Excerpt: I wanted to improve the resolution of scans of my 1970s-era Kodachromes over what I could get from my HP flatbet + slide attachment combination. The Optifilm 8100 fits the bill neatly, with a possible resolution of 7200 dpi, and comes with everything advertised, including a covering/carrying case. The driver installs easily, and also provides its own, bare-bones, scanning software that is accessed from a button on the front of the scanner (but not from the tray icon).
Pros: Accurate Color, Easy To Set Up, Good Resolution
Summary: I have been using this model to scan 35MM black and white negatives. The process is very easy, fast, and the results are excellent. It became expensive to send my film out for development and scaning and I was looking for a better solution. I purchased a simple in home developing kit and the Plustek and have greatly reduced my costs. I also like the ability to control the process. After scanning to a folder I import to Lightroom for additional editing.
Excerpt: I purchased this product to scan old color film negatives. At 7200 dpi it takes my system about 4 minutes to complete a scan and set up for the next negative. I am using recent generation iMac with the packaged SilverFast SE Plus 8.0 software. This software requires the type of film to be selected prior to scanning. Most of my negatives are Kodacolor II film (which I thought was a common film) yet that type of film does not appear in the selection list.
Summary: The scanner was easy to set up and with the basic "Quick Scan" software works well, indeed perhaps too well, as it reveals the inadequacies of my old transparencies (dirt, smudges, fungi, etc.). The Silverfast 8 software on the other hand is not so easy to work with. I find it easier to take scanned images into Photoshop and retouch (remove dust marks) there.
Excerpt: With my 13,000 slides to digitalize, the Plustek 8100 is capable and reliable. It's 7200 dpi is probably more than you will ever need. Designed to be fairly dustproof (dust is the biggest problem in slide digitalization), compact to not eat up desk space, it is quiet and cool. Speed depends upon resolution with high resolutions taking the longest time. The slide holders (buy several to save time) have been recently improved and are very convenient.
Pros: Accurate Color, Easy To Set Up, Good Bit Depth, Good Resolution, Multiple Pass Scans, Widely Compatible
Cons: 35 Mm Slides Only, Poor Software, Slideholders Advance Manu
Excerpt: After a couple of weeks, I'm reasonably satisfied. The scanner is fast, but lacks ICE or any kind of good dust removal capability, and has no manual focus tweaking. If your film originals are not in pristine condition, expect to spend a fair bit of time working on them. The Silverfast software that comes with renders reasonably decent color, but only with 8-bit output. Getting usable 16-bit images appears to require the purchase of a higher grade of Silverfast.
Pros: Easy To Set Up, Good Resolution, Widely Compatible
Excerpt: I bought this scanner from B&H a year ago and have used it periodically, mostly scanning photos for websites and archiving old slides. I spent some time trying to work with the Silverfast 8 software but the software itself runs slow and clunky on my Intel i7/8gb/Windows 7 64bit system. I have the latest 64 bit scanner driver and Silverfast update.