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Pacific Image PF120 Pro Multi-Format Film Scanner

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Pacific Image PF120 Pro Multi-Format Film Scanner
Key Features
  • Optical Resolution: 6400dpi
  • Color Depth: 48-bit
  • Supports 35mm and 120 Film Formats
  • 3-Line CCD Sensor
The PF120 Pro Multi-Format Film Scanner from Pacific Image features a 3-line CCD sensor that is capable of 4600dpi optical resolution with a 48-bit color depth. The scanner converts your negative and positive film into digital images you can see & edit on the computer. The scanner supports a wide range of film sizes including 35mm film strips, 35mm mounted slides, and 120 film strips. There's no need to guess or spend time ensuring the film is properly aligned, the scanner comes with holders for most popular film sizes that ensure your scans come out right the first time and that your film remains in pristine condition.
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Pacific Image 120 Overview

The PF120 Pro Multi-Format Film Scanner from Pacific Image features a 3-line CCD sensor that is capable of 4600dpi optical resolution with a 48-bit color depth. The scanner converts your negative and positive film into digital images you can see & edit on the computer. The scanner supports a wide range of film sizes including 35mm film strips, 35mm mounted slides, and 120 film strips. There's no need to guess or spend time ensuring the film is properly aligned, the scanner comes with holders for most popular film sizes that ensure your scans come out right the first time and that your film remains in pristine condition.

The PF120 includes Pacific Image's Magic Touch dust and scratch removal as well as digital noise reduction to ensure an optimal scan the first time around. Once the image is scanned it can be edited using the included Cyberview X software to fine tune your images and ensure they come out the way you remember them. The software is provided as a free download from the Pacific Image website.

Resolution: 48-bit, 6400 dpi optical
Supports a wide variety of industry-standard film sizes - including 35mm strips, mounted 35mm slides, and 120 strips for formats ranging from 6 x 4.5 to 6 x 12
High-quality 3-line CCD sensor
Dynamic range over 4.2
Digital noise reduction
Automatic dust & scratch removal

Pacific Image 120 Specs

Key Specs
Film/Print Format
35mm/120 Film Strips, 35mm Mounted Slides
Light Source
1x White LED
1x Infrared LED
Scanner Color Depth
16-Bit (Internal)
Optical Resolution
6400 dpi
Power Source
AC Adapter
Light Source
1x White LED
1x Infrared LED
Scan Quality
Scanner Color Depth
16-Bit (Internal)
Optical Resolution
6400 dpi
Performance
Exposure Control
Auto/Manual
Output File Format
JPEG, TIFF
Connectivity
System Connection
USB-A 2.0
OS Compatibility
Windows 7 to 11
macOS 10.7 or Later
Sensor
Type
Linear CCD
Physical
Power Source
AC Adapter
AC Input Power
100 to 240 VAC, 50 / 60 Hz
DC Input Power
12 VDC at 1.5 A
Dimensions (W x H x D)
7.9 x 6.3 x 15.7" / 200 x 160 x 400 mm
Weight
12.3 lb / 5.6 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight
16.95 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
19.7 x 12.3 x 10.8"

Pacific Image 120 Reviews

Defective on Day 1 - confirmed

By Jared
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-15

Manufacturer confirmed when I called that scanner has unfixable hardware issue. There is significant banding/streaking in the same locations on every scan. Ordering this has been a huge waste of time and money.

Soft Focus 6x7 transparency scans

By Richard
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2021-05-06

I have B&W and color transparency film in panoramic (24mmx70mm) and 6cmx7cm formats. The PI PF120 has no carrier for the panoramic film (shot using Mamiya 7). I had to create my own mask and use weights and magnets to hold the film flat. Scans at 3200 dpi of this format are good, not spectacular, but useable. I'm having terrible problems scanning the 6x7 positive film (Velvia). I cannot get a sharp scan - scans are soft. The same image in the makeshift panoramic holder is sharp. I've tried single pass scans, turning off the dust detection (Vuescan) and no good result. The 35mm scanning compartment produces sharp scans, but only at 3200 dpi vs. Plustek OpticFilm 7200 dpi. I am going to return this scanner. I had my hopes set on this as there are few options for medium format film scanners.

