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Plustek OpticFilm 8100 Film Scanner

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Product Highlights
  • Resolution: 7200dpi
  • Convert 35mm Negatives & Slides
  • Color Depth: 48-Bit
  • Includes SilverFast SE Plus 8

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.

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
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
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    PlustekOpticFilm 8100 Film Scanner
     
    4.3

    (based on 55 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (23)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (27)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    94%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good resolution (40)
    • Consistent (19)
    • Good bit depth (19)
    • Easy to set up (15)
    • Accurate color (13)

    Cons

    • Slow (16)
    • Poor software (11)

    Best Uses

    • Photos and graphics (24)
    • Digital printing (7)
    • Publishing (3)
    • Web design (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Frequent user (28), Casual user (17), Great graphics (9)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (47), Business (7)
      • Computer Platform:
      • PC (32), Mac (20)

    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.

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    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.

    Reviewed by 55 customers

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    4.0

    Solid Midrange Film Scanner

    By xarathustra

    from Austin, TX

    About Me Frequent User

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Negative scanning

      Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8100 Film Scanner:

      I am using this scanner to scan in negatives (60s B&W through 90s color). I have been predominantly using the Intelliscan feature to do quick 2400dpi scans and uploading to a photo storage site in TIFF format. I have not made it to color film yet, but this scanner performs very well on Kodak Tri X (B&W). Each preview scan takes about 10 seconds. Then adjustments to area and tilt can be made prior to a full scan. Each full scan at 2400dpi takes about 30 seconds. There are many other features in the scanning software that I do not use, but could come in useful if you would like to clean up the images without using other image editing software.The only downside to this machine is that the software is not set up to work with Linux. I have not tried installing using WINE, but am hoping I can make it work.

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

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      5.0

      Great Slide & Neg Scanner

      By REB

      from Michigan

      About Me Casual User

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Accurate Color
      • Easy To Set Up
      • Good Resolution

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Large Format Film
        • Photos and Graphics

        Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8100 Film Scanner:

        I have thousands of slides and negatives that I've been wanting to scan and preserve. Didn't want to pay too much for a scanner but wanted to get quality images. This was a great choice - gives me great images, and lots of flexibility in quality of scans and size of images. Had a few initial issues with the Silverfast software but everything was resolved when I updated software and the drivers for the scanner. Works great, highly recommended.

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

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        5.0

        Slow?

        By Tom

        from Los Lunas, NM

        About Me Casual User

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Photos and Graphics

          Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8100 Film Scanner:

          I immediately started scanning slides and color negatives. I used the quick scan button to see if the image was something I wanted to keep. If it was, then I used Intelliscan button and selected the SilverFast work flow option. I opted to save the scans to PSD format for Photoshop. The detailed scans took about 20 seconds. I am not sure where other reviewers were coming up with the 25 minute scan times. Of course I was only scanning at 2400 bpi, since I do not want to hang them on my wall. I am totally happy with this scanner, starting with the quality of the packaging, and continuing with the quality and ease of the scanner itself. If there were more than five stars, I would gladly give them.

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

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          5.0

          Great value, just ditch the software

          By Okke Ornstein

          from Panama City, Panama

          About Me Graphics Professional

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Poor Software

          Best Uses

          • Film Photography
          • Photos and Graphics
          • Publishing

          Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8100 Film Scanner:

          I love this scanner for the quality of the scans it produces. Initially I thought it was very slow, but that improved dramatically when I abandoned the Silverlight software and switched to Vuescan. Better previews, much faster scanning, easier to use, and thus better images (it would also be nice if Plustek gave us Linux drivers, by the way). In any case, this machine has surprised me. Not just for its image quality but also because after a year in the tropics it shows no signs of dust, fungus, corrosion (sea air). It reliably performs its duties in my analog --> digital workflow and I hope it will continue to do so. A much better buy than a digital camera.

          • Primary use:
          • Business
          • Computer Platform:
          • Linux

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          4.0

          Good value for a portable device

          By Andy

          from Seattle, WA

          About Me Casual User

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Set Up
          • Widely Compatible

          Cons

          • Poor Software

          Best Uses

            Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8100 Film Scanner:

            Useful for visiting relatives who don't want to send their slides away and won't bring slides to a better scanner.

            I've seen better and faster slide scanners but they are more expensive and not portable like this. For what you pay its a decent product and solves the problems I have.

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

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            4.0

            very good product

            By tony teacher

            from ribeirao preto, brasil

            About Me Frequent User

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Accurate Color
            • Easy To Set Up
            • Good Resolution

            Cons

            • Poor Software
            • Slow

            Best Uses

            • Photos and Graphics

            Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8100 Film Scanner:

            images are very good

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

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            4.0

            Great hardware, frustrating software.

            By Videoguy

            from Ottawa, Canada

            About Me Frequent User

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Accurate Color
            • Easy To Set Up
            • Good Resolution

            Cons

            • Poor Software

            Best Uses

            • Slides

            Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8100 Film Scanner:

            I wanted to improve the resolution of scans of my 1970s-era Kodachromes over what I could get from my HP flatbet + slide attachment combination.

            The Optifilm 8100 fits the bill neatly, with a possible resolution of 7200 dpi, and comes with everything advertised, including a covering/carrying case.

            The driver installs easily, and also provides its own, bare-bones, scanning software that is accessed from a button on the front of the scanner (but not from the tray icon). Even this basic program (allowing control over brightness and contrast only) was a significant improvement over my previous scanning hardware.

            The Optifilm 8100 comes bundled with Silverfast SE plus scanning software, the second-tier edition of Silverfast (a $119 USD value), which is intended to provide a richer feature set, such as support for greater tonal range through multi-exposure.

            While the software works, it is unfortunately very opaque and frustrating for new users. This might be a cultural/language issue (the company is German), or poor user interface design. For instance, the software opens in what is in effect Advanced mode, when new users should instead be guided through their first scans. This guided mode, called "Workflow Pilot" (?) is only accessible by clicking a button on the task bar, rather than also being accessible through the menu items. The program interface is full of similarly confusing or opaque elements that help to make the software very un-intuitive.

            The software is so frustrating that I attempted to use the much more friendly Vuescan that I already owned. Unfortunately, that program did not play well with the scanner (which it supports) and would invariably hang when it came time for the final scan.

            Once I had discovered the "Workflow Pilot", however, I began to become more familiar with Silverfast's idiosyncracies, and I'm convinced that I will in due course be able to make it perform as I think it can.

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

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            4.0

            A reliable scanner

            By BLACKIE

            from NEW YORK CITY

            About Me Casual User

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Slide Scanner

              Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8100 Film Scanner:

              this slide/film scanner is easy to use as long as you have photoshop. I found that the scanner is too complicated for my experience to be able to make usable ditigal images.

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

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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.

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                          • 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.

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                                • 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)

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                                  • 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.

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                                    • 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.

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                                    • 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.

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                                    • Computer Platform:
                                    • PC

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