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PlustekOpticFilm 8200i Ai Film Scanner
 
4.0

(based on 97 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (34)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (42)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good resolution (67)
  • Accurate color (52)
  • Good bit depth (52)
  • Easy to set up (42)
  • Excellent software (32)

Cons

  • Slow (21)
  • Poor software (19)
  • Difficult setup (14)
  • Inaccurate color (5)
  • Inaccurate scans (3)

Best Uses

  • Photos and graphics (42)
  • Publishing (6)
  • Digital printing (3)
  • Large format film (3)
  • Web design (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Frequent user (53), Casual user (25), Great graphics (12)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (78), Business (9)
    • Computer Platform:
    • PC (57), Mac (34)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Extremely good scans for the price

I've owned this scanner for a few weeks now. I have scanned hundreds of images consisting of Kodachrome slides, color negatives, and BW negatives as old as 68 years and as new as...Read complete review

I've owned this scanner for a few weeks now. I have scanned hundreds of images consisting of Kodachrome slides, color negatives, and BW negatives as old as 68 years and as new as last week. At 3600dpi, the scans have the resolution of wet process enlargements. At 7200dpi, you can magnify the image and clearly see individual grains in the developed film. Though somewhat slow due to manual feeding (and the obligatory babysitting), it is capable of producing scans that may finally have squeezed the last drop of 35mm film's excellent resolution. This scanner will probably bog down on a less than great computer. My machine is Intel Core i7 quad core at 2GH with 16GB RAM running Win7 64 bit. The only issue I've had with the hardware is that on some VERY dense film (grossly underexposed slides and overexposed negatives), the backlight is a little underpowered to cut through, leaving a noisy scan. The Silverfast software is excellent, but only after you learn how to use it from a third party. I think everyone agrees that the manuals are worthless. Once you've learned to place RGB/CMYK measurement points in strategic locations on the prescan (a process the manual doesn't describe) and fine-tune the RGB histogram, you can get absolutely perfectly color balanced and exposed scans. The infrared scratch and dust detection is amazing, but note that it can't be used on films containing metallic substances, including BW. Get a third party book on Silverfast. I will include a few 3600dpi scans of Kodachrome from 1945-1950 reduced in size by 50% and compressed to JPG format. The newspaper in the slide with cats is from June 27, 1950 and the headline announces the start of the Korean War. The car in the slide with kids is a 1941 Ford and that slide was shot in 1947.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Potentially great machine

I have scanned images from both slides and film at both high and low resolutions and when the scanner works correctly it does a fine job of providing accurate detailed images. Scanning errors however...Read complete review

I have scanned images from both slides and film at both high and low resolutions and when the scanner works correctly it does a fine job of providing accurate detailed images. Scanning errors however occur often when making high resolution or dust and scratch removal scans. The first half of the image will scan well but the second half will be only lines as if the scanner did not operate smoothly during the second half of the scan (images included below). I'm not sure if this is a software problem or a hardware issue. The SilverFast software has an easy to use interface and offers alot of options for the user to improve the scan but it has stopped functioning in several instances. If the issues mentioned above were ironed out I would give it five stars.

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4.0

Works Well

By BamaRich

from Huntsville, AL

Verified Buyer

Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8200i Ai Film Scanner:

I have a olde3r OpticFilm scanner without the IR dust and scratch removal software and was very satisfied with the scans produced by it except for all the manual cleanup work that was needed to remove dust and scratches. The 8200i AI works just as well plus the IR dust and removal system works very well and saves me a lot of work after the scan. The Silverfast program supplied with the unit is a pain to install and learn to operate. I was already familiar with it from the old scanner and dreaded having to install a new version. There is always some problem in the install and that requires a lot of research and configuration changes to finally get a successful install. I did find that the VueScan works very well with this scanner and is much easier to install and use.

