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Plustek OpticFilm 8200i SE Film Scanner

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Product Highlights

  • 7200 dpi
  • Color Depth 48-bit
  • Integrated Infrared Dust/Scratch Removal
  • Programmable 1-Touch Scan Button
  • Includes SilverFast SE Plus 8
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The OpticFilm 8200i SE 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 7200 dpi 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 during scanning to cut down on the amount of editing required.

The included SilverFast Plus 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.

Key Features

7200 dpi
Color depth 48-bit
64-bit hardware & software support
Enhanced with Multi-Exposure Function for improved image quality
Built-in infrared channel

Plustek QuickScan

Plustek QuickScan is a PC-Only (does not work on Apple computers) 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 SE Plus 8

Professional-grade software for scanning, editing, and color reproduction
WorkflowPilot provides a step-by-step guide for different workflows
Preview allows for immediate control of any image adjustment
Concurrent scanning and optimizing provide effective multitasking
Multi-Exposure increases dynamic range
Negafix converts negatives into positives
iSRD reduces the amount of post-scan editing and retouching by removing the results of dust and scratches from the original
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
Infrared Built-in
Scan Area 1.45 x 1.0" (36.8 x 25.4 mm)
Performance
Preview Speed ~ 8 seconds, Multi-Sampling on (negatives & slides)
Scan Speed 3600 dpi: ~ 36 seconds, Multi-Sampling on
7200 dpi: ~ 113 seconds, Multi-Sampling on
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 (4 GB recommended), 10 GB disk space, CD / DVD drive or internet connection
Apple System Requirements 2 GHz or faster Intel Processor (PowerPC not supported), 2 GB RAM (4 GB recommended), 10 GB disk space, CD / DVD drive or internet connection
Physical
Light Source LED
Button IntelliScan, QuickScan (PC Only)
Power Requirements 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 8200i SE Film Scanner
  • SilverFast SE Studio 8
  • Plustek QuickScan
  • Carrying Case
  • Mounted Slides Tray
  • Negatives Tray
  • USB Cable
  • Power Adapter
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    PlustekOpticFilm 8200i SE Film Scanner
     
    4.0

    (based on 49 reviews)

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    • 5 Stars

       

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    88%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good resolution (23)
    • Easy to set up (17)
    • Accurate color (15)
    • Good bit depth (15)
    • Excellent software (9)

    Cons

    • Poor software (13)
    • Difficult setup (9)
    • Slow (7)
    • Inaccurate color (5)

    Best Uses

    • Photos and graphics (17)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Frequent user (20), Casual user (6)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (24), Business (3)
      • Computer Platform:
      • PC (15), Mac (13)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Good film scanner

    I have owned an assortment of flatbed scanners with transparency adaptors over the past 20 years. For general reflective scanning they all worked pretty well but slides are another story. For non-critical use on...Read complete review

