Featuring updated color handling and faster performance, the Prime Film XAs super edition from Pacific Image is a film scanner designed for use with 35mm film strips and mounted slides of color negative, color positive, and B&W negative films. The super edition of this scanner offers faster scan times along with enhanced sharpness and color clarity, and maintains the impressive 10,000 dpi scanning resolution, Dmax of 4.2, and 48-bit color depth. The scanner's design incorporates both white and infrared LED sources, which enable the use of MagicTouch technology to automatically remove dust and scratches from scans. Multipass Xposure can also be used to make sequential scanning passes in order to increase detail and color rendering. SilverFast SE software, provided as a free download from the Pacific Image website, is used to operate the scanning protocol, and can also be used to fine-tune brightness, contrast, and color, and the Prime Film XAs also features instant cloud sharing to Dropbox for a more intuitive and seamless workflow.
- Scans 35mm Film Strips & Mounted Slides
- Optical Resolution: 10,000 dpi
- Color Depth: 48-Bit
- Dmax: 4.2
Pacific Image Prime Film XAs Overview
Pacific Image Prime Film XAs Specs
|Film/Print Format||35mm Film Strips, 35mm Mounted Slides|
|Light Source||1 x White LED|
1 x Infrared LED
|Maximum Scan Area||0.96 x 1.44" / 24.3 x 36.5 mm|
|Color Depth||48-Bit (Internal)|
|Grayscale Depth||16-Bit (Internal)|
|Optical Resolution||10000 dpi for 35 mm|
|Batch Scan Support||No|
|Host Connection||USB-A 2.0|
|Internal Memory||2 MB|
|OS Compatibility||macOS 10.5 or Later |
Windows 7 or Later
*As of October, 2018: Check with manufacturer for the most up-to-date compatibility
|Power Source||AC Adapter|
|Dimensions (W x H x D)||10.79 x 7.2 x 3.7" / 274 x 183 x 94 mm|
|Weight||4.85 lb / 2.2 kg|
|Package Weight||5.4 lb|
|Box Dimensions (LxWxH)||15.9 x 13.8 x 7"|
Pacific Image Prime Film XAs Reviews
I purchased this scanner 14 months ago and started to use it just a week ago. I have been trying this scanner on two Power Macs and one Window computer. As a result, it can scan 15 slides or negatives per day and then freezes (loses a connection) for the next 24 hours. So far, with customer service support I managed to scan 100 images for the last week. I am going to buy another scanner (not this model) with hope that next one will actually work. Please do not buy this one or else you will lose your time and nervous. I am a professional IT guy, and this unit just doesn't work.
Works great, then scratches negatives
When this scanner works, it really streamlines the scanning workflow. The image quality at 5000dpi is better than my flatbed scanner. I was very happy with it, until recently I noticed that it has been leaving a scratch mark in two places on my negatives. This is easy enough to fix in Photoshop, but I also want to be able to later print my negatives on my enlarger. This is now ruining the negatives. Of course I notice this the days after the return period has passed. I've seen other reviews on Youtube and websites that mention this issue, but most of those mention this happening on the first few rolls scanned. I've scanned my 40 rolls with it, and it has just started happening. I want to recommend this but have to do so with a warning that it may scratch your negatives.
one step solution for film scan.
You got your old camera and film and went off shooting. Then you find out that you can develop your own negatives. All great, the negative look like they are holding something. How can I get my pictures? one way is to send them to the lab, but then what's the point of developing at home if you are going to the lab anyway! so you want something to transform these negatives into pictures. The old way, you need a dark room and many stuff and experience and.. wait, just scan the darn thing and get a digital representation of your pictures. Ok, enough rumbling, Prime Film XAs is the answer. It has bad, bad software, so you will have to buy [email protected], another 100 bucks, but then you are set for a wonderful surprise. This machine works like a charm. It takes some time, but the result is sensational. Of course, it doesn't make up for bad photographers or bad camera/film. If everything else is good, this will be your solution. Yes, I like it. And highly recommend it.
