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Pacific Image PF7250U 35mm Film and Slide Scanner

B&H # PAPF7250U Mfr # PF7250U
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Product Highlights
  • Quickly Scan 35mm Film and Slides
  • High Resolution Scanning
  • Windows and Mac Compatible
  • Scanning Software Bundle

The PrimeFilm 7250u scanner from Pacific Image provides scanning of 35mm negative film strips and transparencies at 7200 x 3600dpi resolution. The higher resolution allows for enlargements up to 18 x 12" at 300dpi. The 7250u has USB 1.1 and 2.0 ports for fast data transfer and convenient computer connections.
Scan speeds for slides range from 25 seconds at 1800dpi to 85 seconds at 3600 dpi and negatives from 30 seconds at 1800dpi to 90 seconds at 3600dpi. It works with both Windows and Mac computers and comes with a scanning software bundle to edit and restore images.

Note! Scan speeds are longer when Digital Ice Dust and Scratch removal software is engaged.

High Speed
The PrimeFilm 7250u boasts scan speeds for slides ranging from 25 seconds at 1800 dpi to 85 seconds at 3600 dpi and negatives from 30 seconds at 1800dpi to 90 seconds at 3600 dpi
High Resolution
The 7250u scans at 48-bit, 7200 x 3600 dpi resolution, creating files large enough to print enlargements that maintain their photographic integrity
Scans 35mm Film and Slides
The 7250u produces high-resolution, high-speed scans of 35mm film and transparencies, converting them to digital images which can be easily enhanced, restored and optimized for printing
Scan Software Bundle
Bundled with the PrimeFilm 7250u is a software bundle that provides a variety of scanning solutions. CyberView X scanning software is capable of scanning a single frame as well as filmstrips. It provides powerful tools for optimizing scanning and color reproduction. Digital Ice removes dust and scratches, reconstructs color and manages grain. DigitalROC is color restoration software, and DigitalGEM is a grain management program that minimizes grain to restore image sharpness. Also included in the bundle is ImageFolio v4.5 for editing images
Film Types 35mm Transparencies and Negative Film
Scan Quality
Scanning Area 0.95 x 1.43" (24.3 x 36.5mm)
Scan Sensor Linear Color CCD
Optical Resolution 7200 x 3600dpi
Hardware Resolution Not Specified by Manufacturer
Interpolated Resolution Not Specified by Manufacturer
Color Depth 48-bit
Dynamic Range 3.2 Dmax
Focus System Not Specified by Manufacturer
Performance
Preview Speed Approximately 5 seconds at 300dpi
Scan Speed Positive
8-bit / 1800dpi/frame 25 seconds
8-bit / 3600dpi/frame 85 seconds
Negative:
8-bit / 1800dpi/frame 30 seconds
8-bit / 3600dpi/frame 90 seconds
Batch Scanning No
Automation N/A
Connectivity
Computer Interface USB 2,0, 1.1
System & Software Requirements Windows: Pentium 4, Pentium M or Intel Centrino 1.3 GHz (or Equivalent processor) Windows XP w/ Service Pack 2 or Windows Vista 1 GB RAM (1.5 or more highly recommended) 10 GB of Available Hard disk space (for software installation (more required for image storage) Color Monitor with 16-bit color Video card 1024 x 768 monitor resolution Microsoft DirectX 9 compatible display driver DVD Rom drive Macintosh: PowerPC G4 or G5 or Multicore Intel Processor Mac OS 10.4.8 1GB of RAM (1.5 or more highly recommended) 10 GB of Available Hard disk space (additional space required for software installation and more required for image storage) 1024 x 768 monitor resolution DVD Rom drive QuickTime 7 software required for multimedia features
Physical
Light Source LED Array
Power Requirements 110 - 120VAC 50/60Hz
Dimensions (WxHxD) 6.6 x 2.7 x 10.9" (167.64 x 68.58 x 276.86mm)
Weight 2.2 lb
Pacific Image PF7250U 35mm Film and Slide Scanner
  • PrimeFilm 7250u Scanner
  • Software Bundle
  • 1-Year Manufacturer's Limited Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    Pacific ImagePF7250U 35mm Film and Slide Scanner
     
    3.4

    (based on 21 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (5)

    63%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good resolution (11)
    • Consistent (10)
    • Good bit depth (10)
    • Accurate thumbnails (7)

    Cons

    • Slow (11)

    Best Uses

    • Photos and graphics (9)
    • Digital printing (7)
    • Publishing (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Frequent user (13), Casual user (4), Great graphics (3)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (20)
      • Computer Platform:
      • PC (5)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    love it!

