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Pacific Image PowerSlide 5000 CCD Slides Scanner

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Product Highlights
  • Batch Scan 50x50mm Mounted Slide
  • Nonstop Scanning - 50 Slides at a Time
  • 48-bit, 5000dpi
  • Magic Touch Dust & Scratch Removal
  • USB 2.0 Connectivity
  • ImageFolio 4.5
  • Quick Slide Viewer
  • Windows / Mac Compatible

The Pacific Image PowerSlide 5000 CCD Slides Scanner is designed to convert large numbers of 35mm mounted slides into digital files that can be searched, processed, printed, or delivered electronically. With its impressive optical resolution of 5000dpi and 48-bit data conversion, the PowerSlide 5000 will deliver digital files that remain true to the original images.

The included slide magazine gives the scanner the ability to convert up to 50 mounted slides at a time. The Powerslide 5000 also includes software to streamline your digital workflow: Magic Touch for automated dust and scratch removal, and ImageFolio 4.5 for photo editing.

Efficient Batch Scanning
With the included slide magazine, the PowerSlide 5000 is capable of nonstop scanning up to 50 slides at a time. Single slides can also be scanned just as easily.
Superior Image Quality
With advanced 5000dpi optical resolution, 48-bit data conversion, and Dmax 3.8 dynamic range, PowerSlide 5000 captures and digitizes a crisp and vivid image from the slide. Includes Magic Touch dust and scratch removal technology.
Convenient Interface
Equipped with a USB 2.0 port, the most popular computer interface, PowerSlide 5000 offers you the benefit of versatility and fast performance.
Software Bundle
Bundled with ImageFolio 4.5, the PowerSlide 5000 enables you to edit your images once they've been scanned
Quick Slide Viewer
The PowerSlide 5000 has a built-in mini-light panel which allows you to conveniently view the slide image before scanning.
Film Types 50mm x 50mm Mounted Slides
Scan Quality
Scan Sensor Linear Array Color CCD
Optical Resolution 5000dpi x 5000dpi
Scanning Area 37mm x 37mm (max)
Color Depth 48-bit
Data Distribution 48 bits per pixel (color mode)
16 bits per pixel (grayscale mode)
Dynamic Range 3.8 Dmax
Focus System Auto Focus
Performance
Preview Speed Not specified by manufacturer
Scan Speed Not specified by manufacturer
Batch Scanning 2MB Buffer
Automation Magic Touch Dust & Scratch Removal
Connectivity
Computer Interface USB 2.0 only
OS Compatibility Windows: XP, Vista, Windows 7
Mac: v10.4.8 - 10.5.2
System Requirements Windows: Intel P4 (Core 2 Duo recommended), 1 GB RAM minimum, 10 GB free hard disk space, DVD-Rom drive (DVD-R drive required to make DVD image archive disks & CD-R drive to make slide shows)
Mac: Intel-based processor, Intel Core 2 Duo, speed 1.8 GHz, 1 GB, 667 MHz, DDR2 SDRAM 1
Please Note:

PowerPC NOT SUPPORTED

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Physical
Light Source White and Infrared (IR) LED Array
Power Requirements 100-240V AC, 50/60Hz
Power Consumption 12VDC / 3A
Dimensions (WxHxD) 11.4 x 4.9 x 11.8" (29 x 12.5 x 30 cm)
Weight 5.5 lbs (2.5kg)
Pacific Image PowerSlide 5000 CCD Slides Scanner
  • AC Adapter
  • USB Cable
  • Slide Holder
  • CyberView X Driver
  • ImageFolio 4.5
  • User Manual
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    Pacific ImagePowerSlide 5000 CCD Slides Scanner
     
    3.9

    (based on 41 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (15)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (16)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (3)

    85%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good resolution (25)
    • Consistent (16)
    • Good bit depth (16)
    • Accurate thumbnails (8)
    • Fast (8)

    Cons

    • Slow (8)
    • Difficult to load (3)
    • Noisy (3)
    • Not versatile (3)

    Best Uses

    • Photos and graphics (9)
    • Digital printing (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Frequent user (21), Casual user (14)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (31), Business (7)
      • Computer Platform:
      • PC (25), Mac (14)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Purrs like a kitten when you get it tame

    hope my comments below will be helpful to others in getting quickly accustomed to and acquainted with the PS5000. I had some difficulty at first, due in part to my ignorance and inexperience in...Read complete review

    hope my comments below will be helpful to others in getting quickly accustomed to and acquainted with the PS5000. I had some difficulty at first, due in part to my ignorance and inexperience in using gear like this, and also due in part to idiosyncrasies of the equipment, the software, and the users manual. Specifically, I experienced frequent false starts, missed slides, and hang-ups when starting with slide tray position #1, and also when I positioned the first slide to be scanned by manually moving the tray into position and then pushing the arm in myself. . These and other difficulties were eliminated by developing and rigorously adhering to the following set of "Standard Operating Procedures". The user's guide would be significantly improved if it included such a 'starter set' of procedures. The major problem I had with the software resulted from the system being delivered with a bad driver disc. This was cured by downloading the s/w as directed by the technical support perspnnel.

