Resurrect your old 35mm slides and store the images digitally with this.
9 October 2012
Summary: Purchased to replace an inferior device. This unit lives up to it's claims and is capable of converting my old 33mm slides to adequate digital files. It's not fast, as it takes considerable tweaking to compensate for slides that are over/under exposed, needing color corrections and sizing, but the results are worth it. A must for anyone who has boxes of old slides just sitting in the closet being neglected.
Summary: I scanned about 3000 old 35mm color slides with this scanner, which took a very long time, but was faster than anything else in the price range. To get faster you will have to put out the big bucks for a professional machine which you will never justify unless you begin advertising and doing this for others - which is not a bad idea if you have the time. I didn't and was satisfied with this product. Don't expect any product support from the manufacturer though.
Summary: Purchased the 7300 last year from Amazon to upgrade from the 7200se. The unit is a vast upgrade in image quality for scaning slides and film strips over a flatbed scanner with film attachments. The slide and film scans are of good quality for viewing on the internet and printing up to 5 x 7 photographs. It is a little slow at scans of 3600 dpi and above, but this is a 300-400 dollars unit, not a Nikon 9000 for 4000 - 6000 dollars.
Summary: I was a professional photographer and photographic lab technician for a total of 17 years and find the Plustek 7300 a cost-effective and useful tool. I have approximately 8000, old slides and negatives to sort through, and I will probably only scan a small fraction of them, so a medium-priced,dedicated scanner like this Plustek makes sense for me. It gives amazingly detailed scans of both slides and negatives, even at just 3600 dpi.
Summary: after 2 weeks and over 700 negatives and slides scanned i find very little to complain about with this scanner. i am using this under osx leopard and have not tried the windows software. pros - depending on the quality of the negatives or slides the results can be absolutely amazing. some well preserved slides i scanned, kodak of unknown film type, at 1200 dpi produce 1.3 megabyte files of approximately 7.1 megapixles - 3320x2240 pixels.
Summary: I'm going to review this scanner in relation to another film scanner I have used, the Nikon Coolscan 5000 ED. Why don't I still have the 5000? With the scanner and all the attachments I had, I had about $2K invested in the 5000. I finished a project I had with it almost 2 years ago so I sold it because I didn't want $2K just sitting around unused. Then a few weeks ago another huge project involving negative scanning came up.
Summary: Yes, It's slow but worth the wait. I left film photography several years ago to get "into" the digital era. But I missed the quality of Ilford and Kodak B&W film. Plus I have tons of Negatives laying around. As a result, I've taken my old film camera's out from storage (Nikon fe, Nikon f100) and began shooting several roles. I then decided to have most of my c41/b&w film developed at the local mini lab and scanned on a disc for digital editing...
Summary: The Plustek scanner has been great so far after 700 slides is working great. I use it with OS X Leopard. The photos are looking great and get a color and brightness tweak automatically. there are shortcuts you will use when you get used to it. Obviously scanning one slide at a time is going to be slow to go but the quality is extremely high and the files can be very large if you choose to save them that way.
Summary: Haven't done too much with this scanner yet, but my dad and I pulled it out of the box and had it scanning sides in less than 15 minutes. Documentation for mac is a little confusing, wasn't sure that it would work for the mac at first since the was no driver software for the mac, but there was driver software for pc platform. Scan resolution is amazing and the color controls seem quite generous. Machine is slow at high resolutions.
Summary: I was looking for a film scanner as I have a lot of negatives that I need to move to a digital format. This scanner works just as described. My only wish is that I had more than one film holder. I've ordered two extra and I know this will speed things up. I have been using the dust removal and this does add to the scanning time, but overall I feel this is worth the benefit.