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Plustek OpticFilm 8100 Film Scanner

B&H # PLOF8100 Mfr # 783064365321
Price: $304.99
Instant Savings: -$40.00
You Pay: $264.99
Product Highlights
  • Resolution: 7200dpi
  • Convert 35mm Negatives & Slides
  • Color Depth: 48-Bit
  • Includes SilverFast SE Plus 8
  • Includes Presto PageManager 7.23

The Plustek OpticFilm 8100 is a dedicated film scanner with 7200 dpi optical resolution. Its light sources give images more precise color rendering with less power consumption. Two one-touch buttons make scanning easier and more efficient for sharing on websites such as Flickr, Facebook, and Picasa. The Plustek OpticFilm 8100 features a compact easy-to-transport size and a custom carrying bag that protects the scanner from dust and other harmful elements when not in use.

The Plustek OpticFilm 8100 includes SilverFast Multi-Exposure, which is designed to increase the image's dynamic range, add more shadow detail, and eliminate noise. SilverFast NegaFix contains over 120 profiles for negative film and ensures optimal results when converting negatives into positives. The Plustek OpticFilm 8100 scanner is also bundled with LaserSoft Imaging's SilverFast 8. WorkflowPilot guides users through all scanning and processing steps. The newly designed graphical user interface makes the software easy to use. Also included with the scanner is NewSoft Presto PageManager 7.23, which provides document management software for OCR, PDF creation, and conversion to Word and Excel files.

Key Features

  • 7200 dpi resolution
  • 48-bit color depth
  • 64-bit hardware and software support
  • Enhanced with Multi-Exposure Function for quality image
  • USB High Speed 2.0 connection

Film Holders

The film holders protect the film during the scanning process and ensure accurate scans the first time. The scanner comes with 2 film holders. The mounted slide holder can hold up to 4 slides. The negative holder can hold strips of 35mm film up to 6 frames long

Carrying bag

The scanner comes with a padded carrying bag that includes storage space for the scanner, two film holders, power adapter and USB cable.

SilverFast SE Plus 8

SilverFast scan software features with Stand-Alone SilverFast Launcher and TWAIN Plug-in applications. It provides users and professionals with a powerful tool for scanning, editing, and color reproduction. The software includes:
  • WorkflowPilot
  • Intuitive Graphic User Interface
  • Multitasking
  • Multi-Exposure

Plustek QuickScan

Plustek QuickScan is a button utility 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

NewSoft Presto PageManager 7.23

Powerful document management software for OCR, PDF creation, or format conversion to Microsoft Word or Excel. TWAIN-Express makes it easy to connect with your scanner
Share files by converting them to portable file formats like PDF (Portable Document Format), and Presto! Wrapper, an executable file
Easily organize files
View files without opening other applications, with PageManager document and image viewers
Preview audio or video files in Thumbnail view
Easily stack related image and document files - even with different file formats. The software provides document management software for OCR, PDF creation, as well as format conversion to Microsoft Word or Excel. TWAIN-Express makes it easy to connect with your scanner. 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
Get text out of an image using OCR (Optical Character Recognition)
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 35mm negatives
35mm mounted slides
Scan Quality
Scan Sensor CCD
Optical Resolution 7200 dpi
Color Depth Color: 48-bit input, 24/48-bit output
Grayscale: 16-bit input, 8/16-bit output
Black/White: 1-bit
Dynamic Range 3.6
Scan Area 1.45 x 1.0" (36.8 x 25.4 mm)
Performance
Preview Speed ~ 8 seconds (negatives & slides)
Scan Speed 3600 dpi: ~ 36 seconds
7200 dpi: ~ 113 seconds
Connectivity
Computer Interface USB 2.0
OS Compatibility Windows: Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista, XP
Mac: OS X 10.5, 10.6, 10.7, 10.8
Windows System Requirements 2 GHz processor or faster, 2 GB RAM, 10 GB free disk space, CD/DVD drive or internet connection
Apple System Requirements 2 GHz Intel Processor or faster (PowerPC not supported), 2 GB RAM, 10 GB disk space, CD/DVD drive or internet connection
Physical
Light Source LED
Button IntelliScan, QuickScan
Power Requirements 110 to 240 V
15 V DC, 1.0 A
Dimensions (WxHxD) 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 8100 Film Scanner
  • Negative Film Holder
  • Slide Holder
  • Carrying Bag
  • USB Cable
  • Power Adapter
  • Software CD:
    • Scanner Drivers
    • SilverFast SE Plus 8
    • Plustek QuickScan
    • NewSoft Presto PageManager 7.23
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    PlustekOpticFilm 8100 Film Scanner
     
