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Pacific Image Prime Film XE Film Scanner

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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
     
    4.1

    (based on 11 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    90%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good resolution (10)
    • Good bit depth (6)
    • Consistent (4)

    Cons

    • Slow (3)

    Best Uses

        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Frequent user (8), Casual user (3)
        • Primary use:
        • Personal (11)
        • Computer Platform:
        • PC (8), Mac (3)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      The New PrimeFilm XE 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...Read complete review

      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.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Prime Film XE Scanner by Pacific Image

      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...Read complete review

      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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      3.0

      Nothing like the film scanners of old..

      By Nate

      from Savage, MN

      About Me Frequent User

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Backlight To Preview Neg
      • Good Resolution
      • Vuescan Compatible

      Cons

      • All Plastic Feels Cheap
      • Difficult to Load
      • Hard To Avoid Film Grain

      Best Uses

      • Casual Scannng Not Bulk

      Comments about Pacific Image Prime Film XE Film Scanner:

      I've been scanning film for years; I own an old Minolta Dimage Scan Dual III, and a Canon Canoscan 9950F that I use for negs and slides, and have also used my dad's Minolta Dimage Scan Elite 5400 quite a few times. I'm working on scanning through a stack of my grandfather's slides and film, and haven't been happy with the results out of my two scanners, and I'd like to get a scanner of my own to compete with the 5400, which far surpasses either of my current scanners for both exposure and highlight/shadow detail. I figured that a 2013/2014 model dedicated film scanner should come close to a 10-year-old Scan Elite 5400 (which had a MSRP of $ at the time) - but came away disappointed.First of all - it _is_ possible to get some pretty good scans from this. The infrared dust removal feature works fairly well, and it seems pretty reliable and quick - no driver issues. A 10,000 dpi image scanned in 48-bit color comes to an insane filesize of 750mb - yikes! That sample image was scanned at 13824x9366, which comes out to about 130MP according to Photoshop's DNG importer - far more resolution than is actually present with 35mm; in theory, this will get the best possible resolution out of the scanner, but in my opinion it's not worth keeping these massive files for the long-term -- far better to scan at this resolution and immediately downscale it to something more reasonable. This scan was performed with VueScan, with 5 passes and infrared dust removal turned on, and took about a half hour. The image looks pretty darn good overall - but some of the detail, especially in the highlights, just isn't up to what I could get with the Minolta 5400.What really surprised me on this scanner is that it didn't support many of the features that I just expect, considering that pretty much all the dedicated film scanners I've used from 10 years ago had them:* The scanner isn't motorized - it includes a tray that allows you to load a negative strip or multiple slides, but you have to manually advance it from image to image. So you can't set up a bulk scan of 4 or 6 images (depending on slides or negs) and walk away for a few hours and let it do it's thing - instead, after each scan, have to manually move to the next image.* In addition, there is a lot of play in the slide and neg holders - if you pull it out and slide it back in, with the same film in it, you won't be able to get it into exactly the same position. It's easy to get it slightly tilted, which requires rotation of the final image by a degree or two. With the mechanized ones I've used, this hasn't been an issue, unless you didn't line up the film in the holder correctly.* As far as I can tell, there isn't a manual focus option on this scanner! The position of the fixed focus is quite reasonable (much better than my flatbed Canon 9950F), but manual focus has come in handy many times for slides and negs that aren't quite 'normal' for me in the past.In summary - if you just want a film scanner that will give you good results, and are't trying to find something that beats what we could get 10 years ago, you will almost certainly be happy with this. It works great with Vuescan (which is always my preferred scanning software), and from what I've read it is about as good as you can get for a modern dedicated film scanner that costs under $. It wasn't what I expected, however, so mine is going back to B&H, and I'll be off searching the used market for a Minolta 5400 that is still in good shape (and, ironically, I will most likely end up paying more than the original MSRP for the scanner when I find one!)

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      • Personal
      • Computer Platform:
      • PC

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      4.0

      Great scan quality, obtuse software

      By JJacobs

      from Oak Ridge, TN

      About Me Frequent User

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Slow
      • Wonky Software

      Best Uses

      • Photos and Graphics

      Comments about Pacific Image Prime Film XE Film Scanner:

      I would love this give this product five stars but the slow scan speed and wonky software are hard to overlook.I purchased this scanner to process about 12,000 slides that my father took throughout his life. I am about 800 scans into the process which represents about 35 hours work. At this point I am very happy with the scan quality but frustrated with the 2-3 minute processing time. I have tuned my workflow so that I can run the scanner while watching TV; I expect that I only need to watch about 250 movies to finish my scanning.When researching this product I read the all the reviews and took the advice from the reviewers who suggested avoiding the unfriendly Silverfast software supplied with the unit and instead purchase a full license for VueScan. I did install the Silverfast package and, as expected, it was very difficult to work with. However with VueScan, which is intuitive, I am getting great results with reasonable automatic color/exposure correction. For the "keeper" shots I am going back to do additional processing.I am going to order a second 4-up slide carousel just so I can be loading/unloading while scanning and shave off a bit of time per slide.I have found that the 5000dpi setting is reasonable for most of the slides I am processing. The color depth is quite good and underexposed slides can be easily adjusted with good results; overexposed slides are another matter. When I find a particularly nice shot I sometimes go back and scan at 10000dpi.

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      • Personal
      • Computer Platform:
      • PC

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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.

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      • 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!

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      • 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.

              • Primary use:
              • 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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                  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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                    Slide Holders

                    Pacific Image -  Slide Holder For PrimeFilm Scanners
                    • You Pay: $12.95
                     

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                    • You Pay: $5.99
                     
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                    • You Pay: $6.99
                     

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