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Pacific Image Prime Film XE Film Scanner

B&H # PAPFXE Mfr # PRIMEFILM XE
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Price: $399.99
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Product Highlights
  • 35mm Slide and Negative Film
  • 48-Bit Color Depth
  • Optical Resolution: 10,000 x 10,000 dpi
  • Dynamic Range of 3.9
  • 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 XE Film Scanner provides 10,000 dpi scans of your 35mm slide and negative film. The Prime Film XE 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 3.9 allows you to create high-quality digital images from your 35mm film.

The Prime Film XE can 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 XE also includes 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
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 35mm Slide
35mm Negative
Scan Quality
Scan Sensor 3-line RGB linear CCD sensor
Optical Resolution 10,000 x 10,000 dpi
Hardware Resolution 10,000 dpi
Interpolated Resolution 5,000 dpi: 7185 x 4785
10,000 dpi: 14370 x 9570
Color Depth 48-bit
Dynamic Range 3.9
Performance
Scan Speed Calibration: 4-6 sec
Scan: 25-345 sec
Processing: 12-277 sec
Total: 41-628 sec
Connectivity
Computer Interface USB 2.0
System & Software Requirements Windows
Windows XP Service Pack 2, Vista, 7, and 8 (32 & 64-bit)
Intel P4 2GHz or AMD 2.0 GHz or higher
1 GB RAM or more
10 GB available hard disk space
Color monitor with 16-bit video card
1024 x 768 minimum display resolution
DVD-ROM drive
Microsoft DirectX 9 compatible display driver

Macintosh
Mac OS X 10.5 or later with Intel-based processor
Intel Core 2 Duo 1.8GHz or higher
1 GB RAM or more
10 GB available hard disk space
1024 x 768 minimum display resolution
DVD-ROM drive
Quicktime 7 for multimedia features
Physical
Light Source White and infrared LED array
Power Requirements Input: 100-240 VAC; 50/60Hz
Output: 12 VDC; 1.25A
Dimensions (WxHxD) 11.8 x 11.4 x 4.9" (30.0 x 29.0 x 12.5 cm)
Weight 2.2 lb (1.0 kg)
Pacific Image Prime Film XE Film Scanner
  • Power Adapter & Cord
  • USB Cable
  • Software CD
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Pacific ImagePrime Film XE Film Scanner
     
    4.2

    (based on 9 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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    • 4 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good resolution (8)
    • Good bit depth (5)
    • Consistent (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

          • Reviewer Profile:
          • Frequent user (6), Casual user (3)
          • Primary use:
          • Personal (9)
          • Computer Platform:
          • PC (6), Mac (3)

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        4.0

        Nice results with investment of time

        By g320

        from Dillsburg, PA

        About Me Casual User

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Resolution

        Cons

        • Slow

        Best Uses

        • Archive Of Slides

        Comments about Pacific Image Prime Film XE Film Scanner:

        Use: digitize and archive thousands of family slides.The quality of scanned images is very nice. I experimented at first with various resolutions and options, and then compared results. Dust and scratch elimination work very well. Occassionally I may clean a slide and re-scan if first scan was excptionally dusty. Also sometimes it does not eliminate scratches but all-in-all nice features. Scanning is slow sometimes taking 3 or more minutes based on my options and resolution setting. I have not scanned any negatives, only slides.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
        • Computer Platform:
        • PC

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        5.0

        6 months update

        By Alex

        from Toronto

        About Me Frequent User

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Good Resolution

        Cons

        • Attracts Dust

        Best Uses

        • Photos and Graphics

        Comments about Pacific Image Prime Film XE Film Scanner:

        I've been using it for 6 months now. Still frustrated with Silverfast. While looking at other scans on-line I ran across Vuescan. I tried demo and few days later purchased full version. All "funcky" colour issues are over!
        I ran into some dust problem-it was leaving vertical line on scan. PIE got back to me within 24 hours and sent instructions on how to clean the insides with compressed air. Problem was solved.
        I recommend keeping can of compressed air handy-seems to be very effective at cleaning negatives. Just make sure you do not agitate the can or it will spray liquid!