    I now have scanned about 1200 slides using these procedures. I load 49 slides into the "Universal" tray, set my preferences, come back in a couple of hours and repeat the process. I have read comments about the noise, but I do not find that to be a problem. use the Universal tray the following procedures,

    The technical personnel I dealt with have been extremely patient and professional as they helped me through my "learning curve", and to find solutions and work-arrounds for all the start-up problems I encountered.

    Standard Operating Procedures as of May 23, 2012

    These procedures were designed in order to work around and to avoid the difficulties which would otherwise be encountered due to the ignorance and/or in-experience of the operator; and various
    congenital defects with the equipment, the software, and the users manual.
    The task at hand is the archiving of a very large number of slides (35mm positive transparencies). Slides are being scanned at 2500 DPI, 16-bit color directly to TIF Files with no pre-scaning.. All of the 'Advanced' features are selected along with ;Magic Touch'.
    At Initial Start-up it is assumed that the scanner is OFF.and the S/W has not been started
    1. Turn Scanner ON. Do this with NO tray inserted and BEFORE starting the CyberViewX5 s/w.
    2. Let the Scanner ALONE until its 'Green Light' glows steady.
    3. Load slides into the Universal Tray: Place slides up-side down and backward (with emulsion side facing to the left: that is, toward slot #50). NOTE: To avoid certain encountered but unexplained difficulties, I always load Slide #1 into Slot #2 of the tray.
    4. Insert Tray into Scanner from the left until slide #1 is past the 'arm'.
    5. Press the 'forward' or 'backward' arrows until slide #1 from slot #2 is inside the scanner.
    6. Invoke the CyberviewX5 Software.
    7. Click on the "Reload Magazine" icon (3rd from right). Slide #1 in Slot #2 should now be in position and ready to be scanned
    8. Click on Scan/Preferences/Positive. Settings from the previous execution of CyberViewX5 may have been preserved and, if so, no further action need be taken. Otherwise:
    --- Check and modify "Advanced Settings", and set desired DPI and Color Setting..
    --- Browse for and set the 'Directory name' of the folder where the slides will be scanned into.
    ---Set the "base name" to be used in naming the slide files.
    ---Assign the 'starting #' to be added to "base name' to form the file-name for slide #1.
    This value will incremented by one for each following slide.
    -----Example: If "base name" is "Hawaii Trip-" and 'starting #' is 47,
    then the names of the files will be: "Hawaii Trip-047, Hawaii Trip-048, etc
    9. Click "OK". Then Click SCAN / Scan Multiple to File. Do not use 'Prescan'.
    10. Set 'Range'. This is the Slot numbers in the tray that you want to scan
    Slot#1 will be the slot where the arm was positioned when you pressed "Reload Magazine".
    If I have, say 23 slides in the tray with the arm positioned at slide#1, but wanted only the first 9, then set range = 1-9. If only every other slide is to be scanned, set range = 1, 3, 5, 7, …
    11. Say a prayer and press OK. Watch the machine. It should extract slide #1, insert slide #2, extract slide #2, then insert slide #1 and begin the scanning process.
    12. If more trays of slides are to be scanned, return to step #3 above. Otherwise,
    13. Click on "Scan/Exit/Yes" to preserve all of the Preference Settings for your next run.
    14. Turn Scanner OFF and place Cover over Slide Tray Channel.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Not good enough

    Evaluation of PowerSlide 5000 and its CyberView x5 software

    Pros:

    Technical support is accessible, friendly and helpful by email and by phone.

    The 'Crop' function...Read complete review

    Evaluation of PowerSlide 5000 and its CyberView x5 software

    Pros:

    Technical support is accessible, friendly and helpful by email and by phone.

    The 'Crop' function is accurate and automatic (if so requested).

