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Plustek OpticFilm 8200i Ai Film Scanner

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Product Highlights
  • 7200dpi
  • 48-bit Color Depth
  • Integrated Infrared Dust/Scratch Removal
  • Built-In Color Calibration
  • Programmable 1-Touch Scan Buttons
  • Includes SilverFast Ai Studio 8

The OpticFilm 8200i Ai Film Scanner from Plustek converts all your 35mm negatives and mounted slides into digital files you can edit and view on the computer. The scanner uses a high resolution 7200dpi sensor with 48-bit color depth to capture all the detail from your originals. The scanner's built-in infrared channel provides dust and scratch removal. Additionally, the included IT 8 calibration slide ensures accurate color results the first time, reducing the need for repeated scans or extensive post processing color correction.

The included SilverFast 8 works together with the scanner to improve your workflow and ensure proper results the first time. This updated version features an improved user interface and provides an advanced preview option that lets you see the results of adjustments beforehand. In addition to SilverFast, the scanner comes with Presto PageManager 7.23.

Key Features

Resolution: 7200 dpi
Color Depth: 48-bit
64-bit hardware & software support
Enhanced with Multi-Exposure Function for improved image quality
Built-in Infrared channel
IT8 color calibration
USB High Speed 2.0 connection

Plustek QuickScan

Plustek QuickScan is a button utility software for scanning 35mm negative films and positive slides. It is ideal for digitizing snapshots with just one click. It is easy to operate and speedy to scan

SilverFast Ai Studio 8

SilverFast is a professional-grade scan software. It provides users and professionals with a powerful tool for scanning, editing, and color reproduction
Share files by converting them to portable file formats such as PDF and Presto Wrapper
Easily organize files
View files without opening other applications, with PageManager document and image viewers
Easily stack related image and document files - even with different file formats
Easily find backup files, annotations, title, author, and memo information with the efficient search function
Add annotations without affecting the original file with handy annotation tools, such as text, stamp, highlighter, freehand line, straight line, sticky note, and bookmark
Enhance images with a set of image tools such as crop, rotate, flip, invert color, auto-enhancement, brightness and contrast, color adjustment, and remove noise
Film Types 35 mm negatives & slides
Scan Quality
Scan Sensor CCD
Hardware Resolution 7200 dpi
Color Depth Color (Input): 48-bit input, 24/48-bit output
Grayscale: 16-bit input, 8/16-bit output
B/W: 1-bit
Color Accuracy IT8 target
Dynamic Range 3.6
Performance
Preview Speed Negative Film: ~ 8.0 seconds (Multi-Sampling ON)
Positive Film: ~ 8.0 seconds (Multi-Sampling ON)
Scan Speed 3600 dpi: ~ 36 seconds (Multi-Sampling ON)
7200 dpi: ~ 113 seconds (Multi-Sampling ON)
Scanning Area 1.45 x 1.0" (36.8 x 25.4 mm)
Connectivity
Computer Interface USB 2.0
OS Compatibility Windows: Windows 8, Windows 7, XP, Vista
Mac: OS X 10.5 to 10.9 (Intel-based)
Windows System Requirements Processor: 2 GHz or faster
Memory: 2 GB RAM (4 GB recommended)
Disk Space: 10 GB free space
Other: CD/DVD drive or internet connection
Apple System Requirements Processor: 2 GHz or faster Intel processor (PowerPC not supported)
Memory: 2 GB RAM (4 GB recommended)
Disk Space: 10 GB free space
Other: CD/DVD drive or internet connection
Physical
Light Source Infrared, LED
Control Panel IntelliScan, Quick Scan, Power
Power Requirements 100 to 240 VAC
Dimensions 4.73 x 4.7 x 10.7" (12.0 x 11.9 x 27.2 cm)
Weight 3.5 lb (1.6 kg)
Plustek OpticFilm 8200i Ai Film Scanner
  • SilverFast Ai Studio 8
  • Plustek QuickScan
  • NewSoft Presto PageManager 7.23
  • Carrying Case
  • Mounted Slides Tray
  • Negatives Tray
  • IT8 Calibration Slide
  • USB Cable
  • Power Adapter
  • USB Cable
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    PlustekOpticFilm 8200i Ai Film Scanner
     
    3.9

    (based on 66 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (19)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (29)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (13)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (3)

    86%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good resolution (42)
    • Good bit depth (34)
    • Accurate color (31)
    • Easy to set up (24)
    • Excellent software (20)