    I have owned an assortment of flatbed scanners with transparency adaptors over the past 20 years. For general reflective scanning they all worked pretty well but slides are another story. For non-critical use on the web, or other low resolution output, a flatbed can yield acceptable results with slides but once you start looking at printing at higher resolutions their limitations become very apparent.I am currently involved with a project that requires scanning about sixty 35mm slides for printed output at 300+ dpi. I considered sending the slides out for scanning at high res but the cost exceeded the price of a new 8200i and I have other slides I would like to scan at a later time, so I decided to spring for a decent film scanner. The Plustek 8200i produces FAR better results than my Canon 9000F can.If you are reading this review you are probably considering buying a film scanner and looking at the options. There are a lot of factors involved in scanning and when it's all said and done your results will only be as good as the weakest link in your workflow and that is not always easy to find!Also, no matter how expensive the scanner or sophisticated the software, you will never get a good scan from a poor original. And, since there is no short or cheap path to really high quality scans, it may be that your time and money are more important than the highest quality scans.If you are evaluating the 8200i, a few factors to consider are:1) SCANNER RESOLUTION: The resolution stated in a scanner's specifications describes what the sensor is capable of recording but that number is often much higher than what can be resolved by the lens, electronics and mechanism. A sensor capable of delivering 9600 dpi that is built into a scanner that otherwise can only achieve an effective resolution of 1700 dpi is, for all intents and purposes, a 1700 dpi scanner (such as my Canoscan 9000F). The 8200i has an effective revolution of about 3250 dpi when the scanner is set to capture 7200 dpi. That's right, of the 7200 dpi the sensor is capable of recording, the rest of the scanner can only deliver less than half that amount. Scanning takes place only in the real world and effective resolution describes what is possible in that real world. High resolution sensors are far cheaper than the optics, electronics and mechanisms required to achieve those high resolutions. A 35mm transparency scanned at an effective resolution of 3250 dpi will allow you to print a 10" x 15" image at the 300 dpi resolution common to high quality printing. Any larger size (or higher resolution) output will require interpolation which impairs image quality. 2) SLIDE (or Negative) QUALITY: A poorly exposed, faded or otherwise faulty original may not benefit from a resolution much beyond 2000 dpi. Even though the film itself may have been capable of more, a lot of older slides/negs were made with lenses that simply did not resolve as well modern ones. The legendary Nikon and Minolta 35mm slide scanners had effective resolutions around 4000 dpi because that was all that was needed for real world originals. The 3250 dpi effective resolution of the 8200i will capture all the detail available in most slides.3) The 8200i has fixed (not automatic) focus. The slide/neg will always be in focus, albeit using a lens that might not match the quality of a much more expensive scanner. 4) Infrared scratch and dust removal are VERY helpful for slide scans. Even if you never opened your slide boxes dust will gather on the slides! The degree to which slides are typically enlarged emphasizes every minute defect and the IR channel is very effective at getting rid of defects. Slide scanners without IR will demand huge amounts of time for image repairs. The extra cost to add this feature is way more than worth it. Most of my slides are Kodachrome 64 or Velvia 50 and the IR channel has been very effective on both.5) The 8200i Ai version of this scanner is identical to the 8200i except you get an IT8 calibration slide and the full Ai version of SilverFast. Neither was of interest to me. All of my slides are more than 15 years old and thus none are really reliable in terms of color accuracy. Colors fade and shift depending on how and where slides are stored. You can't calibrate to a standard that has changed an unknown amount over time. Canned scanner software film profiles get the colors close and the rest happens in post using Lightroom or Photoshop.6) DYNAMIC RANGE & COLOR: Plustek claims a dynamic range of 3.6 for this unit. For most of my slides the scanner does a good job capturing all the detail available without special settings. This scanner does WAY better than my flatbed in this regard. In a few cases I have found the multi-exposure setting in VueScan to improve detail in very dark areas. I have yet to encounter a slide the scanner simply can't deal with. It's hard to consider color without also considering the scanning software used so please see below. Suffice to say SilverFast and VueScan are different.7) I installed and used SilverFast SE 8 on my iMac for about a week. I had none of the installation issues others have complained about but I am not crazy about the software. After reading about the steep learning curve I took the time to watch a 5+ hour training video on lynda.com that featured SilverFast. As a result, I was able to use the software reasonably well from the start but it still felt cobbled together. I downloaded VueScan just to compare and within 15 minutes I bought the full version. For me, VueScan is much more intuitive and just as powerful as SilverFast. I was able to get better scans in much less time from VueScan. Plus, I can use the same software on my Canon 9000F so I am not juggling multiple scanning software interfaces.8) WORKFLOW: I scan my slides to RAW dng format and then go back to adjust the IR channel and basic color before exporting from VueScan in TIFF format. From there, additional post processing in Lightroom, Photoshop and Nik takes care of global and local tweaks and sharpening. If you decide to use VueScan buy a copy of Sascha Steinhoff's VueScan Bible. It is hugely helpful!9) SCANNING TIME: Using the 8200i with VueScan at 7200 dpi and a RAW output size reduction factor of 2 in VueScan, my RAW previews take 40 seconds and the actual scans require 5 minutes 15 seconds, resulting in 125mb RAW dng files at 3600 dpi. I typically scan slides in batches to RAW dng and then, at another time, go back and open the files (in a second or two) to complete processing before exporting to TIFF for more post. In this way I can scan while working on something else then actually work on the scans with my full attention separately. 10) WHO IS THIS SCANNER SUITED FOR?Someone who wants very good quality from their slide scans and is willing to spend some time to get it. It is probably better suited to more serious users who plan to do some post processing and output at high quality at least some of the time.There is no such thing as a "batch" scan with the 8200i so it is decidedly NOT for huge volume scanning. If you expect to just sit down and get great scans from your old slides you may be disappointed.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Good hardware bad software