    Cons:

    'Magic touch' was advertized as a favorable capability but it cannot work with Kodachrome slides; to the best of my knowledge this was not disclosed before one actually purchases the scanner and reads the User's Manual. This is very disappointing to me and most likely to others as most of my slides are Kodachrome.

    The mechanical slide loader mechanism is quite defective; at times the 'slide transport arm' misses a slide w/o the PowerSlide 5000 software recognizing it and it scans nothing. At times, especially with the first slide the 'slide transport arm' misses it and gets stuck between the magazine and the machine door. Also, when the 'slide transport arm' gets stuck for any reason there is no safety mechanism to let go immediately.

    The instructions in the User's Manual and as printed on the PowerSlide 5000 chassis can be interpreted only in one way: The emulsion shall be facing slot number 1 in the magazine, yet the technical support technician's instructions on the phone and by e-mail are completely different (by the way, the technician is right; the book and the chassis printed instructions are wrong).

    To the best of my knowledge and experience with PowerSlide 5000 and Cyberview the latter does not have other capabilities such as sampling in high DPI and averaging down or averaging multiple runs.

    In summary, if I knew all this before buying this system I would most likely not buy it.

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    3.0

    Works well on Tues but not on Thursday

    By Barham

    from Boulder, CO

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Pros

    • Good Video Quality
    • Great Picture Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Pacific Image PowerSlide 5000 CCD Slides Scanner:

      I received the scanner as a requested birthday gift to scan several thousand slides. I like the quality of the scan but have had problems:
      The 100 slide Braun round slide tray I purchased jams with neat, clean, undamaged cardboard slides.
      Many times a slide is scanned and what appears in the jpeg file is a square of color, usually purple or violet. I have observed that these slides were fully in the scanner and the scanning was just like that with the images that scanned as desired.
      I have, with the help of these reviews, solved problems related to the scanner stopping before a tray of slides has been completed.
      The biggest problem is the squares of color that replace the image on the slide.
      Any ideas?
      Thanks

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

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      5.0

      Almost Excellant

      By Charlie

      from Cambridge, MA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Easy to Use
      • Great Picture Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Pacific Image PowerSlide 5000 CCD Slides Scanner:

          I have hundreds of slide photos dating back 30 years and needed a good bulk system to digitize the images. The scanner is terrific and can handle the job. The "almost" stems from the fact that the scanner can sometimes get confused and has to run through its own prescribed course of action (involving as many as 50 slides at 3 minutes each) before it can be re-started and set back on my agenda. Another unfortunate small item -- which may that I have not figured it out -- is that one can not pre-select which file the scan image is to be delivered to.. All in all, a great machine

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          5.0

          Best Quality for the Money

          By GunghoAggie

          from Houston, TX

          About Me Casual User

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Pacific Image PowerSlide 5000 CCD Slides Scanner:

                Great quality (ease of use, speed, and 5 MP resolution) for only a fraction of the price of a Nikon (which is no longer manufactured). This unit is automatic scanning 50 slides in about four hours (scan while you sleep or are away at work). I am absolutely delighted!!!

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

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                4.0

                Proper Software Makes This Scanner Great

                By HOMER

                from Ontario, Canada

                About Me Frequent User

                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Good Resolution

                Cons

                • Slow

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Pacific Image PowerSlide 5000 CCD Slides Scanner:

                  Now that I've scanned about 1000 slides using this scanner and developed a workflow that I am happy with, I feel experienced enough that I can provide an objective review and hopefully help a few others who may be contemplating the purchase of this unit.

                  I gave the scanner a rating of 4, but let me preface that by saying I would have given it a rating of 3 based on that accessories and software it comes with. I had to purchase other software and other trays (at significant expense) before I became happy with the scanner. But if you want a batch scanner, your choices are few.

                  Not that it's critical for operation, but the initial build and feel seem adequate. I have some experience with the old Nikon Coolscan units which are of metal construction so they feel heavy and very sturdy. The PowerSlide is plastic, and so doesn't have that same feel. But again that's just esthetics, and should have no bearing on the operation.

                  The scanner comes with a compact 50 slide tray which I found a little difficult to use with my stubby fingers as the slides are very close together. I knew I would want to have a couple of trays so I could load one while the other was scanning. I purchased an additional couple of Pacific Image Universal Slide trays that also hold 50 slides. These were completely useless on anything but the thickest slides. There is too much room in between slides and their slots so when the arm from the scanner tries to push the slide into the scanner, it completely misses the slide. I didn't like either of these slide trays.

