The Silverfast software is powerful and largely intuitive (I haven't used PhotoShop much so can't say how much better it is)
20 February 2015
Summary: I digitized around 4000 slides last year using this device. Originals were made without automatic exposure and focus and most of the images were in need of some editing. The Silverfast software is powerful and largely intuitive (I haven't used PhotoShop much so can't say how much better it is).
"The answer" to converting slides and film to digital formats ...
20 August 2014
Summary: "The answer" to converting slides and film to digital formats. This scanner will produce extremely high resolutions and big files which will allow user to extensively clean up any dust or scratches, make color corrections, etc.
Summary: Bought this scanner to convert 400 color slides taken by my grandfather during his time abroad during the Korean War era. The slide holder allows you to easily move through scanning 4 slides in a row. The computer software included with the scanner is very user friendly.
Summary: I have not had time to move past the basics, and there is a lot left to explore, but for my purposes it is perfect. I have a number of 35mm slides from the pre-digital days and this will allow me to make usable copies of selected slides to bring the kids pictures when they were young and the older...
Summary: If you use this with Windows 7 - Be sure to get the latest driver off the plustek website. There are 2 versions of the latest driver. I'd hazzard a guess to say that all the model versions coming out are 5A15's from now on. Know that and get the right version.
Pros: Unexpected quality. Compact size. Quick scan is your friend if you are archiving/catalogging. Free and quick shipping. Free wireless router (odd thing to be packaged with). SilverFast is good at what it does (See cons).
Cons: Setup for this software is complex. Not your usual work flow for software install. Silverfast is hard to get used to. They mention a photoshop plugin, but it's hard to use, if it works. (see other thoughts).
Summary: Load the software and away you go. I scanned over 300 slides with the Plustek Opticfilm 7200 in a little over four hours. Once I got the hang of it and the correct scanning program it went a whole lot faster. I would recommend this scanner to anyone that has slides to digitize.
Summary: This scanner is efficiently compact, the software installed smoothly (Windows XP) and works well. SilverFast SE works well; I find it fairly intuitive. As far as adjusting each slide before scanning, the autoadjust normally is sufficient, but the other adjustment options are sometimes needed.