    This is my second purchase of a Plustek film scanner. I bought the 7600i SE a few years back when I had Windows Vista. My new PC uses Windows 8 which is a...Read complete review

    This is my second purchase of a Plustek film scanner. I bought the 7600i SE a few years back when I had Windows Vista. My new PC uses Windows 8 which is a 64-bit OS and neither the old scanner nor the software could be upgraded.

    Planned obsolescence? Consider that my primary photo editing program (Micrografx Picture Publisher) is 13 years old and still going strong. I just use the Windows compatibility option and everything still works. Not so with Silverfast.

    I was also hoping that the new version 8 of the Silverfast scanning software was going to be much easier to use than the previous version 6. The best I can say is that it is somewhat less difficult. For some unknowable reason the programmers at Silverfast are simply unable to evolve the user interface to the point of being intuitive [as in VueScan].

    The problem with many programmers is that they live and breathe software code all day and have totally forgotten that the rest of us do not. Their goal should be to make it easy for the user [if not fun] and anything short of that is failure. After so many years of intimate familiarity with their program they develop a disconnect from the typical user.

    Most people just want to get a good, clean, high resolution scan of a negative or slide without spending an inordinate amount of time on a learning curve.

    Just give me simple, accurate reproduction of my originals and I'll let Photoshop do the rest. Part of the problem may be that Silverfast is trying to duplicate much of what other, easier-to-use products already offer. Photoshop is known to have a steep learning curve but in conparison Silverfast is a sheer cliff.

    I imagine if you're interested in this type of scanner you're already using some type of photo editing software and will continue to use that for final tweaking of the image. It's not like this scanner has a lot of software options. The software has to be specific for the scanner in order to utilize the infrared channel, which is the unique feature that sets this scanner apart from others.

    Perhaps you're thinking, "Maybe this guy is a slow learner." Maybe, but I have two degrees, one of which is a B.A. in Photography from Brooks Institute. I've also been using a PC almost every day since 1988--long before the term 'User Friendly' was ever conceived. I started out with DOS 3.3 which was a blinking cursor on the screen waiting for a typed command of perfect syntax. No mouse, no help screens.

    Ever since then software has been steadily evolving towards ease of use. Sadly, Silverfast is stuck somewhere between H. habilis and Neanderthal.

    They need to be reminded that quality is not just what your software is capable of achieving, but also how easy it is to achieve it. To sum it up, great results are obtainable with this scanner, they're just not easy.

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    5.0

    Great little film Scanner

    By Donger1979x

    from Hamilton Ontatio Canada

    Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8200i SE Film Scanner:

    Great scanner! I scan color negs and slides works very well. I was skeptical at fist whenI read the reviews about the suppiled software SilverFast. The software works great had no issues with it easy to use, took 10 minutes to learn. Very easy.

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    4.0

    Does what I want and expected of it

    By Philip

    from Newberg, OR

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8200i SE Film Scanner:

    I have been using this to digitize old (some very old - 1960s) slides (Kodachrome and Ektachrome) as well as old (color) negatives.

    I could wish for it to be a bit faster, but it actually isn't too bad.

    Running this on OS/X 10.10.
    I didn't bother to load the supplied software (other than the 64 bit driver).
    Reviews were universally bad, so I used VueScan, which works very well.

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    4.0

    "You can buy the scanner, he works fine"

    By henry

    from Calgary

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8200i SE Film Scanner:

    Use the scanner after my old one from the 80'...
    Scanning Slides is fine, I have only a problem with my old glass framed/sealed slides.
    Some suggestion for glass framed sealed slides!