                  Fortunately I also purchased the Braun Round Tray 100slide carousel based on the input from one of the other reviews. I have used thin slides and thick slides in this tray and have never had a jam or an instance where the arm missed the slide. I would really recommend using this tray and only this tray as it is the only one of the three trays that works consistently. Plus you can batch 100 slides instead of 50.

                  I did some trial and error with the included software, but I really wasn't happy with the image quality. If you are more concerned with just digitizing the image using the default settings, and less concerned about getting the best possible image, then you may be content with the included software. I wasn't.

                  I tried VueScan and a few other third party software packages. I ended up purchasing SilverFast 8 Ai Studio scanning software. The price seems really prohibitive at first, but you don't buy this scanner unless you are planning on batching hundreds if not thousands and thousands of slides. Amortized over thousands of slides, it becomes more palatable.

                  The combination of the PowerSlide infrared scan and the dust and scratch removal algorithm in Silverfast is really quite amazing. Many of the slides I have are 40 or 50 years old and have many defects in them, but after I am done with them you would never know. The software has all kinds of settings, but I scan to a setting called HDRi which gives a lot of latitude for pulling detail out of highlight and shadow areas (much more so than I was able to do with the enclosed software)
                  Silverfast has the ability to do additional post-processing on the image, but I do most of that in Lightroom as I prefer the interface (and am more used to it). I have a 200MB tiff file coming out of the scanning software, and I end up with a 20-30MB jpeg when exported from Lightroom with some additional adjustments.

                  I have never used the individual slide attachment, so can't comment on its use. The built in backlit slide previewer is a nice feature to help you sort through your slides before you scan.

                  In summary, the PowerSlide 5000 is good, but the combination of PowerSlide and Silverfast are Very Good.

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

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                  4.0

                  SCANNER GREAT; FEEDER MISSES APRIX. 20%

                  By Big T

                  from Southington, CT

                  About Me Casual User

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Accurate Thumbnails
                  • Consistent
                  • Good Resolution

                  Cons

                  • No Leveling Wheeld Legs
                  • Slow

                  Best Uses

                  • Slides Onto Computer

                  Comments about Pacific Image PowerSlide 5000 CCD Slides Scanner:

                  Used to scan in excess of 3,000 slides at 5000 dpi. Digital pictures come out great using all options and advanced settings. The feeder misfeeds approximately 20% of slides which then have to be rescanned. Many times misfed slides after failing to feed a second time, have to be scanned manually, 1 at a time.

                  Operating instructions could be more detailed & clearer. Some trail & error is needed in the beginning to get the bumps out of the slide tray loading into scanner and setting the slide tray number before starting the scanning process.

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                  • Personal
                  • Computer Platform:
                  • PC

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                  1.0

                  Worst scanner ever

                  By Nick

                  from Wisconsin

                  About Me Frequent User

                  Pros

                  • If It Worked

                  Cons

                  • Slides Won't Auto Load

                  Best Uses

                  • If It Worked

                  Comments about Pacific Image PowerSlide 5000 CCD Slides Scanner:

                  The arm that pushes the slide into the scanning chamber most of the time misses the slide or only pushes the slide part way in. Also the PS5000 from Pacific Image droped the ball on the design of the slide tray. In my opinion, the plastic seperators that seperate the slides should extend all the way to the to of the loading tray. This might help in the auto loading of the slides.Over all I think the designers droped the ball on this scanner. The unit also feels cheep, not worth $!! The designers need to look at a real slide projector and take some better notes! I really don't even want to give it one star but there isn't an option to leave no stars.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Business
                  • Computer Platform:
                  • Mac

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                  3.0

                  OK scanner

                  By DW

                  from Los Angeles

                  About Me Casual User

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Good Resolution

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Photos and Graphics

                    Comments about Pacific Image PowerSlide 5000 CCD Slides Scanner:

                    Not a lot on the market for this type of product. This one does ok, but the software interface and the manual is just OK, and the program is a bit buggy. You kind of have to work around some unique quirks the scanner has - not alway centering the slide before it pushes it into the scanner, thus not pushing the slide all the way in; sometimes being one frame off in the count when you switch trays.

                    It did help me transfer a lot of slides - which may have taken a lot longer to do it one by one on my own. However, since it is really only a scanner - you have to have a laptop to run the slide scanner, which can lock up your laptop when you need it for something else. Also unloading and loading all the slides from each tray takes quite a bit of time.

                    My goal was to transfer years of past slides to digital - but it still takes a lot more time than I imagined. Still at 60 cents a slide to send it out to get transferred commercially - if you transfer a few as 2,000 slides, you've already got you money back.