    i've been using this product to scan in images to my macbook pro, mac os 10.6.2. so far, i've only scanned b&w negatives but the results are fantastic. i considered getting...Read complete review

    i've been using this product to scan in images to my macbook pro, mac os 10.6.2. so far, i've only scanned b&w negatives but the results are fantastic. i considered getting one of the cheaper models on the market but the extra quality this product offers was worth the price.

    the time it takes to scan is a downside but i set the software to scan and then i can surf the web or edit the images in photoshop while waiting.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Poor Quality Images

    This unit will not do even an adequate job on Kodak slide films and is especially poor for older slides taken with low ASA film. For all color slides: monochrome areas such as sky...Read complete review

    This unit will not do even an adequate job on Kodak slide films and is especially poor for older slides taken with low ASA film. For all color slides: monochrome areas such as sky have bands; objects have "ghost" outlines; shadows lose all resolution; even at high scan levels, even simple 4x6" prints have terrible resolution.

    I also found it just about impossible to get quality positives from Kodak b&w negatives (that I know are high quality because I personally made prints from them in my own darkroom). Problems here include: extreme loss of contrast; severe loss of detail in darker areas of the negative; loss of sharpness.

    The supplied software applications were of little or no help in resolving any of these issues; and, of course, Photoshop can't get blood out of a turnip.

    I would not recommend this scanner.

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    5.0

    Great scanner at a reasonable price

    By Joe

    from Austin, TX

    About Me Frequent User

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Accurate Color
    • Easy To Set Up
    • Excellent Software
    • Good Bit Depth
    • Good Resolution
    • Reasonable price
    • Very High Quality Images

    Cons

    • Slow

    Best Uses

    • Digitizing Slides For Web
    • Photos and Graphics
    • Publishing

    Comments about Pacific Image PF7250U 35mm Film and Slide Scanner:

    Great quality scanner, good price. Good software bundle, having Photoshop elements bundled is great. Some reviews said the software was hard to set up but I did not find it difficult at all. Software feeds easily straight into computer via USB, so no messing with flash drives, etc.

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

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    1.0

    Very disappointed!

    By Mystery Shopper

    from Martinsville, VA

    About Me Frequent User

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • None

    Cons

    • Inconsistant Instructions
    • Not Versatile
    • Poor instructions
    • Slow

    Best Uses

      Comments about Pacific Image PF7250U 35mm Film and Slide Scanner:

      The documentation for this product was not adequate. Three different versions were included, (2 on paper and 1 on the CD) and none of these described the actual steps that had to be used to install the software/hardware. After figuring out how to overcome the poor instructions, I found that the product did not perform as fast as advertized. The total scan times were much longer than promised and I found that using the scanner was cumbersome and not efficient. B&H allowed me to return the product paying for the return shipping and refunding the purchase price. I ordered another scanner from B&H by a different manufacturer.

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

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      5.0

      Very Pleased!!!

      By Paul

      from Northern Kentucky

      About Me Casual User

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Instructions Not Thorough
      • Slow

      Best Uses

      • Digital Printing
      • Photos and Graphics

      Comments about Pacific Image PF7250U 35mm Film and Slide Scanner:

      Does an excellent job. I did not believe that it would get rid of the scratches on the negative. Much to my surprise, it did an excellent job. The only issue I had was with the instructions. However, when I called the company help line, they talked me through the process and everything was fine. Well worth the money.

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

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      4.0

      Excellent Results - Mac OS X Lion

      By MacAl

      from Mid-Atlantic

      About Me Casual User

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Dust removal works well
      • Good Resolution
      • Works with Mac OS X Lion

      Cons

      • Clumsy software interface
      • Not Mac-like experience
      • Poor color correction
      • Slow
      • Tech support needed

      Best Uses

      • Mounted 35mm color slides

      Comments about Pacific Image PF7250U 35mm Film and Slide Scanner:

      The included software is newer than the versions available on web. Delivered with CyberView X (v 5.10.0), Hardware (v 48), Firmware (v 1.0.7). It worked with Mac OS X 10.7.4 with the included software.

      This review tested 35 mm mounted color slides only.

      "Digital ICE" software to remove dust and scratches is NOT included. It has been replaced with "MagicTouch" that works very well but increases scan time.

      The application driver, CyberView, has an unfriendly user interface. I had to call tech support for assistance. Response was fast, friendly, and accurate. To access settings for slides: scan > preference > positive. The selected location to save scanned images is NOT remembered in the next scanning session and must be selected again.

      Color adjustments with CyberView are poor (or not obvious if they can be made to work well). Importing the scan into PhotoShop Elements (included in package) enables fast, easy, and accurate one-click color adjustment.

      I would rate this 5-star if CyberView had an intuitive interface and offered better color adjustment.

