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8.5 out of 10

Plustek OpticFilm 8100

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Reviews and Problems with Plustek OpticFilm 8100

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Overall 2
2.0

No support for older scanner

Mike Harman, Amazon
15 February 2015
  • 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. Many repeated attempts to download updates for either the 7300, or Silverfast, have not worked. Don't expect any long-term support for Plustek scanners!
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Overall 2
2.0

Mac users - You're on your own!

J. Hopson, Amazon
14 February 2015
  • Summary: This device is advertised as working as a Mac scanner, without the SilverFast software. I couldn't get it to work. No problem. The problem is that I got no support from Plustek. Grrr! Below is one of several Plustek Support messages - "We are not familiar with your "Image Capture" to test your scanner go to your device manager and look for scanner it should say imaging device or scanner device that way you know that our scanner is detected in your system.
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Overall 2
2.0

Expensive scanner. Poor quality

Robert G., Newegg
15 November 2014
  • Pros: Compact. Nice design.
  • 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 pictures. The flatbed scanner was faster and produced 1000x better quality pictures. I called tech support about this and they provided zero help. This was an expensive purchase for ...
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Overall 2
2.0
Value for money 2
2.0

User Review

JDCameraman, Walmart
19 May 2014
  • 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. Unfortunatley...
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Overall 2
2.0
Value for money 2
2.0

User Review

JDCameraman, Walmart
19 May 2014
  • 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. Unfortunatley...
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Overall 2
2.0

Not worth the money

Charlie B "night hiker", Amazon
19 August 2013
  • 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. I now have an Epson V700--twice as expensive as this scanner but really excellent. I don't have to adjust color on any slides now.
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Overall 2
2.0

bought it 3 times in last 8 mo

nyc photographer, Adorama
27 June 2013
  • 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. More often then not after scanning a neg or two, it will go into this mode where the scan takes 3-4 minutes...and most times does not look right.
  • Pros: Accurate Thumbnails, Good Bit Depth, Good Resolution
  • Cons: Os Compatibility On Mac
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Overall 2
2.0

Returned it

garyfromiami, B&H Photo
10 May 2013
  • 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.
  • Pros: Good Resolution
  • Cons: Difficult Setup, Poor Software
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Overall 2
2.0

Regret buying Plustek 8100. Would have been cheaper, faster and better to send Kodachromes to India.

Bradley, Amazon
7 April 2013
  • 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. I reinstalled the driver, it worked for a while, then totally stopped working until I reinstalled Windows from scratch.
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Overall 2
2.0

Legacy scanning software. Disappointed.

Patrick, B&H Photo
3 February 2013
  • 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. Silverfast offers no digital downloads of the product. Le sigh.You cannot run the scanner natively in OSX and through Photoshop on a mac, but you need to install Silverfast.
  • Cons: Slow
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