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: Between the poor customer service, the vague instructions and the lackluster performance of this product, I would not recommend anybody purchase it. I am now in the process of trying to return it for a refund. The manufacturer should be ashamed of themselves for offering a product like this.
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.
Summary: This might be a good product for a PC user but NOT for a Mac. The software is not installing and corrupts some of the files in the system. Too bad because the product appears to be a good one.
Summary: The Silverfast software makes this a must purchase. Digitizing several thousand slides with all manner of color problems and uncleanable dirt is a problem that this scanner and software handles nicely. It takes time to remove specks and problems but really does a nice job. So far I've done several hundred and the instant scan (no warmup) works perfectly. I chose to scan at 300dpi jpg which results in perfect 4x6 prints with the downside being a cost of 6meg a scan.
Summary: Out of the box the 7300 does just what it should do. I am using it with my Corel photo software because that's what I'm used to. I am scanning slides from 1960 - 1965 at present and they look wonderful. I will try the supplied software later but for now the quick setup is zipping along and doing everything I need for clean, clear pictures.
Summary: I Received the Plustek OpticFilm 7300 35mm film scanner a few days after it was ordered for me as a birthday gift; it arrived at my home in the foothills of the Beartooth Mountains in mint condition. It took me longer to find the instructions than it took to hook it up. I followed the six steps, loaded a 35mm color transparency (slide) pushed the IntelliScan button and saved it to a folder I'd built for copies.