                    I bought the 2 year warranty and think it's a good idea, as a mechanical device like this has a greated potential to break down with heavy use.

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

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                    4.0

                    Easy to use

                    By Jeff

                    from Portland, ME

                    About Me Frequent User

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent
                    • Good Resolution

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Pacific Image PowerSlide 5000 CCD Slides Scanner:

                        The powerslide 5000 is much easier to use than previous scanners that I have had. Easy to use software and predictable scans make this a great scanner for the person who needs to batch scan.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Business
                        • Computer Platform:
                        • PC

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                        3.0

                        Good little machine

                        By TR

                        from Holdrege, NE

                        About Me Casual User

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent
                        • Good Resolution

                        Cons

                        • Slow

                        Best Uses

                        • Digital Printing
                        • Photos and Graphics

                        Comments about Pacific Image PowerSlide 5000 CCD Slides Scanner:

                        We are using the Pacific Image Scanner to digitize our wetland maps onto the external hard drive. The scanner is doing its job but it's very slow. We have ordered a couple more slide magazines so we have them loaded and ready to scan slides.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Business
                        • Computer Platform:
                        • PC

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                        5.0

                        Good batch scanner

                        By Jeff

                        from Asia

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent
                        • Good Bit Depth
                        • Good Resolution

                        Cons

                        • Not Versatile

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Pacific Image PowerSlide 5000 CCD Slides Scanner:

                          I've put around a thousand slide through this so far.

                          Pros:

                          It's the only batch 35mm scanner still in production (the Reflecta and Braun are both the same hardware)

                          It doesn't come with Silverfast, which gives you the option of using Vuescan instead (cheaper)

                          Build quality is okay- it's not as solid as the midrange Nikon I had ten years ago, but it's not like this needs to run for years. Once my scanning project is done, I'm finished with it

                          It's been reliable with the round Paximat carousels (see note below)

                          Customer support has been top-notch. Questions to Pacific Image have been answered intelligently within 24 hours

                          Cons:

                          The included 50-slide feeder is an unreliable joke with the slides I've tried (cardboard and non-glass plastic mounts)

                          You cannot scan unmounted media (35mm strips)

                          Notes:

                          One hint not mentioned in other reviews regarding the 100-slide carousels: if you are only using half the carousel (e.g. 50 slides) this causes a weight imbalance in the carousel which stops it from advancing correctly to the next slide. The fix is to balance out the carousel with random slides that you don't have to scan

                          If you're doing 5000dpi and 48 bits (i.e. RGB + Infrared) scans to RAW/DNG you end up with ~230MB per scan so make sure you have a good amount of storage available

                          Vuescan works fine with this scanner, if you want to save some time on the learning curve, get the Vuescan Bible too

                          Use IT8 targets for scanner calibration. I have found that using calibration profiles make a huge difference

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                          • PC

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                          5.0

                          My slide collection rescued

                          By Chaseon

                          from Canada

                          About Me Frequent User

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Accurate Thumbnails
                          • Good Bit Depth
                          • Good Resolution
                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                          • Settings Reset Everytime

                          Best Uses

                          • Digital Printing
                          • Photos and Graphics

                          Comments about Pacific Image PowerSlide 5000 CCD Slides Scanner:

                          Three hours after I received this amazing slide scanner I was up and running. With over 3500 slides to convert to digital images, I knew it would take a while to get through them all...and it will. But within 2 days of sporadic attention to the project, I am already down to 300 fully converted, catalogued, and organized slides. This scanner is so easy to work with and it produces terrific images, although it is worth paying some up front attention to the scanning resolution you select and the file type (I created TIFF versions for archival purposes).
                          The best part is that once you load 50 slides into the supplied magazine, you just let it do it s work while you go off and do yours.A couple of hours later, you have fully scanned digital images waiting for you to process or to file. It's that simple.

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

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                          4.0

                          Great Batch Scanner

                          By JMB_QC

                          from Montreal

                          About Me Frequent User

                          Pros

                          • Consistent
                          • Fast
                          • Good Bit Depth
                          • Good Resolution

                          Cons

                          • Cardboard Slides Handling
                          • Noisy

                          Best Uses

                          • Souvenir

                          Comments about Pacific Image PowerSlide 5000 CCD Slides Scanner:

                          I have the 3650, the 5000 is essentially the same machine.

