frame, but now it's just frustrating. I chose the XA over the XE and other competitors due to its batch scanning abilities but after the first few weeks of working with the XA, it's obvious that each and every frame needs to be baby sat anyway, so I am not freeing up any of my time. Plus, it wasn't designed correctly. Pacific Image was SO CLOSE to a good thing, but they forgot to add a pause button that can stop the machine halfway through a preview or batch scan when it (inevitably) screws up. Instead, one can either delete an entire roll of screw ups and try again or try to trick the software into starting from where the XA screwed up. The batch scanning simply does not work. For those reasons, I cannot recommend anyone spend the extra money on the XA. If one is going to sit over their computer and baby sit their scanner, they might as well use the much easier manual advancing system of the XE or a flatbed to save some $$ and frustration. Luckily, B&H has a great return policy so I will most likely return it in the next couple days. Or give it to a local rugby team so they can use it as a practice ball.

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                        4.0

                        Good images, scans and batching slow

                        By shrewsiieb

                        from Memphis, TN

                        About Me Frequent User

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                        Pros

                        • Consistent
                        • Good Resolution

                        Cons

                        • Difficult to Load
                        • Not Versatile
                        • Slow

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Pacific Image Prime Film XA Slide & Negative Scanner:

                          I would give this item 3 stars, but I'm giving it the benefit of the doubt, as I may be expecting more than is available on the market in this price range.

                          I did a few tests and the image is good; I doubt I'd need more in this regard. I would still have my originals optically printed or professionally scanned for any high-quality personal applications.

                          I bought this scanner for it's "batch options." This was a purchase meant to facilitate the digitizing of my archives. For this reason I have decided to return this item.

                          Negatives: While it will technically accept and scan negatives strips of 3-60, it has no way to compensate for the slight pitch differences in frame advancing from the original camera. The option exists to crop the scan, which could compensate for pitch differences if you don't mind losing a tiny fraction of the image. However, I believe the scan area should also be bigger for those of us interested in utilizing the edge of the frame.

                          Again, for the price, this scanner may be all I should expect, but here are two more options I believe should be included with a "batch scanner":
                          - edge code reading
                          - ability to load several strips at once

                          Since I my negatives are cut into strips of 5, I pretty-much have to babysit the scanner anyway, the batch options here are very limited for me.

                          Slides: the slides are loaded one at a time. There should be a tray for batch scanning slides.

                          I found the UI to be a bit basic. It certainly has all the image controls you'd expect, but it feels old. Also, there is no simple way to clean the scan area. I'm sure it's designed to keep dust (and idiots) out, but the lack of cleaning options is also a minus.

                          Speed: the scan speed is slow! This may be comparable to others in this price range, but again, slow scan times plus no ability to batch more than one strip at a time, means this scanner is not the one for me.

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                          4.0

                          A very good product

                          By Mobytrip

                          from Pittsburgh PA

                          About Me Frequent User

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Accurate Thumbnails
                          • Consistent
                          • Good Resolution

                          Cons

                          • Slow

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Pacific Image Prime Film XA Slide & Negative Scanner:

                            Bought this product to scan old negatives into photo editor for editing prior to upload to cloud based solution. Scanning is very accurate and color very true; particularly works end to end with more sophisticated digital editing software. While the process is slow for filmstrips, the result is very good considering other commercial options which can cost $0.11 per slide for conversion to digital. Build quality is very good.

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                            5.0

                            Great Scanner

                            By Mark

                            from Chevy Chase, MD

                            About Me Frequent User

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Excellent Quality Scans

                            Cons

                            • Slow At Max Resolution

                            Best Uses

                            • Best Possible Scans

                            Comments about Pacific Image Prime Film XA Slide & Negative Scanner:

                            I bought this scanner to do professional quality scans of my 35mm film. I did not want to scan everything, but did want the best possible scans from slides and negatives that were truly worthy of the attention. The scanner worked as advertised. It had all of the required software included, and it is quite easy to use.

                            I first ran some slides through it, Velvia 50, Velvia 100, E100vs, etc, and it performed as expected. You load the slides in one at a time individually from the front. My first scans had dust on them, so I turned on the dust detection, and everything cleared up nicely. I saw no degradation in resolution using dust detection. Color rendition and cast was dead on, no matter what film was used. Focus and exposure was great as well. I did not test the resolution, but did notice a great difference in film quality between the different emulsions. The E100VS grain was significant (not the scanner's fault). The Velvia 50 had really tight grain, and the scanner picked up the grain quite well, even though the grain is very small. The Velvia grain is so small that it barely detectable at 100 percent magnification. This makes me really love that film once again. Given that the scanner picked up the Velvia grain, I have no issues with resolution. I don't think that I am not loosing anything with the scan. Velvia scans were really impressive.

                            I also scanned some Kodachrome 64. Grain was even tighter than the Velvia. Unbelievable. Colors were not as brilliant, but that is the film, not the scanner. The dust detection did not seem to work with Kodachrome, but I think I read somewhere that this is always the case. Alternatively, I may not have waited long enough for the scanner to process the images.

                            Color negative scans were impressive as well. I scanned both Fuji professional (400) and Kodak Portra (160). The scanner menu lets you select the exact emulsion, and all corrections are made for you. I found the defaults to work well, with any color issues easily fixed in Lightroom. Dust detection worked fine with negative film as well. There was no problem seeing the film grain when enlarged, and there was no softness whatsoever. There is no separate holder for negative film. The scanner just pulls in the film strip automatically. There is a window to view alignment of the film before scanning, which is a nice touch.

                            Black and White scans worked fine as well. The menu has all of the black and white emulsions to pick from. Here, I could not get the dust detection to work. I thought this was the case from some things I read in the past (dust detection does not work for B&W or Kodachrome on any scanner?), but tried it anyways. The scanner just kept processing. I stopped it, and re-scanned without dust detection. Scans looked good, but you really need clean negatives to minimize post processing time. The grain on the film I used (Delta 100) was large and image detail of that film did not come close to Velvia. I noticed nice gray tones, though, and the images had great presence.

                            The only issue I had was user error. The LaserSoft software needs to have the scanner plunged into the computer to get past the first panel. Otherwise, it looks like the software is not responding.

                            Files are very large at maximum resolution. I would rather have this than a loss of information.

                            I would not buy this scanner to scan thousands of images at full resolution. It is too slow. But, it is likely much faster at lesser resolutions. It will auto feed negatives. I did not try this, though, because I have contact sheets of all of my negatives, so I knew which ones were scan-worthy. I don't know what the work flow would be like if you do not already know what images are worth scanning.

                            In short, this seems like a great scanner if you want the best possible scans that you can do yourself. I know that some professional scanners at more than 10 times the cost may be better. I don't know if this scanner is the best option if you want to have a record of everything you shot over the last 20 years. It does not have a slide feeder, so you need to do each one individually. Results, though, are great.

                            Finally, I was surprised that a 10K DPI scan of Velvia did not equal the resolution I get straight out of my Nikon D4 at ISO 6400. Oh well. Folks have said this for years.

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