Cons: Bought a $200 epson flatbed scanner after scanning about 1600 of my mother's slides from the early 60's. 80% of the scans came out VERY dark - almost to the point of them being unviewable. The corrections (auto and manual) in the software result in overexposed, bleached out or red shifted picture...
Summary: I bought this specifically to scan some old slides from the 50's - the 80's. Most are in mint to near miont condition and played great through an old slide projector. After working with the program and the slides I decided that this item just does not work well. It is a very easy item to use.
Excerpt: This scanner when works is fantastic. I have a mac with the new OS on it and this thing has given me nothing but problems. First bought in aug of 2012. Then Jan 2013, then March 2013. Three times. Here is my issue.Each time you scan and it works...it will scan a neg at 3600DPI just fine.
Pros: Accurate Thumbnails, Good Bit Depth, Good Resolution
Excerpt: I am fairly computer and Lightroom savvy but could not figure out how to get rid of the bad contrast and junk on my negatives. The negs and slides certainly did not come out anywhere close to perfect. Resolution was good, but it picked up any imperfection and the contrast had to be adjusted.
Excerpt: I was hyped getting this scanner after reading tons of good reviews. Using OSX and the MacBook Pro Retina without optical drive you do not have an alternate way of installing "Silverfast". I had to go over to a friends who had a optical drive and create a .iso file and copy to a USB stick.
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.
Summary: I got this scanner to replace a Polaroid 1600 dpi slide scanner but found the scans were no better. Frequently only half of a slide was scanned. I had to spend a lot of time in Photoshop trying to get the color balance correct.
Summary: I bought a Plustek film scanner, OpticFilm 7300, several years ago and it worked fine on my old Windows XP. However I have been unable to load any of the software for the scanner or the Silverfast program that was bundled with it onto my new Windows 8.1 computer.
Regret buying Plustek 8100. Would have been cheaper, faster and better to send Kodachromes to India.
30 November 2012
Summary: First off, the driver software is extremely fragile, and the tech support is practically non-existent, being available only via a web page. It worked ok for several months, then after some Windows updates, it stopped working.