    4.2

    (based on 47 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (20)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (22)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    93%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good resolution (33)
    • Consistent (18)
    • Good bit depth (15)
    • Accurate thumbnails (9)
    • Fast (8)

    Cons

    • Slow (15)
    • Poor software (7)

    Best Uses

    • Photos and graphics (20)
    • Digital printing (7)
    • Web design (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Frequent user (25), Casual user (13), Great graphics (8)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (42), Business (4)
      • Computer Platform:
      • PC (26), Mac (19)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Good scanner, slow software

    With 7200dpi optical resolution, this scanner does a fairly good job digitizing 35mm film and slides. I have put it through its paces with very old color and B&W negatives as...Read complete review

    With 7200dpi optical resolution, this scanner does a fairly good job digitizing 35mm film and slides. I have put it through its paces with very old color and B&W negatives as well as slides and the results are good for a machine in this price bracket.
    The software required, SilverFast8 SE Plus, is where there is a snag. It is probably the slowest piece of code I have ever used and, even though it has a large set of tools and functions, it can slow a scan process to a screeching halt in no time - I'm talking about 20+ minutes for ONE frame...
    The best solution is to keep the level of software processing to a bare minimum, specially when scanning at the highest resolutions, then process using Photoshop.
    Be advised that you should verify any functions you disable before each scan - SilverFast will at random reset all tools to be active and rather than a scan taking a few seconds, it will be out to lunch for a very very long time.
    Being used to an Minolta scanner, the Plustek holders are kind of lame and the manual insertion and frame selection is rudimentary compared to motorized frame alignment and custom focusing of the Minolta.
    Nonetheless, good scanner for the money, if it proves able to take the daily abuse.
    I would have rated 5 stars if the software was not so infuriatingly slow and quirky.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Don't Expect Miracles

    As a scanner, it works well and as promised, but it's important to remember that the end result will depend on the quality of the negative.

    I haven't shot film...Read complete review

    As a scanner, it works well and as promised, but it's important to remember that the end result will depend on the quality of the negative.

    I haven't shot film for 10+ years and was excited about transferring my film to digital. The scanner seemed perfect for the task at hand, but I ran into the problem that my negatives needed a fair bit of work to clean them up before I was satisfied.

    The 3 star rating is mostly due to the user interface, which is hard to understand and use.

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    4.0

    Slow but seems to have good results

    By john

    from Nebraska

    About Me Casual User

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Resolution

    Cons

    • Poor Software
    • Slow

    Best Uses

      Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8100 Film Scanner:

      I purchased this product to scan old color film negatives. At 7200 dpi it takes my system about 4 minutes to complete a scan and set up for the next negative.
      I am using recent generation iMac with the packaged SilverFast SE Plus 8.0 software. This software requires the type of film to be selected prior to scanning. Most of my negatives are Kodacolor II film (which I thought was a common film) yet that type of film does not appear in the selection list. I have had to try other types in the selection list and determine what provides satisfactory results.

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

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      4.0

      Great hardware - Not so great software

      By Kass

      from Arizona

      About Me Frequent User

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • 35 Mm Slides Only
      • Poor Software
      • Slideholders Advance Manu

      Best Uses

        Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8100 Film Scanner:

        With my 13,000 slides to digitalize, the Plustek 8100 is capable and reliable. It's 7200 dpi is probably more than you will ever need. Designed to be fairly dustproof (dust is the biggest problem in slide digitalization), compact to not eat up desk space, it is quiet and cool. Speed depends upon resolution with high resolutions taking the longest time. The slide holders (buy several to save time) have been recently improved and are very convenient. The scanner does not pull the slideholders through the unit, requiring the operator to push the next slide through every 30 seconds or so. Overall it does an outstanding job. Slides in the old 126 format will have the top and bottom of the image cut off.
        Plustek supplies software from Silverfast that has no useful documentation included or available on line. Inadequate explanations are included in several built-in videos that take up hard drive space and provide sparse information in heavily accented English. Fortunately there are several free or inexpensive scanner software programs available that are much better.

