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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
The scanner is compatible with Windows and Mac computers, however some features may not be available on Mac

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 76 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (23)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (34)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (13)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (4)

    86%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good resolution (49)
    • Good bit depth (39)
    • Accurate color (37)
    • Easy to set up (29)
    • Excellent software (23)

    Cons

    • Slow (19)
    • Poor software (17)
    • Difficult setup (11)
    • Inaccurate color (3)
    • Inaccurate scans (3)

    Best Uses

    • Photos and graphics (34)
    • Publishing (5)
    • Digital printing (3)
    • Large format film (3)
    • Web design (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Frequent user (44), Casual user (17), Great graphics (10)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (61), Business (8)
      • Computer Platform:
      • PC (48), Mac (24)

    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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    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    An Awesome Scanner at a GREAT Price!

    By Lou

    from N. Ca

    About Me Frequent User

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Poor Software

    Best Uses

      Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8200i Ai Film Scanner:

      I have owned several photo scanners, including Nikon, over the years. This is by far the best of them all. It is fast for what I do with it, large files - 37mb TIFF and 350mb RAW files. The quality of the output is sharp, clean clear and the colors jump out at you.As others have mentioned, the SilverFast software is unwieldly to me. I struggled with it for 4 days before I gave up. Way to confusing and not at all intuitive. Be ready to spend another $ or $ for VueScan Professional, which blows the doors off of SilverFast. With VueScan it is now the complete package and I can ask for nothing more in a slide/negative scanner!!!

      • Computer Platform:
      • PC

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      4.0

      Convenient with good results

      By Helen

      from Canada

      Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8200i Ai Film Scanner:

      I've only had this scanner for 2 weeks and I'm still experimenting with it. The default quick scan produces very poor images, but scanning with silver fast produces decent results. The software also provides lots of scanning options and editing tools.
      Physical size of the scanner is relatively small and it comes with a bag, which is very convenient. Would be better if there are more mounting cases for the films.
      Overall, it's a good value for the money.

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      4.0

      Great hardware, bad software

      By DJ Noah

      from Raleigh, NC

      About Me Frequent User

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Accurate Color
      • Easy To Set Up
      • Good Resolution

      Cons

      • Poor Software

      Best Uses

      • Photos and Graphics

      Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8200i Ai Film Scanner:

      The scanner itself is top-notch. If you are looking for a powerful piece of equipment to handle film and slides, this is it.However, the software that comes with the scanner is terrible. It's made by a German company and their english is....lacking. The hardware will work with other scanning software. If you have to use the included software, when you run into a problem, just google around and find a forum that discusses it. You won't find the answer in any of the attached documentation or in the instructional video.But the hardware itself is fantastic.

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

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      5.0

      Doing just what I expected

      By Richard

      from Shasta Lake, CA

      About Me Casual User

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8200i Ai Film Scanner:

          I am using this to make digital copies of my slides, and it is doing the job just as expected

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

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          (21 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Great Scanner/Great Price

          By JB

          from Roanoke, VA

          About Me Graphics Professional

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Accurate Color
          • Good Bit Depth
          • Good Resolution
          • Has Calibration Slide

          Cons

          • Poor Software

          Best Uses

          • Archiving 35mm Film
          • Archiving 35mm Slides
          • Photos and Graphics

          Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8200i Ai Film Scanner:

          This is a great scanner. It out-performs many more expensive scanners. (This is based on actual tests and independant observers of large 13x19 in. prints). I have found that the "Quick Scan" feature the most useful since it by-passes the included Silverfast software and scans directly to Photoshop. The software included (Silverfast AI), is a disaster. I even upgraded to the Archive Suite and bought a 380 page e-book to help me learn how to use it. It's all a waste of money. If you don't have good image editing software then good luck. Silverfast features don't work as advertised and the company considers themselves to be perfect and totally disregarded my issues. Silverfast AI is complicated software without any cohesive documentation. The e-book I purchased is very informative and a great guide to scanning in general, but the "Step-by-Step" guides just don't work. I wouldn't buy any Silverfast product for any reason. When I called Plustek, they said that the scanner is compatible with VueScan software but I would have to purchase it because Plustek doesn't provide it as an alternative. Buy this scanner just don't install the software, buy VueScan. I have been a photographer most of my life and still have negatives from when I was ten. My father was a photographer and there has been a darkroom in every house I've lived in. Now I'm faced with digitally archiving over 10,000 slides and at least that many B&W negatives. Obviously I am having to be selective because no scanner can make this an easy process. I started with a Nikon film and neg. scanner. Well when the Nikon was gone the Plustek 8200i took it's place. This scanner is very impressive from a quality and price standpoint. I researched scanners for a long time and was worried a scanner at this price couldn't possibly replace the Nikon but it has exceeded my expectations. My professional photographer friend works out of NYC most of the time and has the luxury of renting what he needs. He always talks about the Imacon drum scanner he uses, I think it retails for $. He is very impressed with this scanner. The reviews for the Plustek 8200i were mixed but mostly because of the bad comments about the Silverfast software or that it was slow. When B&H had a recent sale on the scanner I decided I couldn't wait any longer, the price made it almost expendable compared to the top end scanners available. I'll tell you that cheap scanners are definately a waste of money, after having been given one, I gave it away. The most important thing to remember for any scanner is pre-cleaning your negatives and slides. This is critical especially with high resolution scanners where archiving is your goal. No software can do this for you. Many scanners advertise features to remove dust and scratches but they don't tell you the process won't work when scanning B&W negatives and most Kodachrome slides. When cleaning a slide you might consider taking it apart because the cardboard or plastic holder will prevent you from easy access to the edges and they can also crop some of the image. I have two pieces of special glass I use to put the slide film in after cleaning. The negative holder for the Plustek 8200i scanner has worked well so I haven't had to modify or create any special handling hardware for negatives. One more important detail. The computer you're using is critical. While working with high resolution images in Photoshop they can quickly become larger than 1GB. My laptop has two Intel i7 processors and two 750GB hard drives, 16GB's of RAM and a 3GB nVidia graphics processor. At max scan resolution of 7200ppi in "Quick Scan" mode the scans are very fast. I suspect that complaints of the scanner being slow are due to the computer and not the Plustek 8200i scanner. I haven't done any batch scanning since this would require using the Silverfast software. I think this is a great scanner and would recommend it to anyone. Don't expect anything from the Silverfast software; it won't do the work for you; do expect to prepare your negatives and slides by thorough cleaning. You may have to add some quality archival cleaning supplies to your shopping list. In most cases, even if you've carefully stored your slides and negatives, there will be dust that won't come off with a blast of air.The only reason this was a 4-star and not 5-star was the software. I'de love it if Plustek would give you an option to get the VueScan software.