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    5.0

    Solid performer

    By NicS

    from Los Angeles

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8200i SE Film Scanner:

    Great scanner. Quick and easy too for dust and scratch removal.

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    4.0

    Great scanner with different software

    By KLP

    from Austin, TX

    Verified Reviewer

    Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8200i SE Film Scanner:

    The scanner itself is very capable of producing high quality scans. I would suggest scanning at 3600dpi, since you'll get the high res scan but keep your sanity as far as time frame. A motorized version would be nice so you wouldn't have to manually move the film holder, but that's just something else that could break, so I really don't mind having manually move it frame by frame. Make sure you have the scanner do multiple passes on the same frame when scanning to reduce noise.

    As many others have mentioned, Silverfast is not very good or easy to understand. I highly recommend using Vuescan with this scanner instead. Vuescan makes it much easier to do practically everything. Do some research on tips and tricks to Vuescan and you'll realize it's much better.

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    3.0

    Good low cost option but not perfect

    By AnthonyH

    from Vancouver, WA

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8200i SE Film Scanner:

    I got this scanner as a backup to my Nikon Coolscan 9000, and it's an excellent value, but not a perfect alternative.

    The 8200i is simple to set up and use, essentially just a matter of installing drivers, plugging it in, and scanning. The trays are not motorized like with the more expensive and hard to find Nikon, so batch scanning is impossible and you have to scan images one at a time from either a slide or negative. Holders are included, a 4-slide holder and a six-frame negative holder.

    The claimed 7200 dpi is something of an exaggeration; really you're at something less than the 4000 dpi of the Nikon Coolscan, up-rez'd to obtain the claimed dpi.

    Still, the scanner does what it says. Where it falls flat for me are in two key areas: scanning speed and dust removal.

    The included Silverfast software is a joke. I did a two-pass scan with dust removal and it took 24 minutes to complete a scan of a 35mm slide. It's so difficult to use that Silverfast had to include an "autopilot" mode to guide people into how to use their software (ironically, the icon looks like a lost plane on a wandering course). Moreover, there are abbreviations and icons that offer no insight into what those choices actually represent.

    Likewise, dust removal, even though the Plustek 8200i has an infrared channel, was a near failure on my dirty slides. While some dust was removed, other obvious dust was left untouched. By comparison, the older Digital ICE used by the Nikon Coolscan got every bit of dust perfectly. It's shocking how much worse the Plustek is at dust removal.

    Like just about everyone who has ever used Silverfast, I immediately downloaded VueScan, which cut scanning times down considerably. Dust removal was about the same as Silverfast, so the big advantages for VueScan are speed and the ability to use the software on other computers, unlike Silverfast. The interface is also superior, although some of the choices are not terribly intuitive.

    Overall, I find the 8200i to be a satisfactory film and slide scanner with terrible included software and not so good dust removal. It is a far better choice than cheap film scanners, and if you have the time and patience, it can produce results similar to the Coolscan 9000. It's certainly far more portable (a bag is included) and more affordable. While not perfect, in a world where film use has nearly disappeared, it's nice to find an affordable scanner with a good level of performance.

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    5.0

    Great scanner!!!!

    By Lejend

    from Aiken, SC

    Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8200i SE Film Scanner:

    This is a great film scanner that works even better than expected. If you are looking for something that produces high quality scans but requires individual tweaking, this fits the bill. If you want to turn your brain off and push a button, don't waste your money. The software is a little fluky but works well and gives complete control over color balance, contrast, etc. The infrared scanner is almost perfect, removing >95% of all scratches.

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    3.0

    Does the job

    By Jim

    from Vista, CA

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8200i SE Film Scanner:

    The Plustek OpticFilm 8200i SE is a reliable film scanner that will do the job.

    Don't expect to do any significant enhancement or editing using the included Silverfast 8 software. You will have to do the majority of your editing in post-processing apps like Photoshop or Lightroom. Silverfast 8 is not exactly a joy to use, but again, once you get used to its many quirks I believe you will find that it is serviceable.