    Cons

    • Slow (17)
    • Poor software (13)
    • Difficult setup (9)
    • Inaccurate color (3)
    • Inaccurate scans (3)

    Best Uses

    • Photos and graphics (30)
    • Publishing (5)
    • Digital printing (3)
    • Large format film (3)
    • Web design (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Frequent user (38), Casual user (16), Great graphics (9)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (55), Business (7)
      • Computer Platform:
      • PC (43), Mac (21)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Extremely good scans for the price

    I've owned this scanner for a few weeks now. I have scanned hundreds of images consisting of Kodachrome slides, color negatives, and BW negatives as old as 68 years and as new as...Read complete review

    I've owned this scanner for a few weeks now. I have scanned hundreds of images consisting of Kodachrome slides, color negatives, and BW negatives as old as 68 years and as new as last week. At 3600dpi, the scans have the resolution of wet process enlargements. At 7200dpi, you can magnify the image and clearly see individual grains in the developed film. Though somewhat slow due to manual feeding (and the obligatory babysitting), it is capable of producing scans that may finally have squeezed the last drop of 35mm film's excellent resolution. This scanner will probably bog down on a less than great computer. My machine is Intel Core i7 quad core at 2GH with 16GB RAM running Win7 64 bit. The only issue I've had with the hardware is that on some VERY dense film (grossly underexposed slides and overexposed negatives), the backlight is a little underpowered to cut through, leaving a noisy scan. The Silverfast software is excellent, but only after you learn how to use it from a third party. I think everyone agrees that the manuals are worthless. Once you've learned to place RGB/CMYK measurement points in strategic locations on the prescan (a process the manual doesn't describe) and fine-tune the RGB histogram, you can get absolutely perfectly color balanced and exposed scans. The infrared scratch and dust detection is amazing, but note that it can't be used on films containing metallic substances, including BW. Get a third party book on Silverfast. I will include a few 3600dpi scans of Kodachrome from 1945-1950 reduced in size by 50% and compressed to JPG format. The newspaper in the slide with cats is from June 27, 1950 and the headline announces the start of the Korean War. The car in the slide with kids is a 1941 Ford and that slide was shot in 1947.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Potentially great machine

    I have scanned images from both slides and film at both high and low resolutions and when the scanner works correctly it does a fine job of providing accurate detailed images. Scanning errors however...Read complete review

    I have scanned images from both slides and film at both high and low resolutions and when the scanner works correctly it does a fine job of providing accurate detailed images. Scanning errors however occur often when making high resolution or dust and scratch removal scans. The first half of the image will scan well but the second half will be only lines as if the scanner did not operate smoothly during the second half of the scan (images included below). I'm not sure if this is a software problem or a hardware issue. The SilverFast software has an easy to use interface and offers alot of options for the user to improve the scan but it has stopped functioning in several instances. If the issues mentioned above were ironed out I would give it five stars.

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    3.0

    Software lumpy but scanner OK

    By PhotoNut

    from Melbourne, Australis

    About Me Casual User

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Accurate Color
    • Good Resolution

    Cons

    • Difficult Setup
    • Poor Software
    • Slow

    Best Uses

    • Photos and Graphics

    Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8200i Ai Film Scanner:

    Lots of negatives to scan so after a cheap, inferior scanner try out I got the OpticFilm 8200i. The SilverFast software was tricky to install, but managed it in the end. Way too many confusing adjustments choices in SilverFast and found it easier to transfere the scanned negative to Paintshop to do the final adjustments. The infrared scan works well for dust, cat hair and scratch removal. The scanning speed is slow, especially when the infrared option is included. It will take me years to do all my negatives.

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

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    4.0

    Hardware works great software so so

    By WyngRyder

    from Detroit, Mi

    About Me Casual User

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Accurate Color
    • Good Bit Depth
    • Good Resolution

    Cons

    • Slow
    • So So Software

    Best Uses

    • Film Archive
    • Photos and Graphics

    Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8200i Ai Film Scanner:

    Getting great results from old negatives. Not fast but pretty accurate scans. For the price can't fault the hardware, would be nice to have auto feed but that would drive the price up.

    The supplied software on the other hand is buggy and finicky. Makes me unplug other scanners and cameras before it will find the film scanner. After downloading the updated software it was a lot less prone to crashing but still finicky to get started.