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          • Personal
          • Computer Platform:
          • PC

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          5.0

          Beautiful scans!

          By Rick the photog

          from San diego

          About Me Frequent User

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Difficult Setup

          Best Uses

          • Photos and Graphics

          Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8200i Ai Film Scanner:

          Scanning is a breeze with this guy! love the results!

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

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          5.0

          Excellent Scanner

          By Derk

          from California

          Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8200i Ai Film Scanner:

          Gives great scans of slides and negatives. Lots of options
          and controls so a couple / three hours of learning curve, but
          well worth it.

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          1.0

          Silverfast does not meet any standard

          By lyency

          from Kentucky

          About Me Frequent User

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Easy To Set Up

          Cons

          • Poor Software

          Best Uses

            Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8200i Ai Film Scanner:

            I needed a new film scanner, since I am unable to use my Coolscan IV anymore under OS X 10.6.8 (the latest software update, Nikon Scan4, stopped working, and I cannot find more updates).Plustek comes with Silverfast8 which is a disaster in almost every respect.- after installing the scanner and the software I was unable to obtain an acceptable image from a bw negative- then I was looking for documentation more detailed than the four pages in the box. it turns out that there is nothing for free- ok, I am willing to buy the ebook ($), and I pay $ for the 64bit download update, the Archive Suit 8, perhaps in this way I will get good bw negative scans- I got the ebook which is a useless 360 pages soup, and I cannot find where to download the Archive Suit 8, it just disappeared from my view- there is no support where I can ask this specific question, where is the software what I bought for $. no email or phone number or any personal assistance, unbelievable - since I installed Silverfast my Epson Perfection 2450 flatbad scanner does not work- practically there is no costumer support where one can get an answer to questions like "how can I add my old scanner to work with Silverfast?" or "how can I make sure that my old scanner works independently from Silverfast?". the offered links lead to the general advertising of the Silverfast 8- no advice is available how can I use plustek hardware the simplest and the most efficient way, as I did it with the NikonCoolscanThis purchase was a disaster, I wasted more than $ and probably I will need many more weeks to find out how to revitalize my old Epson flatbad scanner and the new Plustek

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

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            (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Good, but...

            By Nicole

            from Boulder, CO

            About Me Frequent User

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Bit Depth
            • Good Resolution
            • Widely Compatible

            Cons

            • Difficult Setup
            • Slow

            Best Uses

              Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8200i Ai Film Scanner:

              If you're a professional photographer with a handful of negatives you want to scan, this is probably the scanner for you. Highly customizable, great quality scans (as long as you spend time tweaking each scan). Software is top notch, if not difficult to use, but very high quality scans.

              If you're a person trying to scan a bunch of images, this is probably not the one for you. To really optimize the quality of the scanner, each scan will require a different setting, they don't autofeed, and each scan is slow. One-at-a-time slow.

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

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              4.0

              A nice combo of hardware and software

              By Lots-o-slides

              from Greenville, SC

              About Me Frequent User

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Slow

              Best Uses

              • Photos and Graphics

              Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8200i Ai Film Scanner:

              Despite some of the reviews indicating the software is hard to use, I find this scanner and the Silverlight software relatively easy to pick up and use. The combination does a very good job of digitizing my old slides and has enabled me to restore the color and eliminate many of the blemishes that have "attached themselves" to the slides over the years. It is time consuming, but I don't know how you can avoid that with old material that needs restoration.

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              • Personal
              • Computer Platform:
              • PC

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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.

              • Primary use:
              • 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!

                  • Primary use:
                  • 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.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal
                    • Computer Platform:
                    • 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

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                                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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