International Buyer Be Aware!!

By Tatsuya
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2020-05-27

First, this is a great scanner overall when it works. This scanner is know for developing severe banding without clear fixing at user end. If your scanner does not suffer from banding, keep using it. This scanner scans very sharp and rich color / B&W grey tone images. For that regard, this scanner is great. When it starts developing banding (noticeable in darker area), you need to contact pacific Image's customer service. If you live in the US, then you can contact them in CA. If you are out of the US like me, you need to contact Taiwan. I must say their customer service, especially Taiwan, is not helpful. Good luck when you contact them in English. Chances are they do not reply to you at all. When it does, despite it is within warranty period, you need to pay shipping cost between your place and Taiwan for service. For me, it was not worth the cost. I used this scanner for about 10 months and was very happy about the results. Banding issue sadly ended it.

Update: it broke

By nicolas
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2020-04-15

I left an earlier review for this scanner. After a year and a half it is broken, confirmed by the manufacturer to have a defective part, not covered by warranty and needs to be shipped to Taiwan for repair. Not sure how much it will cost or how long it will take. Consider purchasing an extended warranty for the scanner.

Good value!

By nicolas
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-05-07

5/7/2019.  Ive had this scanner for about 8 months now.  After using it extensively on hundreds of negatives, Id say its pretty good.  My guess is this is the best medium format scanner youre going to get for less than a $16k Flextight. The first unit I received from B&H was out of focus on one side. After a back and forth with the manufacturers support rep, I decided to take a chance and exchange it with B&H for another unit. Thanks B&H!   The second unit is sharp all the way across.  By sharp, I mean that it renders the grain, dust and scratches on negatives with sharpness whereas the v700 flatbed I have been using renders those things with softness.  For B&W film, this is all you need.  The dynamic range is not breaking any records but it seems adequate for B&W film processed within a few stops of normal as well as color negative.  VueScan allows you to do a 2-pass scan to get a higher dynamic range. I tested it and the 2-pass scans are identical to the single pass scans but with a higher dynamic range.  So, theres a solution there if you ever need it. A B&W 6x9 negative yielded a 3000dpi 145MB DNG file in 6 minutes. It prints at 20x30 or larger and looks tack sharp. A Color Portra 160NC 6x7 negative took about the same amount of time to output a 1200dpi 65MB DNG file.  VueScan used the scanners infrared channel to remove the dust and scratches on the color negative! Great looking scans! I scanned the same negatives on a friends $16k Flextight.  This scanner is far noisier than the Flextight. I scanned the same negatives on my v700 flatbed.  This scanner is noisier than the v700, but it’s also much, much sharper.  I tried scanning some 35mm film using this scanner.  It’s okay but there don’t seem to be click stops for the frames, so it’s very hard to line up the film with the scanner.  The Pacific Image PrimeFilmXE is much better for 35mm for this reason.  The results from both scanners are identical but the dedicated 35mm PrimeFilmXE is so much easier to use for 35mm film. One note about the negative carrier: as shipped, it holds an 8.75 long strip.  If you cut 6x7 negatives it into strips of 3 negatives, your strips are 9 long.  You will have to cut them to fit them in the negative carrier.  I filed down the two plastic end pieces on the negative carrier and it now holds a 9 strip just right.  For 6x45 negatives in strips of 5, the strips are a little longer than 9 and have to be cut to fit in the carrier. One note about the software (Im using Mac OS X 10.13): My first scans with VueScan had horizontal and vertical banding.  I installed the included CyberView software and noticed that it has a Calibrate mode.  I ran the calibration and restarted everything.  After that, VueScan scanned without the banding and is working fine so far.  As far as using ‘CyberView’ to scan anything… forget about it! Get VueScan.  Install and use CyberView once for the calibration and never again.