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5.0

Works well with a learning curve

By Bluecomet

from Jackson NJ

Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8200i Ai Film Scanner:

As most have noted there is a learning curve, particularly with the Silverside software. For basic adjustments following the workflow is fairly easy. Just remember to start by clicking on the red globe in the top left corner. The booklet flow doesn't always match what you see on the screen and I still haven't found that multiple scan feature. Scans are of decent quality and the dust and scratch remover works very well. The slide tray is sturdy enough to last awhile. All in all a good investment. B&H shipped right on schedule although UPS damaged the cardboard box.

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5.0

I highly recommend this product

By Nancy

from Oregon

About Me Frequent User

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8200i Ai Film Scanner:

      I highly recommend this scanner for Kodachrome slide scanning. I am scaning slides-of family photos from 1950's, 60's and 70's and having great results. It comes with a color calibration for Kodachrome- easy to use.
      I am a mac user and have the OS X El Capitan 10.11.1 version- I had to make a phone call to Silverfast to have them help set up the Siverfast program for my computer- only took a few minutes.
      There are tutorials on how to use this program. So may be a learning curve depending on your knowledge with photo programs.
      I am currently using the workflow part of Silverfast- which is the fastest way to scan photos and having great results. I even had a few photos printed and I am supper happy.
      I have wanted to preserve family photos for a long time and so happy with this product.
      If you are unsure of which product to purchase- I highly recommend the ON-LINE chat with the people at B & H- this is how I chose this product.

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

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      4.0

      B&H Stood Tall

      By Spaceman

      from Canton, Ohio

      About Me Casual User

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Accurate Color
      • Easy To Set Up

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8200i Ai Film Scanner:

          This is my second Plustek Scanner so I knew what I was getting. Unfortunately this unit had a manufacturing defect, loose parts in slide/film slot. B&H allowed me to return and they immediately sent replacement which works fine. I have several Hundred old slides, some Kodachrome, and I am totally satisfied with the digital copies of these slides, some of which are over 35 years old.

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

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          4.0

          Great scanner

          By iJack

          from Laporte, PA

          About Me Frequent User

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Accurate Color
          • Easy To Set Up
          • Good Resolution

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Photos and Graphics

            Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8200i Ai Film Scanner:

            Very easy to use and gives great scans of multiple media types. Personally, I prefer to use VueScan rather than the SilverFast software that comes with it.

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

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            5.0

            Great scanner

            By David

            from Georgia

            About Me Frequent User

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8200i Ai Film Scanner:

                The combination scanner's infrared scanning and the SilverFast software that comes with it does an amazing job of removing dust and scratches. Also the ability to save scans as Photoshop files is handy and the scans look great. The SilverFast software is a very good scanning software package.

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

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                4.0

                Nice results.

                By Ancient Geek

                from Richmond, Vt

                About Me Casual User

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Accurate Color
                • Crisp Clear Scans
                • Easy To Set Up
                • Good Resolution

                Cons

                • Learning Required
                • User Interface Complexity

                Best Uses

                • Slides

                Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8200i Ai Film Scanner:

                I purchased this scanner to archive slides and negatives taken by my parents during their lifetimes. I had previously tried scanning slides on a multifunction printer that had a slide scanning function.

                I had no trouble installing the software on my Apple iMac running El Capitan. The device itself was well packed and easy to setup. The software is a bit complicated and not for folks who just want to click and scan. I spent perhaps an hour familiarizing myself with the software and doing test scans. After that, I was able to scan at what I suspect is a novice level. The scanner isn't fast, but, the results have been quite good for me. I especially like the dust and scratch removal.

                I withheld one star based on the complexity of the user interface. Otherwise, I feel that it is a very good scanner for a reasonable price.

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                • Personal
                • Computer Platform:
                • Mac

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                5.0

                OpticFilm 8200i

                By Angeles, R.

                from Tracy, CA.