    Interface is a bit complicated but if you have used RAW converters for digital cameras you will get through it.

    5 stars for the hardware 3 stars for the software hence the 4 star average.

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    • Personal
    • Computer Platform:
    • Mac

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    4.0

    Simple to use and good results

    By ccbell

    from Houston, Texas

    About Me Graphics Professional

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Set Up
    • Excellent Software
    • Good Bit Depth
    • Widely Compatible

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8200i Ai Film Scanner:

        I have so many 35mm slides and photo negatives I wanted to preserve in a more modern, less cumbersome way than projectors and trays. This scanner was the answer. It doesn't require a lot of space, is easy to set up and the accompanying software walks you through the scanning process with helpful video demonstrations. The nice canvas storage case was a pleasant bonus. Happy scanning!

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        • Personal
        • Computer Platform:
        • Mac

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        3.0

        Great scanner, terrible software

        By John in Mesquite

        from Mesquite, TX

        About Me Frequent User

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

          • Poor Software

          Best Uses

          • Photos and Graphics

          Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8200i Ai Film Scanner:

          The Plustek scanner has all the features I need. It sells for a very reasonable price. I am scanning Kodachrome slides, some are 30+ years old and a variety of 35mm negative films and the infrared scanning feature prevents hours of Photoshop touch-up for scratches and processing defects. All-in-all, I think this scanner is an excellent value for the money. On the other hand the SilverFast software included with the scanner is some of the worst I have ever used. It crashes multiple times per day. In fewer than four months I have had to apply numerous updates. As soon as one bug is fixed, two more pop up. Software features that used to work quit working on new updates and the crashes make it difficult to get any work done.

          This is a great hardware product hampered by buggy software so be prepared to apply frequent updates and bug fixes. If the manufacturer would test the software before shipping it out for the user to find the bugs, it would be a joy to work with.

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          • Personal
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          • PC

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          4.0

          Excellent scanner for the money!

          By Pap

          from CA

          Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8200i Ai Film Scanner:

          I've been using the scanner for 1 week and very pleased with the results. I've read harsh reviews on the Silverfast Studio 8 software but my experience has been very positive! The software manual is not the best but the software capability is outstanding. It takes a while to get used to because of the sophistication of the interface. I use it on full manual rather than the navigator routine because of the extensive tool palets in the manual mode. Love it so fast and hope it is reliable over extended use.

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          4.0

          the only slide scanner that works for me

          By Dolma

          from NY, Washington State and Alaska

          About Me Frequent User

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8200i Ai Film Scanner:

                As a curator of archival stereo slides I have found that the OpticFilm 8200i AI works well with a few small adjustments to the slide template. Using my Foredom flexible shaft tool I cut out two of the plastic 'bars' that hold 2x2 slides to make room for a longer stereo slide. I added a narrow bar of clear plastic to make a nice tight fit for the slide, which snaps in place. Being able to manually set the slide in position makes finding the right setting for the smaller size film, easy. Actually I marked it with nail polish so I don't have to guess. As far as technical stuff I don't feel qualified to say anything except it really works for me with slides dating back to 1954.

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                • Personal
                • Computer Platform:
                • Mac

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                4.0

                Excellent scanner for the price

                By nedski

                from Philadelphia, PA

                About Me Frequent User

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Accurate Color
                • Good Resolution

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • 35mm film
                  • 35mm slides

                  Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8200i Ai Film Scanner:

                  The quality of scans is a big leap from flatbed scanners such as the Epson 700. The film and slide holders are sturdy and hold film flat.

                  SilverFast has an odd, complicated interface but can extract excellent detail from originals. The scanner also works with ViewScan. You can get the less expensive 8200i SE, but you don't get the IT8 calibration slide. Color calibrating the scanner produced an immediate improvement in color accuracy.

                  The only drawback is that it scans 1 frame at a time, and the carrier must be manually advanced to the next frame.

                  I'd recommend getting a set of extra carriers so you can have a second carrier ready when the first one finishes.

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                  • Personal
                  • Computer Platform:
                  • Mac

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                  5.0

                  Is a good choice

                  By Centinela

                  from Calexico, Ca

                  About Me Casual User

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Accurate Color
                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Good Resolution
                  • Widely Compatible

                  Cons

                  • Slow

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8200i Ai Film Scanner:

                    I needed a way to scan my father slides and my old films. This scanner is a good choice. Some of my films had some scratches and this machine fixed them, making great digital photos.
                    It is not expensive and very useful.

