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PlustekOpticFilm 8200i Ai Film Scanner
 
4.1

(based on 104 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (38)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (45)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

90%

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

 

An Expensive Paperweight!

I'd give this zero stars if I could! After weeks of trying to solve the scanning and software problems I've given up. SilverFast bombs out 9 of 10 time I try Archive scans....Read complete review

I'd give this zero stars if I could! After weeks of trying to solve the scanning and software problems I've given up. SilverFast bombs out 9 of 10 time I try Archive scans. Pre-scans work fine, but as soon as I go for a full scan I land up with overlapping images or only half the slide scanned.Archive quality scans always come out incredibly dark as well and are totally useless for anything other than trash. This scanner is simply one expensive paperweight! Its the first and Last Plustek / SilverFast I'm buying. Wouldn't recommend it to anyone.

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5.0

Love this scanner

By Rick

from Port Orford, OR

Verified Buyer

Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8200i Ai Film Scanner:

Scanner works great, love it. Plustek software easy to use. The SilverFast 8 software not so much, has a rather steep learning curve.

 
4.0

So Far So Good

By Dot Earth Andy

from Hudson Valley

Verified Buyer

Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8200i Ai Film Scanner:

I haven't used other scanners before so not much to compare to but it works great for my initial purpose - getting reasonable-resolution scans of decades of black and white and Kodacrhome shots. Will do hi-rez scans of selects. As per other reviews, I'm using VueScan software for scans (I had it already). One frustration: the negative holder has little cross bars between frames that prevent doing true "full frame" scans that include the edge of image plus some black. I may actually cobble something different (haven't had time to sift to see if there's an option without the bars).

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Yes I like it

By Pawneepilot

from Reston, VA

Verified Buyer

Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8200i Ai Film Scanner:

I have purchased several slide scanners, but this one (recommended by B&H sales rep) is the best one I've owned. The model 8200ai comes with the full Silver Fast 8 software suite which, when installed and registered, offered a free upgrade to version 8.8. I had some difficulty installing the upgrade (driver problem) and a call to Silver Fast was answered by a real person on the first ring. She was abled to diagnose and fix the problem. The scanner provide beautiful high resolutions scans. The infra-red scan removes virtually all dust and marks - it's truly amazing. I do all my touch up work in Photoshop, so I haven't really tapped the potential of the software, which is also amazing.

 
5.0

finally found a 35mm scanner that meets my standards

By ready to retire

from Honolulu

Verified Buyer

Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8200i Ai Film Scanner:

able to scan at high resolution 35mm slides, BW and color negatives
last time I had a hi res 35mm scanner, it was scuzzy hook-up

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Worth the wait

By older amateur

from Wisconsin

Verified Buyer

Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8200i Ai Film Scanner:

Very pleased with the 8200Ai. I have a lot of slides from 70-80's and some family slides back to 40's. The scanner is easy to set up. Software takes awhile to understand, but so far, so good. LOVE the IR scan! It really makes a difference in quality of landscape scanned files. Able to use scanner on B&W slides but the IR gets confused with them. Full scan with IR takes several minutes but worth it to me.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great Scanner - Powerful Software

By Rich

from Milwaukee, WI

Verified Buyer

Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8200i Ai Film Scanner:

I waited a long time and read a lot of info before I bought this scanner. It replaces a Canoscan 2700F that used a SCSI wide connection that was a pain to maintain. This scanner works great. I am glad I spent the extra money to get the full Silverfast software. It is worth the extra expense. The infrared dust and scratch removal of the scanner is amazing. I wish I had purchased a high end bed scanner with the Silverfast then I could have batched. The scanner does not batch, no motor to advance the film. I wish I had purchased something that could batch scan but it would be one more thing to go wrong with the scanner. I tested the scanner with Viewscan x64 software and it works well but the Silverfast while difficult and a little overwhelming at first is worth the learning curve. Silverfast has a button under each tool that plays a movie to tell you how the tool works. Its hard to tell how they work with or against each other but the ability to adjust the negatives or slides is endless. I used it with slides, black and white film and color film and as long as you tell the scanner what the film is, it scans beautifully from the start. I had one error where the scanner stopped and I had to restart it but after 70 scans I can tell you it is a great scanner and the software bundle is the key.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

So Far So Good

By Caregiver

from Brampton, On, Canada

Verified Buyer

Comments about Plustek OpticFilm 8200i Ai Film Scanner:

It has been years since I had similar in size, much slower in scanning, and heavier in weight. We have come a long way: faster, lighter, and much better for the price. I have used the OpticFilim Plustek 8200i Ai Film Scanner for just less than a month with very satisfying results. The bonus is that I can see using it not only to deliver my Kodachrome slides as taken, but also, in some very alternative and creative ways.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
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.

 
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.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
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
       
      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

          (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

           
          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
             
            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

                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                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.

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

                  (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  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
                   
                  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

                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  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

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    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
                     
                    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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