                About Me Casual User

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Photos and Graphics
                  • Publishing

                  Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8200i Ai Film Scanner:

                  I received the scanner on time, thanks B&H for another excellent job! Open and install it right away and approx. within 1 hr. after the installation and read the manual I'm up running. The results of the scans from the slides are acceptable for now. There is a lot of learning curves how to use all the tools that are included in the included in the Silverfast software. I haven't tried the negative yet.

                  So far I'm happy with the result.

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

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                  3.0

                  Good scanner - poor software

                  By cw

                  from Minnesota

                  About Me Casual User

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Good Resolution

                  Cons

                  • Difficult Setup
                  • Inaccurate Color
                  • Poor Software

                  Best Uses

                  • Photos and Graphics

                  Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8200i Ai Film Scanner:

                  I purchased the more expensive 8200i Ai to get the IT8 color calibration that is not included in the cheaper 8200i SE. This was a mistake. I only scan 35 mm negatives and the IT8 calibration only works with slides. This was never stated in the info sheets. I only learned about it after doing much digging into why it wouldn't work.

                  The scanner appears to be good quality. The software is difficult to learn but there is a lot in it. That may be good or bad depending upon how you look at it. I will never use all the functions but I like the fact that I can if I want to. There are some help full videos but Silverfast could do a much better job of explaining what things do and why.

                  No problems with B&H. They had a good price on the package and delivery was quick.

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

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                  4.0

                  Nice product - good value

                  By FlashPhotography

                  from lebanon, Nj

                  About Me Casual User

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Inaccurate Color

                  Best Uses

                  • Photos and Graphics

                  Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8200i Ai Film Scanner:

                  I am going to use this scanner to scan some negatives from the 80's and 90's. Initial scans look good. I am not doing any color correction, just doing scratch and dust removal.

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

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                  5.0

                  Does what it supposed to do well

                  By Mr. Hippo

                  from San Marcos, CA

                  About Me Graphics Professional

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Archive 35mm Media

                    Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8200i Ai Film Scanner:

                    Great for scanning slides and negatives. Resolution and clarity is much better than the several years old scanner it replaced. I am using the included Silverfish software. I have been using the Silverfish software for years so there was a learning curve that took only minutes.

                    Downside: although slides can be loaded 4 at a time in the slide holder or 6 frames in the negative holder, each scan is done one at a time.

                    Upside: large window for the prescan image which helps get the scan right the first time. Post scan editing in photoshop is not needed. Great detail provided in images. Multi scan capability which improves overall scan results. Color calibration was quick and easy.

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

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                    5.0

                    Take a trip back to the film days

                    By Rt66west

                    from Phoenix, AZ.

                    About Me Graphics Professional

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Accurate Color
                    • Good Bit Depth
                    • Good Resolution

                    Cons

                    • Difficult Setup

                    Best Uses

                    • 35mm Slide And Negitives

                    Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8200i Ai Film Scanner:

                    Not a bad little scanner really. Confusing is it ships with two different scanner software. Silverlight has a free update for their package Plustek Has some issues and will not update itself. Once the new Sliverlight is installed I get a pop up at boot that states Silverlight is not installed. But it does work. Scanning is a slow process which has always been the case.It a solid little scanner and I'll be using to bring my old film images into the digital age. Once you get accustom to the Silverlight Software and the many settings you will be able to create good scans that are clean and true.

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

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                    5.0

                    Good product

                    By lion king

                    from fullerton, CA

                    About Me Casual User

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Difficult Setup

                    Best Uses

                    • Photos and Graphics

                    Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8200i Ai Film Scanner:

                    Scan 35 mm negative film

                    • Computer Platform:
                    • PC

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                    4.0

                    Love this product

                    By jose

                    from New York City

                    About Me Frequent User

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Photos and Graphics

                      Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8200i Ai Film Scanner:

                      I am finally starting to scan a portfolio of 30 years worth of work and this film scanner is making it so easy to do. It was quick and easy to load the software and to start using it. No problems yet and hopefully none to come.