    Scanning is slow, and hands-on. Output is acceptable quality assuming you aren't looking for studio quality scans. The scanner can output relatively large files if you want to take the time. The larger files may help in post-processing. In my work I have found that most slides and negatives do not need to be scanned at maximum resolution because the goal is primarily preservation of family history. It's great preserving memories.

    I would not recommend it for any project where you need ultra-high quality results. Send those projects off to pro-quality scanning services.

    I am using the scanner with an iMac, and it seems to be working fine. Much of the software included in the package is aimed at Windows systems. I don't know if the Windows software works the same as the Mac software.

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    4.0

    Good scanner few exceptions

    By David is SC

    from Charlston

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8200i SE Film Scanner:

    Software is much better, few crashes now.
    Does a good job with scratches and dirt on old negs.
    Only problem is dealing with high density Fujichrome slides, needs more light to get the digital image high enough level to deal with noise. Does much better with Kodachrome slides.

    Overall, a good product when considering the next step up to a Nikon scanner that might do better with high density slides is much more expensive.

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    4.0

    Good film scanner

    By rlstolz

    from Keene, NY

    Verified Reviewer

    Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8200i SE Film Scanner:

    I have owned an assortment of flatbed scanners with transparency adaptors over the past 20 years. For general reflective scanning they all worked pretty well but slides are another story. For non-critical use on the web, or other low resolution output, a flatbed can yield acceptable results with slides but once you start looking at printing at higher resolutions their limitations become very apparent.I am currently involved with a project that requires scanning about sixty 35mm slides for printed output at 300+ dpi. I considered sending the slides out for scanning at high res but the cost exceeded the price of a new 8200i and I have other slides I would like to scan at a later time, so I decided to spring for a decent film scanner. The Plustek 8200i produces FAR better results than my Canon 9000F can.If you are reading this review you are probably considering buying a film scanner and looking at the options. There are a lot of factors involved in scanning and when it's all said and done your results will only be as good as the weakest link in your workflow and that is not always easy to find!Also, no matter how expensive the scanner or sophisticated the software, you will never get a good scan from a poor original. And, since there is no short or cheap path to really high quality scans, it may be that your time and money are more important than the highest quality scans.If you are evaluating the 8200i, a few factors to consider are:1) SCANNER RESOLUTION: The resolution stated in a scanner's specifications describes what the sensor is capable of recording but that number is often much higher than what can be resolved by the lens, electronics and mechanism. A sensor capable of delivering 9600 dpi that is built into a scanner that otherwise can only achieve an effective resolution of 1700 dpi is, for all intents and purposes, a 1700 dpi scanner (such as my Canoscan 9000F). The 8200i has an effective revolution of about 3250 dpi when the scanner is set to capture 7200 dpi. That's right, of the 7200 dpi the sensor is capable of recording, the rest of the scanner can only deliver less than half that amount. Scanning takes place only in the real world and effective resolution describes what is possible in that real world. High resolution sensors are far cheaper than the optics, electronics and mechanisms required to achieve those high resolutions. A 35mm transparency scanned at an effective resolution of 3250 dpi will allow you to print a 10" x 15" image at the 300 dpi resolution common to high quality printing. Any larger size (or higher resolution) output will require interpolation which impairs image quality. 