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

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      4.0

      Compact and Easy to Use

      By Saltlybarb

      from Florida Keys

      About Me Frequent User

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Slow

      Best Uses

      • Digital Printing
      • Photos and Graphics

      Comments about Pacific Image PF7250U 35mm Film and Slide Scanner:

      The digital ice is very effective. It took only minutes to set up and is easy to use. That is very important for this 70 year old lady.

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

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      4.0

      Great scans

      By Photoguy

      from Gig Harbor WA

      About Me Frequent User

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Pacific Image PF7250U 35mm Film and Slide Scanner:

            There is a learning curve to start with but after a short time I am getting great digital JPEG's of my color negatives. The only thing is that it does take a while on the highest resolution but I couldn't be happier.

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

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            5.0

            Great scanner, consistent results

            By John

            from East NC

            About Me Frequent User

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Digital Printing
              • Photos and Graphics

              Comments about Pacific Image PF7250U 35mm Film and Slide Scanner:

              Bought this to scan b&w film that I've been developing as well as the family slide collection. I don't want super high resolution, so I've mostly been scanning at 1800dpi. Once you have the software set up the way you like, you can put in your film or slide, press the button, and wait. Once it's done (only about 30secs for 1800) you advance your film and press the button again.

              Some people don't think the included software is versatile enough, and for them vuescan would probably be perfect. That said, I think the included software works better for image and color correction than vuescan.

              It's much smaller than I imagined, and very easy to travel with. It's quiet and unobtrusive. Not nearly the greatest quality, but more than enough for most people.

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

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              1.0

              Poor Quality Images

              By 4thranktensor

              from Portland, OR

              About Me Frequent User

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Pacific Image PF7250U 35mm Film and Slide Scanner:

                    This unit will not do even an adequate job on Kodak slide films and is especially poor for older slides taken with low ASA film. For all color slides: monochrome areas such as sky have bands; objects have "ghost" outlines; shadows lose all resolution; even at high scan levels, even simple 4x6" prints have terrible resolution.

                    I also found it just about impossible to get quality positives from Kodak b&w negatives (that I know are high quality because I personally made prints from them in my own darkroom). Problems here include: extreme loss of contrast; severe loss of detail in darker areas of the negative; loss of sharpness.

                    The supplied software applications were of little or no help in resolving any of these issues; and, of course, Photoshop can't get blood out of a turnip.

                    I would not recommend this scanner.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal

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                    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    2.0

                    Acceptable for Family Photos

                    By Photogaffer

                    from West Palm Beach

                    About Me Frequent User

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Good Bit Depth

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Slide Image Capture

                      Comments about Pacific Image PF7250U 35mm Film and Slide Scanner:

                      The scanner works as advertised, but the image quality is less than desirable. Finge color discoloration indicates color conversion low optical quality lens. The scratch correction software works OK for small scratches or dirt that would probably better be corrected in Photo Shop which would result in less impact to the overall image clarity.

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                      • Personal

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                      4.0

                      Good unit, but not my old Nikon

                      By Russ

                      from Tampa

                      About Me Frequent User

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent

                      Cons

                      • Not Versatile

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Pacific Image PF7250U 35mm Film and Slide Scanner:

                        worth having at the end of film, to scan odd uses.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal

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                        1.0

                        Don't buy it!

                        By Jersey

                        from New Jersey

                        About Me Frequent User

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                          Cons

                          • Slow

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Pacific Image PF7250U 35mm Film and Slide Scanner:

                            save yourself from big disappointment,I didn't like anything about it!

                            • Primary use:
                            • Personal

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                            1.0

                            Incompatability

                            By Princetonian

                            from Princeton, NJ

                            About Me Casual User

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

                              Cons

                              • Difficult to Load

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Pacific Image PF7250U 35mm Film and Slide Scanner:

                                Beware, if you don't have Windows XP (I have Windows Vista) you wont' be able to download the Adobe program or the driver. No matter how much I tried, I kept getting a message that the adobe program download failed because of incompatability and my computer didn't recognized the driver. So this was a waste of money.

                                • Primary use:
                                • Personal

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                                3.0

                                Not as simple as Plug-n-Play

                                By Ken

                                from St. Louis, MO

                                About Me Frequent User

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                  Cons

                                  • Limited ASA scale

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Pacific Image PF7250U 35mm Film and Slide Scanner:

                                    Software and initial setup is easy. Directions warn that several settings need to be made before using. They were not kidding. Manual says it can do 24 bit color, but it only goes up to 16 bit. Has no settings for older film no longer made. No settings for Kodak B&W negatives. If you scan film with ASA lower than 100, it comes out with blotchy areas and a disturbing halo around everything. Still trying different settings to test, but looks like many slides and negatives will have to go to camera store.