                          MUST USE: Vuescan, especially for Kodakchrome slides

                          MUST BE CAREFUL: if the cardboard slide start to jam. You can push the slides back in even if the slides do not like it. You have to stop the arm from trying to re-insert the slide in the tray. The arm and its pivot attachment will eventually break off; your machine will not be able to operate anymore. I have worked with PIE to repair my machine. These parts are plastic and easy to break. Therefore, if the cardboard slides start to jam, sit beside it and remove from the top once the scan is done: this is painful and annoying but you machine will live to scan plastic slides.

                          That said, I scanned over 25,000 slides before getting in trouble. Once you test the software presets and get your workflow going, this machine processes groups of 50 slides while you sleep or are at work. That is 150 a day if you include a batch after wortk and before going to bed. The problem resides with thicker cardboard mounted slides where the slide gets caught in the slide separators and eventually jam the whole scanning. The scanner still tries to push those out, it should simply stop and the software should catch this.

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                          • Personal
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                          • PC

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                          5.0

                          PowerSlide 5000 Experience

                          By Family film archivist

                          from Los Gatos, CA

                          About Me Frequent User

                          Pros

                          • Fast
                          • Good Bit Depth
                          • Good Resolution
                          • Negatative Batch Scanning
                          • Unattended Batch

                          Cons

                          • Somewhat Fussy Software

                          Best Uses

                          • Digitizing Film Archives

                          Comments about Pacific Image PowerSlide 5000 CCD Slides Scanner:

                          I inherited many > 6000 slides from the 50's and later, plus a larger number of my slides and a similar number of 35 mm negatives.

                          I am using the PowerSlide 3650 which appears to be identical in function to the PowerSlide 5000 with lower resolution. Slides and negatives can be batch scanned unattented unless the slides are badly bent. Resulting scans seem very good--often showing limitations in the camera or film used, not the scan.

                          I use VueScan Pro, into Adobe Lightroom, using the 100 slide Braun rotary tray others mentioned.
                          The slides are processed mostly unattended. The 50 tray holder jams slides stopping the batch and damaging slides, but the failures with the 100 slide rotary tray just fail to scan properly, and the batch job keeps going.

                          Really bent slides can be reinforced using aluminum clips cut from an old air-equip slide holder. This straightens them enough to be read automatically--but for a few bad slides in a batch, just scan them manually.

                          Dust removal works well, but color restoration is not very predictable. Much better off with badly faded slides to use the white balance tool in Lightroom. Just find somthing that is a neutral grey to use as a base, then apply the resulting correction to others from the same batch of film. Some apparently hoplessly color shifted slides recovered amazingly will with this simple technique.

                          With VueScan, batch processing negative film works well. I cut the strips up and mounted them in plastic slide holders (Gepe Glassless Slide Mounts). VueScan has custom adjustments for every negative emulsion I have scanned so far that work well. After scanning, the mounts can be opened, and reused. So far, I have used each mount more then 10 times with no obvious damage. (I pry them open with an exacto knife.)

                          Recent scanning with MS Windows 7 64-bit with an SSD C drive has made the startup process fussier and run time much faster. Before running VueScan, power cycle the PowerSlide and wait a minute or 2 for it to warm up. Unless you catch the batch scan before the PowerSlide goes to sleep, you may need to power cycle the PowerSlide before you can re-use VueScan for the next batch.

                          Disable all power saving functioality to prevent the PC going to sleep -- but monitors can go dark.

                          Previous versions of Lightroom allowed parallel correction of newly scanned images with no problem while new images were scanned in. Not true with Lightroom 4.x. Scans sometimes fail when Lightroom is running. Lightroom 4 uses a background process that keeps running even after VueScan and Lightroom are stopped (or killed using task manager). If you have used Lightroom with VueScan and the PowerSlide, and VueScan will not restart, look for a process in taskmanager using lots of CPU. Google it to see if it is from Adobe--if so kill it (or restart the PC) to allow VueScan and the PowerSlide to work again.

                          Have not yet experimented with use of Lightroom 4 on other directories or disks different from the target of the PowerSlide batch scans to see if Lightroom 4.x still prevents VueScan (and the PowerSlide driver) from working properly. Could be a work-around.

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                          4.0

                          Easy to use; frequently stops

                          By Big time scanner!