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

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                      3.0

                      Great scanner but the software sucks

                      By LA Streettog

                      from Los Angeles, CA

                      About Me Casual User

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Good Resolution

                      Cons

                      • Poor Software
                      • Slow

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8200i Ai Film Scanner:

                        the scanner is great but the software sucks. My suggestion is to save money and buy the 8100, and buy the Vuescan software.

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

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                        5.0

                        Price too high product excellent

                        By Pacman

                        from Linden,New Jersey

                        About Me Frequent User

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Photos and Graphics

                          Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8200i Ai Film Scanner:

                          I use it for scanning and printing my 30-year old plus negatives.
                          So far I am very happy with 8200i scanner.
                          I can only say that this one is the best one from the best store.
                          Jan Pac

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                          • Personal
                          • Computer Platform:
                          • Mac

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                          4.0

                          Great product, bad software to scan slides

                          By Red

                          from Orlando, FL

                          About Me Frequent User

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8200i Ai Film Scanner:

                              I would give 5 stars to this product. The software that comes with the scanner is great to scan negatives, but when you try to scan slides (positives), results are very disappointing. I tried different settings and no good results with any of them. I ended up using VueScan for slides and it is much better. It would be great if the maker of this product offer a unique software good for both things. the quality of the scans is great for the price.

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                              • Personal
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                              • Mac

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                              5.0

                              Great little scanner

                              By SunPark

                              from South Florida

                              About Me Frequent User

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                              • Slow

                              Best Uses

                              • 35 Mm Sldies

                              Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8200i Ai Film Scanner:

                              I bought this scanner to enable the archiving of the many 35mm slides that I sitting in boxes. The scanner is connected to a Mac and, since the quick scan software is not functional on a Mac, Iam using the included Silverfast software. It works quite well, and I am able to scan directly into Photoshop using its included plugin.

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                              • Personal
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                              • Mac

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                              5.0

                              Software Complicated but good scanner

                              By Richard

                              from Sussex, NJ

                              About Me Casual User

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Accurate Color
                              • Good Bit Depth
                              • Good Resolution

                              Cons

                              • Steep Learning Curve

                              Best Uses

                              • 35mm Film Copies

                              Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8200i Ai Film Scanner:

                              I used to copy 35mm color slides and B&W negatives using a light box and a macro setup. It gave great results but was complicated, slow and could not do color negatives due to the orange mask. This scanner works really well but the software does have a steep learning curve. The instructions are not all that good, so be prepared to spend some time with this machine if you want the best results.

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                              • Personal
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                              • PC

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                              5.0

                              As good as Coolscan V

                              By kingzrule

                              from Medford Lakes, NJ

                              About Me Frequent User

                              Verified Reviewer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8200i Ai Film Scanner:

                                  I purchased a great, used Nikon Coolscan V, and I also own a nice Epson V750 flatbed. This Plustek OpticFil 8200i Ai is great for 35 mm film and slides. After spending a few hours comparing the results to the Coolscan V, I have come to the conclusion that there is little or no difference. There seems to be a cult of Nikon Coolscan, but you pay a lot of money for an old and unsupported scanner. I can't see a difference, and I really was hoping that the Coolscan would turn out to be a better scanner. This $ unit does the job as well or better. The only feature missing is the auto feed, but I'm not scanning loads of slides or negatives here. All of the complaints about the Silverfast software are also unfounded. You have to read a 3 page instruction manual and use the scanning Pilot in Silverfast. Simple. I also used VueScan in my testing, and it also worked equally well. If you need hundreds or thousands of slides or negatives scanned, neither Coolscan or Plustek are the answer - I used a service for the first round of slide scanning.I can get a slide or negative prepped and scanned and into Lightroom in about 4 or 5 minutes. That's not fast, but scanning is a labor of love.Also, the Epson V750 does very good on 35mm films, and is fantastic on large format negatives, as well as on old prints and documents.

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                                  • Personal
                                  • Computer Platform:
                                  • Mac

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