Reasonable Consumer Grade Scanner
I purchased this scanner some time ago. At that time, only CyberView (which is the manufacturer's software) and Vuescan worked out of the box. SilverFast was advertised to work, but really hasn't been completely functional with this scanner until very recently (May 2022) because the manufacturer hadn't yet provided working drivers/firmware updates to work with SilverFast, v9. (Or this has been my understanding from the very helpful and supportive staff at SilverFast.) With the latest firmware/driver updates (available on the PIE website, along with instructions as to how these objects are to be installed), this scanner provides good results using either Vuescan, the version of SilverFast provided with its purchase, and the manufacturer's software, CyberScan. The only downsides are (1) the unit is noisy, and (2) it's extremely unlikely that anyone will scan a continuous roll of 36 exposures without frame alignment issues. But, again, this unit is much less expensive than a Noritsu. I use this scanner to make digital contact sheets for the most part. I have used it to produce single images at 5000 dpi with multiple passes/samples with very good results--note that these scans do take time, however.
Hi res scans
I love the resolution and the easy way af scanning a 36 frame rol or strips of film without a holder. Just set the scanner feed the rol of film, press start and come back when its done!
Hardly worth the trouble
Yes, an effective resolution of somewhere between 4300-4800 DPI. Great. However, this machine is an absolute nightmare to work with. From glitchy issues where it just decides to advance the film for no reason, to issues where it stutters out on you the minute you press a button on the scanner, effectively becoming frozen...It's a huge waste of time, regardless of the software you're using (vuescan in my case). It does have batch scanning, which can work to your advantage..just be prepared to fight dust the entire way through should it spit your film out wrong, or line up the negatives incorrectly, or glitch out on you, forcing you to reset the unit and try again. All that work for some great resolution scans...You'll know if its worth it depending on the type of work you do. As for me, I don't think I have the time of day.
Poor QC, colour noise & banding. Wanted it to work :(
Had originally seen this scanner pop up a couple of times on YouTube and the internet. After watching a couple of reviews that proclaimed great results I decided to purchase one. Great resolution, automation functions like batch scanning, what could go wrong? I was reading the one star review thinking it can't be this bad. It was. The FIRST scanner arrived and silverfast indeed was a nightmare to work with, as with their cyber X software. For some weird reason my negatives were getting scratched really badly. The first scanner had extremely terrible colour noise. Absolutely unusable. I went back and fourth with tech support and tried it initially on my m1 MacBook Pro It does not work well on the new macs with the M1 chips. Their own tech support told me they were having issues with it. So I went on my intel MacBook Pro & windows and the issue still persisted. So I finally contacted B&H and just asked for an exchange hopefully it was just a faulty unit and the next one would be fine. The SECOND one was faulty as well. Out with the colour noise and in with the colour banding problems. Again for some weird reason my negatives were getting scratched really badly again. Tech support said dust could attribute to it as dust would block the leds, but mine was giving me funky yellow and purple bands right down across the image. I was in disbelief. I tried it on three different softwares, silverfast, cyberviewx5 & view scan. I even tried it on three different computers again. My intel & M1 MacBooks and a regular windows pc. To my disappointment, it was there. At this point I was a hundred dollars in on taxes already and I didn't want a third faulty one so I've decided to swap it out with a plustek instead. I was quite sad but it really started becoming a pain and a dread when it really was supposed to be a "happier" thing to look forward to. Life just isn't fair I guess and I'm down another 50 bucks in taxes. But props to B&H for n excellent return policy & efficient customer service.
Excellent scans for an affordable price
Works excellent. The scan quality is terrific and having silverfast included means not having to pay for extra software. My only complaint is that the setup instructions could be better, and I was having some issues with the scanner turning off until I updated the firmware, but after that everything has been working great.
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