                          from Manhattan Beach, CA

                          About Me Casual User

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                          Pros

                          • Accurate Thumbnails
                          • Good Bit Depth
                          • Good Resolution

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Pacific Image PowerSlide 5000 CCD Slides Scanner:

                              I purchased this scanner to scan 8,500 old slides of various types (mostly from the 1950s). I used 16-bit color and 5000 DPI with all the options selected for color and dirt correction. I found the easy start guide to be good enough for setting up my preferences and the CyberViewX software (included with the product) adequate for my needs. The captured images were quite respectable. I am very happy with the results. My only complaint is that the scanner decides to stop at random intervals with no reasonable explanation. Sometimes it will scan 90 images in a row, other times it will scan 6, then stop. To get it going again, all I have to do is select the "scan multiple images", enter the slide where it left off, and it starts to scan again. This requires babysitting to make sure it keeps scanning. Overall, I am very happy with this product and the time it is saving me from using a flatbed scanner (which is where I started with this project).

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                              3.0

                              Making Bulk Scanning a Breeze

                              By McTavish

                              from Baltimore, MD

                              About Me Graphics Professional

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                              Pros

                              • Consistent
                              • Fast

                              Cons

                              • Difficult to Load
                              • Not Versatile
                              • Should be sharper 5000

                              Best Uses

                              • Photos and Graphics
                              • Small Format Print Files
                              • Web Design

                              Comments about Pacific Image PowerSlide 5000 CCD Slides Scanner:

                              We use this product to scan hundreds, sometimes thousands of client slides. Its a compact system with a fairly uncomplciated GUI. It offers above average quality scans. The software is a bit clumsy, almost outdated. It is not as sharp as the Nikon 9000 we used to use but we had to load that 5 at a time. The PowerSlide creates a good file for use with many applications.

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                              4.0

                              cardboard slides

                              By Norm

                              from Palo Alto Ca

                              About Me Frequent User

                              Pros

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Pacific Image PowerSlide 5000 CCD Slides Scanner:

                                    I love this scanner...once you get the software up and running it purrrs like a kitten. Only problem I came across was scanning older cardboard slides with flimsy edges, they tend to jam up the machine. THE SOLUTION: snip off the offending edges at a 45 degree angle, since doing this every slide scans. You can always remount them into a newer plastic holder if needed.

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                                    4.0

                                    Hard to install, but worth it.

                                    By John

                                    from Chattanooga, TN

                                    About Me Frequent User

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Batch processing
                                    • Great resolution

                                    Cons

                                    • Difficult setup

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Pacific Image PowerSlide 5000 CCD Slides Scanner:

                                      I have over 13000 slides that document multi-generational family history. Decided I had to digitize and archive to better share with our digital kids. Scanning 4 slides per holder was not viable!

                                      This scanner was best price and best rated one I could find that would batch process.
                                      Software is not easy to learn. Documentation is spotty. But by refering to previous B&H reviewers I suffered through a lengthy set up.
                                      I am now scanning and producing images that I can display in HD on 55" set. They look great!

                                      It definitely will scan unattended.
                                      However cardboard mounts must be in good shape! If the slides are warped do not scan unless you stay with scanner or better yet use another scanner. I have a Plustek just for this purpose.
                                      Use the Paximat compact magazine for thin plastic mounts and flat cardboard mounts. One comes with the scanner. Buy at least one extra tray. Speeds up process.
                                      If you have any glass or thick plastic mounts you'll need the universal tray. B&H provided one include in a special offer.

                                      Don't use the Magic Color feature. Does not work with chromes.

                                      As I scan I am removing from slide tray to archival cardboard trays. Allows a dramatic reduction in storage space needed.

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                                      3.0

                                      Works OK on Mac OS10 (Lion)

                                      By DirtyJobsGuy

                                      from Connecticut

                                      About Me Casual User

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Accurate Thumbnails
                                      • Good Bit Depth
                                      • Good Resolution

                                      Cons

                                      • Slow

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Photos and Graphics

                                      Comments about Pacific Image PowerSlide 5000 CCD Slides Scanner:

                                      Mechanics work well but software is so-so. On serveral occasions scanning has locked up in the middle of a tray. Best suggestion is to have no other software running, USB connection directly to computer not hub, restart scanner prior to starting scanning software. Otherwise image quality is very good on scans. I've only done JPEG's so far, not TIFF's but should be no problem.