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
        • Computer Platform:
        • PC

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        5.0

        Well that was easy...

        By Mice

        from Toronto, ON

        About Me Frequent User

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Fast
        • Good Bit Depth
        • Good Resolution

        Cons

        • Plasticky Construction

        Best Uses

          Comments about Pacific Image Prime Film XE Film Scanner:

          Did my research before going with the XE.
          It was either this, or a Plustek 8--- series.
          I went with this because of first hand reviews, and after testing several rolls, I am inclined to think I made the right choice.
          The Dust and Scratch reduction for print and slide film is excellent.
          The color reproduction and sharpness(via Silverfast) is satisfactory (compared to flatbeds). Scanning time is fast (5000 dpi).
          Few things I would like to point out though, that while it can handle 10000 dpi - if you are just scanning and posting on say, flickr - 3200 or 5000 dpi is more than enough. The build construction is a bit plasticky, and at first I thought this thing was too light but don't let it get to you. The image quality that comes out of this box is very good. If you have a higher budget though, I would suggest getting the XA which is supposed to be slightly sharper with better dmax. But for online sharing, you can't go wrong with the XE.

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          • Personal
          • Computer Platform:
          • PC

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          4.0

          Good Scanner

          By Shrewsiie B

          from Memphis, TN

          About Me Frequent User

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Good Bit Depth
          • Good Resolution

          Cons

          • Slow

          Best Uses

            Comments about Pacific Image Prime Film XE Film Scanner:

            While the scan time is REALLY slow, the image quality is very good. Although I would plan to have my slides and negatives optically printed, or at least professionally scanned for large prints, this scanner can likely do a great job getting large images seamlessly from negatives.Where my old Minolta scanner would start showing noise in dark greys, this scanner appears clean and true to the grain.I have not gotten into the included software, other than the scanning UI. I understand it has some powerful tools, but I would use photoshop for any professional applications. That said, the software may be a good means to scan images that are going straight to web. However, at the speed this unit scans even the lowest resolution, I would only recommend it for single-image scans that are going to high res for printing.Unfortunately, due to the speed, I have to return this item. I have 13,000 negatives I'm preparing to scan. This would take YEARS with this scanner... However, again, for small-number scans with high quality, I would definitely recommend this.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal
            • Computer Platform:
            • Mac

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            5.0

            The New PrimeFilm XE Scanner

            By Herman33

            from McDonough, GA

            About Me Casual User

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Good Bit Depth
            • Good Resolution
            • Inclusion Of Silverfast
            • Well Designed Film Holder

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Pacific Image Prime Film XE Film Scanner:

                I use this scanner primarily for color negative film.

                The scanner included SilverFast software. This software had a problem with alignment of the scanned image. However, almost immediately, SilverFast automatically sent an update that solved that problem. I am now on a learning curve with this software. It is just about the most versatile scanning software that I have ever used.

                I have found no evidence of the banding problem that had sometimes occurred with the previous model of this scanner (PrimeFilm 7200u). I must add that banding was never really a problem for me when I used that previous model.

                The built quality of the PrimeFilm XE is very good, particularly the film strip holders, which keep the film very flat for good focus. The viewing window on the scanner makes it easy to quickly manually advance the film holder from one frame to the next.

                In conclusion, I am very pleased with this scanner. I am now eagerly learning the use of SilverFast. This scanner with its high resolution and wide dynamic range is a very good match for this software. In addition to using it for color negative film, I look forward to scanning some of my old black and white negatives.

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                • Personal
                • Computer Platform:
                • PC

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                4.0

                Excellent hardware, mediocre software

                By Alex

                from Toronto

                About Me Frequent User

                Pros

                • Good Bit Depth
                • Good Resolution

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Pacific Image Prime Film XE Film Scanner:

                    This is an excellent machine which is let down by poor software. SilerFast has the only benefit-it scans much quicker than Cyberview. All the controls, color correction etc included in SilverFast are useless and make quality worse. You will be better off scanning with all processing features as noise reduction and unsharp mask on "off" or minimum and use proper package like Adobe PS to correct the issues.
                    I do not recommend this machine to scan old negatives/slides taken by mediocre cameras-all the defects and lack of focus will be intolerable.For this purpose much cheaper scanner will do the job. Hovewer if source material is high quality, this scanner will pull all the details out.