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

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        4.0

        Gets the job done

        By That guy with the cameras

        from Cyberspace

        About Me Graphics Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Set Up
        • Good Resolution
        • Widely Compatible

        Cons

        • Poor Bit Depth
        • Poor Software

        Best Uses

        • Websites And Small Images

        Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8100 Film Scanner:

        After a couple of weeks, I'm reasonably satisfied. The scanner is fast, but lacks ICE or any kind of good dust removal capability, and has no manual focus tweaking. If your film originals are not in pristine condition, expect to spend a fair bit of time working on them.

        The Silverfast software that comes with renders reasonably decent color, but only with 8-bit output. Getting usable 16-bit images appears to require the purchase of a higher grade of Silverfast.

        For the price it's a good deal. It's entirely adequate for casual or web-based images, but the entire setup lacks features needed for professional use.

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

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        4.0

        Works for me

        By ddriskell

        from Aspen, Co

        About Me Graphics Professional

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Scanning 35mm Negatives
            • Scanning 35mm Slides

            Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8100 Film Scanner:

            I bought this scanner from B&H a year ago and have used it periodically, mostly scanning photos for websites and archiving old slides. I spent some time trying to work with the Silverfast 8 software but the software itself runs slow and clunky on my Intel i7/8gb/Windows 7 64bit system. I have the latest 64 bit scanner driver and Silverfast update.

            Silverfast seems to have a lot of useful features but my scan results with Silverfast were often not as good as the included Quick Scan utility. I use Gimp or Paintshop Pro to make adjustments after the original scans so I just need a good base scan, which I can get with Quick Scan. I'm giving this scanner four stars because I like it but wasted a fair amount of time with the Silverfast software before deciding it's too slow and clunky to be practical.

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

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            4.0

            Quite nice

            By CJ

            from Columbia, MD

            Verified Buyer

            Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8100 Film Scanner:

            Very nice scanner, but crashes on mac with silverfast.

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            4.0

            Seems Pretty Good So Far

            By Maintenance Engineer

            from Ohio

            About Me Frequent User

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Accurate Color
            • Excellent Software

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8100 Film Scanner:

                I chose this scanner based mainly on customer reviews. I am in the process of converting a lifetime of slides (over 5,000 to go) and some negatives to digital.

                I previously used an Epson flatbed scanner with slide capability. By the time I got through 3,000 or so it failed - though still under warranty. I had the cover replaced and did about 2,000 more and it failed again.

                Not cost effective to repair I looked into a better scanner more suited to slides. I have only just begun using the OpticFilm 8100 but am impressed so far. The final product, color corrected, properly exposed JPEG's have been great. The included Silverfast software is wonderful.

                I have only converted one box of slides so far, the results are better than what I got previously, but there is still a long time to go before I can let you know about the unit's reliability. I probably still need to convert 5,000 or so. If the unit holds up it will have been worth the price. If not, the investment will be debatable.

                I cannot recommend this piece of equipment to others at this time as I have not used it enough yet to learn about it's reliability.

                Wish me luck.

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

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                5.0

                Win, win, 3600 dpi 35mm scan..

                By Victor

                from NYC

                About Me Frequent User

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8100 Film Scanner:

                      I read a lot of reviews on it and most sites seem to be complaining about the slowness. The scanner is slow scanning at full 7200 dpi resolution if you are using the included Silverfast software. The software is slow. From scanning to actually saving the file, it took me 10 minutes from scanning 1 frame. I only use VueScan with it and the time was cut in half. The preview speed is quick, under 10s. Is a fast scanner using VueScan. I am totally happy with the scanner. I never like to shoot in 35mm because I used to use a lowend flatbed scanner. Mainly shoot medium format. With the Plustek 8100, I am totally committed in shoot 35mm now.

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

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                      5.0

                      Great product

                      By paula m s

                      from North Branford, CT

                      About Me Graphics Professional

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Set Up

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Photos and Graphics

                        Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8100 Film Scanner:

                        Good Bang for the Buck!
                        Having owned a flat bed film scaner, this product, "hands down" is more productive when scanning large quanities... 200 +... (my recent project is appox 800)...

                        quality of the scans = A+ (7200 dpi)
                        speed of scans = A+
                        Color quality = B+ (now that could be an A or A+, but i'm using slide film from 20 years ago)

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

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                        5.0

                        The 8100 makes scanning a breeze

                        By Rob from Jersey

                        from Ft. Dix, New Jersey

                        About Me Frequent User

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Accurate Color
                        • Easy to operate
                        • Easy To Set Up
                        • Excellent Software
                        • Good Bit Depth
                        • Good Resolution
                        • Saves Time
                        • Widely Compatible

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • 35 Mm Negates And Slides

                          Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8100 Film Scanner:

                          Scanning ease with a touch of a button. Save time over a taditional scanner that handles negs. The compact size takes little desk space & it's portable enough to take along in it's own protective bag. Scatches & dust are no match for the included software. Quality scans are the result.