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                                      5.0

                                      this scanner does a beautiful job, well

                                      By Doc

                                      from Fitchburg,WI

                                      About Me Frequent User

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

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

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Photos and Graphics
                                        • Publishing

                                        Comments about Pacific Image PowerSlide 5000 CCD Slides Scanner:

                                        Have slides from 40 years of travel, this scanner will bring them into modern day photography and it easy

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                                        5.0

                                        Purrs like a kitten when you get it tame

                                        By Jolly

                                        from Houston, Tx

                                        About Me Casual User

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Dont have to baby sit the
                                        • Simple to operate

                                        Cons

                                        • Manual is inadequate
                                        • Scns are reversed

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Archiving slides

                                        Comments about Pacific Image PowerSlide 5000 CCD Slides Scanner:

                                        hope my comments below will be helpful to others in getting quickly accustomed to and acquainted with the PS5000. I had some difficulty at first, due in part to my ignorance and inexperience in using gear like this, and also due in part to idiosyncrasies of the equipment, the software, and the users manual. Specifically, I experienced frequent false starts, missed slides, and hang-ups when starting with slide tray position #1, and also when I positioned the first slide to be scanned by manually moving the tray into position and then pushing the arm in myself. . These and other difficulties were eliminated by developing and rigorously adhering to the following set of "Standard Operating Procedures". The user's guide would be significantly improved if it included such a 'starter set' of procedures. The major problem I had with the software resulted from the system being delivered with a bad driver disc. This was cured by downloading the s/w as directed by the technical support perspnnel.

                                        I now have scanned about 1200 slides using these procedures. I load 49 slides into the "Universal" tray, set my preferences, come back in a couple of hours and repeat the process. I have read comments about the noise, but I do not find that to be a problem. use the Universal tray the following procedures,

                                        The technical personnel I dealt with have been extremely patient and professional as they helped me through my "learning curve", and to find solutions and work-arrounds for all the start-up problems I encountered.

                                        Standard Operating Procedures as of May 23, 2012

                                        These procedures were designed in order to work around and to avoid the difficulties which would otherwise be encountered due to the ignorance and/or in-experience of the operator; and various
                                        congenital defects with the equipment, the software, and the users manual.
                                        The task at hand is the archiving of a very large number of slides (35mm positive transparencies). Slides are being scanned at 2500 DPI, 16-bit color directly to TIF Files with no pre-scaning.. All of the 'Advanced' features are selected along with ;Magic Touch'.
                                        At Initial Start-up it is assumed that the scanner is OFF.and the S/W has not been started
                                        1. Turn Scanner ON. Do this with NO tray inserted and BEFORE starting the CyberViewX5 s/w.
                                        2. Let the Scanner ALONE until its 'Green Light' glows steady.
                                        3. Load slides into the Universal Tray: Place slides up-side down and backward (with emulsion side facing to the left: that is, toward slot #50). NOTE: To avoid certain encountered but unexplained difficulties, I always load Slide #1 into Slot #2 of the tray.
                                        4. Insert Tray into Scanner from the left until slide #1 is past the 'arm'.
                                        5. Press the 'forward' or 'backward' arrows until slide #1 from slot #2 is inside the scanner.
                                        6. Invoke the CyberviewX5 Software.
                                        7. Click on the "Reload Magazine" icon (3rd from right). Slide #1 in Slot #2 should now be in position and ready to be scanned
                                        8. Click on Scan/Preferences/Positive. Settings from the previous execution of CyberViewX5 may have been preserved and, if so, no further action need be taken. Otherwise:
                                        --- Check and modify "Advanced Settings", and set desired DPI and Color Setting..
                                        --- Browse for and set the 'Directory name' of the folder where the slides will be scanned into.
                                        ---Set the "base name" to be used in naming the slide files.
                                        ---Assign the 'starting #' to be added to "base name' to form the file-name for slide #1.
                                        This value will incremented by one for each following slide.
                                        -----Example: If "base name" is "Hawaii Trip-" and 'starting #' is 47,
                                        then the names of the files will be: "Hawaii Trip-047, Hawaii Trip-048, etc
                                        9. Click "OK". Then Click SCAN / Scan Multiple to File. Do not use 'Prescan'.
                                        10. Set 'Range'. This is the Slot numbers in the tray that you want to scan
                                        Slot#1 will be the slot where the arm was positioned when you pressed "Reload Magazine".
                                        If I have, say 23 slides in the tray with the arm positioned at slide#1, but wanted only the first 9, then set range = 1-9. If only every other slide is to be scanned, set range = 1, 3, 5, 7, …
                                        11. Say a prayer and press OK. Watch the machine. It should extract slide #1, insert slide #2, extract slide #2, then insert slide #1 and begin the scanning process.
                                        12. If more trays of slides are to be scanned, return to step #3 above. Otherwise,
                                        13. Click on "Scan/Exit/Yes" to preserve all of the Preference Settings for your next run.
                                        14. Turn Scanner OFF and place Cover over Slide Tray Channel.

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