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

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                    4.0

                    COOL SIMPLE SCANNER

                    By Heavy Pictures

                    from Brooklyn, NY

                    About Me Frequent User

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Accurate Color
                    • Easy To Set Up
                    • Good Bit Depth
                    • Good Resolution
                    • Widely Compatible

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Photos and Graphics

                      Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8200i Ai Film Scanner:

                      I use this to capture my old slides and negatives so I can share them and store them before they lose too much quality. It's fast and easy to set up.

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

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                      4.0

                      Good product overall

                      By psh_vt

                      from Vermont

                      About Me Casual User

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Set Up

                      Cons

                      • Poor Software

                      Best Uses

                      • Scanning Family Slides

                      Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8200i Ai Film Scanner:

                      Hardware is excellent, easy to set up.

                      I'm not impressed with Silverfast software -- unless the original slide is just about perfect, the scan will be off.

                      We happen to have Adobe Elements, and get better luck with that.

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                      • Personal
                      • Computer Platform:
                      • PC

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                      5.0

                      High quality and Easy to use

                      By Jane

                      from Irvine, CA

                      About Me Frequent User

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Excellent Software
                      • Good Bit Depth
                      • Good Resolution
                      • Works on Network

                      Cons

                      • Colors Diff With Photosho

                      Best Uses

                      • Large Format Film
                      • Photos and Graphics

                      Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8200i Ai Film Scanner:

                      Very helpful video for each funtion

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

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                      3.0

                      Decent product

                      By Naterbater

                      from Great Falls Montana

                      About Me Casual User

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Accurate Color
                      • Easy To Set Up

                      Cons

                      • Slow

                      Best Uses

                      • Large Format Film
                      • Photos and Graphics

                      Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8200i Ai Film Scanner:

                      Purched this item because my dad has thousands of slides that go as far back as the early 70's. Most of which I've never seen and it's been fun to be able to convert them digital! The pictures come out pretty nice considering the age of some of the film, good light and color. However it takes about a minute a slide so if you have as many as I do...be prepared for a long boring project.

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                      • Personal
                      • Computer Platform:
                      • PC

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                      4.0

                      OPTICFILM FILM SCANNER

                      By Dragonfly

                      from Cleveland, OH

                      About Me Frequent User

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Accurate Color
                      • Excellent Software

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Photos and Graphics

                        Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8200i Ai Film Scanner:

                        Slide and film scanners are disappearing fast. I was very pleased to find one of the limited models in production (and, about the only new/upgraded model I have seen) on B&H. It isn't cheap but it is a limited audience so I suppose it is understandable. And, it seems that there isn't much available between the amateur, inexpensive models and the high end machines. Especially the software has a little bit of a learning curve but that is because of the many options. It is still new to me but, so far so good. Finally, be sure to read the unbiased reviews for this and any other models you are considering.

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                        • Personal
                        • Computer Platform:
                        • Mac

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                        3.0

                        May Be aGood Deal - Eventually

                        By Pski

                        from Flat Rock Community, GA

                        About Me Frequent User

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                          Cons

                          • Bw Negatives Are Goofy
                          • Difficult Setup
                          • Hard To Install Software

                          Best Uses

                          • 35mm slides

                          Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8200i Ai Film Scanner:

                          I fiddled with this thing for four days before I finally found a downloaded version of Silverfast Ai Studio and a Plustek driver that would work in Win 8 Pro.The software seems to work well once you learn how to setup and assign default frames to the various workflows.I am still having problems with very strange software generated artifacts in final scans of B&W negatives. I don't know when I will get my first successful scans.

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                          • Personal
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                          • PC

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                          5.0

                          Great product

                          By Rogerio

                          from Porto Alegre, Brazil

                          About Me Frequent User

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                          • Accurate Color
                          • Excellent Software
                          • Good Bit Depth
                          • Good Resolution

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Photos and Graphics

                            Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8200i Ai Film Scanner:

                            I went do the store with the Epson V700 in mind, but since I was traveling, I opted for the Plustek 8200i Ai, since it fits easily in my luggage – and I can say I completely satisfied with my purchase.
                            The results are amazing. I compare to the scans from my lab which uses a Nikon Coolscan and I can't tell the difference. The Silverfast software upgraded that comes with the Ai is simply the best by far I've used. I've tried them all I guess – HP's, Vuescan and Epson's. The film profiles are really well done. They do work well. Besides, Silverfast gives me full control of my scan pre-scan, since i don't post-edit.
                            I was quite reticent, since the scanner it's quite inexpensive. But again, very impressive results. At least the best I've seen in a consumer scanner.
                            The only downside is that you have to push every frame at a time. But at least this way you know you got the result. Remember with an HP4050 I had I did all the roll, send the batch, only after to find out that Vuescan messed up with all my framing and I had to re-do it.