Buggy device

By S
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2019-04-12

Device doesnt always work for me. When it does decide to work, calibration often takes quite a while, then it will finally start to scan (10 minute calibration for a 800 dpi pre-scan of a 35mm slide is crazy) .  However, the scan sometimes then is empty.  Scans are quite slow for me - slower than older generation film scanners I used.  The CyberView X5 software is the only reliable way Ive been able to scan ... I am a longtime VueScan user, but the scanner doesnt seem to consistently respond to VueScan ... scanner seems to go to sleep periodically with VueScan.  When I was able to get a VueScan scan to work with this scanner for the 35mm slide holder, I could not get the entire width of the slide to scan.  And, yes, I had the slide in properly!  Sometimes pressing the lower button on the front several times, the last one while holding it for a long while, seems to make the scanner more responsive to the CyberViewX5 Scan or Prescan direction. VueScan with other scanners does a calibration scan, but that was a lot faster than it is with this scanner. I was really disappointed in how this scanner worked out - have been looking for a usable, reasonably quality medium format film scanner and thought this was going to be that.  Its not. Only positive is that the slide and 35mm film carriers seem to be well-designed.

Doesnt work

By JASON
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2021-08-27

We bought two of these (Not from B&H) to try them out. We have two Epsons that work great. These ones do not work at all. One worked very very briefly and took a REALLY long time to warm up and then I got Cannot Communiate. After trouble shooting it I decided I may have a bad cable or maybe its the desktop computer I got the other one right out of the box, went to a different production computer and got the same error. Both of them right out of the box did not work. The manual that is supplied via website doesnt have anything to help. I reached out to the companies help desk but have not heard back.

Major problem with banding

By Jeffery
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2021-05-16

When the Epson flatbed was back-ordered for many months I took a chance with this very problematic scanner. It is far worse than I could have imagined for 120 film. That they continue to manufacture and distribute such poor quality shows just how desperate the consumers have gotten. That anyone in the United States still sell them is perplexing.

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I need to scan mounted 3D slides. Can It do it?

I need to scan mounted 3D slides. Can It do it?
Asked by: Juan
Hi--this scanner can scan four mounted 35mm slides at a time.
Answered by: Boyd
Date published: 2020-06-05

Can this be used to scan 110 film negatives?

Can this be used to scan 110 film negatives?
Asked by: Alexandria
A cheat I used with another brand scanner, put two strips of 110 in the 35mm holder and used you software like Photoshop to cut them apart in post.
Answered by: David
Date published: 2021-07-23

What software can be used with this scanner? ...

What software can be used with this scanner? Vuescan?
Asked by: Herman
The scanner comes with Cyberview X, Adobe Photoshop Elements 8.0. But Vuescan is also compatible.
Answered by: Rob
Date published: 2022-06-27

Is the Pacific Image PF120 work on Mac OS ...

Is the Pacific Image PF120 work on Mac OS Catalina or Big Sur? Is it still receiving driver updates for new OS releases?
Asked by: Jason
The current driver for Mac works on Mac OS 10.7 or higher.
Answered by: Kirk
Date published: 2022-01-09

question

my computer runs windows 7 will this work with the pf120?
Asked by: Anonymous
Yes. It works fine with the provided driver. It is a 32 bit driver but I have had no problems w/ a 64 bit Windows 7 computer.
Answered by: Chris L.
Date published: 2019-02-12

question

Does this scanner function with Mac OS Mountain Lion?
Asked by: Anonymous
The Pacific Image PF120 Scanner will work with Mac OS X 10.5 and up, including Mountain Lion.
Answered by: Kirk R.
Date published: 2022-06-27

Is this scanner compatible with windows 10?

Is this scanner compatible with windows 10?
Asked by: Archina
Yes, this printer is compatible with Windows 10.
Answered by: Joseph
Date published: 2019-05-26

question

Is it possible to scan xpan(35mm panorama) images?
Asked by: CHRIS W.
Buy an extra negative carrier and file out the frame dividers. Works great for me!
Answered by: nicolas
Date published: 2020-06-05
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