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                                    • Personal

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                                    3.0

                                    You get what you pay for...

                                    By I shoot things for a living...

                                    from Texas

                                    About Me Frequent User

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Accurate Thumbnails
                                    • Compact
                                    • Consistent
                                    • Good Bit Depth
                                    • Good price value
                                    • Good Resolution
                                    • Results

                                    Cons

                                    • One frame at a time
                                    • Slow
                                    • Slower
                                    • Slowest
                                    • Snail Speed Workflow

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Digital Printing
                                    • Photos and Graphics

                                    Comments about Pacific Image PF7250U 35mm Film and Slide Scanner:

                                    A good little product that gets the job done with quality results. It is slower than a snail trying to cross salt... If you are looking to convert rolls upon rolls of flim into digital media, look farther for something that won't consume your entire week off.

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                                    • Personal

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                                    4.0

                                    Good scans and Mac support

                                    By gene

                                    from NYC

                                    About Me Frequent User

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

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

                                    Cons

                                    • Slow

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Photos and Graphics

                                    Comments about Pacific Image PF7250U 35mm Film and Slide Scanner:

                                    I've been using this scanner on a Mac with 10.6.4. The installation of the drivers was a little slow but worked fine. I initially used the scanner software included but eventually switched to vuescan. The dust and scratch removal feature works well in vuescan for color negatives. Note that it will not work with black & white negatives. The multi-exposure feature in vuescan is also available with this scanner. After some experimenting, I've been scanning film negatives at 3600 dpi. 7200 dpi didn't seem to provide any extra resolution, only bigger files. Scanning at 3600 dpi with multi-exposure mode is a bit slow, but overall, I'm happy with the quality of the scans.

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                                    • Personal

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                                    4.0

                                    Good Scanner

                                    By EmPrint

                                    from MO Ozarks

                                    About Me Casual User

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Consistent
                                    • Good Resolution

                                    Cons

                                    • Slow

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Digital Printing
                                    • Photos and Graphics

                                    Comments about Pacific Image PF7250U 35mm Film and Slide Scanner:

                                    A little slower than I had hoped but color and resolution are good and I can edit each photo while scanning the next. Used with Mac OS 10.5

                                    • Primary use:
                                    • Personal

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                                    5.0

                                    Better than advertised

                                    By Old timer

                                    from Northern Virginia

                                    About Me Graphics Professional

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

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

                                    Cons

                                    • None noted

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Digital Printing
                                    • Photos and Graphics
                                    • Publishing
                                    • Web Design

                                    Comments about Pacific Image PF7250U 35mm Film and Slide Scanner:

                                    I have thousands of slides, some of them are over 40 years old. Take the time to scan a few and get your preferences right and saved to a default and you can use the one button scan to get great results everytime. This is the third slide and film scanner I have owned and the best by far. A little slow at higher resolution. Tweezers can speed the process of removing the slide once scanned. A great product at a fair price.

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                                    • Personal

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                                    4.0

                                    Great scanner!

                                    By DK

                                    from Kelseyville, CA

                                    About Me Frequent User

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Consistent
                                    • Good Bit Depth
                                    • Good Resolution

                                    Cons

                                    • Slow

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Pacific Image PF7250U 35mm Film and Slide Scanner:

                                      This scanner does great scans of slides. It comes with Photoshop 5.0. It's very small and light weight.

                                      It only scans one slide at a time and is a bit slow.

                                      • Primary use:
                                      • Personal

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                                      1.0

                                      Probably a good scanner

                                      By Mike

                                      from Bremerton WA

                                      About Me Graphics Professional

                                      Pros

                                        Cons

                                        • Unable to get to operate

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about Pacific Image PF7250U 35mm Film and Slide Scanner:

                                          If I could install the product I might like it better. My XP Pro machine crashed before I had a chance to install the PF7250U. I then upgraded to win 7. It was, of course not recognized, and I could not upload new drivers--still trying. This written 1-22-10

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                                          • Personal

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                                          5.0

                                          love it!

                                          By dana

                                          from huntington, ny

                                          About Me Graphics Professional

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

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

                                          Cons

                                          • Slow

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Digital Printing
                                          • Photos and Graphics
                                          • Publishing
                                          • Web Design

                                          Comments about Pacific Image PF7250U 35mm Film and Slide Scanner:

                                          i've been using this product to scan in images to my macbook pro, mac os 10.6.2. so far, i've only scanned b&w negatives but the results are fantastic. i considered getting one of the cheaper models on the market but the extra quality this product offers was worth the price.

                                          the time it takes to scan is a downside but i set the software to scan and then i can surf the web or edit the images in photoshop while waiting.

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                                          • Personal

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