Summary: Small, simple, and does the job. With about 1800 slides of family history to scan, this thing was just what the doctor ordered. I was able to get some serious high res results and it was pretty easy to use even for a novice. Small desktop footprint so my desk wasn't a mess. I shopped around and found this scanner to be the right one for the job. Although I felt the price was a bit high, it turned out to be well worth it after all.
Summary: So far I have scanned in over 1500 slides and about 35 negatives. While the process can be somewhat slow I have been very pleased with the results. Putting in the slide tray can be somewhat "vague" at times - an error message comes on if the alignment is not correct. But this does not happen much anymore since I've developed a "feel" for the trays. I haven't had to modify the images very much - I generally saved only my "good" slides.
Summary: I bought this item to try and preserve a lot of 35 mm slides. The software could be a little better as far as being more user friendly. The slide scanner itself is well made and very durable. I think it was taking way too long to scan files, so I decided to have a local company do the whole lot. It cost me more, but I was looking at about a thousand slides to convert. It took me a day to get it set up, learn how to use the software and start scanning.
Summary: After about 10 months of use scanning my way through several thousands of negatives (BW & colour)I uncovered a "forgotten" cache of old Agfa 110 format 100ASA negatives. Plustek does not supply a 110 adaptor, however I was able to find a "pro-quality" one at [...]. using the Agfa film preset in Silverlight with some sharpening and midtone adjustment, the 7400 was able to generate images significantly better than the original 1hr photo prints and almost on a par with some...
Summary: After a day of boring research, I ordered the Plustek 7400 Film Scanner based mostly on Amazon reviews. I don't have any slides, just a ton of 35mm negatives collected over 45 years or so. The Plustek has performed flawlessly so far (about 200 scans). As others have noted, the film strip holder could be better..it only opens up a little over 90 degrees, so it's easy for it to flop closed when you don't want it to. That's not a biggie, just an aggravation.
Summary: I ended up with a thousand family slides that no one reallly wanted or had the equipment to view. Some being over 50 years old they were physically not good and the content was hit or miss. The Epson v500 scanner I had would work and do an excellent quality job but takes a long time and the effort wasn't worth the return. I have a Mac and waned to just do it. The Plustek 7400 is simple to use and the quality is well within my acceptable range.
Summary: Despite using this scanner on an old (not recommended by Plustek) slow computer (Xp Home, 866MHz, 256Mb ram and USB 1.1) the performance was surprisingly good. The Silver Fast software will occasionally indicate that the scanner is not ready or indicates an error that requires another attempt; but does not lock up and continues on.
Summary: I was involved in a project utilizing old negatives and slides and the flatbed attachment was not making it. High end scanners were too expensive and the lower priced stuff had too many negative points in reviews. This scanner had decent reviews and so I gave it a shot. The reviews do not lie, but do it justice, this is a sweet piece of equipment with excellent packaging, and I was surprised with the handy carrying case.
Summary: I broke my Nikon Coolscan V scanner. If you don't already know, Nikon has discontinued their film scanners. When I inquired with them about getting it repaired, I was told that they could only do it if they had the parts. This hardly seems sustainable, so I looked around for other options. I stopped scanning film about 6 years ago, so I wasn't sure what was out there.
Summary: Hi, I purchased this scanner to scan a family library of over 4000 slides and it's worked great. My requirements were pretty straight forward, simple quick scanning to allow me to create good digital reproductions of the large library of slides. The Plustek software is easy to use and has the features that I needed to to use for the scanned images.