Excerpt: I bought this scanner for my father who is scanning several thousand slides and negatives for archival storage. There is a lot of flexibility with the included software for changing the color depth and balance of your transparencies.
Pros: Accurate Color, Easy To Set Up, Excellent Software, Good Bit Depth, Good Resolution
Summary: I had been using an Epson Masterpiece flatbed scanner for my prints AND slides for many years and the results on many images are perfectly acceptable and even impressive for the cost, but I have wanted a dedicated slide scanner for some time.
Excerpt: I have seen quite many complaints about the SilverFast software included. But I tried on my Mac and it worked pretty well as long as you don't use the dust removal function which I don't trust anyway because it removes some fine lines in the photo as well.
Summary: First, let me say that I've had a number of scanners over the years, and I did extensive comparative research prior to purchasing the Plustek 8100. My research indicated that this was likely a very good scanner for the money. After I got the scanner, it seemed true.
Excerpt: This scanner gives superb scan results of 35mm film, on par with expensive scans from professional labs. The highest 7200 dpi scan resolution is actually over sampling the film gran too much, so I use the second-best 3400 dpi option which gives TIFF or JPG files that correspond to approximately 48...
Summary: This scanner has an impressive array of pre-scan tweaks that might eliminate any need for post-scan editing, however I still prefer to handle this post-scan. There was a bit of a learning curve in selecting scanning settings, but once I got past this, scanning was pretty simple.
Excerpt: The scans are pretty fast. I'm using it for old slides and negatives that are somewhat damaged. I have my res setting to 1800 - 2400 dpi. Once you can understand the software you can tweak as you go. A lot of the software is over kill for my project but it's nice to have.