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

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                          5.0

                          Best bang for buck

                          By Pino

                          from Brooklyn, NY

                          About Me Frequent User

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Accurate Color
                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Good Resolution

                          Cons

                          • Poor Software

                          Best Uses

                          • 35mm Scanning

                          Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8100 Film Scanner:

                          After using an Epson flatbed scanner for years and never being happy with it, I picked up one of these. Images are such sharper. Tonal changes are much smoother. Overall image quality is 2x as good.

                          Only qualms are the film holder stops are somewhat vague. Not a huge deal once you use it a bit.

                          Silverfast can give great results but is a pain to use.

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

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                          4.0

                          Good scanner, slow software

                          By Antonio

                          from New Britain, CT

                          About Me Graphics Professional

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                          • Poor Software

                          Best Uses

                          • 35mm Film Slides

                          Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8100 Film Scanner:

                          With 7200dpi optical resolution, this scanner does a fairly good job digitizing 35mm film and slides. I have put it through its paces with very old color and B&W negatives as well as slides and the results are good for a machine in this price bracket.
                          The software required, SilverFast8 SE Plus, is where there is a snag. It is probably the slowest piece of code I have ever used and, even though it has a large set of tools and functions, it can slow a scan process to a screeching halt in no time - I'm talking about 20+ minutes for ONE frame...
                          The best solution is to keep the level of software processing to a bare minimum, specially when scanning at the highest resolutions, then process using Photoshop.
                          Be advised that you should verify any functions you disable before each scan - SilverFast will at random reset all tools to be active and rather than a scan taking a few seconds, it will be out to lunch for a very very long time.
                          Being used to an Minolta scanner, the Plustek holders are kind of lame and the manual insertion and frame selection is rudimentary compared to motorized frame alignment and custom focusing of the Minolta.
                          Nonetheless, good scanner for the money, if it proves able to take the daily abuse.
                          I would have rated 5 stars if the software was not so infuriatingly slow and quirky.

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

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                          5.0

                          Very impressed / value for money!

                          By Ernst Gouws

                          from South Africa

                          About Me Frequent User

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                          • Difficult to Keep Clean

                          Best Uses

                          • Photos and Graphics
                          • Publishing

                          Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8100 Film Scanner:

                          The product is easy to use. Allthough the disc with the drivers did not function, I had no problems to download it from the internet.

                          The working of the scanner is a no brainer. Insert slides into mount, push in to scanner. Press button.

                          The software (Silverfast) takes a little while to figure out, but is exactly what I needed. I use Lightroom and photoshop for the majority of my edit word.

                          Scanning black and white fine are work, as well as ancient family slides went well and easy.

                          For the price I will say this is the best scanner possible. The output might not be the best ever tiff files, but with a little post production, one can make large prints that will be nothing less than very good!

                          As I do mostly black and white work, I do not miss the infrared function of the higher end scanners.

                          The software driven spot removel works fine is you don't overdo it. Keep it to 1 pixel, and you won't notice a degrade in image quality.

                          On the negative side:
                          1.) I'm not sure how long the negative carriers will last. It is very flimsy and must be treated with respect;
                          2.) I'm not sure how the scanner itself will remain dust free.
                          3.) The power adapter is US only. Perhaps add an option, or just point this out to international buyers.

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

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                          3.0

                          Good - If sides are not too dark

                          By Andy

                          from NY, NY

                          About Me Casual User

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Accurate Color
                          • Good Resolution

                          Cons

                          • Difficult Setup
                          • Poor Shadow Det Dark Slds

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8100 Film Scanner:

                            So far I have only scanned slides. Mostly Kodachromes. Main problem I have found is that most of the shadow detail is lost in dense slides - even with the MultiExp mode. These slides are dark, but have details clearly visible when visually inspected.

                            The Sliverfast Scan SW has a bug which makes it very slow on my desktop. On my laptop which is slower, it responds instantly, but once you register the SW, you can only use it on one system.

