After completing an involved software setup, the Scanner is fantastic!
19 May 2013
Summary: I did not anything about these. I researched on line and on eBay and made the decision to purchase one for semi-pro work, saving old film and slides (35mm only) and use my iMac. I got a great item hardly used, but it took some time to setup the SilverFast software. It was not the product's fault, but a matter of reading and understanding well the instructions. Once setup, I am very pleased with the settings, quality, speed of scans and ease of use.
Summary: I am another one of the "I have several thousand negatives and need to scan ..." and also a former owner of two Nikon scanners that died due to age and that the camera tech center I use was not getting replacement parts so I am also searching for alternatives (very few now) to non Nikon-Non Minolta-nor drum scanning, etc. I have read as much as anyone about these scanners and came to the conclusion I needed this model as I only scan B&W 135 film.
Summary: After 45 years of searching I found my lost transparency of Jimi Hendrix in 2010. I photographed Jimi in January 1967. I own all the copyrights. The condition of the photograph was very, very poor. I scanned the image on my original Plustek 7300 bought from Amazon and I have just upgraded to the 7400 recently. In the process of restoration I also had high end drum scans made but I found the Plusteck very clean and sharp and have used these images.
Summary: I used to be a professional wildlife photographer living within three miles of Yellowstone National Park. Life took a turn and I don't shoot much anymore. I do however have a huge collection of slides that are almost useless to me. I decided to get them into a digital format so that I could enjoy them easily on my computer. I did some research, and for the money this unit is the bomb! I scanned a couple hundred of my favorites as soon as it arrived.
Summary: I read all of the reviews, and was undecided between the lower-end image-capture devices that take a single image from negatives, and the real scanners like this Plustek. In then end, I went with this model, the 7400, which is the most basic of the Plustek scanners. I figured that the increase in image quality over the picture-taking-type negative "scanners" of the Plustek would be worth the extra cost, but I didn't feel the need to go overboard and get the top of the...
Summary: Easy to set-up and use. I have many slides from the 50's and 60's. All midpriced scanners are somewhat slow but the results are worth the wait. I would definitely buy this Plustek 7400 scanner again.
Summary: Scanning decades of B&W fim...I was able to retrieve grossly underexposed negatives which I had given up on. This alone is of great value. Quite an advantage to have this tool when wet chemistry (and my light meter) fail to produce a satisfactory image. And, it's safe!
Summary: When used in combination with the included Silverfast software, this is an economical way to transfer 35mm slides and film to high quality digital images. This was my first experience with this kind of scanner, and I followed the directions given, and within minutes had created a first rate digital copy of a 35 mm slide (seen below). The possibilities are mind boggling.
Pros: Accurate Thumbnails, Consistent, Good Bit Depth, Good Resolution, Great Price
Summary: I had issues installing the Silverfast application with my Mac so I decided to use Vuescan instead. When you set it up properly you can get awesome results. Make sure you have your colour set to 48-bit instead of 24-bit (when using colour) or else you'll get some weird scanning artifacts. For the price I'd definitely recommend it to a photographer who is used to having the local lab scan it.