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                            • Personal
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                            • Mac

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                            5.0

                            8200i Ai Film Scanner

                            By Neal B

                            from Lowell Indiana

                            Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8200i Ai Film Scanner:

                            First off I am not a professional photogapger by any means and not even a novice. The hardware is extremely well built. My first suggestion is order extra trays when you order the scanner as I failed to. Previous reviewers have panned the SilverFast software so this was a major concern to me. The software documentation was not for a 63 year old non-techi like me. I did however find a 3rd party on line tutorial (Lynda.co) that made mastering SilverFast a breeze. I am totally satisfied so far and only have about a thousand scans left to go of my Grandfather and fathers slides.

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                            3.0

                            Great Hardware, Bad Software

                            By Howard

                            from Chicago, Il

                            About Me Graphics Professional

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

                            • Accurate Color
                            • Good Resolution

                            Cons

                            • Difficult Setup
                            • Poor Software
                            • Software Documentation
                            • Software Tutorials
                            • Software User Support

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8200i Ai Film Scanner:

                              I purchased the scanner to archive my predigital day images which were captured on film (both slide and negative) As a professional photographer, I'm used to working with a variety of imaging tools. The Plustek Opticfilm 8200AI system is usable but could be much better. It is usable for my current project but I would not like it for a long term solution. There are two components to the Opticfilm 8200 AI scanner, hardware and software. I'll address each of these parts individually.

                              The hardware itself is compact and easily fits on a desk. Installation appears simple, just connect it to power and a USB port. However, the installation documentation is confusing. Should you install the hardware or software first? It turns out you need to install the hardware, but turn it off during the software installation. Operation is simple with only three buttons -- Power, Quickscan and Intelliscan. The scanner comes with two carriers, one for slides and the other for 35mm film strips.

                              The slide carrier holds 4 slides. Once a slide is scanned, the user needs to manually advance the carrier to the next slide. The slide scans were of excellent quality. With a properly profiled scanner, little to no color/exposure correction is needed. The biggest problem with the 8200 scanner is scanning negatives. After inserting the negative strip into the carrier (which holds a six frame strip), the carrier is placed in the scanner. The scanner does not accurately align the negative frame in the scanner. Furthermore, there are no visual marks on the carrier. When the carrier does click in place, it still needs to be adjusted in order for the negative to be properly aligned for scanning. This is somewhat of an issue with slides too but there is a much greater margin of error with slides. With all of that said, the quality of the scans themselves is excellent. I was amazed at how good my slides looked.

                              The issue with the film scanner is minor when compared to the myriad of problems presented by the software. The scanner is paired with the Silverfast scanning software created by LaserSoft Imaging. I find it hard to say anything positive about the software. Installation was a nightmare. It took me many attempts to get the software installed and I'm a proficient computer user. Finally an e-mail to LaserSoft indicated there is a software conflict with a Wacom tablet. I had to uninstall my tablet in order to get the software to recognize the existence of the scanner.

                              Once installed, the software is not user friendly. There is no instruction manual. There are some videos but they don't cover all the important details. The videos demonstrate how some tasks are completed but do not explain the impact of various settings. Silverfast also has a habit of mysteriously changing setting values. For instance my ppi setting would randomly change. Another problem is that deactivated tools are only deactivated for the current scan. The dialog has to actually be closed in order to prevent the tool from reactivating itself. Furthermore, tools may not remember how they were set the last time it was used. Every time, the dust and scratch removal tool is activated, the navigator panel appears in the default position. Even if the use moved it to the control bar. Tools should stay where they were put and how they were set.

                              The video tutorials provided by LaserSoft make it appear the tools work wonders. However, I found that in order to remove the scratches, the tool had to be set in such a way that image detail was mistaken for a scratch. That is simply unacceptable. Photoshop's healing brush does a much better job removing a scratch yet preserving the image detail. Personally, I do not see any difference between the various settings for the Grain removal tool or Unsharp mask. Once again, I find Photoshop does a much better job.