2) SLIDE (or Negative) QUALITY: A poorly exposed, faded or otherwise faulty original may not benefit from a resolution much beyond 2000 dpi. Even though the film itself may have been capable of more, a lot of older slides/negs were made with lenses that simply did not resolve as well modern ones. The legendary Nikon and Minolta 35mm slide scanners had effective resolutions around 4000 dpi because that was all that was needed for real world originals. The 3250 dpi effective resolution of the 8200i will capture all the detail available in most slides.3) The 8200i has fixed (not automatic) focus. The slide/neg will always be in focus, albeit using a lens that might not match the quality of a much more expensive scanner. 4) Infrared scratch and dust removal are VERY helpful for slide scans. Even if you never opened your slide boxes dust will gather on the slides! The degree to which slides are typically enlarged emphasizes every minute defect and the IR channel is very effective at getting rid of defects. Slide scanners without IR will demand huge amounts of time for image repairs. The extra cost to add this feature is way more than worth it. Most of my slides are Kodachrome 64 or Velvia 50 and the IR channel has been very effective on both.5) The 8200i Ai version of this scanner is identical to the 8200i except you get an IT8 calibration slide and the full Ai version of SilverFast. Neither was of interest to me. All of my slides are more than 15 years old and thus none are really reliable in terms of color accuracy. Colors fade and shift depending on how and where slides are stored. You can't calibrate to a standard that has changed an unknown amount over time. Canned scanner software film profiles get the colors close and the rest happens in post using Lightroom or Photoshop.6) DYNAMIC RANGE & COLOR: Plustek claims a dynamic range of 3.6 for this unit. For most of my slides the scanner does a good job capturing all the detail available without special settings. This scanner does WAY better than my flatbed in this regard. In a few cases I have found the multi-exposure setting in VueScan to improve detail in very dark areas. I have yet to encounter a slide the scanner simply can't deal with. It's hard to consider color without also considering the scanning software used so please see below. Suffice to say SilverFast and VueScan are different.7) I installed and used SilverFast SE 8 on my iMac for about a week. I had none of the installation issues others have complained about but I am not crazy about the software. After reading about the steep learning curve I took the time to watch a 5+ hour training video on lynda.com that featured SilverFast. As a result, I was able to use the software reasonably well from the start but it still felt cobbled together. I downloaded VueScan just to compare and within 15 minutes I bought the full version. For me, VueScan is much more intuitive and just as powerful as SilverFast. I was able to get better scans in much less time from VueScan. Plus, I can use the same software on my Canon 9000F so I am not juggling multiple scanning software interfaces.8) WORKFLOW: I scan my slides to RAW dng format and then go back to adjust the IR channel and basic color before exporting from VueScan in TIFF format. From there, additional post processing in Lightroom, Photoshop and Nik takes care of global and local tweaks and sharpening. If you decide to use VueScan buy a copy of Sascha Steinhoff's VueScan Bible. It is hugely helpful!9) SCANNING TIME: Using the 8200i with VueScan at 7200 dpi and a RAW output size reduction factor of 2 in VueScan, my RAW previews take 40 seconds and the actual scans require 5 minutes 15 seconds, resulting in 125mb RAW dng files at 3600 dpi. I typically scan slides in batches to RAW dng and then, at another time, go back and open the files (in a second or two) to complete processing before exporting to TIFF for more post. In this way I can scan while working on something else then actually work on the scans with my full attention separately. 10) WHO IS THIS SCANNER SUITED FOR?Someone who wants very good quality from their slide scans and is willing to spend some time to get it. It is probably better suited to more serious users who plan to do some post processing and output at high quality at least some of the time.There is no such thing as a "batch" scan with the 8200i so it is decidedly NOT for huge volume scanning. If you expect to just sit down and get great scans from your old slides you may be disappointed.

