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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

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 37 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (14)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (12)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 2 Stars

       

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      (1)

    83%

    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

     

    Slow but steady

    I think of this like a prime lens. For the price you spend, you'll probably get better looking photos with this than something with more features. It's not incredibly handy, the software is...Read complete review

    I think of this like a prime lens. For the price you spend, you'll probably get better looking photos with this than something with more features. It's not incredibly handy, the software is a little infuriating at first, and the scratch removal doesn't work with b&w which threw me for about half an hour of garbled photos, but I'm starting to like the little guy. I shoot a roll or two of film a week, and that's about as much as I'd like to scan in, but it's great to know that I can have control over the scanning process.

    Good for: People with patience, who don't mind reading a manual, and experimenting with workflow a bit.

    Bad for: someone who wants to start a 35mm scanning business, or thinks an iPhone is complex.

    VS

    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

    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

    Verified Buyer

    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

    Verified Buyer

    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

    Verified Buyer

    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

    Verified Buyer

    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

    Verified Buyer

    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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      2.0

      Scan results

      By ET

      from New Jersey

      Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8200i SE Film Scanner:

      So far I have not been able to scan dark slides with any success. Have contact both Plustek and Silverleaf without success. So far disappointed

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      3.0

      Good hardware bad software

      By Brian

      from Riverview, FL

      About Me Frequent User

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Poor Software
      • Slow

      Best Uses

      • Archiving Negs And Slides
      • Photos and Graphics

      Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8200i SE Film Scanner:

      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.

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

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      5.0

      Love almost everything about it!

      By CaryC

      from metro Atlanta

      About Me Frequent User

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Set Up
      • Excellent Software
      • Good Resolution

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Photos and Graphics

        Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8200i SE Film Scanner:

        A professional photographer recommended the PlusTek for digitizing my hundreds of rolls of black & white after I complained about my PrimeFilm 7200 (due to clunky filing system and inexplicable striped images). He talked me through the tools, and I was up and running in no time. I like the SilverFast pre-editing software, and find that it cuts my editing time considerably. The results are crisp with good range. I would still be printing in a wet darkroom if chemicals and paper were easier to come by, so it takes a lot for a digital image to please me. These do. The only thing I didn't like at first, but have gotten used to, is that I cannot see the frame being scanned until the pre-scan is done. It is much faster and quieter than the PrimeFilm scanner (which I loaned to a friend with a PC, and it seems to be working better for him).

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

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        4.0

        Great scanner, but...

        By Mike G

        from Bay Area, California

        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:

          After using this scanner with my Mac for a couple of months, I think it's excellent. Notice I said "scanner" - Plustek has bundled a software product that is very difficult to use and which doesn't integrate with the hardware buttons. From that point of view, the entire package (including the unnecessary travel case – surely most people won't use that) has its flaws.I purchased another scanning software product and it turned the scanner into a fantastic device. One thing the hardware does very well (in conjunction with the software) is remove dust and scratches. The other scanning software does not integrate with the "IntelliScan" and "QuickScan" buttons but that's not a deal-killer for me. The other scanning software gives you a lot of control or you can simply do a preview scan, adjust the scan window, then do a full scan. It does two passes for the full scan - one for the picture itself and one to detect scratches and dust. It takes a few seconds for rendering and you're done. 18 seconds for the pre-scan and . You can do a "roll" of 24 pictures in a half hour, plus or minus.I can't judge this vs. other scanners but for what I'm doing it's fine for the price. The pictures themselves are excellent. That's what I'll remember long after I've forgotten how much time they took to scan. I bought another negative holder from B&H - that way I can load one holder while I'm scanning with the other. That makes the overall scan time much shorter. I also do final touch-ups on my Mac. I can edit while scanning...........

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

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          5.0

          Works as advertised

          By Waz

          from Austin, TX

          About Me Casual User

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Accurate Color
          • Easy To Set Up
          • Film Selector Setting
          • Good Bit Depth
          • Good Resolution
          • Value For Money

          Cons

          • Slow On Higher Resolution

          Best Uses

          • Photos and Graphics

          Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8200i SE Film Scanner:

          I've done some preliminary scans of negatives and both the OpticFilm 8200i SE and the SilverFast SE Plus software are working great. I made certain to update the drivers and software immediately. I haven't started bulk scanning yet but I did play with the two scan buttons and they integrate with the SilverFast and quick scan utilities as deesigned. It would be nice to be able to autoscan negatives like some other scanners feature but I don't think that I would ever be able to set suitable defaults that would work for all negatives in a strip. I like the automatic color adaption that comes with being able to select the film type setting in SilverFast. It makes an obvious difference to the result.

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

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          4.0

          Great product for great price

          By Jandak

          from Hamilton ON

          About Me Frequent User

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Set Up
          • Fast scans
          • Good Resolution

          Cons

          • Poor Software

          Best Uses

          • Artwork
          • Photos and Graphics
          • Publishing

          Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8200i SE Film Scanner:

          Scanner works great quality is outstanding for the price, Sliverfast software is not that good had some issues with it but I am sure they can fix it

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

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          5.0

          great scanner

          By dabe

          from usa

          Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8200i SE Film Scanner:

          Bought this scanner due to being disappointed with the scans I was getting back from my local lab (low resolution, over sharpened) and the low quality scans I was getting from my Epson flatbed. I get great scans out of this machine with minimal work and am free to make any fine adjustments I need with Photoshop. Great value for the price, definitely better than a flatbed if you're shooting a lot of 35mm.