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                    • Personal
                    • Computer Platform:
                    • PC

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                    4.0

                    Very Capable Scanner

                    By wrmelnick

                    from Canada

                    About Me Frequent User

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Fast
                    • Good Bit Depth
                    • Good Resolution

                    Cons

                    • A Little Noisy

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Pacific Image Prime Film XE Film Scanner:

                      When I received my scanner, it did not include Silverfast Software. However, B&H quickly rectified the situation and the software is on its way to me. Vuescan also now supports this scanner.

                      The scanner is nicely built, including the film holders. The drivers installed on Windows 7 machine without any problems.
                      In my limited use of the scanner so far (colour print, B&W and transparency) I have found the resolution to be very good. The scanner pulls out a good amount of detail in the shadows and the scan times are quite short.

                      My overall impression is quite good and I look forward to using this product in the future.

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                      • Personal
                      • Computer Platform:
                      • PC

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                      4.0

                      UPDATE: Pacific Image PrimeFilm XE

                      By mshlafer

                      from Ann Arbor, MI

                      About Me Frequent User

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Accurate Thumbnails
                      • Good Resolution

                      Cons

                      • Difficult to Load

                      Best Uses

                      • 35 Mm Scanning
                      • Digital Printing

                      Comments about Pacific Image Prime Film XE Film Scanner:

                      2 December UPDATE to prior review

                      SilverFast 8 SE IS now ported for the PrimeFilm XE (I'm running an Intel Mac, OS 10.6.8). It was advertised as part of the purchase/package when I bought the scanner several weeks ago, wasn't available then. I don't know whether that software will be included as part of the package sold by B&H.

                      The CyberView X5 that ships with the scanner (for sure) isn't too full featured, no problems installing it, big problems getting it to work. Would always dump me out of the program, require the usual administrative password (keychain), but would never allow me to actually get the software to work by this route.

                      Solution (not elegant, may not work for you): Install CyberView per instructions. You get an ALIAS in your Applications folder, with the actual files in a folder called IMAGE CAPTURE in the Library folder. Inside te IMAGE CAPTURE folder there are more folders: Library > Image Capture > TWAIN data sources > CyberView X > CyberViewX.app). Open/run that last file, and you should be all set.

                      Good luck.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal
                      • Computer Platform:
                      • Mac

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                      3.0

                      Prime Film XE Scanner by Pacific Image

                      By Marshal Shlafer

                      from Ann Arbor, MI

                      About Me Casual User

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to use
                      • Specs Look Great

                      Cons

                      • Negligible Mfgr Support
                      • No 3rd Party Software

                      Best Uses

                      • 35 Mm Transparencynegs

                      Comments about Pacific Image Prime Film XE Film Scanner:

                      22 November 2013: The specs on this looked good, so I bought one to scan old Ektachromes and old and new B&W negs. Haven't gotten to use it yet (will report back later) because I'm dealing with some "issues" of which you might want to be aware before buying.

                      When I purchased this on 10 November the B&H ad said the scanner came with a version of Silverfast SE ported for the scanner. It DID NOT come with that. (B&H subsequently changed the ad to omit mention of the Silverfast software.)

                      A check directly with Scansoft (Silverfast developers) said that right now they don't have a version of Silverfast (SE or otherwise) ported for the Primfilm XE. Thus, the original B&H ad was erroneous and misleading.

                      So far I haven't found ANY 3rd party scanner software developers who have a compatible one either, so for now if you buy this scanner you're stuck with the driver software that was provided: CyberView X5, which is not a very robust or versatile package according to most reviews I've read.

                      Interesting and worrisome: Pacific Imaging (the scanner mfgr) doesn't even list the XE on its site, let alone have any support documents for it. I'm in the process of checking with them, but for now if you buy the XE you may well be on your own.

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                      • Personal
                      • Computer Platform:
                      • Mac

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