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                            • Personal
                            • Computer Platform:
                            • PC

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                            4.0

                            Great Quality

                            By JH

                            from San Francisco, CA

                            About Me Graphics Professional

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                              Cons

                              • Complicated Software
                              • Poor Software

                              Best Uses

                              • Photos and Graphics

                              Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8100 Film Scanner:

                              I've been using this with a new iMac 27" late 2012 model. The included SilverFast software has taken some getting used to, and I'm still finding it difficult to maintain consistency, but I've been pleased with the successful scans that I've gotten. I've been scanning B&W at 1800-3600 DPI as 8 Bit or 16 Bit TIFF files and the resolution is fantastic. Purchasing VueScan might be an easier option, it has more film profiles- SilverFast lacks TMAX 3200 and other high speed films, but the scanner itself is working consistently without error for me. It's a fantastic, manageable size too.

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

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                              1.0

                              Returned it

                              By garyfromiami

                              from miami florida

                              About Me Frequent User

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Good Resolution

                              Cons

                              • Difficult Setup
                              • Poor Software

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8100 Film Scanner:

                                I am fairly computer and Lightroom savvy but could not figure out how to get rid of the bad contrast and junk on my negatives. The negs and slides certainly did not come out anywhere close to perfect. Resolution was good, but it picked up any imperfection and the contrast had to be adjusted.

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                                • Personal
                                • Computer Platform:
                                • PC

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                                5.0

                                excellent slide scanner

                                By jmotorman

                                from Olympia, wa

                                About Me Casual User

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Consistent
                                • Good Resolution

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Photos and Graphics

                                  Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8100 Film Scanner:

                                  Had a cheap scaanner, and did ok, but when I got this one, it was really unbelievable. Scanned slides really sharp, colors were good, just really did a nice job compared to the cheap ones. This is worth the money in my opinion. The software kept crashing so finally took it out. Am using a imac with 10.8.3 so its the latest software for mac. Got VuScan and works great, no problem at all.

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                                  • Personal
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                                  • Mac

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                                  5.0

                                  Fantastic

                                  By Geoff

                                  from Laramie, Wy

                                  About Me Frequent User

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Accurate Thumbnails
                                  • Consistent
                                  • Fast
                                  • Good Resolution

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Photos and Graphics
                                    • Web Design

                                    Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8100 Film Scanner:

                                    I've never used a scanner before, but after a day or so of learning how histograms work I was reliably cranking out good scans very quickly. Scans are excellent quality, the software is easy to use, and for the price I don't think you can beat the plustek. Multipule Exposure mode really helps to pull out detail in underexposed film.

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                                    • Personal
                                    • Computer Platform:
                                    • Mac

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                                    3.0

                                    Don't Expect Miracles

                                    By Emmett Photography

                                    from Dublin, OH

                                    About Me Casual User

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                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Good Bit Depth
                                    • Good Resolution

                                    Cons

                                    • Attracts Dust
                                    • Bad Usability
                                    • Not Versatile
                                    • Slow

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Personal use

                                    Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8100 Film Scanner:

                                    As a scanner, it works well and as promised, but it's important to remember that the end result will depend on the quality of the negative.

                                    I haven't shot film for 10+ years and was excited about transferring my film to digital. The scanner seemed perfect for the task at hand, but I ran into the problem that my negatives needed a fair bit of work to clean them up before I was satisfied.

                                    The 3 star rating is mostly due to the user interface, which is hard to understand and use.

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

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                                    5.0

                                    Great little scanner

                                    By Hammerhead Shark

                                    from London, Ontario

                                    About Me Frequent User

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Accurate Thumbnails
                                    • Consistent
                                    • Good Resolution

                                    Cons

                                    • Slow

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Digital Printing
                                    • Photos and Graphics
                                    • Publishing

                                    Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8100 Film Scanner:

                                    I've been using this thing for a while to make digital copies of my 35 negatives. I invested in it because of recent price hikes in costs at local places. I've been very happy with it thus far. I've scanned at all kinds of resolutions and had good results all across the board. I even stuck some 8mm and 16mm into it for fun as well, it lead to quite interesting results. I'd recommend this to anyone.

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                                    • Personal
                                    • Computer Platform:
                                    • Mac

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                                    5.0

                                    Great scanner

                                    By jctshorty

                                    from Ruckersville, Virginia

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                                    Pros

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

                                    Cons

                                    • Slow

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Photos and Graphics

                                    Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8100 Film Scanner:

                                    .
                                    this is a great little scanner. A little slow (! slide at a time) but does a great job. Included software is a bit hard to figure out, but once you do does a great job and you can fix slides in photoshop.

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                                    • Personal
                                    • Computer Platform:
                                    • PC

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