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    4.0

    Does the job and then some...

    By Bob the Grill Guy

    from Minnesota

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8200i SE Film Scanner:

    I've got a ton of old slides/negs from the 50's and 60's. So far I've probably scanned 100 of each. The software took a bit of getting used to (especially for B&W negs)but the quality is better than I expected. I'd certainly recommend this to anyone who wants better than a toy, but doesn't want to spend the really big bucks.

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    5.0

    Turn Old Negatives Digital

    By BlackCofee

    from Maryland

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8200i SE Film Scanner:

    Easy to use and setup. Using Win8.1 and setup runs fine. It is important to download the latest driver. Setup is a little unclear on what needs to be installed first, the driver or Silverfast, but in the end, it worked out.Silverfast is a good program and does a fine job of eliminating scratches. However, at best it is a starting point for Photoshop. The interface is not the best, but with practice over a few hours, it is easy to learn. After getting the best scans, Photoshop (not included) is needed to finish of the photos.My negatives are 30 years old, and this scanner works great for moving them into the digital library.

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    5.0

    Review: OpticFilm 8200i SE Film Scanner

    By Jim in Bradenton

    from Bradenton, Fla.

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8200i SE Film Scanner:

    Very exciting to use this scanner as I rediscover what's on my old negatives. With just an hour or two of practice, it's pretty basic. Love the scratch and dust removal software.

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    4.0

    Good budget scanner

    By octogrrl

    from providence, ri

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    Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8200i SE Film Scanner:

    I am a photographer who works in black and white film, without a large budget for equipment. My work flow is shooting and developing black and white negatives, and scanning them into the computer, where I process and edit using camera raw and photoshop.

    I love the ease of use of the scanner, and the quality of the scans. I have been scanning at 7200 dpi, which gives a "true" scan of 3600 dpi, and the quality has been excellent. The pre-loaded software, Silverfast, is excellent, though using it with its full image cleaning capabilities turned on makes an already-slow scanner even slower.

    The one drawback of the scanner is speed. It is slow at 7200 dpi -- several minutes for most of my scans. Faster, of course, at lower resolution.

    I am generally quite pleased with the scanner, which completely fufillls my current needs of shooting analog and then using a fully digital "darkroom" for processing through printing.

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    4.0

    Infrared Pass Is Hit or Miss

    By Shawn C

    from San Francisco, CA

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    Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8200i SE Film Scanner:

    Finally, after having some cheaper solutions to slide scanning, I can get quality 7200 dpi scans.The scanner is slow and does not automatically advance to the next slide (which would have been a killer feature), but it's not that much work to reach over and advance it and hit the scan button every few minutes. Unfortunately the hardware scan buttons on the scanner don't work with Mac OSX, so it has to be done on-screen through the software. The slide holder, however, is much easier to get the slides in and out of than some of the cheaper slide scanners.This model comes with a SilverFast 8 license, which is pretty decent scanning software once you get through the learning curve. It is far from user friendly and the setup process is painful and old fashioned. I can't remember the last time I've had to install something using a CD and manually typing in a long serial number (four different times I might add). And the interface looks a bit long in the tooth, but it gets the job done.The "i" stands for infrared scanning, which is a separate pass to detect and attempt to automatically remove scratches. I've found it to be hit or miss. It sort of draws a blurred line over the scratch in the auto-processing which works fine for something like skin, but can stand out like a sore thumb in other types of photos, like architectural shots.

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    2.0

    Not overly impressed

    By MemoryKeeper

    from East Petersburg, PA

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    Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8200i SE Film Scanner:

    I purchased this and another scanner and honestly thought this would be the main one I used for slides and negatives. Sadly this scanner just can't compete with the other one. The quality isn't what I had hoped for at all. After scanning, the imagines require a great amount of editing to be acceptable. If you enjoy editing, this machine may work for you, if not, I suggest you look at your other options.

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    5.0

    Great quality scanner for the price!

    By Joe the Pro

    from Chillicothe, Ohio

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    Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8200i SE Film Scanner:

    I'm using this to scan all the 100's of slides that I've accumulated over the years.It does a great job of preserving memories.

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    4.0

    Great Scanner!

    By gringoloco

    from Veracruz, Mexico

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    Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8200i SE Film Scanner:

    Love the scanner but the Silverfast software has one hell of a learning curve....

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    5.0

    Outstanding!

    By JSS

    from Western Oregon

    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 SE Film Scanner:

      I have scanned over 5,000 slides with this unit and it is absolutely flawless.

      Before buying this item, we tried several flatbed scanners for slides. The OpticFilm 8200i blew them all out of the water.

      The scan quality is excellent and the scanner is very easy to use.

      On one hand, it is slow. On the other hand, if you really care about your scans, you will want to crop, clean and adjust each image anyway so overall, it is an efficient unit.

      The software that comes with it may be useful for a pro but it's terrible for the average user. I got VueScan instead and it is intuitive, simple and effective.

      Get the OpticFilm if you really care about scanning your sides.

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

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      4.0

      Nice Product

      By Red Baron

      from SC

      Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8200i SE Film Scanner:

      This piece of hardware does exactly what it says it will do. Easy to use however since it does not have an auto feed, a large number of scans becomes tedious. The included software is ok...not great.

      Overall... A good product.

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