                              Color and exposure correction is supposed to be simple but it really isn't. The scanner does come with an IT8 calibration slide. Using the slide and profiling the scanner is easy. But correcting individual images depends on having an accurate monitor. That's not a problem for most photographers. But the casual user might not have such a monitor available. Also, the video tutorial quickly breezes past color correction. In the end, I found it much easier and faster to use my standard iCorrect EditLab ProApp to correct my images than within Silverfast.

                              If it were not for the fact that I'm using the scanner for a specific project and planning to sell it afterward, I would have returned the product. The hardware itself does a great job. However, when paired with the Silverfast software, the system is not worth the money for the Silverfast upgrade.

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                              • Personal
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                              • PC

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                              3.0

                              2nd Update on July 19th review

                              By ex-software guy

                              from Los Angeles

                              About Me Frequent User

                              Verified Reviewer

                              Pros

                              • Accurate Color
                              • Good Resolution

                              Cons

                              • Difficult Setup

                              Best Uses

                              • Photos and Graphics

                              Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8200i Ai Film Scanner:

                              It's now 6 months since I filed a problem report with PlusTek. Until the past month, the Plustek technical support team has continued to promise to resolve the problem. I'm no longer getting a response, and feel they've decided to cut off support. The tech people are great, but this isn't your routine 'reinstall' problem. In summary, the problem seems to be a conflict with the Plustek A2F driver and something in the network stack. The scanner works fine when the network is turned off. That includes both the 10base-T NIC and the wireless NIC. That means I can run the scanner, but I can't access the SilverFast help--it's on line. So when I'm scanning, I'm frequently disabling and enabling the network.Similar problems have been reported by the users who wrote reviews on [*]. So I don't believe that my problem with the scanner are unique.At this point, I advise other Window users to expect that if there's a problem, the company may not be help. While the tech support has been great, I believe the software development team has limited resources and ability. You could be stuck.

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                              4.0

                              Excellent alternative

                              By S.Waleck

                              from Vernon, NJ

                              About Me Frequent User

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Accurate Color
                              • Easy To Set Up
                              • Excellent Software
                              • Good Bit Depth
                              • Good Resolution

                              Cons

                              • Slow

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8200i Ai Film Scanner:

                                I was using an Epson V500 for my film scans and always felt the resolution was lacking. This unit definitely takes the resolution up a notch, even when set at 3600. The anti dust and scratch removal works very well. The only downside is the speed of the scans, they are slow. This wouldn't be my first choice if I was scanning thousands of slides for archives unless you are prepared to spend the time. The results, in my opinion, are worth the wait in regards to speed. I have no regrets with my purchase.

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

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                                5.0

                                Great for non-professionals too...Easy.

                                By Stefan

                                from Webster, NY

                                About Me Casual User

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                                Pros

                                • Easy
                                • Easy To Set Up
                                • Good Bit Depth
                                • Good Resolution

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Photos and Graphics

                                  Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8200i Ai Film Scanner:

                                  I have about 2500 or more slides from 30 to 40 years ago that we never look at. The expense to get these digitized would be prohibitive. I wanted to be able to scan slides quickly, but if I had a really good photo I also want to have the capacity to scan it at high resolution.
                                  I just used the Plustek 8100ai for the first time today, and I feel it will serve my purpose. It will scan the slides in a couple minutes per slide if you want to just do a quick crop and scan using Quickscan. For most of my photos this will be sufficient and they look good. I'm sure it will take some practice learning to use SilverFast to its full capacity, but I found it usable in an hour using their Workflow Pilot. I didn't even read any instructions, I just viewed the video that comes up when you first open the program.
                                  I am mainly writing this for people who might be scared off by reports of "20 minute scans" and "terrible documentation". If you have the needs that I have, this is very usable without you having to be a professional. It is easy to load, easy to scan. As long as you don't want to be doing color adjustments, it is a mindless job. You could do it while you're watching TV. I will probably do that, and rescan any that I want to fix. If you have a lot of dust, you'll want to use SilverFast. It has a few more steps than Quickscan, but not too many if your doing what I just described. Also, I have a Dell Optiplex 755 with an Intel core2duo E6550@2.33Ghz with 2.97 gig of ram running XP. I didn't have any issues.

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                                  • Personal
                                  • Computer Platform:
                                  • PC

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