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          5.0

          Good solid scanner for the money

          By Obi-wan-royobi

          from Bemidji, MN

          About Me Graphics Professional

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Poor Macintosh Support

          Best Uses

          • Photos and Graphics

          Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8200i SE Film Scanner:

          Having scanned with Nikon's Coolscan and others, the Plustek is reasonably fast, has good Dmax range and fits the needs of many with slides and negatives they wish to archive. The resolution is such that a 35mm slide or negative can be printed up to 11x14 with good results. Slow if you have batch scanning to do however. If you are used to scanning software, Silverfast is complete and stable. However, if you are installing on a Mac, there will be features unavailable to you.

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

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          3.0

          Scanner is good but ...

          By birdman

          from Kentucky

          About Me Frequent User

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Accurate Color
          • Good Bit Depth
          • Good Resolution

          Cons

          • Difficult Setup
          • Poor Software
          • Silverfast Tech Support

          Best Uses

          • Photos and Graphics

          Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8200i SE Film Scanner:

          The scanner is a good instrument almost as good as the Nikon Coolscan 4000 that it replaces (it is now broken and probably not worth replacing.)

          The Plustex scanner is somewhat faster than the Nikon and the software works well. The problem I had with set up was that the Silverfast software kept coming up in Spanish. Multiple calls to Laser Soft the manufacturers went unanswered. Apparently no one was present on a Wednesday.Even a call to the operator went to voice mail. The technical support people never returned my call. I finally went ahead and loaded the software in Spanish, guessing what response I was making when pushing buttons. After installation was complete I opened the scanner and strangely silverfast was now in English. I am happy with the results but I hope I never need any more tech support from the SilverFast Software people. The phone number for support was disconnected and the new number is ignored. My suggestion is to use another brand of scanner software. Silverfast's manufacturer doesn't apparently care about support.

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

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          3.0

          Not All It's Cracked Up to Be

          By newsguygeorge

          from Amarillo, Texas

          About Me Graphics Professional

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

            Cons

            • Difficult Setup
            • Inaccurate Color
            • Poor Software

            Best Uses

              Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8200i SE Film Scanner:

              First, like another reviewer, I thought this device would move the film through the scanner automatically; that is, with a motor. It seemed to imply that in the description. Instead, you have to move the film carrier one frame at a time and the detents don't always click into place.

              By the way, this isn't as compact in use as it looks. The film carrier requires room on either side of the scanner and it's not easy to get the film into the carrier. The old HP flatbed with a film adapter has tabs under which you can slide the file to hold it into place.

              But that isn't the worst of it. The software was terrible. The file manager hijacked the computer during a scan. But worse, the SilverFast 8 wouldn't work properly. After contacting their tech support, which in Florida you can only do in the afternoon; otherwise you have to deal with the Germans and I don't won't to do that based on their command of English in their email.

              Which brings me to the email that informs me (in Vista, they don't even address Windows 7-64) that I have to disable all other imaging devices in my device manager. The Plustek support tech's email indicated that it's a Windows issue but I don't think he's correct. So, no, I am not going to disable a webcam and flatbed scanner, which play together nicely.

              And, the color and the resolution have not thrilled me. I got a better color rendition from a glossy print on an old HP flatbed scanner than I did with this one scanning the same image from the negative.

              I sure hope B&H will let me send it back.

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

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              3.0

              Some good and some bad

              By jeffpm

              from Milwaukee, WI

              About Me Casual User

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Set Up
              • Excellent Software

              Cons

              • Inaccurate Color
              • Poor Resolution

              Best Uses

              • Social Media
              • Web Content

              Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8200i SE Film Scanner:

              I had high hopes when I purchased this scanner. I have tons of my own slides and several hundred from my Dad. I wanted to make hi-rez digital copies of all of it and had experimented with an older version of this scanner we have at work. It seemed to work quite well on a handful of slides I had tried a couple of years ago.

              I was really excited when the box came and began installing the software, doing updates and finally trying the scanner. The software installed on my Windows 7 laptop without any issues.

              The manuals are quite good and give you all the information you need to get started. I picked 4 slides and began scanning. On the first few scans I noticed that a lot of detail in the blacks seemed to be getting lost. I played with multiple settings, but really couldn't get the detail in the blacks. Yet when I look at the slide itself I can see some detail. I spent more time but I really haven't been able to solve this. I'm guessing it's just a limitation of the scanner. I also had a couple slides where people are wearing red colored clothing. The scans seem to be hyper saturating bright red colors and it loses all detail. Again I tried multiple settings but without any success. I think this is just a limitation of the scanner.

              So, this scanner is great if you want to use if to scan slides and negatives for the web, social media, etc. But I would not recommend it for archive purposes or if you want hi-rez images for prints.

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

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              1.0

              DO NOT BUY

              By One unhappy camper

              from Hell, AL

              About Me Frequent User

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Absolutely None

              Cons

              • Difficult Setup
              • Inaccurate Color
              • Poor Bit Depth
              • Poor Resolution
              • Poor Software
              • Slow

              Best Uses

              • Great Paperweight

              Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8200i SE Film Scanner:

              THIS IS THE WORST SCANNER I HAVE EVER PURCHASED.
              Customer Support is non existent.
              Software is not up to date. Plus instruction video does not match the actual software included with scanner. When I contacted SilverFast in Germany was told to download update version. This took 16 hours (DSL) and then would not write to computer. Did it twice without any success. Plus the Auto features would not work correctly. This includes; Color correction, Dust and Scratch removal, and Focus. It is a complete waste of money. Also it is does not come with a operating manual, must be downloaded from web page.

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

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