Excerpt: I was really happy to discover a high quality 120 scanner after so many manufacturers left the market. Very high quality optics, light source, carriers and overall build. The only Plustek software that come with it is the driver. The included Silverfast Ai full version is what makes this thing scream. Ai does have a learning curve to get the most out if it but certainly far less than PS.
Excerpt: Well the scanner works fine after downloading and installing up dated drivers, however the user manuals are lacking and after a weekend of trial and error I was able to get the scanner working half way right. The downfall of this scanner is the software that comes with it. It took me another 2 days to configure it just to get some decent images from my 35mm negatives, the 35mm slides were more of a pain as there are no instructions on which way to load them (same with...
Excerpt: I'm going to base my review on my experience a few years back with a Nikon Coolscan 9000. For you who are familiar with this scanner, you know this is very stiff competition as that was an outstanding piece of equipment.I've been scanning a very large library of 120 and 35mm negatives.
Summary: I had my scanner set up and running within 30 minutes of it landing on my doorstep. The previous review mentioned several flaws, most of which are related to the Silverfast software and not the scanner. The two items ship together and ideally should work well together, but they are not genetically conjoined at the hip.
Excerpt: I love that this scanner handles medium format as well at 35mm negatives and slides. The accompanying software also makes accommodations for various film types and brands in addition to white balance settings. The only drawback is that the software which controls the device crashed occasionally and the entire system needs to be rebooted. It would be 5-stars if it were not for that slight inconvenience.
Summary: I bought this scanner to get a better scan of a 645 negative for a contest print, so I got to work on this scanner as soon as it came. This is my 4th film scanner, second Plustek, and second or third Silverfast, but I had plenty of trouble. After two days I had not even got the software to unlock, since the registration page didn't come up automatially as promised. PlusTek gave me a hint which finally worked. (Thank you PlusTek.) But I still could't get a scan.
Excerpt: Makes great scans, but it has a chronic glitch that others have complained about as well -- it often rejects the slide tray and scans anyway. Unplugging the device seems to reset it. Plustek has been unresponsive and obviously has allowed this problem to go uncorrected. It's more of an annoyance than a hindrance. Slide trays are well-designed and sturdy.
Pros: Accurate Thumbnails, Good Bit Depth, Good Resolution
Excerpt: I have been wanting to get this scanner for sometime as a replacement for my Coolscan V and Microtek flatbed. I watched the reviews when it was approaching the release date, then after it started shipping, then after they halted shipments, and finally resumed shipping. I knew there were some issues but from the reviews, I thought they had resolved most issues.
Excerpt: For several years, I followed the development of this product and finally bought one from B&H after reading some favorable reviews. I have thousands of black & white negatives, color negatives and slides to scan, and thus far I've been using an old SCSI-equipped Polaroid SprintScan 35mm Plus (on an XP PC) and an Epson 700 for 4x5 and 6x9 (120) negatives.
Excerpt: I am scanning the archives of a professional photographer with this scanner and I am very pleased with it. The software it comes with, Silverfast 8, is powerful and can make every correction imaginable, including automatic dust and scratch removal which is a real timesaver. It took me a couple of days to learn how to use it, but after that learning curve I am able to work efficiently with the scanner.
Pros: Accurate Thumbnails, Consistent, Fast, Good Bit Depth, Good Resolution